Register Now! GeoHydraulics Engineering Workshop in New Orleans

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Registration is open for the GeoHydraulics Workshop in New Orleans, Louisiana. The two-day event will be held November 8 – 9 and bring together civil engineers, construction professionals, international speakers, top-tier geohydraulics solutions companies, and more. Earn 16 PDHs (2 CEUs). Learn more below. The gathering has been organized by the Technical Committee on Hydraulics (TC-H) of th... »

NOLA GeoHydraulics Engineering Event Schedule Released

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Civil engineers and construction professionals will meet international speakers, network with top-tier geohydraulics solutions companies, acquire practical engineering information to implement immediately, and have the opportunity to take part in high-level geohydraulics discussions in New Orleans. Two geohydraulics engineering events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana 7 – 9 November 2017. Devel... »

IGS Technical Committee Organizes November Hydraulics Events in NOLA

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Two hydraulics events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2017 thank to a technical committee of the International Geosynthetics Society. The engineering professional development gathering will consist of two independent but complementary hydraulics events: a full-day think tank (November 7) followed by two days of technical presentations on coastal and river protection (November 8 &#... »

Drainage and Filtration Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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One of the most common needs in infrastructure is proper drainage and filtration engineering. These solutions consolidate soils to accelerate construction windows. They channel liquids into proper retention or detention areas. They guard against soil less and protect waterways. Drainage and filtration engineering impacts landfills, roads, stormwater systems, dams, levees, and many other infrastruc... »

A Modified Geogrid for Slope Erosion Control

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Geogrids are well known for reinforcement and used widely for stabilization of slopes and embankments and other soil-reinforcing applications (e.g., retaining walls). The principles that govern the successful use of geogrids in soil stabilization applications are also being applied for slope erosion control. These products are particularly useful for situations in which a turf reinforcement mat (T... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Andy Durham, Propex GeoSolutions

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Andy Durham of Propex GeoSolutions discusses TRM durability and UV performance in erosion and sediment control materials–part of the company’s “Are you sure?” campaign to improve engineering and construction knowledge of material quality and selection. Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs interviewed him during Environmental Connection 2016, the annual conference and exhib... »

Propex on TRM Durability and UV Performance

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When Environmental Connection 2016 opens in San Antonio, Texas, Propex GeoSolutions will be on hand to provide insight into turf reinforcement mat (TRM) product performance. In particular, the company will emphasize high-performance TRM durability in demanding applications, such as high flow channels, slope stabilization, steep slopes, and levee protection. In addition to HPTRMs, the company will ... »

Coastal Engineering Opportunities at GeoAmericas 2016

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Geosynthetic materials are used extensively in coastal engineering and protection projects. The modern geotextiles industry, in fact, emerged in the 1950s in response to flooding in the Netherlands and tropical storm damage in the United States. Since then, a large industry and innovative designs have come along. Geosynthetic tubes and containers provide dewatering and solids separation for large-... »

Anti-Piping Geotextile Screens Debut in Dutch Levee

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The Rivierenland Water Board invited two groups (Boskalis/Cofra and Van den Herik) to develop geotextile screen technologies that would be specially designed to prevent piping under levees. Piping is a phenomenon that occurs in the case of abnormally high water levels, wherein water seeps under a levee and causes the migration of fines. This action can weaken a levee and contribute to failure. Bot... »

3 IECA Opportunities, 3 Deadlines

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA Region One) rarely enjoys a quiet moment. The organization is very active in education, event management, and general promotion of expert and issues influencing the field. As we head towards the center of the year, three IECA opportunities stand out. ** 1. Environmental Connection 2016 Abstracts Due May 29 The annual Environmental Connection is t... »

ACE Introduces an Online Geosynthetics EcoPark

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The official website of the ACE Geosynthetics EcoPark is now online. Readers are able to explore the park virtually anytime and anywhere while gaining knowledge about geosynthetics. Geosynthetic products have been in the market for decades. However, many people still do not know what geosynthetics are and what they can do for engineering and construction. The application of geosynthetics can provi... »

Interview: Boyd Ramsey on WRRDA’s 7-Year Itch

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Following the historic and overwhelmingly bipartisan passage in the US House and Senate of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), Geosynthetica’s Chris Kelsey talked to Boyd Ramsey, GSE Environmental’s Chief Engineer and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Executive Council Chairman. GMA’s lobbying efforts over the past seven years—the period of time it took for a n... »

WRRDA Passes; Cites Sustainability and Durability of Geosynthetics

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On May 22, the US Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The $12.3 billion conference report, passed by the House on May 20, enjoyed staggeringly strong bi-partisan support (91 – 7 in Senate, 412 – 4 in House). It will now go to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Of note: the bill specifically mentions geosynthetics within a section on durability and susta... »

Stronger NOLA Levees with Geogrids

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The human and infrastructure devastation inflicted by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina has led to years of levee design revisions and reconstructions in the New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) region. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been the principal driver of these projects, and geosynthetics have played new and significant roles. For the 5.2-mile-long “Levee 111” project, which borders ... »

Senator Boxer’s Floor Statement on WRRDA 2014

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Senator Boxer’s Floor Statement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) (Remarks as prepared for delivery) I am so pleased that the bipartisan conference agreement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) is before the Senate today following yesterday’s overwhelming and bipartisan approval in the House of Representatives by a vote of 4... »

Senators Applaud Final Passage of Bipartisan, Bicameral Water Infrastructure Bill

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Washington, D.C. — Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and EPW Ranking Member, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), issued the following statement after the Senate voted 91 to 7 to adopt the Senate-House conference report for the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The House of Representatives passed the measure Tuesday with a... »

TenCate Geosynthetics Earns Water Innovation Prize 2013

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The entry ‘Vertical sand-tight geotextile’ submitted by the Rivierenland Water Board in the Netherlands, has won the Water Innovation Award for 2013 in the category Dry Feet. In the words of the chair of the jury, Ms Annemieke Nijhof of Tauw Group B.V., the geotextile produced by TenCate Geosynthetics (www.tencategeosynthetics.com) is ‘the most innovative idea that can be used wi... »

Unique Anti-Piping Flood Control Experiment with Geotextiles a Success

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On Monday, 24 September, Deltares started a unique experiment with geotextile on the IJkdijk in Groningen on behalf of the Rivierenland Water Authority and with co-financing from the Room for the River program. A 15 m wide and 0.5 m long GeoDetect® filter and detection system, provided by TenCate, was positioned vertically in the clay layer of a test dike. The week-long test was engineered to see ... »

Protecting New Orleans Levee Systems

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The US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) has been engaged in an extensive levee reconstruction program throughout the New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) region ever since 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Geosynthetics have been an important part of the geotechnical solutions. In this case study from Colbond, we take a look at how wick drains have been used to prepare and stabilize the area's very soft soils in o... »

AEG Helps USACE Protect Mississippi Levee

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The floods affecting American waterways in 2011 have been, for many communities, historic, as have the engineering solutions being utilized. American Environmental Group, Ltd. (AEGL) has been part of a first-of-its-kind emergency levee protection effort in Mississippi that has used impermeable geomembrane liner to help secure the backside of the Yazoo River Backwater Levee. This emergency strategy... »