GeoAfrica 2017 Releases Promotional Video

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GeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustainable Development in Africa”, is the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, following installments in South Africa (2009) and Ghana (2013). It will be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society(IGS) and hosted and organi... »

Newly Established HUESKER Australia Expands a Global Geosynthetics Brand

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In 2016, the HUESKER Group acquired Australia-based NBW Mining. Now, the company has announced the phase in this development: the establishment of HUESKER Australia Pty Ltd. The move is part of significant international expansion for the global geosynthetics provider, which has also opened new production facilities and headquarters in Germany, the United States, and Brazil in recent years. “Going ... »

GeoAfrica 2017 Expands Registration Payment Options

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Responding to requests from the many international delegates who will attend and exhibit at GeoAfrica 2017, the conference committee has announced that payment by credit card is now available in the online registration system. REGISTER ONLINE GeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustai... »

HUESKER Acquires NBW Mining in Australia

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For 20 years, Australia-based NBW Mining has supplied HUESKER Minegrid® into longwall mining applications. Now, NBW Mining is joining the HUESKER family. HUESKER Synthetic GmbH, the international headquarters for the global HUESKER corporation, has announced the acquisition of its long-time Australian mining market partner. “This is a great opportunity for HUESKER and NBW Mining to combine our str... »

GeoAfrica 2017 Extends Abstracts Deadline to January 15

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GeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustainable Development in Africa”, has announced an extension for receipt of abstracts to January 15. Submit abstracts online This is the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, following installments in South Africa (2009) and Ghan... »

Revisiting the Fundão Tailings Dam Failure One Year Later

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On 5 November 2015, a catastrophic tailings dam failure occurred at an iron ore mine in Brazil. The reported  death toll from the event was 17 and 200 homes in the Bento Rodrigues are of Mariana were destroyed. The tailings dam breach caused a flood of 60 million cubic meters of waste to flow across the area and into the Doce River. A little over two weeks later, the polluted water reached the Atl... »

Coal Ash Rules and Engineering Webinar, November 15

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CETCO is supporting a free, November 15 webinar on US Federal Coal Ash Rules — Engineering and Design Considerations. The discussion will be led by Dr. John Daniels (Univ. of North Carolina – Charlotte), John Allen, P.E. (CETCO), and Bob Trauger, P.E. (consultant). Topics to be covered include: EPA CCR Rule Overview Ongoing rule litigation and State implementation plans Understanding the Rule’s de... »

GeoAfrica 2017 Targets Sustainable Development

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GeoAfrica 2017 will be held between 08-11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. This major event marks the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. To be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and hosted and organized by the IGS Moroccan Chapter, the event offers an exceptional opportunity for geosynthetics-related engineering and construction professionals... »

GSE Updates Online Drainage Design Manual

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Five years ago, the first online edition of the Drainage Design Manual was released was released by GSE Environmental. The interactive, digital version built upon the previous print editions (2004, 2007) and helped to bring this geosynthetics resource fully into the practice. The digital version gives users around the world an easy way to access drainage engineering details, design methodologies, ... »

The Lighter Side of Geomembranes

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Geomembrane installations often cover substantial areas. Landfill cells pose enormous footprints. Oil and gas pits, industrial processing ponds, and wastewater containment ponds are large installations too, and each year they tend to be built a little larger. The scaling up of these facilities is not just a matter of achieving better operational economics for the facility owner; it’s also because ... »

GSE to Expand Geonet and Geocomposite Manufacturing Capacity

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The Kingstree, South Carolina manufacturing facility of GSE Environmental is about to get even busier. The company announced on August 22 that it is adding a new geonent and geocomposite manufacturing line to the site. The move, which will support production of GSE’s full suite of biplanar and triplanar products, is in response to surging market demand for engineered drainage solutions. The South ... »

Polymer-Enhanced GCL for Wet Process Ash Impoundment

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By GSE Environmental – An innovative geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) was used for the containment of wet process ash at a 3,520 MW facility in the Southeastern United States. The wet process ash project involved roughly 1,000,000 ft.2 of GSE Bentoliner CAR (Coal Ash Resistant) GCL. The facility owner wanted an impoundment design that would conform to any potential rulings from the US Environmental P... »

Active Layers Enhance New Tektoseal Barrier Geosynthetics

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The wave of innovation in geosynthetics continues, with new active layer products announced by HUESKER. The company’s Tektoseal® Active line of barrier solutions are multi-layer composite materials that feature two outer woven or nonwoven geotextile layers and an internal active layer. The products are designed to be particularly effective for remediation, groundwater protection, and oil absorptio... »

PODCAST: Coal Combustion Residuals and GCLs

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Geosynthetica’s Director, Elizabeth Peggs, interviewed Dr. Craig Benson (University of Virginia) and engineer John Allen (CETCO) about coal combustion residuals (CCRs) and new barrier system regulations governing CCR handling and storage. Both Benson and Allen will be at the Coal Ash Management Forum on July 21 and 22 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Benson is a speaker at the event. In their discuss... »

Additional Details on Coal Ash Management Forum

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During the past week, Geosynthetica has interviewed waste management operators, utilities, design engineering firms, geosynthetics manufacturers, and fabricators and installers about coal combustion residuals (CCRs). The interviews are part of a series of stories we will publish on the sector and participants in the Coal Ash Management Forum, which takes place July 21 and 22 in Charlotte, North Ca... »

Coal Ash Management Forum Program

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The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) are holding the Coal Ash Management Forum July 21 and 22 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event features a 1.5-day technical program that will take participants through a comprehensive range of topics: Perspectives on CCR Management Current Research on Coal Combustion Residuals G... »

VIDEO: Geocell Solutions for Mining Applications

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Load support, slope remediation, stormwater control, and vegetated retaining walls: these are all mining applications for which highly effective, extremely durable, and easy-to-implement geocell solutions are available. Presto Geosystems’ video demonstrates some of the most common uses for the GEOWEB® Geocell System in the mining industry. These geocellular confinement systems are providing cost-s... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings Now Available

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The GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings have been released to the engineering community. The conference, which was the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, was held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami. More than 1100 participated in the event, which featured 200+ presentations, 95 exhibitors, multiple high-level sponsors, 49 technical sessions, and 4 keynote addresses. The GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings h... »

Geosynthetic-Concrete Composite Barrier for Brazilian Mine

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In October 2015, a Concrete Canvas® GCCM  (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat) composite barrier was used to line a newly constructed drainage lagoon at Votorantim Metais Zinco mine in Vazante, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The site needed to transport alkaline mine water through a series of drainage ditches—also to be lined—to the lagoon where the water would be treated. (EDITOR’S NOTE: See sl... »

34m High MSE Walls for Cerro Verde Copper Mine Crushers

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By Terre Armée – In order to support the significant production increase at the Cerro Verde copper mine, Tierra Armada Perú was requested by the owner, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde S.A.A. (SMCV), to design and supply the specific components for two 34-meter-high mechanically stabilized earth walls to support two primary crushers.  The walls needed to facilitate the maneuvers for dump trucks weighin... »

Pan-American Mining Opportunities

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The mining industry uses an enormous amount of geosynthetic materials to provide safer, stronger, more cost-effective yields. The mine engineering presentations at GeoAmericas 2016 provide a high-quality, comprehensive view of geosynthetics in mining: heap leach, crusher walls, access roads, storage yards, tailings management, facility closure, and much more. GeoAmericas 2016 is the 3rd Pan-Americ... »

Retaining Walls Program at GeoAmericas 2016

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When GeoAmericas 2016 convenes in Miami, April 10 – 13, it will feature a robust retaining walls program. The related short courses, panel discussions, training lectures, and retaining walls program papers are listed below. Additionally, wall, embankment, and slope sector participants will have access to more than 100 affiliated engineering and construction presentations and an exhibit hall ... »

Mine Engineering Presentations at GeoAmericas 2016

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The mining industry uses an enormous amount of geosynthetic materials to provide safer, stronger, more cost-effective yields. The mine engineering presentations at GeoAmericas 2016 provide a high-quality, comprehensive view of geosynthetics in mining: heap leach, crusher walls, access roads, storage yards, tailings management, facility closure, and much more. THE LIST BELOW details a number of the... »

Advances and Trends in Containment Technologies

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On April 10, GeoAmericas 2016 will feature a half-day short course on Current Advances and Trends in Containment Technologies. The session will be led by Dr. Timothy D. Stark (University of Illinois), who will be joined by Allan Breitenbach (AB Engineering), Gary Zych (AEP), Andrew Mills (Layfield), Sam Allen (TRI/Environmental), and Daren Laine (Leak Location Services). GeoAmericas 2016 is the 3r... »

International Additions to Slope Stability Course at GeoAmericas

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TRI Environmental’s John Allen, P.E. will lead a half-day short course on “Slope Stability and Interface Friction Using Geosynthetics” during GeoAmericas 2016 in Miami. Allen has announced the addition of three speakers who will provide additional technical insight and multi-lingual support: Dr. Vincius Benjamim, P.Eng; Renzo Vihelmo Ayala Alarco, M. Sc., P.Eng.; and Dr. Patrick ... »