Reflections on the IGS Technical Committee Workshops in Munich

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Dr. George Koerner, Director of the Geosynthetic Institute, published a very nice report from the International Geosynthetics Society’s IGS Technical Committee Workshops. The gathering, which included workshops organized by the IGS Technical Committees on Soil Reinforcement (TC-R) and the IGS Technical Committee on Barriers (TC-B) was held in June. We reprint here by permission George Koerner’s re... »

11ICG Extends Pre-Registration Rate to July 30

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 at the COEX in Seoul, Korea. The program will feature 1,000 geotechnical engineering experts from more than 100 countries. Conference theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” Of note, the organizing committee has extended the pre-registration rate through July 30. Readers... »

11th International Conference on Geosynthetics Pre-Registration Deadline

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 at Coex in Seoul, Korea. The program will feature 1,000 geotechnical engineering experts from more than 100 countries. Conference theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” NOTE: Pre-registration (best rate) is available through June 15. Visit www.11icg-seoul.org, set up an... »

Upcoming GSI Webinars on MSE Walls – Remediation/Monitoring and Inspection

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The Geosynthetic Institute has a strong background in providing education and resources on all geosynthetic applications and particularly on MSE walls. The next GSI Webinars exemplify the quality offered in GSI’s webinar series. The next offerings: April 25, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): MSE Wall Remediation and Monitoring May 9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): MSE Wall Inspection These live presentat... »

REMINDER: Register Now for IGS June Workshops in Munich

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The International Geosynthetics Society has two exceptional, standalone events being held back-to-back in Munich. The June workshops kick off with the 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop, June 4 – 5. Then, on June 6 – 7, the 1st GeoBarrier Workshop takes place. Each of the June workshops has a separate registration, but both registrations may be made at the events’ shared online regist... »

IGS Develops 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop – Munich, June 4 – 5

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The International Geosynthetics Society Technical Committee on Reinforcement (TC-R) will welcome civil and geotechnical engineering professionals from around the world to the 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop 4 – 5 June 2018 in Munich, Germany. This unique gathering combines high-level presentations from leading practitioners in the field with significant audience discussion time, enabling participant... »

TenCate Seeks Technical Manager for Engineered Structures

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One of the largest geosynthetics companies in the world, TenCate Geosynthetics, is adding a technical manager to its engineered structures team. In this position, the Technical Manager focuses on North American markets for MSE walls, slopes, and embankments. APPLY ONLINE “This position is responsible for managing the technical data, product testing, and project design related to the reinforced wal... »

Alexiew Announces Geotechnical and Geosynthetic Engineering Consultancy

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Dr. Dimiter Alexiew has made his name with more than 30 years of experience in developing advanced geotechnical systems. Now, he announces the formation of Alexiew Geoconsulting, an independent Geosynthetics & Geotechnical Engineering Consultancy. With his new practice. Dr. Alexiew offers a wide range of services to support consultants, contractors, and producers. DIMITER ALEXIEW AS A CONSULTA... »

Geosynthetica’s 2017 Top 10 Stories

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Each year we look back at the most-popular reads on Geosynthetica to gauge trends in the field and international reader interests. It also provides us another piece to add to the geosynthetics industry’s historical record. While we find a diverse range of topics in our 2017 Top 10 (most-read) stories, we also find key connections between them. Notably, articles on MSE reinforcement design and indu... »

GSI Webinar: MSE Wall Back Drainage Design

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The Geosynthetic Institute will host its next GSI Webinar on 25 October 2017. The topic is MSE Wall Back Drainage Design. GSI Webinars are 80-minute sessions (with Q&A time added to the end) on the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am (EDT). Participants may be eligible to receive 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs) with completion of a 10-question multiple choice test following t... »

Ashley MacMillan Joins TenCate as an Engineering Business Manager

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TenCate Geosynthetics has announced the addition of Ashley MacMillan, PE as Engineering Business Manager – Northwest (United States). MacMillan is a 7-year veteran with a strong background in geotechnical applications. Among the skills she brings to TenCate is the ability to serve as a mechanically stabilized earth structures expert. MacMillan has been active in her career with the American Societ... »

270m-Long Reinforced Soil Structure for a South African Highway

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By Maccaferri – When the improvement works to the main road P728 in the Umgababa area were approved by the eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall was needed to complete the project. Maccaferri designed and supplied a 270m-long, 9m-high reinforced soil structure using the Terramesh® System reinforced with ParaGrid® primary geogrid. T... »

PODCAST: Zornberg on Differing MSE Design Frameworks

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Mechanically stabilized earth walls have been the subject of the most read stories on Geosynthetica this year and a few of the most read stories in 2016 as well. This past spring, some of that field interest in MSE design became the focus of a unique meeting at the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference. There, the ASCE Geo-Institute Technical Committee on Geosynthetics brought together leading MS... »

The Year So Far: Most Popular Geosynthetics Stories

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We’ve rounded the corner into the second half of 2017, so it’s time to take stock of what Geosynthetica’s readers have made our most popular geosynthetics stories. Last year was the publication’s biggest year in overall unique readers and in page views, and 2017 has sustained that momentum. We are currently trending another 18% higher on 2016 and 65% greater than in this same period in 2015.... »

MSE Wall Failures vis-à-vis the Lack of Geotechnical Filters

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By Dr. Robert M. Koerner – Since 2001, the Geosynthetic Institute has accumulated data on failures of geosynthetic-reinforced mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls. Our MSE wall failures database presently has 301 cases, of which 191 (63%) have been caused in whole or part by water within, or adjacent to, the reinforced soil zone. We sincerely hope that our past writings and webinars... »

A Geosynthetic Solution for Tehran Highway Wall

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By Maccaferri – For a 33m-high, 300m-long retaining wall along the new Tehran North Highway, a composite geosynthetic solution from Maccaferri is being utilized. This geosynthetic approach has enabled the project team to avoid construction of a bridge or a traditional concrete wall, and in doing so has made the works more cost-effective while simplifying the installation. The ongoing construction ... »

Reinforcing India’s First Vertical Expansion of a Landfill

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The city of Vapi in the state of Gujarat, India, has a deep industrial history, with chemicals, pesticides, dyes, textiles, and other sectors active in the municipal area. Though such heavy industrial activity presents environmental challenges, Vapi is excelling due to its sustained effort over the last decade to continuously elevate its environmental performance. One of the signature projects in ... »

Secondary Geogrid Reinforcement in MSE Walls

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By Paul C. Frankenberger, P.E.; Matthew M. Merritt, P.E.; and Mark Myers, P.E. – The concept of secondary geogrid layers located at the face of a mechanically stabilized earth wall is similar to the use of secondary geogrid reinforcement in MSE reinforced slopes. In slopes, the secondary geogrid layers are used to stabilize the slope face between the primary geogrid layers. The result is closely s... »

A High-Strength Uniaxial Geogrid from NAUE

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The Secugrid® line of geogrids have developed a strong reputation around the world with both biaxial and uniaxial geogrid constructions (Secugrid® Q and R), as well as a composite reinforcement solution with a geotextile embedded within the geogrid bars (Combigrid®). NAUE has also supported the line not just with collateral that backs the brand but with regular publications about geogrid reinforce... »

Lime-Stabilized Backfill in MSE Retaining Structures

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By Giulia Lugli and Sachin Mandavkar – Soil can be stabilized by using a wide range of materials, such as cement, lime, and fly ash. When lime and water are mixed with a clay soil, modification of the soil properties and stabilization reactions begin. In highly alkaline environments (pH >12 for a short period of time), this can cause corrosion of steel elements in an engineered reinforcement sy... »

Geosynthetic Strip Reinforcement for Port of Miami Tunnel

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The Florida Department of Transportation’s impressive tunnel project has connected the Port of Miami directly with US Interstate’s 395 and 95. The well-publicized work has been designed to alleviate cargo-related congestion created by the busy port and to reduce the amount of cargo-carrying vehicles throughout the city’s downtown districts. The success of the project has been secured through the u... »

Geosynthetics Events: 11ICG Abstracts Extended to Feb 28

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 in Seoul, Korea at the new COEX (Conference and Exhibition Center) in the city’s renowned Gangnam District. The organizing committee has announced an 11ICG abstracts extension to February 28. Conference  theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” 11ICG ABSTRACTS ̵... »

Project Video: GRS Structure for Major Greek Cultural Center

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One of the world’s leading architects, Pritzker Prize-winning visionary Renzo Piano, has led the development of Greece’s newest cultural treasure: the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The site, which will host a high-profile park and vital institutions such as the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, is made structurally possible in part by the development of a larg... »

Top Stories in Geosynthetics for 2016

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As promised, we reveal here today (December 29) the top stories in geosynthetics for 2016 on Geosynthetica. The stories have been ranked by most read, with the further caveat that the story must have been published in 2016. (There are a few exceptions noted at the end of older stories that actually cracked the top 15 for this year despite they having been published in previous year’s on the ... »

What Will Be Geosynthetica’s Most-Read Articles for 2016?

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As the year comes to a close, we take a closer look at the analytics to see how users have interacted with the site and to gauge our most-read articles. Readers do not interact with all content, of course. As expected, they focus on their particular areas of engineering interest. That might be a sector of engineering (e.g., transportation, coastal protection), a type of information (e.g, an abstra... »