GSI Issues Graduate Student RFP for 2017-2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2017-2018 fellowships for graduate students. Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per r... »

Geosynthetics International Gives Free Access to Best Papers

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Annual, editor-selected “Best Of” papers from Geosynthetics International are available for free access online. Thomas Telford Ltd’s division ICE Publishing—part of the UK-based Institution of Civil Engineers—has published up to three from each calendar volume going back to 2010. Visit the “Editor’s Choice” page on the journal’s website. Members of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) hav... »

Geosynthetics Prove Key to GeoChicago 2016 Success

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Geosynthetics were a prominent part of ASCE Geo-Institute‘s GeoChicago 2016 conference, which was held August 14 – 18 at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Chicago. The riverfront location, just off Lake Michigan, gave attendees a vibrant urban area for social events and, with the substantial ongoing river walk, greenspace, and bridge network redevelopment, more than ample opportunity for observ... »

GeoChicago 2016: Koerner Symposium Speakers

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ASCE Geo-Institute‘s GeoChicago 2016 conference opens next week. Program co-chairs Dr. Krishna R. Reddy, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Dr. Nazli Yesiller, A.M.ASCE (Global Waste Research Institute) have helped line up an extraordinary plan, which includes two high-level sessions honoring pioneers in the field: Dr. Robert Koerner and Dr. David Daniel. Also of note... »

Lifetime Predictions of Geosynthetics Webinar

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Interest in the topic of lifetime predictions for geosynthetics has grown substantially as project records extend beyond 40 years. Research projects on material service life continue to be tracked. And, test methods on geosynthetic durability are enhanced each year. The  Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) makes this topic–lifetime predictions–the subject its next GSI Webinar, to be held Augu... »

Geosynthetic Institute Announces 2016 – 2017 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has announced the winners of the 2016 – 2017 GSI Fellowships. The annually awarded research grants are giving out, in consultation with the GSI Board of Directors, to master’s and doctoral level applicants studying geosynthetics. GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each of USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-term res... »

GSI Launches Online Designing With Geosynthetics Course

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) continues to push geosynthetics education and professional development in forward-thinking ways. In 2012, GSI Director Emeritus Dr. Robert Koerner acquired full publishing rights to his seminal Designing with Geosynthetics textbook and released its 6th edition with a two-volume electronic option (e.g., Amazon Kindle) available for less than $4 per volume. The Insti... »

Coming Soon: Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles

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On June 14, Imagine IM officially opened Australia’s first commercial graphene production facility. The grand opening of the North Geelong (Victoria) site included Imagine’s team and representatives from Geofabrics Australasia. The companies discussed graphene-enhanced geotextiles. Also on hand were representatives of the graphene production plant’s developers (Austeng), members ... »

Interview: Koerner on Lifetime Predictions for Geosynthetics

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Dr. Russell Jones, President of the International Geosynthetics Society, sat down with the Geosynthetic Institute‘s Dr. Robert Koerner to discuss GSI’s 12-year study on the long-term performance and aging of geotextiles and geomembranes, with a focus on the applicability of the research for lifetime predictions. The interview took place in April in Miami during GeoAmericas 2016, the 3r... »

Imagine’s First Commercial Graphene Manufacturing Plant in Australia

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Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Limited (Imagine IM) is set to build Australia’s first commercial graphene manufacturing plant. This is significant for the quickly emerging field of graphene-enhanced materials, and those materials include geosynthetics. Graphene offers high electrical and thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, strength, and impermeability to all gases. Layers of graphene could gi... »

GSI Issues RFP for Graduate Student Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2016 – 2017 graduate student fellowships. Awards of up to $5,000 per research and development project. Masters and doctoral candi... »

Cambridge Brings Graphene Closer to Geosynthetics

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In August, Dr. Ian D. Peggs, P.E. wrote about the strong potential for graphene in geosynthetics. Layers of graphene could give materials strength exceeding steel, enable self-repairing qualities, and impart an electrical conductivity greater than copper. “Nanogeocomposites,” Peggs wrote, “are the wave of the future.” Cambridge University may help make that ambitious prediction come to... »

Graphene and the Next Generation of Geosynthetics

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By Ian D. Peggs – Geosynthetic materials and products continue their steady development, as additive packages and manufacturing technologies evolve. Today, however, is different. Today, we are truly on the verge of a significant leap in geosynthetic performance. The enabler? Graphene. That single layer of carbon atoms has a specific strength higher than steel. It is self-repairing and has higher e... »

The Role of 3D Printing in Geosynthetics

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Earlier this year, Dr. Gary Fowmes received a £125,000 (USD $190,000) grant to continue research into the use of 3D printing in the design and performance of geosynthetic materials. Dr. Fowmes is a Lecturer in Engineering Geology at Loughborough University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering and the Chairman of the United Kingdom Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS UK). ... »

GSI Fellowships Now Open to Master’s Engineering Students

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has invested tens of thousands of dollars in its engineering research fellowship program over the years. The 2015 – 2016 academic year fellowship Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued. It is notable for its expansion of eligibility to master’s engineering students. Previously, the program was open only to doctoral program candidate research. The RFP is ... »

Geomembranes in Mining: the State of Research

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An interview with Dr. Fady Abdelaal, GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, by Chris Kelsey The first conference dedicated exclusively to geosynthetics in mining was held in Vancouver, Canada in September 2014. One of the presenters was Dr. Fady Abdelaal, who for the past 6 years has been part of the long-running geosynthetic barrier systems research being led ... »

TenCate Excels in Transportation Study

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TenCate Mirafi® RS580i outperformed all geosynthetics tested by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University in Bozeman, (MT) USA. This independent full-scale unpaved roadway performance study – called “The Relative Operational Performance of Geosynthetics Used as Subgrade Stabilization” – was recently completed. The study was fully funded by nine US Sta... »

Final Report #2: Geosynthetics in Subgrade Stabilization

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From December 2011 through the end of May 2014, the Montana Department of Transportation led a pooled fund study on “Performance of Geosynthetics in Subgrade Stabilization.” The research, which was carried out by the Western Transportation Institute (WTI, based at Montana State University) follows a smaller Phase I, which was carried out in 2008 and 2009 by WTI. DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE ... »

NASA Presents Raven Industries Award for Outstanding Contributions

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Sioux Falls, SD (June 9, 2014)— Raven Aerostar (NASDAQ: RAVN) was recently recognized by NASA for its contribution to the highly successful 2012/2013 Antarctic Long Duration Balloon (LDB) Campaign. The 2013 NASA Group Achievement Award was awarded to Raven Aerostar in August of 2013 for the production of Long Duration/Super Pressure balloons; it was recently presented by a NASA official at Raven A... »

CGS recognizes GeoEngineering Centre Members and Students

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OCTOBER 2013 – Several members of the GeoEngineering Centre and their students were recognized at CGS events held in conjunction with GeoMontreal, the 66th annual conference of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. PhD student Ryley Beddoe received the first prize for best Graduate Student Paper in 2013 for her paper titled “Physical modeling of rainfall induced landslides”. She gav... »

Secondary Containment to Prevent Hydrocarbon Tank Failure, Part 2

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By Daniele Cazzuffi – RemTech 2013 will be held 18-20 September 2013 in Ferrara, Italy. This marks the 7th edition of a growing international event focused on remediation technologies. The two-part article presented here, which is adapted from the paper “Safety containment systems, including geosynthetics as possible prevention in the event of hydrocarbon tanks failure,” is a strong example of the... »

Secondary Containment to Prevent Hydrocarbon Tank Failure, Part 1

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By Daniele Cazzuffi – RemTech 2013 will be held 18-20 September 2013 in Ferrara, Italy. This marks the 7th edition of a growing international event focused on remediation technologies. The two-part article presented here, which is adapted from the paper “Safety containment systems, including geosynthetics as possible prevention in the event of hydrocarbon tanks failure,” is a strong example of the... »

Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Research Trends in Asia

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By Dr. Yoshihisa Miyata and Dr. Toshifumi Mukunoki – Soil reinforcement has been a significant geotechnical concept since the ancient era. The oldest example is the ziggurat, built by Babylonians 3000 years ago. The Great Wall of China, built more than 2000 years ago, is also a famous example of an old reinforced soil structure. Natural materials such as tree branches were the typical reinfo... »

GSI Fellowship Awards Announced

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By the Geosynthetic Institute – The GSI Board of Directors has made their selections for this year’s GSI Fellowship Awards from a number of proposals from universities around the world. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students studying geosynthetics. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the upcoming 7th year of the program will be announced this winter. In order to be e... »

Independent Field Study Confirms NAUE Reinforcement Products

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From March 2008 to March 2009, NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, Germany cosponsored the construction of test cells for an independent field study of geogrid reinforcement in roadway subgrade stabilization. The Montana Department of Transportation was the other cosponsor. The study and subsequent forensic evaluation of exhumed materials from numerous manufacturers, which included numerous product manufacturing ... »