GEOSPERU 2017 Speakers, Topics, and Exhibitors

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GEOSPERU 2017 will be held 29 – 31 March 2017 at the Hotel Los Delfines in Lima, Peru. Hosted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Peruvian Chapter, the event will analyze the rapid growth of geosynthetics in Peru and the surrounding region. The event will present exemplary projects, identify needs, and strengthen relationships between the field, regulators, educational institutes, and... »

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 ̵... »

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... »

Polymeric Construction Mats Help Save AA Baseball Field after Sinkholes

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In North Little Rock, Arkansas, flooding and a drainage system issue led to the development of sinkholes in a minor league baseball field. Engineers utilized polymeric construction mats for immediate construction activity safety and efficiency. SINKHOLES ON THE DIAMOND Dickey Stephens Park is the home of the Arkansas Travelers, a AA affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anahei... »

VIDEO STORY: Solmax Cleans Up 150 Tons at an Illegal Dump

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has been undergoing a change in its identity from that of a commodity producer to a provider of value-added solutions. It hasn’t lost its focus on the environment, though. That old focus has intensified, as exemplified by the recap video the company has shared of its day doing volunteer cleanup of an illegal dump. The project, conducted in collaborat... »

PanAm-UNSAT 2017 Call for Abstracts

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The Geo-Institute (G-I) of ASCE has issued the call for abstracts for PanAm-UNSAT 2017, the Second Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils (Unsaturated Soil Mechanics for Sustainable Geotechnics). The conference will be held in Dallas, Texas 12 – 15 November 2017 at the Intercontinental Dallas. Abstracts are invited through 23 November 2016. All submissions should be made through the online p... »

IECA Establishes a Canadian Chapter

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA)  has formed a Canadian chapter. The association is setting the chapter up to serve as Canada’s “essential educational and networking resource for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control and stream protection and restoration.” “We believe that the large and diverse community in Canada will find value and benefits in the IEC... »

GEOSPERU 2017 – 4th Peruvian National Conference on Geosynthetics

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GEOSPERU 2017 will be held 29 – 31 March 2017 at the Hotel Los Delfines in Lima, Peru. Hosted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Peruvian Chapter, the event will analyze the rapid growth of geosynthetics in Peru and the surrounding region. The event will present exemplary projects, identify needs, and strengthen relationships between the field, regulators, educational institutes, and... »

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... »

Geotextile Tubes for Breakwaters and Beach Restoration in Mexico

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By Angel Diaz and Chris Timpson – Geotextile tubes help to prevent storm damage and protect the environment through the building of custom marine structures. The installation of geotextile containers can be temporary or permanent, and in most cases the structures are invisible to the coastal environment. The technology involves the fabrication of a large containers made of a specially engineered t... »

Watch Your Language? Geosynthetics vs Traditional Materials

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By Chris Kelsey – During GeoAmericas 2016, Dr. Neil Dixon’s sustainability keynote touched upon many topics for the future of geosynthetics. While sustainability drove most of the lecture, a few of his ideas simply approached how the field positioned itself in the marketplace. He suggested, for example, moving the field away from isolating language like “versus traditional materials.” With 4... »

Geosynthetics Events: 11ICG Call for Abstracts

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2016 in Seoul, Korea at the new COEX (Conference and Exhibition Center) in the city’s renowned Gangnam District. The organizing committee has issued the Call for Abstracts. Conference  theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” Abstracts are due 30 December 2016. Key topic... »

Jim Tanner Takes the Reins at Profile

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Jim Tanner is no stranger to the inner workings and business development success of Profile Products LLC. He has spent 18 years at the company, being part of its exceptional growth in providing in soil, water, and vegetation management solutions.  The company has announced that Jim Tanner has been named President. In his new role, he will also continue to serve at the company’s Chief Operating Off... »

Deadline Extension for Environmental Connection 2017

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A deadline extension has been announced for the International Erosion Control Association (IECA Region One) Environmental Conneciton 2017 conference. Presentation proposals are invited through June 15. NOTE: THIS DEADLINE HAS PASSED. Environmental Connection 2017 will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta 21 – 24 February 2017. The annual gathering is billed as the world’s largest s... »

Seattle Seminar: 5 Fundamentals for Land Rehabilitation

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On Wednesday, June 15, Profile Products and ACF West will present a high-quality seminar in Seattle: Five Fundamentals for Successful Land Rehabilitation Projects. Experts in agronomy, erosion control, and application of land rehabilitation materials will present on soil testing, vegetation species selection, erosion control selection, proper installation, and inspection and maintenance. Additiona... »

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... »

Environmental Connection 2017 Call for Abstracts

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA Region One) will hold Environmental Connection 2017 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta 21 – 24 February 2017. The annual Environmental Connection gatherings are billed as the world’s largest soil and water conference and exhibition. IECA has issued its call for presentations. Abstracts due: May 31 Key Topics for Environmental Connection 2017 ... »

Geosynthetics for Earth Day 2016

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Geosynthetics are helping substantially reduce the carbon footprint of construction, securing the environment, and extending the economical and environmental performance of infrastructures. As Earth Day 2016 is marked around the world, we look at some of the geosynthetics and applications that are helping create a more sustainable world. Geosynthetics have helped infrastructures achieve: Longer ro... »

Early Bird Deadline for IECA / EPA MS4 Conference

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The 3rd Annual Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference will be held 16 – 18 May 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. This IECA / EPA MS4 conference is jointly organized by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Southeast Chapter and the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 4. The early bird registration deadline is today, April 15. Join the event and contribute to the dialogue on M... »

INTERVIEW: Mallick on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Chip Seal

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During the 95th annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington DC (January 2016), Dr. Rajib Mallick of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) delivered four papers, including contributions on climate change and geosynthetic-reinforced chip seal (GRCS). Geosynthetica interview him about these topics and how they may forecast changes in future roadway designs and material selection.... »

Geosynthetics and Counting Carbon in Construction

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Dr. Neil Dixon will deliver a keynote lecture, jointly authored with Dr. Gary Fowmes, at GeoAmericas 2016 (April 10 – 13, Miami). Their topic is “Global Challenges, Geosynthetic Solutions and Counting Carbon.” The contribution enhances a program that is deep in sustainability and environmental engineering topics. The co-authored lecture will discuss the drivers for change in the way in... »

Seeking Abstracts: IECA/EPA Conference on MS4

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The 3rd Annual Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference will be held 16 – 18 May 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event, organized by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Southeast Chapter and the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, is a conference on MS4 design and implementation strategies, exemplary projects, and best practices and technologies. Abstracts are being ... »

Major Savings in Modular Assembly Yard Construction

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By Nilex – For the Lac La Biche community, located 220 km north of Edmonton, Alberta, the surge in oil sands development has been accompanied by a more disciplined approach to planning and cost controls. A major part of those cost controls is in the design and execution of modular construction. When Lac La Biche Transport required a cost-effective solution for a low maintenance, unpaved yard, Nile... »

Greenroofs and Geocomposites Webinar, March 4

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On March 4, HUESKER will host a free greenroofs and geocomposites webinar. The core focus will be on the use of Ultimat® TGS geocomposites and how these geosynthetic materials help plant roots sustain water and help buildings achieve significant LEED-related credits. The webinar will take place 2:00 – 2:30 pm (EST) and will be led by Roy McClinton, an engineer with more than 25 years experie... »

GCLs Continue to Influence Barrier Designs

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The use of geosynthetic clay liners–GCLs–in engineered barrier systems has broadened substantially. Part of this growth has been fueled by a long record of successful performance. And, as with other geosynthetics, the growth has also been supported by numerous manufacturing and design advances. These have enabled GCLs to be far more application and site-specific today. GCLS & BENTO... »