Geosynthetics Asia 2016 Makes Last-Minute Venue Change

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Only days away, the 6th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (Geosynthetics Asia 2016) has had to make a venue change due to unresolvable logistical contraints with the original site. The new site–the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel–is able to hold the November 8 – 11 event on the same schedule as planned by IGS India and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Counci... »

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... »

Successful Field Trial for Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles

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The first field trial in Australia for conductive geotextiles enhanced with graphene have been a success, Imagine IM reports. The company, which built Australia’s first commercial scale graphene production plant this year, has worked with Australia’s largest geosynthetics manufacturer (Geofabrics Australasia) to create this new type of geotextile. The trial was conducted August 18 in Melbourne. Th... »

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... »

IGS India Ready for GeoAsia 6 in New Delhi

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Nearly 20 years ago, the GeoAsia conference series kicked off with an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conference in Bangalore. The event was hosted by IGS India. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is “Geosynthetics for Infrastructure Development.” Roads, hydraulic structures, reinforcement, ground improvement, and geosynthetics test... »

GRI-GM30 Delivers a Woven-Coated Geomembrane Spec

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On May 24, Interwrap’s Jimmie Eloff was discussing a canal lining option with an engineer in Idaho. The next morning, Eloff contacted the engineer with a woven-coated geomembrane specification from the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI). The engineer told him he’d looked for that very type of standard specification from GRI but had been unable to find one. GRI had just officially approved... »

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 ... »

Mark Wolschon Reaches 25 Years in Quality Control

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Environmental Protection Inc.’s (EPI) Mark Wolschon has achieved a career milestone: his silver anniversary in quality control. EPI honored Wolschon in late May for his 25 years of service to the Michigan-based fabricator and installer. Wolschon has been a strong influence not only within the 36-year-old company’s operations but within the geosynthetics industry. He has been a particip... »

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... »

Goddard Named Chair of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics

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Industry veteran Jim Goddard has been named Committee Chair of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics. He has served a member of D35 for nearly 30 years. He has previously been recognized by D35 with an Award of Merit (2009) for his record of activity. Goddard has worked as a consultant for the past six years, following a well-regarded career, most notably as chief engineer of Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS). ... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Cazzuffi on Geosynthetics Standardization

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Following the recent meetings of ISO TC 221 – Geosynthetics, Past President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Daniele Cazzuffi sat down to discuss geosynthetics and how standardization efforts at the national and international level benefit the global civil engineering community, including through the Europe-wide CEN TC 189 – Geosynthetics Committee, of which Cazzuffi is Chair... »

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... »

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... »

Golder Seeks Geosynthetics Laboratory Technician

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Golder Associates has an entry-level Laboratory Technician position open in its Atlanta, Georgia office. Specifically, the position will work in the Materials Testing Laboratory and Geosynthetics Laboratory. The technician will also assist in the Geotechnical Laboratory. Golder is a global, employee-owned organization that provides independent consulting, design, and construction services. Its are... »

GeoAsia 6 Extends Abstracts Deadline

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Nearly 20 years ago, the GeoAsia  conference series kicked off with an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conference in Bangalore. The event was hosted by IGS India, which celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2013. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. Organizers have announced an extension to the deadline for abstracts. Due date: 31 January 2016. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is ... »

JOBS: Production Planning and Quality Assurance Manager

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Maccaferri, Inc. seeks a Production Planning & Quality Assurance Manager with experience or aptitude in plant management functions to join its global production team. The position will report to the company’s Williamsport, Maryland manufacturing facility. This individual, in cooperation with other key manufacturing personnel, will be responsible for implementing and managing production plannin... »

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... »

ASTM D35 Program for Seminar on Geosynthetics in India

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics will hold a seminar on geosynthetics in India 2 – 4 December 2015. The event will be held at the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) headquarters in Mumbai. The program for the full-day seminar and 1.5-day meetings includes: December 2 (Seminar) Introduction and welcoming remark – Dr. Desai, BTRA ASTM International Presentation – Katerina Ko... »

New Equipment Enables Transparent, 3D Soil-Geogrid Interaction Pullout Testing

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The September 2015 issue of ASTM’s Geotechnical Testing Journal will feature a new article from Dr. Julio Ferreira and Dr. Jorge Zornberg. The focus of their work is “A Transparent Pullout Testing Device for 3D Evaluation of Soil–Geogrid Interaction.” Derived from a new, small-scale transparent pullout testing device—one with transparent bottom plate and sidewalls that fit in load fram... »

Denver Downs to Host IECA Southeast Field Day, September 24

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The International Erosion Control Association Southeast Chapter (IECA Southeast) will host its annual Field Day on 24 September 2015 at the Denver Downs Research Facility (DDRF) in Anderson, South Carolina. The full-day event includes up to 6.5 professional development hour (PDH) credits. REGISTER ONLINE DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER (PDF) DDRF is an outdoor laboratory that enables full-scale, standardized... »

In Memoriam: Benedito de Souza Bueno

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Last month, one of Brazil’s geosynthetics pioneers passed away. Professor Benedito de Souza Bueno, who led the International Geosynthetics Society’s Brazilian Chapter (IGS Brasil) from 2003 to 2007, passed away on 1 August 2015 in São Paulo. Prof. Bueno contributed many papers to the international geotechnical engineering field, beginning in 1979, and was long a promoter of geosynthetic tech... »

ASTM D35 Announces Geosynthetics Seminar in India

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has announced a special geosynthetics seminar and associated committee meetings to held in Mumbia, India 2 – 4 December 2015 at the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) headquarters. VISIT THE D35 EVENT PAGE The move is welcomed. India is home to the world’s fastest growing population and one of the most ambitious and dynamic infr... »

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 Asia and IGS Council Gather in Seoul

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Despite some anxiety over recent cases of the viral Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in some places in Korea, the geosynthetics community kept to its schedule and gathered for the long-anticipated 2nd GSI Asia conference from the Geosynthetic Institute. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) also took the opportunity to call together its IGS Council for high-level meetings. Korea, as... »