Erosion Control Technology Council Marks 25 Years

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In a November 15 release, the Erosion Control Technology Council has marked its 25 years of industry collaboration towards better erosion and sediment control practices. “Through leadership, standardization and educational efforts,” the organization writes, “the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) has had a positive influence on the industry since being established by a small group of people... »

ECTC Revises the Rolled Erosion Control Products Specification

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The Erosion Control Technology Council provides a voice for the large field of professionals who focus on engineering solutions to control soil loss and assist with vegetation establishment.  One of the effective tools ECTC has developed is a Rolled Erosion Control Products specification. The organization announced in late August that its members have revised the RECP spec. The Rolled Erosion Cont... »

Competitors to Partners: Western Excelsior Acquires North American Green

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Western Excelsior is celebrating its 40th anniversary in dramatic fashion. The company has entered into an agreement to acquire the 32-year-old company North American Green as of March 31. The move brings together two of the most well known names in erosion and sediment control. Since 2004, North American Green has operated under the Tensar International umbrella. In a release announcing the acqui... »

TenCate Geosynthetics Launches New High-Performance Turf Reinforcement Mats

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Turf reinforcement mats are engineered to solve more difficult, longer-term erosion control situations on slopes and in channels. These materials retain bare soil and stabilize and nurture vegetation while resist the challenges of precipitation and high-flow rates on soils. TenCate Geosynthetics has introduced two more high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The Mirafi® TM13C and TM14S TRMs are ... »

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... »

East Coast Erosion Control Looks West in New Partnership

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Erosion and sediment control materials manufacturer East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC (dba East Coast Erosion Control) is partnering with Valley Erosion Supply. The new venture gives the privately held, Pennsylvania-based company a manufacturing and distribution site in Montana for even more efficient service to markets in the Midwest and Western United States. “We are thrilled to partner wit... »

A Modified Geogrid for Slope Erosion Control

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Geogrids are well known for reinforcement and used widely for stabilization of slopes and embankments and other soil-reinforcing applications (e.g., retaining walls). The principles that govern the successful use of geogrids in soil stabilization applications are also being applied for slope erosion control. These products are particularly useful for situations in which a turf reinforcement mat (T... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Andy Durham, Propex GeoSolutions

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Andy Durham of Propex GeoSolutions discusses TRM durability and UV performance in erosion and sediment control materials–part of the company’s “Are you sure?” campaign to improve engineering and construction knowledge of material quality and selection. Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs interviewed him during Environmental Connection 2016, the annual conference and exhib... »

Propex on TRM Durability and UV Performance

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When Environmental Connection 2016 opens in San Antonio, Texas, Propex GeoSolutions will be on hand to provide insight into turf reinforcement mat (TRM) product performance. In particular, the company will emphasize high-performance TRM durability in demanding applications, such as high flow channels, slope stabilization, steep slopes, and levee protection. In addition to HPTRMs, the company will ... »

New Sales Structure for Propex GeoSolutions

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Propex GeoSolutions has announced a dual-function sales structure with a market-focused, efficiency approach. Two distinct teams have been create, with one dedicated to a Geotextile sales line and the other to Erosion Control and Specialty Solutions. Ray Bruno, National Sales Leader, has been named the lead of the Geotextile Team. Their product markets will include the Propex GeoSolutions lines wo... »

Propex Global Launches New Website

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The infrastructure solutions provider Propex Global, which has a well-established and well-known geosynthetics division, has opened 2016 with the launch of a new website. The revamp features updated product pages (and product tours), market descriptions, new contacts, and additional resources. On the GeoSolutions side, the restocked resource library includes product specification sheets, installat... »

George Koerner to Speak at Two Terrafix Seminars

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The annual terrafix® Winter Seminar Series delivers updated engineering and geosynthetic product information in a concise, free-to-attend seminar in multiple cities across Canada. This year’s program involves substantial updates, following significant changes in the market, standards, construction techniques, and other aspects that impact how to properly design with, specify, and use geosynt... »

Terrafix Winter Seminar Series 2015 – 2016

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terrafix® has made substantial updates to the engineering information in its annual Winter Seminar Series, making this year’s offerings more important even for those who have attended previously. Much is changing in the field, and the company has responded with welcomed state-of-practice updates for participants. The company has long sponsored educational seminars, including special sessions... »

The Use of Draining Geogrids to Reinforce Clay Backfill

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By Maccaferri – A unique geogrid has played an integral role in enabling a large industrial facility in Niagara (Ontario, Canada) to expand its production facility. Stormwater and clean process water from production would be kept in retention ponds before gradual release into nearby watercourses. Three ponds were required to handle this expansion. Engineers working on the project had detaile... »

3 IECA Opportunities, 3 Deadlines

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA Region One) rarely enjoys a quiet moment. The organization is very active in education, event management, and general promotion of expert and issues influencing the field. As we head towards the center of the year, three IECA opportunities stand out. ** 1. Environmental Connection 2016 Abstracts Due May 29 The annual Environmental Connection is t... »

East Coast Erosion Control Announces Ownership Transition

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East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC (dba East Coast Erosion Control) has grown substantially in recent years, earned multiple business honors and awards, and appointed a new president (long-time employee Diane M. Hitt). This week, the company another major change: the departure of former Managing Partner Rickey Geissler. Geissler had been with the company since its inception, and in stepping away he ... »

ECTC Board of Directors Announced for 2015 – 2016

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The Erosion Control Technology Council has announced the results of its recent election, which determined the 2015 – 2016 term ECTC Board of Directors. Diane Hitt (East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC) was elected Chairman. For Hitt, it marks another significant milestone in just the past 12 months. She was honored in early 2014 with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and... »

Hitt Named President of East Coast Erosion Control

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BERNVILLE, Pa. – 8 August 2014 – East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC, dba East Coast Erosion Control, a privately held erosion control product manufacturing company, announced today that Diane M. Hitt has been named President of East Coast Erosion Control, effective immediately. Ms. Hitt has served as the company’s General Manager for more than 10 years. She has been with the company since its ... »

Tensar Corporation Acquired by Castle Harlan

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ATLANTA – Tensar Corporation, the global leader in geosynthetic site development technology, announced today that it has been acquired by Castle Harlan, Inc., a New York-based middlemarket private equity firm. “By inventing and bringing to market superior cost and technically performing soil and pavement stabilization solutions, Tensar Corporation, through its Tensar International Corporatio... »

Geosynthetic Responses to Super Storm Sandy

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The October 2012 emergence of Super Storm Sandy proved to be one of the most intense and destructive storms on record in the Atlantic Ocean. From the Caribbean up through the Northeastern United States and inward through Quebec and Ontario in Canada, the storm was responsible for nearly 300 deaths and more than USD $65 billion in damage. Geosynthetics have been a strong part of the rebuild effort,... »

Independent Testing Underscores the HP of VMax HPTRM

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Tensar North American Green is releasing more information on the latest addition to the VMax® turf reinforcement mat (TRM) product line: VMax® W3000™. Billed as a high performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM), the product has been designed to accommodate vegetated shear stress of 16 psf and vegetated velocity of 25 fps. The initial campaign email from the company notes that this enhanced VMax® p... »

STEP Award Nominee: East Coast Erosion Control’s Hitt

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Diane Hitt, General Manager of East Coast Erosion Control, has a lot to smile about these days. The company, based in Bernville, Pennsylvania, has developed steadily in recent years, adding wider product rolls, new products (e.g., the T-RECS turf reinforcement mat), and international exhibition presence. It has also played a strong, beneficial role in environmental protection for Pennsylvania’s bu... »

INTERVIEW: Beach Slope Stabilization with Integrated Armoring

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During the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) 2013 Region One Conference and Exhibition (Environmental Connection), Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs sat down with Jill Pack, CPESC of Tensar North American Green to discuss her paper and technical session on the slope stabilization of a beach on a small island off the coast of Portland, Maine. The project highlights the way single produ... »