Project: HDPE Geomembranes Secure Storage Basin in Mexico

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An intense dry season across the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico, led to a water shortage in the community of El Muerto and San Juan. Without sufficient rainfall, the danger was that the future supply from the reservoirs would be incrementally reduced. To be prepared for these eventualities, a storage basin was proposed to collect water, storing it for future use when required. The contractor, San... »

Geosynthetic Institute Ups Webinar Offerings in 2017

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has run a highly successful series of monthly webinars over the past few years. The webinar offerings will increase in 2017, with two sessions per month from January through June followed by one per month from July through December. With January 4, GSI’s webinars will shift their traditional schedule. Instead of hosting a monthly session on the second Wednesday of ... »

Burke Announces Strategic Partners for CSPE Geomembranes

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Burke Industries has long been a leader in chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) geomembranes. The durability of the material has produced service lives in excess of 30 years in containment installations, such as for floating covers and liners on reservoirs. CSPE is a unique material. In a move to continuing focusing on its manufacturing expertise, Burke has announced exclusive, strategic partnersh... »

SAP Geomembranes at Prague Symposium

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When the International Nonwovens Symposium convenes 3-4 June 2015 in Prague, attendees will learn about polymer-enhanced geomembranes. Nnamdi Amatobi, a Product Development Chemist with H&R ChemPharm (UK) will deliver a paper at event. Super absorbent polymer geomembranes are gaining more attention now. SAP solutions enable a substrate carrier, like a nonwoven geotextile, to be impregnated wit... »

Safeguarding Water with Super Absorbent Polymer Geomembranes

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By Richard Starkey and Michael Aerts – The competition for water resources is growing globally, with the resolution of or the inability to effectively resolve these issues threatening economies, communities, and, in some regions, basic survival. A key objective of infrastructure and water management professionals is to ensure that breaches or breakdown within water resource networks are identifiab... »

VIDEO: IGS Focuses on Sustainable Development

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It debuted in Berlin during a special session at the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (10 ICG) late last September. Now, the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has started to distribute and promote its first major video project: “Geosynthetics for Sustainable Development.” The project, which was led by the IGS Education Committee, has focused on the strong role of geosynthetic... »

November Webinar: Geosynthetics in Hydraulic Structures

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Live and on-demand education for engineers has really taken off. The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) ran a successful webinar series in 2014. The online site Geo-U.com has been delivering geosynthetics-related on-demand presentations from international experts. And the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) hosts monthly webinars. On November 12, Dr. Robert Koerner will continue the series with ... »

WRRDA Passes; Cites Sustainability and Durability of Geosynthetics

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On May 22, the US Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The $12.3 billion conference report, passed by the House on May 20, enjoyed staggeringly strong bi-partisan support (91 – 7 in Senate, 412 – 4 in House). It will now go to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Of note: the bill specifically mentions geosynthetics within a section on durability and susta... »

Firestone EMEA Rebrands EPDM Liners as GeoGard ™

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BRUSSELS – Firestone Building Products is pleased to officially announce the new brand name for its EPDM geomembrane in the EMEA region: Firestone GeoGard™ EPDM. The new GeoGard logo leverages the value of the Firestone brand and all it stands for. The middle line represents the typical cut of reservoirs and canals; the top line refers to landfill covers. The closed oval alludes to the offer... »

Twenty-First Century Polyethylene Geomembranes

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By Robert Denis – For the past 15 years or so, polyethylene geomembrane material specifications (test methods, test properties and testing frequencies) have essentially been regulated by the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI). This has enabled the worldwide endorsement of these geomembranes by government regulators and has resulted in wide-scale use. Polyethylene geomembranes have indeed become th... »

Liner and Floating Cover for Cleaner California Water

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By Layfield Environmental Containment – The Lee Lake Water District was required by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) to tender the design and construction of a containment structure fully equipped with a geomembrane base-liner (to protect the groundwater) and a floating cover. The floating cover was required to control odor, eliminate evaporation and protect the E.... »

VIDEO: Stormwater Basin with Geosynthetic Clay Liner

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HUESKER has published the English-language version of its application video “Sealing of a Stormwater Holding Basin with Tektoseal®”. The video explains the sealing of a water reservoir via a project in Kempen, Germany. OTHER RESOURCES FROM HUESKER Water reservoirs page Tektoseal® geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) »

AEG Helps USACE Protect Mississippi Levee

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The floods affecting American waterways in 2011 have been, for many communities, historic, as have the engineering solutions being utilized. American Environmental Group, Ltd. (AEGL) has been part of a first-of-its-kind emergency levee protection effort in Mississippi that has used impermeable geomembrane liner to help secure the backside of the Yazoo River Backwater Levee. This emergency strategy... »

In Memoriam: Bernard V. Jones

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Bernard V. Jones, P.E., died in Denver on 24 December 2003. He was 69. Jones graduated from Regis College and worked for the Bureau of Reclamation from 1957 to 1991. He was involved in some of the early developmental studies on the underwater lining of irrigation canals. This effort eventually led to the successful installation on the Coachella Canal in California in the early 1990s. The Coachella... »