Interview: Elizabeth Peggs on IGS Two for a Few

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At the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (September 2018, Seoul), the International Geosynthetics Society recorded another “Two for a Few” interviews, which brings together leaders in the field for a brief talk. This time around, the IGS chose a departing member as the subject: Elizabeth Peggs. Peggs had served as IGS Secretary for 8 years and spent nearly 20 years in geosynthetics. E... »

GAP 2019 Extends Abstracts Deadline to February 15

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The growing field of transportation geotechnics will be the focus of the inaugural Geo-Structural Aspects of Pavements, Airfields, and Railways Conference (GAP 2019). The event,  managed by Minerva (publisher of Geosynthetica), is being developed in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and the U.S. Army Engineer Rese... »

MAXConference Expands the Scope of Its Geosynthetics Event

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MAXConference will continue its annual series of transportation-related events with a strong incorporation of geosynthetic materials. From 12 – 13 March 2019, the group will host Asphalt Concrete Mixes and Geosynthetic Materials in Road Constructions at the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel in Russia. International manufacturer Thrace Group serves as this year’s key conference partner. In 20... »

Geotechnical Aspects of Embankment Dams Workshop

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One of 2019’s signature geotechnical engineering events is the XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Reykjavik, Iceland. The event will be held 1 – 6 September 2019, and on that first day, the ECSMGE will offer a workshop on the Geotechnical Aspects of Embankment Dams. International Geosynthetics Society Past President Daniele Cazzuffi (CESI, Italy) will chair ... »

I-CORP on 2018’s Most Interesting and On-Going Projects

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Dr. Ian Peggs, PE, PEng, started an international print newsletter in the 1990s. That publication, Industry Insight, evolved out of its print format and into the digital publication Geosynthetica. While Dr. Peggs sold Geosynthetica in 2010, we have the great privilege of retaining a strong relationship with him. Geosynthetica’s team is excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication i... »

Titan Times 2018 – Clean Energy, Large Projects, Company Expansion

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In its Titan Times 2018 Year in Review magazine, Titan Environmental delivers a strong account of geosynthetic growth for its company and the geotechnical field in general. The increasing scale of projects, the furthering of material technology (e.g., concrete reinforcement geogrids), and the opening of new facilities tell a story of a very active company and of how the civil engineering community... »

Railway Ballast Stabilization with Geocell at Bridge Approaches

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A portion of a railway track in Fort Lauderdale, Florida had been a high maintenance area for many years due to the impact loads from rail cars transitioning off of a concrete bridge abutment onto ballasted concrete ties. The ties were located over soft subgrade, which had exhibited a history of pumping. The rail operator, Florida East Coast Railway, sought a ballast stabilization solution to corr... »

Wicking Geotextiles Getting Noticed by US DOTs

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Roughly eight years ago, TenCate Geosynthetics was involved in a now well-studied project along Alaska’s Dalton Highway. The road served as the only ground transportation route between the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay and the city of Fairbanks, but the extreme northern environment caused significant degradation along the 500-mile highway due to frost heave. Wicking geotextiles were proposed to streng... »

Machina Turns Its Tech to a Needlepunched Biomat

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Machina-TST has grown quickly behind lines of geotextiles, geogrids, geocomposites, and turf reinforcement mats. Now, it’s turning its manufacturing technical knowledge to erosion control applications with the expanded release of its needlepunched biomat, Linotex Eco. The organic mat is engineered for the rapid vegetation development and protection of soil from surface erosion processes. The produ... »

ACIGS Bringing IGS Educate the Educators to Australia

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The International Geosynthetics Society’s Educate the Educators program has had a substantial and beneficial impact on college-level geotechnical and civil engineering programs. EtE workshops provide high-caliber professional development and resources for professors and instructors to incorporate geosynthetics into their curricula. The endeavor is essential, as too many young engineers enter the f... »

Phil McGoldrick on Value Engineered Systems and Tripling Production

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Geosynthetica second season of the GeoTalk pocast series has begun! Editor-in-Chief Chris Kelsey sits down with globe-trotting industry veteran Phil McGoldrick. With Strata Geosystems, he has been a key piece of the company’s on-going expansion in international markets. The company’s growth has been significant enough that to support it Strata has invested in a new state-of-the-art production faci... »

Kerry Rowe Mercer Lecture Schedule Announced

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Dr. Kerry Rowe has been selected to deliver the 2019-2020 Mercer Lecture. The biennial lecture series honors the late Dr. Brian Mercer, the inventor of geogrids. Tensar International sponsors the prestigious series, which is endorsed by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The Mercer Lecture was establ... »

Geofabrics Earns Australian Export Award for Environmental Solutions

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Congratulations are due to Geofabrics, which has earned a 2018 AusTrade Australian Export Award for Environmental Solutions. The company, which manufacturers geosynthetics and provides supply and design support for a wide-range of applications, was officially recognized at a ceremony in Canberra on 27 November 2018. The Australian Export Awards (AEA) is a national program that recognizes Australia... »

GAP 2019 Abstracts Call: FHWA, FAA, FRA, USACE, and You

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The inaugural Geo-Structural Aspects of Pavements, Airfields, and Railways Conference (GAP 2019) will be held 4 – 7 November 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The event, managed by Minerva (publisher of Geosynthetica), is being developed in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research an... »

Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads – WEBINAR

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On December 4, Dr. Jie Han (University of Kansas) will present the next IGS North America webinar. His topic: “Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads: Introduction and Mechanisms.” The free event is part of the new IGS North America – GMA webinar series. Time for the presentation will be 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST. REGISTER NOW GEOSYNTHETIC-STABILIZED ROADS Geotextile... »

MSE Expert David Butchart Joins Earth Wall Products

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David Butchart has returned to the geotechnical engineering field in a new business development and strategy role with Earth Wall Products, LLC. The company provides proprietary retaining wall systems and materials for use in the construction of earth retaining walls. Some of the systems for which Earth Wall Products is known include the GRAVIX and FORIX gravity systems and the TRINITY and CREEKSI... »

PVDs for Soil Improvement: Projects in Egypt and Mexico

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By Namrata Bichewar – Prefabricated vertical drains are geocomposite drainage materials with an inner core of polypropylene wrapped in a nonwoven geotextile filter fabric. TechFab’s TechDrain PVDs are jointless versions of this high-performing class of products. The brand is available in corrugated and fishbone varieties. All PVDs should have high permeability and a sufficiently high drainage capa... »

IGS North America Extends Service Award Nominations to December 3

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The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS North America) has established an Excellence in Service Award to recognize members who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the objectives of the chapter or the geosynthetics industry. The inaugural IGS North America Service Award (or awards) will be issued at Geosynthetics 2019. The event, to be held 10 – 13... »

Select Abstracts from the Berlin 2 Geomembrane Workshop

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The Berlin 2 geomembrane workshop, held 26 September 2014 in Germany, gathered engineering experts from around the world and who represented multiple perspectives in geosynthetics. The goal was to develop a protocol for better anticipating the end of life–to define end of life–for an exposed, high-density polyethylene geomembrane that is actively in service. Read more about the origin ... »

Titan’s TE Geogrids and Reinforcement Growth Continues

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The geosynthetics industry’s global growth has drawn the interest of an increasing number of market research organizations. Reporte’s latest analysis of the world geogrid market, Global Geogrids Market 2018, included a competitive analysis of 31 international companies. Canada-headquartered Titan Environmental Containment, which has been growing wildly in the past five years across many sectors an... »

Mine Haul Roads on Composite Geogrids in Northern Ontario

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Mines depend on consistent access for site safety, operational efficiency, and profitability. Delays in access can quickly cost active mines millions of dollars in lost production, and that can determine the fate of a site’s continued operation. In Northern Ontario, mine haul roads on composite geogrids have proven to be a highly effective strategy to keep mines running. MINE HAUL ROADS – GEOTECHN... »

Concrete Reinforcement Geogrid Excels in Calgary Project

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The City of Calgary wanted to reduce construction and maintenance costs of concrete pedestrian sidewalks. The traditional approach used by the city was to use thick, unreinforced concrete slabs. Yearly rehabilitation work was required to repair major cracking of the slabs shortly after installation. Project planners looked for a reinforcement system that would not be susceptible to corrosion and t... »

Berlin 2 Final Report Seeks End of Life Protocol for HDPE Geomembranes

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Immediately following 2014’s 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (September 2014, Berlin), a high-level, one-day workshop on exposed HDPE geomembranes convened at the headquarters of BAM, Germany’s Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. The event (Berlin 2) brought together field luminaries who represented not only the international practice but multiple perspective... »

TenCate Completes Latest Expansion in Nonwoven Geotextile Production

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Nonwoven geotextile products are used widely in construction for protection, drainage, filtration, soil separation, etc. Demand for nonwoven geotextile materials has grown, and TenCate Geosynthetics Americas—one of the world’s largest producers—has responded with the commission of a significant new line. EXPANDING NONWOVEN GEOTEXTILE PRODUCTION At the company’s Jefferson, Georgia facility, TenCate... »

NAUE Achieves BBA Certification for Secugrid® HS Geogrids

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Late last week, global geosynthetics manufacturer NAUE confirmed that its innovative high-strength geogrid Secugrid® HS has received BBA certification. It’s a significant achievement and an acknowledgement of the high quality of the material. BBA Certification provides assurance of technical compliance within the construction industry. The certificate was presented to Andy Cracknell, Director of N... »