Lining a South African Mine’s Gravity Thickener Tank Floor

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The gravity thickener infrastructure at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk mine in Lephalale, South Africa plays a pivotal role in the recycling of water used for settlement of fines generated through fragmentation (blasting from mining) and degradation (handling processes in pit and plant; loading of trucks, bunkers, silos, chutes, transfer points). When the site operator’s maintenance program deemed it necess... »

New Website for Fabricated Geomembrane Institute

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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is an industry-sponsored Institute at the University of Illinois focused on advancing the use of fabricated geomembranes through education, research, and technology transfer. FGI invites members and industry professionals to explore its new website at www.fabricatedgeomembrane.com.  One of the highlights of the new website is a pond liner calculator tool.... »

WEBINAR: Pond Liner System Design and Operation

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Though pond lining applications are common, the proper design and operation of a pond liner system requires great care. A large number of facilities in need of liquid containment are sensitive sites at which pond leakage could result in heavy repair costs, operational shutdowns, and environmental damage. The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS North America) has ... »

Geosynthetica’s 2017 Top 10 Stories

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Each year we look back at the most-popular reads on Geosynthetica to gauge trends in the field and international reader interests. It also provides us another piece to add to the geosynthetics industry’s historical record. While we find a diverse range of topics in our 2017 Top 10 (most-read) stories, we also find key connections between them. Notably, articles on MSE reinforcement design and indu... »

EXCLUSIVE: Video Interview with Solmax on Acquiring GSE Environmental

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Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs sits down with Solmax Inc. President Jean-Louis Vangeluwe to discuss the company’s bold move in acquiring GSE Environmental. The move brings together two of the most well-known international brands in geosynthetics manufacturing and engineering. Watch this interview to hear directly from Solmax about when interest in the acquisition developed, the challe... »

NAUE Earns ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification

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In its annual year-end newsletter, NAUE Geosynthetics has announced a significant achievement: ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification for its production sites in Germany. The international company manufactures Bentofix® geosynthetic clay liners, Carbofol® geomembranes, Secugrid® geogrids, Combigrid® composite reinforcement materials, and other well-known geosynthetic brands. The global, ... »

Maximizing Electrical Leak Location Effectiveness with Covered Geomembranes

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By Abigail Gilson-Beck and Julio Ferreira – Designers of geomembrane-lined containment facilities commonly assume two to five leaks per hectare, with each leak of the size or diameter of a few millimeters. A leak is any damage that fully penetrates a geomembrane panel or seam (e.g. hole, perforation, tear, crack or puncture). Typical leaks caused by equipment placing cover material can be orders o... »

GRI-GM19b Brings a Long-Needed Specification Update to Fruition

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In October 2017, the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI), which is part of the Folsom, Pennsylvania-based Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) published the GRI-GM19b specification: “Seam Strength and Related Properties of Thermally Bonded Reinforced Polyolefin Geomembranes/Barriers.” The finalization of GM19’s substantial update was a significant achievement for GSI’s member companies and the overall i... »

CLI Earns International Achievement Award

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Colorado Lining International, Inc. has been honored with a 2017 International Achievement Award (IAA). The winning project (“Tucson Water Clearwell Rehabilitation and Replacement”) was recognized for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications. The Clearwell Reservoir is Tucson Water’s largest reservoir in its delivery system. Two 30-million gallon cells serve the site. The first of the t... »

WEBINAR: Asperity Height or Asperity Concentration for Geomembranes?

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For its next technical webinar presentation, Solmax is asking a unique and important question for geomembranes:  Does asperity height or asperity concentration matter more for increasing interface shear resistance along a geomembrane surface? Register online for this free, November 28 (1:00 pm EST) technical webinar. Space is limited! ASPERITY HEIGHT VS ASPERITY CONCENTRATION The objective of text... »

GSE Environmental Awarded High Temperature Geomembrane Patent

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Four years ago, GSE Environmental formally announced the development of polyethylene geomembranes for use in applications with prolonged exposure to temperatures above 60°C (140°F). Now, the company has been awarded US Patent No. 9,518,176 B2 for its High Temperature Geomembrane Liners and Master Batch Compositions. The newest addition to the series, GSE High Temperature Liner, is engineered to wi... »

Geomembranes, Covers, and Containment Systems Webinar – Nov 16

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AGRU America continues its series of geosynthetic engineering webinars on November 16 at 12:00 EST. This new geomembranes and geosynthetic cover and containment systems webinar will address a range of topics.  Engineer Nick Rauh will lead the session and foster discussion on multiple geosynthetic solutions and the various factors that influence performance and improve project economics and efficie... »

Translated: General Recommendations for Geomembranes in Barrier Systems

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The International Geosynthetics Society’s French Chapter (CFG – Le Comité Français des Géosynthétiques) has published an English-language version of its key document Fascicle 10, “General recommendations for the use of geomembranes in barrier systems.”  The resource, which is free for downloading on the IGS French Chatper’s website, pertains to design, construction, and site inspection. The ... »

Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles Coming to US with Haydale Agreement

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Australia-based Imagine Intelligent Materials has quickly scaled up production of its innovative imgne® X3 coating. The product has enabled the manufacture of the world’s first graphene-enhanced geotextiles, which are currently being manufactured by Geofabrics Australasia. Now, an agreement between Imagine IM and Haydale Technologies Inc. will bring this manufacturing potential to North America. H... »

Success of Geosynthetics 2017 Sets the Stage for 2018 Edition in Chile

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Geosynthetics 2017, the First International Conference on Technology and Application of Geosynthetics, took place in Santiago, Chile 18 – 20 October 2017. The event met all of its inaugural expectations, enjoyed strong industry support, and featured a wide-range of topics and international representation in the short courses and technical programs. Roughly 50 papers (English and Spanish language) ... »

PODCAST: The Rise of ClosureTurf® in Final Cover Systems

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Landfill engineering has advanced significantly over the past 35 years. Geosynthetic lining, capping, and final cover systems have had a lot to do with the tremendous success landfill operators have had in controlling leachate, protecting groundwater, and improving the long-term economics of active landfills and post-closure care periods. In regards to responsible closure of sites, one of the fast... »

United Concrete Canvas Russia Opened a Demo Park

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Though Concrete Canvas opened a unique demo park near Moscow in Russia in 2016, it wasn’t until mid-way through this year that the company officially announced it. The site, run by United Concrete Canvas Russia, introduces visitors to the wide variety of applications and sectors in which Concrete Canvas rolls are being used: road construction, railways, canal lining, mining, secondary containment ... »

VIDEO: A Manufacturing Approach to Geomembrane Wrinkles Management

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Earlier this year, Solmax took on a very hot topic with a free webinar: managing geomembrane wrinkles. This session followed the discussion created by a Geosynthetic Institute webinar in which Dr. Robert Koerner spoke strongly against wrinkles left in or left to develop in a geomembrane installation. Solmax delivered a welcomed talk on the manufacturing approach to the subject. Technical manager D... »

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Raven Seeks to Add Product Development Engineer

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Job Opportunity – Product Development Engineer (Raven Industries): For 60 years, Raven has developed, marketed, and produced technical solutions to great challenges. Utilizing our strength in engineering, manufacturing, and technological innovation, Raven today is a leader in precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, and situational awareness markets. Our purpose to Solve Grea... »

11 ICG Young IGS Members Call Extended to October 31

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DEADLINE EXTENSION! The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics, organized by the International Geosynthetics Society’s Korean Chapter, will be held in Seoul, South Korea 16 – 21 September 2018. The Young IGS Members will host a special session during 11 ICG as part of the technical program. The Call for Papers for that special session has been extended to 31 October 2017. Abstracts should ... »

CQA Training and Certification, November 2017

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TRI will host three geosynthetics CQA training short courses and two certification opportunities November 27 – December 1 in Austin, Texas The next CQA Week will present multiple opportunities for high-level CQA training and certification. Construction Quality Assurance experts in projects utilizing geosynthetics, such as in waste management and mining, ensure the effectiveness of the materi... »

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Business Development Manager – Sales, Layfield

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Layfield is an industry leader in polymer film, geomembranes, and geotextiles with a mission to Protect Our Families, Our Communities, and Our Environment. Layfield is looking to add a highly motivated and hard-working sale professional to its San Diego, California-based team. A description of the opportunity is posted below. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER WASTEWAT... »

GSI Online Course: QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities

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The Geosynthetic Institute’s Drs. Bob Koerner and George Koerner will lead a special online short course 3 – 5 October 2017 on QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities. Worth 8 PDHs, the course will take place in two 90-minute blocks on each day (11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00 – 3:30 pm. QA/QC OF GEOSYNTHETICS IN WASTE CONTAINMENT FACILITIES GSI writes: This online course is focused on... »

PODCAST: The Push towards Reinvention in Geomembranes

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Many infrastructure applications rely upon geosynthetic barriers. Over time, we’ve seen the specification of 40 or 60-mil black high-density polyethylene geomembranes become so common that black HDPE can feel almost like a commodity product. In part, this seems at odds with the critical containment these geomembranes provide. But, it is also in part a testimony to how the geosynthetics manufacturi... »

GeoPASS II Offers a Strong Geotechnical Program – October 11

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Last year, Charlotte, North Carolina-based HUESKER hosted a high-level, invitation-only geosynthetics technical networking event called GeoPASS. The inaugural series delivered top-tier lectures and perspectives on diverse topics such as the Limit Equilibrium Design Framework, coal ash disposal, contractor’s views on geosynthetics in geotechnical engineering, and more. GeoPASS II, to be held Octobe... »