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... »

Sand Mats Protect World Cultural Heritage Site Underwater

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The prehistoric pile dwellings in upper Lake Zurich, Switzerland originated 4000 years ago and were awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. These unique sites provide essential insight into Alpine European communities the in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The pile dwellings around Lake Zurich represent 10% of all known sites of this nature through Europe. When natural erosion an... »

Geotextile Tubes, Geotextile Filters: Two Webinars from GSI

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The Geosynthetic Institute’s GSI Webinar series provided high-level education and resources on all geosynthetic applications and materials. The next offerings will focus on geotextiles. Specifically, geotextile tubes and geotextile filters. June 13, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): Applications and Design of Geotextile Tubes July 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): Geotextile Filters: Concerns and Issues Each ... »

Desludging Wastewater Ponds Using Geotextile Dewatering Bags

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By Johnny Oriokot, Donovan Bate, and Gerard Dirks – When wastewater treatment ponds reach their capacity, the options available are either to build new or empty existing facilities. These ponds must be desludged to make available additional space for waste. Strict environmental regulations in wastewater treatment, though necessary, can complicate carrying out functional upgrades to a facility. Her... »

MENA Nonwovens Symposium Offers Prominent Geotextiles Session

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When the international nonwovens association Edana convenes its 2018 MENA Nonwovens Symposium and Exhibition, it will do so with a prominent geotextiles program. The event, to be held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai February 6 – 7, includes a geotextiles session moderated by International Geosynthetics Society Past President Daniele Cazzuffi (CESI, Italy). MENA NONWOVENS – GEOTEXTILE ... »

NOLA GeoHydraulics Engineering Event Schedule Released

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Civil engineers and construction professionals will meet international speakers, network with top-tier geohydraulics solutions companies, acquire practical engineering information to implement immediately, and have the opportunity to take part in high-level geohydraulics discussions in New Orleans. Two geohydraulics engineering events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana 7 – 9 November 2017. Devel... »

Congratulations, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan

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Two of the geosynthetics field’s most respected figures, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan, were honored on Thursday, June 15, at the ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics meetings in Toronto. JOEL SPRAGUE TRI Environmental‘s Senior Engineer Joel Sprague received the ASTM Award of Merit, a prestigious honor that earns him the title of Fellow. In a release from ASTM, Committee D3... »

IGS Technical Committee Organizes November Hydraulics Events in NOLA

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Two hydraulics events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2017 thank to a technical committee of the International Geosynthetics Society. The engineering professional development gathering will consist of two independent but complementary hydraulics events: a full-day think tank (November 7) followed by two days of technical presentations on coastal and river protection (November 8 &#... »

Custom Nonwoven Geotextiles Fight Lake Eutrophication

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Can nonwoven geotextiles prevent the suffocating damage of eutrophication in waterways? That is a question Titan Environmental Containment‘s Sam Bhat, M. Eng., is helping answer in a collaborative project with environmental engineering professor Catherine Milligan and Concordia University (Canada). An NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant has been awarded for 2017-19 for the tea... »

12 ICG Bids and 2018 Award Nominations Lead IGS News Vol 33, Issue 1

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The first of 2017’s three issues of IGS News—the official newsletter of the International Geosynthetics Society—has been released. Two of the highlights include the 2018 call for award nominations and the invitation for chapters to submit bids to host the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics, which will be held in 2022. While both of these items take a long-term view, they epitomize one ... »

NAUE Asia Achieves SAMM Accreditation for Testing Geosynthetics

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When the international geosynthetics manufacturer NAUE GmbH & Co. KG founded NAUE Asia Sdn. Bhd. (NASB) in Malaysia in 2011, it did so to serve infrastructure markets in Asia and Oceania—and to do so with the same high-quality standards it employs at its renowned facilities in Germany. Now, the NAUE Asia testing laboratory has achieved SAMM accreditation for testing geosynthetics, in accordanc... »

IGS North America Selects Kingston for Educate the Educators Event

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The International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program was created in the 1990s to address the knowledge gap about geosynthetics in civil engineering practice. The program used a short course format to deliver practical geosynthetics engineering information to professors, who returned to their colleges with strategies for incorporating geosynthetics into their less... »

New ASTM D35 Subcommittee on Geosynthetic Product Specification

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The influential ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics has established a new subcommittee: D35.06, Subcommittee on Product Specifications. The first meeting of the subcommittee is schedule for ASTM Committee Week, 14 – 16 June 2017 in Toronto, Canada. In a letter to committee members, the standardization body noted that the new subcommittee has come about through “discussion with the American Associa... »

CCR-Oriented GSE CoalDrain Geocomposite Earns Patent

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The expansion of coal combustion residuals handling and storage work in the United States, in the wake of new regulations, has led to a strong growth in engineered materials and services developed for CCR work. GSE Environmental developed the GSE CoalDrain, a highly engineered geocomposite designed specifically for coal combustion residuals. The US Patent Office has awarded the company its officia... »

GSI Issues Graduate Student RFP for 2017-2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2017-2018 fellowships for graduate students. Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per r... »

IGS North America Photo Contest 2017 Opens

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The International Geosynthetics Society’s North American Chapter has opened its 2017 IGS North America Photo Contest. The contest is open to all IGS-NA members and runs January 24 – February 20. Entries in the IGS North America Photo Contest will be used to promote the ways in which geosynthetic materials, applications, and results improve infrastructures. The announcement of the contest’s o... »

IECA Field Tours at Environmental Connection 2017

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One will offer a number of field tours at Environmental Connection 2017, the annual conference and exhibition from the association. Learn-in-the-field opportunities include: Research Showcase at the Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Facility (Pre-conference Session) – Learn proper design/installation techniques on various eros... »

Geotextiles Seminar at INDEX 17 Features Geosynthetics Leaders

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International nonwovens association Edana will again hold a geotextiles seminar at its triennial INDEX™ conference. The event is one of the world’s largest gatherings for nonwoven material presentations and exhibition. More than 12,000 professionals are expected at INDEX 17, which will be held 4 – 7 April 2017 at the Geneva Palexpo in Switzerland. The geotextiles seminar will take place on April 6... »

A Primer on Soil and Geotextile Filter Design for MSE Walls

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Drs. Robert and George Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) are no strangers to tackling challenging topics—subjects which are either difficult to motivate discussion on (e.g., failures) or difficult to document (e.g., developing and monitoring long-term studies). One of the information-sharing vehicles they’ve utilized over the years to keep information flowing has been to release influent... »

2016 Geosynthetics Manufacturing Year in Review

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The year 2016 has seen considerable activity in geosynthetics manufacturing, despite a slow start for many producers. As has often occurred, conditions such as resin supply fluctuations, geopolitical uncertainty, or stalled legislation in a country or multi-national body cools output. This year saw a bit of all of that affecting much of the world. Still, it gave a great many companies the time to ... »

TenCate’s Water and Environment Website Uses Client-Led Redesign

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By Elizabeth Peggs – TenCate Geosynthetics has been working to up their digital media presence and strategy, and the effort is yielding great results. The company has just launched a revised water and environment website zone. The redesigned segment of their primary www.geotube.com portal is dedicated to geotextile tube technology and solutions. Christopher Timpson, who serves as a Technical Servi... »

ECTC Updates Charts for Temporary RECPs

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The Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) has published revised charts for Temporary Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs). The documentation identifies product characteristics, such as material thickness, tensile strength, ground coverage, material mass, and maximum slope steepness in installation. “These charts are the result of consensus amongst leading manufacturers of RECPs in the indus... »

A New, Expanded Geosynthetics Headquarters for HUESKER Brazil

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International geosynthetics manufacturer and engineering services provider HUESKER Group has had a lot to celebrate. In recent years, the historical German headquarters marked the company’s 150th anniversary. This year, the United States-based HUESKER North America & Central America headquarters celebrated its 25th anniversary and tripled the size of its manufacturing and warehousing space in ... »

ITA Geosynthetics Group Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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By Bruno Pedroni – The Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) is one of the most prestigious engineering institute’s in Brazil. The Institute’s geosynthetics group (GGGAITA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It marked the occasion during the 9th ITA geosynthetics group meeting with special sessions on September 16. The gathering was hosted by ITA’s Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sã... »

EuroGeo 6 Preview

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EuroGeo 6 is nearly here! The quadrennial European Geosynthetics Conference, which was last convened in Spain (2012), will be held 25 – 28 September 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana is a fantastically relevant host location for a geosynthetics conference: the city is the European Green Capital of 2016. The circumstances by which the event landed in Slovenia were not ideal. The Turkish ... »