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... »

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 ... »

Asphalt Reinforcement with Geogrid on Europe’s M1 Highway

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The M1 Highway is a major European route, connecting Moscow and Warsaw. Along the way, the trunk road passes through Smolensk and crosses into Belarus to connect the major cities of Minsk and Brest to the roadway system. When a section along the Brest – Moscow portion suffered fatigue cracking, a geosynthetic asphalt reinforcement solution was specified. M1 ASPHALT REINFORCEMENT The problematic cr... »

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.... »

Alexiew Announces Geotechnical and Geosynthetic Engineering Consultancy

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Dr. Dimiter Alexiew has made his name with more than 30 years of experience in developing advanced geotechnical systems. Now, he announces the formation of Alexiew Geoconsulting, an independent Geosynthetics & Geotechnical Engineering Consultancy. With his new practice. Dr. Alexiew offers a wide range of services to support consultants, contractors, and producers. DIMITER ALEXIEW AS A CONSULTA... »

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 ... »

Early Registration Deadline for IECA 2018 – January 15

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The International Erosion Control Association 2018 Conference and Exhibition (IECA 2018) is will take place 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. This annual event is one of the most important gatherings for soil and water quality, construction best practices, and erosion and sediment control. Readers are reminded that the early registration deadline for IECA 2018 is January 15. Registe... »

Geosynthetics in Colombia – An Interview with Carlos Moreno

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Geosynthetica’s Spanish-language publication editor, Natalia Rodado Bernal, had the opportunity to interview engineer Carlos Moreno, who heads up the Geosystems Engineering Department of PAVCO. His group is focused on the technical engineering behind PAVCO’s many geosystems projects, with the company providing consulting, construction, and geosynthetics expertise in civil works. CARLOS MORENO ON G... »

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... »

PODCAST: Disturbed Land Reclamation with Tom Williams

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In this episode of GeoTalk, we check in with Tom Williams, a 40-year veteran of disturbed land reclamation work, much of which has been in connection with mining. Mining activities are integral to the success of an enormous number of industries that are inextricably part of our lives. Communications. Construction. Healthcare. Energy. Transportation. Essentially, everything in modern life is connec... »

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... »

Titan Times 2017 – Radioactive Waste, New Geogrids, and More

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In its Titan Times 2017 Year in Review newsletter, Titan Environmental Containment offers plenty to celebrate and a lot to look forward to. The company shares notes on key projects, revisits some product innovations and product line expansions, recognizes a key employee’s retirement, and more. These updates give glimpses not just at a single company but at some of the larger trends in the field. D... »

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, ... »

Surface Stabilization Needs Drive Diamond Grid Growth in South America

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Polymeric-based, surface stabilization grids have attracted a lot of interest around the world. For stabilization system manufacturer Diamond Grid International, South America has become one of the fastest growing regions of use for its materials. Diamond Grid is utilized in a wide range of sectors in need of surface stabilization solutions, such as trail building, mining, agriculture, landscaping... »

Runway Reinforcement for National Airport in Minsk, Belarus

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The national airport in Minsk has been undergoing significant construction as it prepares to decommission what has been its primary runway. The new runway, which is being engineered to support the larger, more diverse aircraft used today, began construction in late 2016. A runway reinforcement solution from Machina-TST was utilized, ensuring that the new system supports not just larger aircraft bu... »

AGRU’s XXL Pipe Facility Offers World’s Largest HDPE Pipe Extrusion

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In March, AGRU America announced its major move into large-diameter plastic pipe. The Charleston, South Carolina facility has been producing HDPE pipe since April, but the company held its grand opening not long ago. The event, which was attended by 160 international customers, revealed further information on the innovative site, including news that AGRU’s XXL Pipe Production Facility is equipped ... »

WEBINAR: Understanding the Role of MARV in Geosynthetic Specifications

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The International Geosynthetics Society North American Chapter (IGS North America) will host a webinar on December 19: Understanding the Role of Minimum Average Roll Values (MARV) in Geosynthetic Specifications. Beth Wilbanks (TenCate Geosynthetics) will lead the 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST session. REGISTER ONLINE Download the webinar flyer (PDF) Cost IGS North America Members: FREE Non-members: USD $20 M... »

IECA 2018 Program Highlights and Opening Keynote

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The International Erosion Control Association 2018 Conference and Exhibition (IECA 2018) is fully ready for attendees to reserve accommodation and register for the conference. The program has been published with an advanced online version that enables users to click through for detailed session and presenter information. IECA 2018 will take place 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. Vi... »

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... »

Kerry Rowe to Deliver Croce Lecture in Rome

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Renowned geotechnical engineering professor Kerry Rowe (Queen’s University, Canada) has been selected to deliver the prestigious Croce Lecture at the Italian Geotechnical Society (Associazione Geotecnica Italiana – AGI) annual conference. The society, which include the Italian Chapter of the IGS, will hold its event 13 December 2017 in Rome. Prof. Rowe has announced his lecture topic: “Envir... »

A Sustainable Success Award for Machina-TST’s Geosynthetics Business

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On 17 November 2017, in the Small Hall of the Palace of the Republic in Minsk, Belarus, the national Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony took place. Among the many businesses honored was rapidly growing geosynthetics manufacturer Machina-TST. The company, which is based in Mogilev, was one of six companies with more than 300 employees recognized for sustainability—which in this context was to... »

Diverting Surface Water from Contaminated Spoils at a Former Mine

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In June 2017, Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (CC GCCM) was used to line a series of drainage channels at a remediated mining site in Wicklow, Ireland. The channels were engineered to divert surface water around the former contaminated spoils zones. The site had an extraordinarily long history of mining, with copper mining activities having been reported as far back as 172... »

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... »

Maccaferri Enhances Corrosion Resistance in Double-Twist Geotechnical Steel

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Maccaferri is one of the world’s biggest geosynthetics companies. It also has a strong international reputation for its wire mesh products, such as gabions and geohazards mitigation materials (e.g.., rockfall netting). With the introduction of the new GalMac® coating for the company’s double-twist wire mesh products, a wide variety of geotechnical designs are getting a substantial boost in corrosi... »

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... »