11 ICG Preview – Maccaferri Contributes a Wide Look at Geosynthetic Design

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Maccaferri is one of the world’s biggest geosynthetics companies. In this 11 ICG Preview, we look at the technical expertise the company will share with the global engineering community during the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (16 – 21 September 2018) in Seoul. Maccaferri also invites attendees to visit its team at Booths 63 & 64 in the 11 ICG exhibit hall. 11 ICG PREVIEW – MA... »

New ASTM Standard Supports Geosynthetic Clay Liner Use

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Earlier in August, ASTM International announced a new standard in support of those who construct and install geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs):  ASTM Standard D8204, Standard Practice for Burial and Retrieval of Samples in a Test Pad to Evaluate Installation Effects on Geosynthetic Clay Liners. The organization cites applications that may benefit most from the new standard include: Landfills Coal co... »

14 GSI Fellows Announced for 2018 – 2019

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Ten years ago, the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) Board established the GSI Fellows program. Since then, the institute has provided an exceptional level of support to student-centered research and development projects involving geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics and the impact of the program is recognized in the field today. The 2018 R... »

Carbon Footprint Advantages of HDPE Geomembranes

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By José Miguel Muñoz Gómez – High-density polyethylene liners are renowned for containment performance in landfills, mining, wastewater, and other vital sectors. Less discussed but meriting evaluation is the superior carbon footprint rating that HDPE geomembranes provide versus traditional barriers like compacted clay. A 1.5mm (60-mil) HDPE liner can provide a seal similar to 0.6m of high-quality,... »

Preliminary Injunction Upheld in GCCM Patent Dispute

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A follow up on a GCCM patent story from earlier this year: The preliminary injunction issued in a Polish court against Eurobent Sp.zo.o regarding potential infringement of Concrete Canvas’s patent PL/EP 2027319 has been upheld by the appeals court in Wroclaw. Concrete Canvas had challenged Eurobent’s material branded as Tiltex™. Both Concrete Canvas and Eurobent manufacture a new type ... »

Reinforcing Megastructure Foundations with Geosynthetics

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The 74m-high reinforced soil structure at the Sikkim Airport (India) is one of the largest geosynthic megastructure projects in the world.  The 50m-high reinforced, vegetated wall at the Shennongjia Airport in Hubei Province (China) is another. Both projects have been engineered with Maccaferri soil reinforcement solutions. MAKING MEGASTRUCTURE DESIGNS POSSIBLE High-performance geogrids reinforce ... »

11ICG Extends Pre-Registration Rate to July 30

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 at the COEX in Seoul, Korea. The program will feature 1,000 geotechnical engineering experts from more than 100 countries. Conference theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” Of note, the organizing committee has extended the pre-registration rate through July 30. Readers... »

A Primer for Preventing HDPE Geomembrane Whales

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By Ian D. Peggs, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng  – There continue to be failures of HDPE geomembrane lining systems in waste water treatment plant (WWTP) lagoons and farm manure ponds. These geomembrane whales, which are bubbles that develop under the geomembrane, are generally caused by leakage through the liner, the inability to remove leakage, the generation of methane, and the subsequent inability to vent... »

Pluimer to Lead July 12 Geopipe Webinar for IGS North America

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The next IGS North America webinar will tackle one of the most necessary elements of modern infrastructure: geopipe. Dr. Michael Pluimer (University of Minnesota – Duluth) will lead the session, which is broadly targeted as an Introduction to Geopipe. The webinar will open a longer-term series on applications, specifications, and test methods associated with geopipe. Commonly offered in corr... »

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 ... »

Safe Petrochemical Storage with Geosynthetic Secondary Containment

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In September 2016, a CC HydroTM (CCH) Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Barrier (GCCB) was used to provide secondary containment to a 5000m2 berm face at a petrochemical storage facility in Wales. SemLogistics’ Milford Haven site is one of the largest petroleum products storage facilities in the United Kingdom. It accounts for nearly 25% of the country’s independent multiproduct storage. Located... »

Transforming an Abandoned Mine into a Major Green Development

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When mining activities on a site cease, owners and communities may face a number challenges: soil remediation, re-vegetation, isolating contaminants from waterways, runoff control, etc. Importantly, they ask: What else can be done with the site? Is it able to be beneficially reused? Geosynthetics commonly play a vital role in cleaning up and protecting sites. Geosynthetics also are key to how geot... »

11th International Conference on Geosynthetics Pre-Registration Deadline

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 at Coex in Seoul, Korea. The program will feature 1,000 geotechnical engineering experts from more than 100 countries. Conference theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” NOTE: Pre-registration (best rate) is available through June 15. Visit www.11icg-seoul.org, set up an... »

Sergei Terzaghi to Present Geohazard Analysis Webinar for AGHP

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The Association of Geohazard Professionals has announced its next AGHP webinar: “Geohazard Analysis: Past, Current, and Future.” The session will be led by renowned geotechnical engineer Sergei Terzaghi, the Americas Geotechnical Leader for Arup. The webinar will be held May 31 from 2:00 – 3:00 EDT. Cost: USD $25 for AGHP Members; $150 for non-members. REGISTER ONLINE Learn more ... »

Australia Geosynthetics CQA Training Week, May 15 – 18

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TRI Australasia will host the next Australia Geosynthetics CQA Training Week 15 – 18 May 2018. Register now! The multi-short course event will take place in Burleigh Heads, Queensland. Short courses offered include: Liner Integrity Survey / Assessment Training (May 15) Construction QA/QA for Geosynthetic Installations (May 16) Construction QA/QC for Compacted Clay Liner & GCL Installatio... »

IGS Young Members Committee Photo Contest

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In recent years, engineering societies and conferences have wisely put greater emphasis on younger participants in their fields. Geotechnical engineering experienced a substantial growth in materials innovation (e.g., geosynthetics) and project scopes over the past 50 years, and much of that growth was based on the work of engineers now retired or near retirement or who have moved into different d... »

Volume 34 of IGS News: Elections, Workshops, Young Members

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The International Geosynthetics Society has published the first of 2018’s three issues of IGS News, which tracks the on-going contributions of the IGS to the global geotechnical engineering field and opportunities for all involved. Volume 34 opens with some essential reading, including candidate biographies and related announcements pertaining to the forthcoming IGS Council elections. All stories ... »

GCCM Market Growth Leads to Patent-Related Preliminary Injunction and Lawsuit

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The development of the market for geosynthetic cementitious composite mat materials has occurred swiftly, with this unique barrier market’s innovator Concrete Canvas leading the way. The company has achieved significant international reach with projects in mining, water resource management, culvert rebuilds, oil and gas containment works, and much more. The rapid rise in interest from a broad rang... »

Upcoming GSI Webinars on MSE Walls – Remediation/Monitoring and Inspection

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The Geosynthetic Institute has a strong background in providing education and resources on all geosynthetic applications and particularly on MSE walls. The next GSI Webinars exemplify the quality offered in GSI’s webinar series. The next offerings: April 25, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): MSE Wall Remediation and Monitoring May 9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): MSE Wall Inspection These live presentat... »

Slope Stability and Leak Location Highlight Early May Short Courses

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In the United States, geotechnical engineering short courses often take place just ahead of the warmer months during which so much work takes place. This gives engineering firms and their personnel a chance to enhance skills and strategies for immediate implementation and better long-term planning for business and career growth. In early May, the short course calendar is highlighted by two two-day... »

REMINDER: Register Now for IGS June Workshops in Munich

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The International Geosynthetics Society has two exceptional, standalone events being held back-to-back in Munich. The June workshops kick off with the 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop, June 4 – 5. Then, on June 6 – 7, the 1st GeoBarrier Workshop takes place. Each of the June workshops has a separate registration, but both registrations may be made at the events’ shared online regist... »

ELL Seminar Series Continues with Dipole Method Webinar on April 24

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IGS North America’s webinar series has become a strong draw for the field. The International Geosynthetics Society chapter’s next offering lands April 24, when Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. delivers Part 2 of the Electrical Leak Location Seminar Series. Topic: “The Dipole Method (ASTM D7007): Advantages, Technique, and Necessary Site Conditions.” Gilson is Director of TRI Environmental’s Liner Integr... »

Andy Durham to Chair Environmental Focus Group

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Owens Corning’s Senior Geosynthetics Engineer, Andy Durham, has been appointed as the Environmental Focus Group Chairman for the Geosynthetic Materials Association. GMA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Durham represents Owens Corning on GMA’s Executive Council. In his new chairmanship role, Durham will focus on positioning geosynthetics as engineered best practice... »

Maccaferri’s Young Engineer Program Targets Recent Graduates

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Now in its third edition, the Young Engineer Program from Maccaferri  helps identify and develop young engineering talent. The company, which is well known internationally for its geosynthetics, geohazard, and affiliated geotechnical work, invites recent graduates with a Civil, Geotechnical, or Environmental Engineering degree to apply. SUBMIT APPLICATION Geosynthetica encourages its readers to sh... »

Bund Lining at a Petroleum Tank Farm in Athens, Greece

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Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) materials have grown quickly in adoption around the world in a large variety of containment applications. Bund lining has been one of the most common applications to take advantage of GCCM characteristics and performance. An exemplary case is the use of Concrete Canvas® GCCM (CC) for bund lining at a petroleum tank farm in Athens, Greece. The existing... »