Elizabeth Peggs Retires from Minerva, Geosynthetics Field

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After nearly 18 years in geosynthetics, Elizabeth Peggs has announced her retirement from the field. Her roles have involved key positions with ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, the International Geosynthetics Society, and major conference organization and management (e.g., GeoAmericas 2016). She has also been the only Director Minerva Technology, Resources and Information and its flagship publ... »

TenCate Seeks Technical Manager for Engineered Structures

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One of the largest geosynthetics companies in the world, TenCate Geosynthetics, is adding a technical manager to its engineered structures team. In this position, the Technical Manager focuses on North American markets for MSE walls, slopes, and embankments. APPLY ONLINE “This position is responsible for managing the technical data, product testing, and project design related to the reinforced wal... »

Geo-Congress 2019 Seeks Case Studies, Heads to US Northeast

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The ASCE Geo-Institute’s long-running Geo-Congress conference is one of the most important annual gatherings in the United States on geotechnical engineering. With the announcement of Geo-Congress 2019, the Geo-Institute notes that the event, incredibly, has never been held in the Northeast. The 2019 edition will change that in bringing the event to Philadelphia. Conference theme: Case Studies Geo... »

Logistics Center on Geogrids in Belarus to Be New Silk Road

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In late 2017, construction began on a multimodal transportation, industrial, and logistics center in Bolbasovo, which is located in the Orsha region of Belarus. The 230-ha site will function as the linchpin in a “new silk road” between China and Europe. The area is supported by convenient access to railways, an airport, and the intersection of major west-east and north-south Trans-European highway... »

Reinforced Soil Wall Supports 1000-Ton Crane Working Platform

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The Elan Valley Aqueduct (EVA) is an important part of the water supply for Birmingham City (Wales) and its surrounding area. The principal structure is 100 years old. The 120 km long EVA discharges 300 million liters of water per day in the Frankley Water Treatment Works (WTW), supplying 1.2 million people with potable water and future reserves in the event of emergency. When Severn Trent Water d... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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, ... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

GeoPASS II Delivered a High-Level, Diverse Technical Seminar

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On the heels of ASCE’s GeoCarolinas conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, locally headquartered HUESKER delivered a high-level technical seminar and networking event. The gathering GeoPASS II, followed the previous year’s format: a strong list of invited speakers for a day-long seminar, a diverse range of topics, a limited attendee list representing various perspectives and specialties in the f... »

Better Bearing Capacity for Container Yard on Geocells

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Constructing on weak subgrade is always a challenge, but geosynthetics provide high-quality, efficient, and economical solutions. An exemplary case can be found in the busy city of Kolkata, India, where a logistics company needed to improve a weak subgrade at the site of a new container yard. Geocells provided the answer. ALLCARGO LOGISTICS Ltd.’s container yard was to be located at Kidderpore Doc... »

GIGSA Bursary Applications Due November 1

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The Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA)—a chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society—has a strong history of supporting educational endeavors. The chapter’s support comes in the way of technical lectures, publications, event participation, and a regular GIGSA Bursary. The next deadline for applications for the GIGSA Bursary is 1 November 2017. Geosynthetica encourages its ... »

GSI Webinar: MSE Wall Back Drainage Design

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The Geosynthetic Institute will host its next GSI Webinar on 25 October 2017. The topic is MSE Wall Back Drainage Design. GSI Webinars are 80-minute sessions (with Q&A time added to the end) on the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am (EDT). Participants may be eligible to receive 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs) with completion of a 10-question multiple choice test following t... »

Geosynthetic Support Pad Offers More Than 800 t Capacity

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HUESKER has developed a geosynthetic support pad (Fortrac Heavy Load). The system has been engineered for storing extra-heavy units, such as monopoles for offshore wind turbines or ship components. The load capacity of this geosynthetic support pad is greater than 800 t. “Traditional constructions with custom-made steel and concrete support posts tend to be very expensive,” the company writes. “[T... »

Ashley MacMillan Joins TenCate as an Engineering Business Manager

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TenCate Geosynthetics has announced the addition of Ashley MacMillan, PE as Engineering Business Manager – Northwest (United States). MacMillan is a 7-year veteran with a strong background in geotechnical applications. Among the skills she brings to TenCate is the ability to serve as a mechanically stabilized earth structures expert. MacMillan has been active in her career with the American Societ... »

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... »

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... »

Post-Harvey Impact on Geosynthetics Manufacturing

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At its peak and not long before it made landfall in Rockport, Texas, Hurricane Harvey was rated a Category 4 storm. It was the first major hurricane to make landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast in 12 years, and in doing so it caused an enormous amount of damage to infrastructure in Houston, which is a major center of production for petrochemicals and geosynthetics manufacturing in the United States. B... »

Strata’s New Geotechnical Software Focuses on GRS Design

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The recently launched StrataPro™ geotechnical software platform from Strata Systems, Inc. is a welcomed addition to the tools engineers can use to improve GRS design. Geosynthetically reinforced soil structures can improve the sustainability, economics, and safety of infrastructure, but they require significant care in planning and material selection. Programs such as StrataPro provide that suppor... »

PODCAST: Bob Mackey on the State of Geosynthetics Education

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A few years ago, the International Geosynthetics Society revived its Educate the Educators program. The initiative was developed in the early 1990s to help educate engineers, regulators, and academics about geosynthetic materials, which were flourishing in field use. More than 20 years later, the field of geosynthetics had grown enormously—but how to engineer with these materials had not become st... »