Transportation Geotechnics: GAP 2019 Abstracts Due January 23

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The growing field of transportation geotechnics will be the focus of the inaugural Geo-Structural Aspects of Pavements, Airfields, and Railways Conference (GAP 2019). The event,  managed by Minerva (publisher of Geosynthetica), is being developed in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and the U.S. Army Engineer Rese... »

Titan Times 2018 – Clean Energy, Large Projects, Company Expansion

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In its Titan Times 2018 Year in Review magazine, Titan Environmental delivers a strong account of geosynthetic growth for its company and the geotechnical field in general. The increasing scale of projects, the furthering of material technology (e.g., concrete reinforcement geogrids), and the opening of new facilities tell a story of a very active company and of how the civil engineering community... »

Railway Ballast Stabilization with Geocell at Bridge Approaches

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A portion of a railway track in Fort Lauderdale, Florida had been a high maintenance area for many years due to the impact loads from rail cars transitioning off of a concrete bridge abutment onto ballasted concrete ties. The ties were located over soft subgrade, which had exhibited a history of pumping. The rail operator, Florida East Coast Railway, sought a ballast stabilization solution to corr... »

Wicking Geotextiles Getting Noticed by US DOTs

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Roughly eight years ago, TenCate Geosynthetics was involved in a now well-studied project along Alaska’s Dalton Highway. The road served as the only ground transportation route between the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay and the city of Fairbanks, but the extreme northern environment caused significant degradation along the 500-mile highway due to frost heave. Wicking geotextiles were proposed to streng... »

ACIGS Bringing IGS Educate the Educators to Australia

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The International Geosynthetics Society’s Educate the Educators program has had a substantial and beneficial impact on college-level geotechnical and civil engineering programs. EtE workshops provide high-caliber professional development and resources for professors and instructors to incorporate geosynthetics into their curricula. The endeavor is essential, as too many young engineers enter the f... »

Phil McGoldrick on Value Engineered Systems and Tripling Production

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Geosynthetica second season of the GeoTalk pocast series has begun! Editor-in-Chief Chris Kelsey sits down with globe-trotting industry veteran Phil McGoldrick. With Strata Geosystems, he has been a key piece of the company’s on-going expansion in international markets. The company’s growth has been significant enough that to support it Strata has invested in a new state-of-the-art production faci... »

Kerry Rowe Mercer Lecture Schedule Announced

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Dr. Kerry Rowe has been selected to deliver the 2019-2020 Mercer Lecture. The biennial lecture series honors the late Dr. Brian Mercer, the inventor of geogrids. Tensar International sponsors the prestigious series, which is endorsed by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The Mercer Lecture was establ... »

GAP 2019 Abstracts Call: FHWA, FAA, FRA, USACE, and You

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The inaugural Geo-Structural Aspects of Pavements, Airfields, and Railways Conference (GAP 2019) will be held 4 – 7 November 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The event, managed by Minerva (publisher of Geosynthetica), is being developed in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research an... »

MSE Expert David Butchart Joins Earth Wall Products

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David Butchart has returned to the geotechnical engineering field in a new business development and strategy role with Earth Wall Products, LLC. The company provides proprietary retaining wall systems and materials for use in the construction of earth retaining walls. Some of the systems for which Earth Wall Products is known include the GRAVIX and FORIX gravity systems and the TRINITY and CREEKSI... »

IGS North America Extends Service Award Nominations to December 3

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The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS North America) has established an Excellence in Service Award to recognize members who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the objectives of the chapter or the geosynthetics industry. The inaugural IGS North America Service Award (or awards) will be issued at Geosynthetics 2019. The event, to be held 10 – 13... »

Titan’s TE Geogrids and Reinforcement Growth Continues

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The geosynthetics industry’s global growth has drawn the interest of an increasing number of market research organizations. Reporte’s latest analysis of the world geogrid market, Global Geogrids Market 2018, included a competitive analysis of 31 international companies. Canada-headquartered Titan Environmental Containment, which has been growing wildly in the past five years across many sectors an... »

Mine Haul Roads on Composite Geogrids in Northern Ontario

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Mines depend on consistent access for site safety, operational efficiency, and profitability. Delays in access can quickly cost active mines millions of dollars in lost production, and that can determine the fate of a site’s continued operation. In Northern Ontario, mine haul roads on composite geogrids have proven to be a highly effective strategy to keep mines running. MINE HAUL ROADS – GEOTECHN... »

Concrete Reinforcement Geogrid Excels in Calgary Project

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The City of Calgary wanted to reduce construction and maintenance costs of concrete pedestrian sidewalks. The traditional approach used by the city was to use thick, unreinforced concrete slabs. Yearly rehabilitation work was required to repair major cracking of the slabs shortly after installation. Project planners looked for a reinforcement system that would not be susceptible to corrosion and t... »

NAUE Achieves BBA Certification for Secugrid® HS Geogrids

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Late last week, global geosynthetics manufacturer NAUE confirmed that its innovative high-strength geogrid Secugrid® HS has received BBA certification. It’s a significant achievement and an acknowledgement of the high quality of the material. BBA Certification provides assurance of technical compliance within the construction industry. The certificate was presented to Andy Cracknell, Director of N... »

Ben Leshchinsky Leads Free November 1 Webinar on Limit State Design

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On November 1, Dr. Ben Leshchinsky (Oregon State University) will present the next IGS North America webinar. His topic is one of the biggest topics in the field right now: “A Different Approach towards Limit State Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures.” This online event is FREE to industry professionals and students. It’s part of a new series of webinars jointly hos... »

Jie Han to Deliver State of US Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls for ICE

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The United Kingdom-based Institution of Civil Engineers is an extremely active professional body with a rich history of high-quality lectures and professional development offerings. On October 17, ICE will welcome the University of Kansas’s Dr. Jie Han, who has been invited to speak on “Geosynthetic-reinforced retaining walls: Recent US research and developments.” REGISTER ONLINE Dr. Jie Han is th... »

11 ICG Was an Enormous Success for Geosynthetics

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The 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (10 ICG) was held in 2014 in Berlin. The event established new benchmarks for success for the quadrennial showcase conference and exhibition of the International Geosynthetics Society. The organizers of 11 ICG (September 2018) had a tall task in matching the Berlin conference, in terms of technical strength and international participation. Profess... »

GeoMEast 2018 Geosynthetics Program

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GeoMEast 2018 International Congress and Exhibition will be held in Cairo, Egypt from 24 – 28 November  2018 at Marriott Mena House Hotel in front of the Great Pyramids. The theme for the event is “Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Structural Integrity.” Geosynthetics has a major role in the technical program. The organizers have released more details on the geosynthetics program. Learn more abou... »

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... »

Reinforced Berms at Kozcağız Dam in Turkey

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The Kozcağız Dam project is one of the biggest water-related investments by DSI in Turkey’s Bartin province. The dam provides water to a total of 6088 acres (2460 hectares) of agricultural area. The dam construction consists of clayish sand-gravel backfill and extends to a height of 54 meters. The aim of the Kozcağız Dam is two-fold: secure a constant water supply for Bartin’s agricultural activit... »

Improving Bridge Approaches on Soft Soil along the М6

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The M6 Highway is one of Belarus’s 14 major motorways. It provides essential connection from the capital of Minsk to Grodno near Poland and the Bruzgi border crossing point. In the larger European roadway network, the M6 is affiliated with the E28 road. The highway system in Belarus has been undergoing substantial expansion. As part of the M6 highway improvement works, a bridge connection and over... »

GeoForum Charlotte 2018 – Only a Few Seats Remain

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Charlotte, North Carolina-based HUESKER continues its annual series of high-level networking and geosynthetics discussions with GeoForum Charlotte 2018. The event will be held 17 – 19 October 2018 in Charlotte, with day one featuring a happy hour, day two a full-day of technical lectures and a dinner, and day three a tour of the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in nearby Shelby. T... »

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... »

IGS Releases 5th Edition of Its Geosynthetics Specification Guide

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The International Geosynthetics Society is dedicated to promoting the awareness and proper utilization of geosynthetic technologies in infrastructure. In support of its mission and backed by its 4000+ global membership from the geotechnical engineering field, the IGS has released its Guide to the Specification of Geosynthetics 2018. This specification guide, available to all as a free PDF download... »

Public Vote Opens for IGS Young Members Photo Contest

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The International Geosynthetics Society supports its young members through special symposia at major events, a committee to liaise with chapters and the IGS Council, and now through the first IGS Young Members Committee Photo Contest. The contest launched in May, and with finalists selected it now has opened a public vote to select a winner. Share this opportunity with your engineering colleagues ... »