Presto Geosystems Seeks Technical Manager

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Presto Geosystems has served as a leader in the geosynthetics field for nearly 40 years, including being an innovator in the truest sense: the company invented geocellular confinement technology in the late 1970s. Today, the manufacturer continues its growth in geotechnical applications and is currently searching for a Technical Manager located at their corporate headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsi... »

GSI White Paper 41 – Sustainability and Geosynthetics

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The Geosynthetic Institute‘s first white paper of 2019 focuses on one of the biggest issues in contemporary conversation: sustainability. GSI White Paper 41 is concerned with “Relative Sustainability (i.e., Embodied Carbon) Calculations With Respect to Applications Using Traditional Materials Versus Geosynthetics.” In this, the authors are less concerned with IF this is possible ... »

GSI White Paper 40 – Geosynthetics and Pavement Design Methods

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The Geosynthetic Institute had a particularly busy 2018 with White Papers, issuing five of them. All of them are worth reading. One that particularly caught our eye, however, was the 30 November 2018 release of White Paper 40. The document, “Status of Pavement Design Methods Used by U.S. DOTs and Inclusion of Geosynthetics Therein,” provides a concise survey of practices throughout the... »

International Management Moves Highlight HUESKER’s Expansion

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Following a few years of significant manufacturing investments around the world, HUESKER has announced major transitions in its international management team. Sven Schröer, who has led an enormous endeavor at HUESKER Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina—including tripling the primary US manufacturing site’s space—will return to the global headquarters in Gescher, Germany, where he will now serve as a... »

GeoAmericas 2020 Extends Abstracts Deadline to May 26

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GeoAmericas 2020 will be the 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. The quadrennial event will be held 26 – 29 April 2020 in historic Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The conference has grown steadily in scope, attendance, and reputation since its inaugural gathering in Mexico City (2008). Subsequent iterations in Lima (2012) and Miami (2016) showed strong attendance growth and raised signi... »

The Importance of Packaging Systems in Geosynthetic Quality

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Frequently, articles, brochures, podcasts, and other communications highlight the importance of various quality control and quality assurance steps in geosynthetics. These steps take place in the selection of raw materials, the manufacturing process, material handling, site installation, and post-installation monitoring. However, of all the steps profiled, we rarely encounter a mention of packagin... »

IGS Establishes Zornberg Lecture for GeoAmericas

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Congratulations are due to International Geosynthetics Society Past President Jorge Zornberg! Dr. Zornberg, P.E., F.ASCE,  is one of the most influential and active practitioners in geosynthetics. A new lecture series, the Zornberg Lecture, has been established. In an announcement on its website, the IGS notes that the lecture has been created in recognition of “Dr. Jorge Zornberg’s major contribu... »

Protecting EPS Geofoam in Transportation with Geomembranes

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Raven Engineered Films has issued a new technical paper: Advanced Geomembrane Technology for Enhanced Protection of EPS Geofoam in Transportation Systems. The publication is part of the company’s technical library and openly available resources for the geosynthetics and civil engineering fields. DOWNLOAD A COPY IN PDF PROTECTING EPS GEOFOAM WITH GEOMEMBRANES Raven’s paper examines the effectivenes... »

4 Ways Geosynthetics Outperform Aggregates in Roadworks

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Maccaferri has released a new white paper on the use of geosynthetics in roadworks. The document was released at the 79th Annual Session of Indian Road Congress and includes real-life applications of geosynthetics, a discussion of advantages, and how geosynthetics outperform conventional aggregates. The company is one of the largest producers of geosynthetics and affiliated geotechnical materials ... »

Tengiz Oil Field Expansion Supported by High-Strength Geotextiles

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Tengiz is an oil and gas field in the Atyrau region of Kazakhstan, 350 km southeast of the city of Atyrau. Since 1991, Tengiz’s oil and gas processing plant and oil field has operated. It has become one of the country’s most important production and refining areas and is strategically located near the mouth of the Ural River and the Caspian Sea. In recent years, Tengiz has seen substantial reinves... »

New Manufacturing Facility Shows India’s Rise in Geosynthetics

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India’s fast-developing economy and large population places extra pressure on the nation to execute large-scale infrastructure development. The resulting investment in roadways, railways, power-grid expansion, and water resources creates a strong market for geosynthetics domestically.  Bolstered by these projects, India has also become a center for geosynthetics production, both for local use and ... »

GAP 2019 Extends Abstracts Deadline to February 15

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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... »

MAXConference Expands the Scope of Its Geosynthetics Event

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MAXConference will continue its annual series of transportation-related events with a strong incorporation of geosynthetic materials. From 12 – 13 March 2019, the group will host Asphalt Concrete Mixes and Geosynthetic Materials in Road Constructions at the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel in Russia. International manufacturer Thrace Group serves as this year’s key conference partner. In 20... »

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... »