Raven Shares Palos Verdes Reservoir Article Series

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The Palos Verdes Reservoir has been part of Los Angeles County’s extensive water service network since the late 1930s. The avocado-shaped facility, with a depth of 75 feet, provides 360 million gallons of water storage. To keep it operating efficiently and to extend its service life greatly, a plan was approved to make significant changes and upgrades. In 2016, Geosynthetics Magazine invited Raven... »

Bunch Brings Utilities Expertise to ESI’s Project Management

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The largest contracted installer of geosynthetic lining materials in the United States, Environmental Specialties International, has added Ryan Bunch to its team as Project Manager. Bunch brings something quite unique to ESI’s project management approach: 14 years of gas and electric utilities expertise. It’s a client perspectivethat will continue to build on ESI’s project communication and execut... »

Solmax Enhances Oil and Gas Pipeline Protection

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Through a partnership with Rock Armour LLC, Solmax is furthering its presence in the oil and gas market. The company has unveiled an innovative rockshield pipeline protection solution for midstream oil and gas assets: RockArmour™. The conductive geomembrane material is designed to shield pipelines from rock impact damage during backfilling and soil disturbance after pipeline installation. The syst... »

Geosynthetics CQA Training and Certification Events – April 2019

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TRI Environmental will host four geosynthetics CQA training courses and two certification opportunities 7 – 12 April 2019 in Austin, Texas. The events are part of the next CQA Week. Construction Quality Assurance experts in projects utilizing geosynthetics ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term service lives and economical performance. Major infrastru... »

Solmax Unifies Its Global Brand under One Name

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When Solmax announced its acquisition of GSE Environmental in December 2017, the geosynthetics field and containment market professionals were unsure of how to interpret the move. Both companies were seen as giants in the world market, but GSE was perceived to be the larger entity. While they both had similar corporate cultures from a quality and innovation perspective, they had developed their ow... »

10 Years Ago, Watershed Geo Significantly Changed Closure Applications

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A decade ago, options in closure applications changed dramatically with the debut of two unique systems: one was an exposed membrane with thin-film photovoltaic (solar energy) cells adhered to the membrane surface; the other combined geomembrane and synthetic turf layers. Both systems provided green engineering benefits, strong stormwater shedding performance, and long-term cost savings. Only one ... »

How to Reduce Stormwater Infrastructure with Porous Pavers

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Porous pavement solutions have drawn considerable interest in communities for the green engineering benefits they provide. Grass and gravel porous pavers can greatly reduce stormwater runoff by enabling a high infiltration or percolation rate of water into underlying soils. The permeability of these systems can also trap suspended solids, thus filtering them out of any residual runoff so water tha... »

Geotechnical Aspects of Embankment Dams Workshop

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One of 2019’s signature geotechnical engineering events is the XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Reykjavik, Iceland. The event will be held 1 – 6 September 2019, and on that first day, the ECSMGE will offer a workshop on the Geotechnical Aspects of Embankment Dams. International Geosynthetics Society Past President Daniele Cazzuffi (CESI, Italy) will chair ... »

I-CORP on 2018’s Most Interesting and On-Going Projects

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Dr. Ian Peggs, PE, PEng, started an international print newsletter in the 1990s. That publication, Industry Insight, evolved out of its print format and into the digital publication Geosynthetica. While Dr. Peggs sold Geosynthetica in 2010, we have the great privilege of retaining a strong relationship with him. Geosynthetica’s team is excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication i... »

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... »

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... »

Geofabrics Earns Australian Export Award for Environmental Solutions

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Congratulations are due to Geofabrics, which has earned a 2018 AusTrade Australian Export Award for Environmental Solutions. The company, which manufacturers geosynthetics and provides supply and design support for a wide-range of applications, was officially recognized at a ceremony in Canberra on 27 November 2018. The Australian Export Awards (AEA) is a national program that recognizes Australia... »

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... »

Select Abstracts from the Berlin 2 Geomembrane Workshop

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The Berlin 2 geomembrane workshop, held 26 September 2014 in Germany, gathered engineering experts from around the world and who represented multiple perspectives in geosynthetics. The goal was to develop a protocol for better anticipating the end of life–to define end of life–for an exposed, high-density polyethylene geomembrane that is actively in service. Read more about the origin ... »

Berlin 2 Final Report Seeks End of Life Protocol for HDPE Geomembranes

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Immediately following 2014’s 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (September 2014, Berlin), a high-level, one-day workshop on exposed HDPE geomembranes convened at the headquarters of BAM, Germany’s Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. The event (Berlin 2) brought together field luminaries who represented not only the international practice but multiple perspective... »

ELL and CQA Training and Certification – November 2018

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TRI Environmental will host three geosynthetics CQA training short courses and two certification opportunities November 13 – November 16 in Austin, Texas. The events are part of the next CQA Week. Construction Quality Assurance experts in projects utilizing geosynthetics, such as in waste management and mining, ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term s... »

Geosynthetic Regulations Lecture Now Available Online

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During the GeoMEast 2018 conference, Kent von Maubeuge will deliver the Koerner Lecture. The affiliated paper (“Geosynthetic barriers in regulations and recommendations in line with the ISO design guide?”) has been published online by Springer’s journal Innovative Infrastructure Solutions. As of the publication of this story (October 22), von Maubeuge’s geosynthetic regulations lecture is currentl... »

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... »

McCourt Named Global Head of Sales for Solmax-GSE

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Though bringing together two of the world’s largest geosynthetics producers is an enormous task, Solmax-GSE is continuing its rapid evolution with a key announcement: Peter McCourt has joined the executive team and has been named the company’s Global Head of Sales. (Editor’s note: Geosynthetica will soon publish an update interview with CEO Jean-Louis Vangeluwe on Solmax-GSE’s remarkable year.) In... »

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... »

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... »

IAGI’s Inaugural GeoGames to Be Held in Houston in February 2019

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For years, members of the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers have discussed the possibility of a geomembrane welding competition at a major event. Attendees of these conferences routinely witness welding equipment demonstrations at equipment maker booths, but structuring an actual competition has been complicated. In 2019, though, the GeoGames will become a reality. “Twelve teams... »

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 ... »

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,... »