Lining a South African Mine’s Gravity Thickener Tank Floor

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The gravity thickener infrastructure at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk mine in Lephalale, South Africa plays a pivotal role in the recycling of water used for settlement of fines generated through fragmentation (blasting from mining) and degradation (handling processes in pit and plant; loading of trucks, bunkers, silos, chutes, transfer points). When the site operator’s maintenance program deemed it necess... »

New Website for Fabricated Geomembrane Institute

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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is an industry-sponsored Institute at the University of Illinois focused on advancing the use of fabricated geomembranes through education, research, and technology transfer. FGI invites members and industry professionals to explore its new website at www.fabricatedgeomembrane.com.  One of the highlights of the new website is a pond liner calculator tool.... »

WEBINAR: Pond Liner System Design and Operation

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Though pond lining applications are common, the proper design and operation of a pond liner system requires great care. A large number of facilities in need of liquid containment are sensitive sites at which pond leakage could result in heavy repair costs, operational shutdowns, and environmental damage. The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS North America) has ... »

Early Registration Deadline for IECA 2018 – January 15

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The International Erosion Control Association 2018 Conference and Exhibition (IECA 2018) is will take place 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. This annual event is one of the most important gatherings for soil and water quality, construction best practices, and erosion and sediment control. Readers are reminded that the early registration deadline for IECA 2018 is January 15. Registe... »

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... »

EXCLUSIVE: Video Interview with Solmax on Acquiring GSE Environmental

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Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs sits down with Solmax Inc. President Jean-Louis Vangeluwe to discuss the company’s bold move in acquiring GSE Environmental. The move brings together two of the most well-known international brands in geosynthetics manufacturing and engineering. Watch this interview to hear directly from Solmax about when interest in the acquisition developed, the challe... »

AGRU’s XXL Pipe Facility Offers World’s Largest HDPE Pipe Extrusion

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In March, AGRU America announced its major move into large-diameter plastic pipe. The Charleston, South Carolina facility has been producing HDPE pipe since April, but the company held its grand opening not long ago. The event, which was attended by 160 international customers, revealed further information on the innovative site, including news that AGRU’s XXL Pipe Production Facility is equipped ... »

Maximizing Electrical Leak Location Effectiveness with Covered Geomembranes

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By Abigail Gilson-Beck and Julio Ferreira – Designers of geomembrane-lined containment facilities commonly assume two to five leaks per hectare, with each leak of the size or diameter of a few millimeters. A leak is any damage that fully penetrates a geomembrane panel or seam (e.g. hole, perforation, tear, crack or puncture). Typical leaks caused by equipment placing cover material can be orders o... »

Diverting Surface Water from Contaminated Spoils at a Former Mine

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In June 2017, Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (CC GCCM) was used to line a series of drainage channels at a remediated mining site in Wicklow, Ireland. The channels were engineered to divert surface water around the former contaminated spoils zones. The site had an extraordinarily long history of mining, with copper mining activities having been reported as far back as 172... »

GRI-GM19b Brings a Long-Needed Specification Update to Fruition

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In October 2017, the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI), which is part of the Folsom, Pennsylvania-based Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) published the GRI-GM19b specification: “Seam Strength and Related Properties of Thermally Bonded Reinforced Polyolefin Geomembranes/Barriers.” The finalization of GM19’s substantial update was a significant achievement for GSI’s member companies and the overall i... »

CLI Earns International Achievement Award

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Colorado Lining International, Inc. has been honored with a 2017 International Achievement Award (IAA). The winning project (“Tucson Water Clearwell Rehabilitation and Replacement”) was recognized for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications. The Clearwell Reservoir is Tucson Water’s largest reservoir in its delivery system. Two 30-million gallon cells serve the site. The first of the t... »

GSE Environmental Awarded High Temperature Geomembrane Patent

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Four years ago, GSE Environmental formally announced the development of polyethylene geomembranes for use in applications with prolonged exposure to temperatures above 60°C (140°F). Now, the company has been awarded US Patent No. 9,518,176 B2 for its High Temperature Geomembrane Liners and Master Batch Compositions. The newest addition to the series, GSE High Temperature Liner, is engineered to wi... »

Geomembranes, Covers, and Containment Systems Webinar – Nov 16

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AGRU America continues its series of geosynthetic engineering webinars on November 16 at 12:00 EST. This new geomembranes and geosynthetic cover and containment systems webinar will address a range of topics.  Engineer Nick Rauh will lead the session and foster discussion on multiple geosynthetic solutions and the various factors that influence performance and improve project economics and efficie... »

Translated: General Recommendations for Geomembranes in Barrier Systems

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The International Geosynthetics Society’s French Chapter (CFG – Le Comité Français des Géosynthétiques) has published an English-language version of its key document Fascicle 10, “General recommendations for the use of geomembranes in barrier systems.”  The resource, which is free for downloading on the IGS French Chatper’s website, pertains to design, construction, and site inspection. The ... »

Register Now! GeoHydraulics Engineering Workshop in New Orleans

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Registration is open for the GeoHydraulics Workshop in New Orleans, Louisiana. The two-day event will be held November 8 – 9 and bring together civil engineers, construction professionals, international speakers, top-tier geohydraulics solutions companies, and more. Earn 16 PDHs (2 CEUs). Learn more below. The gathering has been organized by the Technical Committee on Hydraulics (TC-H) of th... »

United Concrete Canvas Russia Opened a Demo Park

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Though Concrete Canvas opened a unique demo park near Moscow in Russia in 2016, it wasn’t until mid-way through this year that the company officially announced it. The site, run by United Concrete Canvas Russia, introduces visitors to the wide variety of applications and sectors in which Concrete Canvas rolls are being used: road construction, railways, canal lining, mining, secondary containment ... »

VIDEO: A Manufacturing Approach to Geomembrane Wrinkles Management

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Earlier this year, Solmax took on a very hot topic with a free webinar: managing geomembrane wrinkles. This session followed the discussion created by a Geosynthetic Institute webinar in which Dr. Robert Koerner spoke strongly against wrinkles left in or left to develop in a geomembrane installation. Solmax delivered a welcomed talk on the manufacturing approach to the subject. Technical manager D... »

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Raven Seeks to Add Product Development Engineer

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Job Opportunity – Product Development Engineer (Raven Industries): For 60 years, Raven has developed, marketed, and produced technical solutions to great challenges. Utilizing our strength in engineering, manufacturing, and technological innovation, Raven today is a leader in precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, and situational awareness markets. Our purpose to Solve Grea... »

11 ICG Young IGS Members Call Extended to October 31

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DEADLINE EXTENSION! The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics, organized by the International Geosynthetics Society’s Korean Chapter, will be held in Seoul, South Korea 16 – 21 September 2018. The Young IGS Members will host a special session during 11 ICG as part of the technical program. The Call for Papers for that special session has been extended to 31 October 2017. Abstracts should ... »

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... »

CQA Training and Certification, November 2017

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TRI will host three geosynthetics CQA training short courses and two certification opportunities November 27 – December 1 in Austin, Texas The next CQA Week will present multiple opportunities for high-level CQA training and certification. Construction Quality Assurance experts in projects utilizing geosynthetics, such as in waste management and mining, ensure the effectiveness of the materi... »

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Business Development Manager – Sales, Layfield

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Layfield is an industry leader in polymer film, geomembranes, and geotextiles with a mission to Protect Our Families, Our Communities, and Our Environment. Layfield is looking to add a highly motivated and hard-working sale professional to its San Diego, California-based team. A description of the opportunity is posted below. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER WASTEWAT... »

Storm Cistern Slope Protection with a GCCM

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A crew of 6 – 8 people installed the 1000m2 of CC5TM slope protection over five days. In February 2017, Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used for slope protection in a storm cistern in the Airport Industrial Park of Colón in Querétaro, Mexico. The urbanization of the Industrial Park PIA Airport by AM Developers required a rainwater catchment area for infiltration... »

Project: HDPE Geomembranes Secure Storage Basin in Mexico

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An intense dry season across the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico, led to a water shortage in the community of El Muerto and San Juan. Without sufficient rainfall, the danger was that the future supply from the reservoirs would be incrementally reduced. To be prepared for these eventualities, a storage basin was proposed to collect water, storing it for future use when required. The contractor, San... »

Young IGS Members Call for Papers – 11 ICG

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics, organized by the International Geosynthetics Society’s Korean Chapter, will be held in Seoul, South Korea 16 – 21 September 2018. The Young IGS Members will host a special session during 11 ICG as part of the technical program on September 18. The Young IGS Members Call for Papers has been issued. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and su... »