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,... »

Boyd Ramsey Leads off Waterproof Membranes 2018

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Waterproof Membranes 2018 will be held 5 – 7 November 2018 at the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany. Geosynthetics veteran Boyd Ramsey has been added to the program as the first featured speaker (following the traditional market focus open from the hosts AMI). The international conference focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, and the manufacture, installation, and performance of... »

Preliminary Injunction Upheld in GCCM Patent Dispute

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A follow up on a GCCM patent story from earlier this year: The preliminary injunction issued in a Polish court against Eurobent Sp.zo.o regarding potential infringement of Concrete Canvas’s patent PL/EP 2027319 has been upheld by the appeals court in Wroclaw. Concrete Canvas had challenged Eurobent’s material branded as Tiltex™. Both Concrete Canvas and Eurobent manufacture a new type ... »

Geopipe Webinar to Examine Durability, Infrastructure Uses, and More

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UPDATE: IGS North America will move the webinar to the fall, due to interested attendee requests but difficulty arranging time during a very busy season of work. IGS North America will host a geopipe webinar on July 12. The session, led by Dr. Michael Pluimer (University of Minnesota – Duluth), tackles one of the most necessary elements of modern infrastructure. Pluimer is targeting the engi... »

11ICG Extends Pre-Registration Rate to July 30

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 at the COEX in Seoul, Korea. The program will feature 1,000 geotechnical engineering experts from more than 100 countries. Conference theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” Of note, the organizing committee has extended the pre-registration rate through July 30. Readers... »

A Primer for Preventing HDPE Geomembrane Whales

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By Ian D. Peggs, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng  – There continue to be failures of HDPE geomembrane lining systems in waste water treatment plant (WWTP) lagoons and farm manure ponds. These geomembrane whales, which are bubbles that develop under the geomembrane, are generally caused by leakage through the liner, the inability to remove leakage, the generation of methane, and the subsequent inability to vent... »

Pluimer to Lead July 12 Geopipe Webinar for IGS North America

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The next IGS North America webinar will tackle one of the most necessary elements of modern infrastructure: geopipe. Dr. Michael Pluimer (University of Minnesota – Duluth) will lead the session, which is broadly targeted as an Introduction to Geopipe. The webinar will open a longer-term series on applications, specifications, and test methods associated with geopipe. Commonly offered in corr... »

Sand Mats Protect World Cultural Heritage Site Underwater

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The prehistoric pile dwellings in upper Lake Zurich, Switzerland originated 4000 years ago and were awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. These unique sites provide essential insight into Alpine European communities the in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The pile dwellings around Lake Zurich represent 10% of all known sites of this nature through Europe. When natural erosion an... »

Geotextile Tubes, Geotextile Filters: Two Webinars from GSI

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The Geosynthetic Institute’s GSI Webinar series provided high-level education and resources on all geosynthetic applications and materials. The next offerings will focus on geotextiles. Specifically, geotextile tubes and geotextile filters. June 13, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): Applications and Design of Geotextile Tubes July 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): Geotextile Filters: Concerns and Issues Each ... »

Safe Petrochemical Storage with Geosynthetic Secondary Containment

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In September 2016, a CC HydroTM (CCH) Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Barrier (GCCB) was used to provide secondary containment to a 5000m2 berm face at a petrochemical storage facility in Wales. SemLogistics’ Milford Haven site is one of the largest petroleum products storage facilities in the United Kingdom. It accounts for nearly 25% of the country’s independent multiproduct storage. Located... »

IGS North America Webinar: Erosion Control with Geosynthetics – May 29

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The next IGS North America webinar will focus on Erosion Control with Geosynthetics. Presenter Markus Wilke (HUESKER) brings more than a decade of experience to the presentation, including a very deep background in hydraulic engineering and coastal protection and remediation.  He has published extensively on topics such as dewatering, port maintenance, bank stabilization, and waterway engineering.... »

11th International Conference on Geosynthetics Pre-Registration Deadline

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 at Coex in Seoul, Korea. The program will feature 1,000 geotechnical engineering experts from more than 100 countries. Conference theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” NOTE: Pre-registration (best rate) is available through June 15. Visit www.11icg-seoul.org, set up an... »

Australia Geosynthetics CQA Training Week, May 15 – 18

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TRI Australasia will host the next Australia Geosynthetics CQA Training Week 15 – 18 May 2018. Register now! The multi-short course event will take place in Burleigh Heads, Queensland. Short courses offered include: Liner Integrity Survey / Assessment Training (May 15) Construction QA/QA for Geosynthetic Installations (May 16) Construction QA/QC for Compacted Clay Liner & GCL Installatio... »

IGS Young Members Committee Photo Contest

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In recent years, engineering societies and conferences have wisely put greater emphasis on younger participants in their fields. Geotechnical engineering experienced a substantial growth in materials innovation (e.g., geosynthetics) and project scopes over the past 50 years, and much of that growth was based on the work of engineers now retired or near retirement or who have moved into different d... »

Volume 34 of IGS News: Elections, Workshops, Young Members

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The International Geosynthetics Society has published the first of 2018’s three issues of IGS News, which tracks the on-going contributions of the IGS to the global geotechnical engineering field and opportunities for all involved. Volume 34 opens with some essential reading, including candidate biographies and related announcements pertaining to the forthcoming IGS Council elections. All stories ... »

GCCM Market Growth Leads to Patent-Related Preliminary Injunction and Lawsuit

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The development of the market for geosynthetic cementitious composite mat materials has occurred swiftly, with this unique barrier market’s innovator Concrete Canvas leading the way. The company has achieved significant international reach with projects in mining, water resource management, culvert rebuilds, oil and gas containment works, and much more. The rapid rise in interest from a broad rang... »

Slope Stability and Leak Location Highlight Early May Short Courses

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In the United States, geotechnical engineering short courses often take place just ahead of the warmer months during which so much work takes place. This gives engineering firms and their personnel a chance to enhance skills and strategies for immediate implementation and better long-term planning for business and career growth. In early May, the short course calendar is highlighted by two two-day... »

REMINDER: Register Now for IGS June Workshops in Munich

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The International Geosynthetics Society has two exceptional, standalone events being held back-to-back in Munich. The June workshops kick off with the 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop, June 4 – 5. Then, on June 6 – 7, the 1st GeoBarrier Workshop takes place. Each of the June workshops has a separate registration, but both registrations may be made at the events’ shared online regist... »

Kent von Maubeuge to Deliver Koerner Lecture at GeoMEast 2018

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For more than 25 years, Kent von Maubeuge (NAUE) has been an active member of various engineering professional associations and standards organizations (e.g., DIN, CEN, ISO, ASTM). He has become particularly known for his work in barrier geosynthetics. During the GeoMEast 2018 conference in Cairo, Egypt (24 – 28 November 2018), he will have the honor to deliver the Koerner Lecture, which is named ... »

ELL Seminar Series Continues with Dipole Method Webinar on April 24

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IGS North America’s webinar series has become a strong draw for the field. The International Geosynthetics Society chapter’s next offering lands April 24, when Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. delivers Part 2 of the Electrical Leak Location Seminar Series. Topic: “The Dipole Method (ASTM D7007): Advantages, Technique, and Necessary Site Conditions.” Gilson is Director of TRI Environmental’s Liner Integr... »

Andy Durham to Chair Environmental Focus Group

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Owens Corning’s Senior Geosynthetics Engineer, Andy Durham, has been appointed as the Environmental Focus Group Chairman for the Geosynthetic Materials Association. GMA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Durham represents Owens Corning on GMA’s Executive Council. In his new chairmanship role, Durham will focus on positioning geosynthetics as engineered best practice... »

GeoMEast 2018 Abstracts Call Closes April 15

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The GeoMEast 2018 International Congress and Exhibition is one of the leading Geosynthetics and Geotechnical Congresses in the Middle East. The event will be held to be held 24 – 28 November 2018 at the MENA House Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Geosynthetics has a major role in the technical program. Theme: “Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Structural Integrity.” GeoMEast 2018 abstracts are invited thro... »