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... »

GAP 2019 Connects Pavement, Railway, and Airfield Engineers

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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... »

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... »

GeoPASS II Delivered a High-Level, Diverse Technical Seminar

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On the heels of ASCE’s GeoCarolinas conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, locally headquartered HUESKER delivered a high-level technical seminar and networking event. The gathering GeoPASS II, followed the previous year’s format: a strong list of invited speakers for a day-long seminar, a diverse range of topics, a limited attendee list representing various perspectives and specialties in the f... »

GeoPASS II Offers a Strong Geotechnical Program – October 11

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Last year, Charlotte, North Carolina-based HUESKER hosted a high-level, invitation-only geosynthetics technical networking event called GeoPASS. The inaugural series delivered top-tier lectures and perspectives on diverse topics such as the Limit Equilibrium Design Framework, coal ash disposal, contractor’s views on geosynthetics in geotechnical engineering, and more. GeoPASS II, to be held Octobe... »

PODCAST: Zornberg on Differing MSE Design Frameworks

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Mechanically stabilized earth walls have been the subject of the most read stories on Geosynthetica this year and a few of the most read stories in 2016 as well. This past spring, some of that field interest in MSE design became the focus of a unique meeting at the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference. There, the ASCE Geo-Institute Technical Committee on Geosynthetics brought together leading MS... »

FHWA Limit Equilibrium Design Framework for MSE Structures

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The innovative performance of geosynthetic reinforcement materials has led to mechanically stabilized earth walls and slopes becoming a mainstay of modern infrastructure—particularly with highways and commercial development. However, agreement is not so easy to find on the design framework best suited to consistent long-term performance and safe engineering and construction. Failures are rare, but... »

Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls

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During Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, the Technical Committee – Geosynthetics from ASCE’s Geo-Institute will hold a special working committee meeting on Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls. The gathering is certain to draw attention, promoting discussion at the conference and providing potential and highly beneficial input to future designs. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 tak... »

East Coast Erosion Control Looks West in New Partnership

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Erosion and sediment control materials manufacturer East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC (dba East Coast Erosion Control) is partnering with Valley Erosion Supply. The new venture gives the privately held, Pennsylvania-based company a manufacturing and distribution site in Montana for even more efficient service to markets in the Midwest and Western United States. “We are thrilled to partner wit... »

The Road Ahead: Transportation Engineering

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The GeoAmericas 2016 transportation engineering track will hold paper presentation sessions on April 11 and 12 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on South Beach. These sessions will present state of practice solutions and state-of-the-art ideas to enrich engineers, contractors, and other project stakeholders. The full GeoAmericas 2016 conference–the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics&#... »

Updated MSE Design Software for FHWA, BS 8006, and EuroCode 7

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NAUE, the international geosynthetics manufacturer and engineering services provider, has released SecuSlope 3.0 for mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) applications. The latest version of this MSE design software has been updated for state-of-practice use with FHWA (limit equilibrium), BS 8006 (ultimate limit state), and EuroCode 7 (EC7) following the German EBGEO (Recommendations for Design and ... »

Training Lectures and Panel Discussions at GeoAmericas 2016

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The 49 technical sessions at the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2016) will include multiple high-quality panel discussions and training lectures. Diverse topics address geosynthetic installation, the market for geosynthetics in Latin America, NCMA design and inspection recommendations for SRWs, FHWA perspective, reinforced soil wall in tiered configurations, embankments ... »

High-Strength Geotextiles Flex Their Muscle

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Geotextiles have been developed and installed in civil engineering projects since the 1950s. Largely emerging in response to flooding and storm events in the Netherlands and the United States, these synthetic “technical textiles” have grown substantially in use. They commonly provide cushioning and protection, filtration and drainage, and soil separation characteristics. Few geosynthetic-related p... »