INTERVIEW: Mallick on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Chip Seal

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During the 95th annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington DC (January 2016), Dr. Rajib Mallick of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) delivered four papers, including contributions on climate change and geosynthetic-reinforced chip seal (GRCS). Geosynthetica interview him about these topics and how they may forecast changes in future roadway designs and material selection.... »

Broward County Leader Joins Climate Change Keynote

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The threat of rising sea levels and more intense hurricanes through climate change makes South Florida a perfect location for a coastal protection keynote address. At GeoAmericas 2016 (10 – 13 April 2016, Miami), two Netherlands-affiliated speakers will be joined by Broward County, Florida’s Dr. Jennifer L. Jurado. The team will present a talk under the heading “Call to Action: The Urg... »

Coastal Engineering Opportunities at GeoAmericas 2016

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Geosynthetic materials are used extensively in coastal engineering and protection projects. The modern geotextiles industry, in fact, emerged in the 1950s in response to flooding in the Netherlands and tropical storm damage in the United States. Since then, a large industry and innovative designs have come along. Geosynthetic tubes and containers provide dewatering and solids separation for large-... »

President Obama Signs WRRDA into Law

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US President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law on Tuesday, June 10. This bill is significant for its lack of earmarks, its extraordinary bipartisan and bicameral support, its approval of all major projects the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had been waiting on, and its specific mention of geosynthetics. Said the President, “…this bi... »

Interview: Boyd Ramsey on WRRDA’s 7-Year Itch

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Following the historic and overwhelmingly bipartisan passage in the US House and Senate of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), Geosynthetica’s Chris Kelsey talked to Boyd Ramsey, GSE Environmental’s Chief Engineer and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Executive Council Chairman. GMA’s lobbying efforts over the past seven years—the period of time it took for a n... »

Persistence of GMA Pays off with WRRDA Passage

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The effort to get geosynthetics specifically mentioned in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) extends back many years. It began, in fact, roughly seven years ago following the passage of the last major water resource bill. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) had drafted a strategic plan in 2004 that identified a need for a stronger voice at the federal government policy... »

WRRDA Passes; Cites Sustainability and Durability of Geosynthetics

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On May 22, the US Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The $12.3 billion conference report, passed by the House on May 20, enjoyed staggeringly strong bi-partisan support (91 – 7 in Senate, 412 – 4 in House). It will now go to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Of note: the bill specifically mentions geosynthetics within a section on durability and susta... »

Stronger NOLA Levees with Geogrids

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The human and infrastructure devastation inflicted by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina has led to years of levee design revisions and reconstructions in the New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) region. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been the principal driver of these projects, and geosynthetics have played new and significant roles. For the 5.2-mile-long “Levee 111” project, which borders ... »

Senator Boxer’s Floor Statement on WRRDA 2014

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Senator Boxer’s Floor Statement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) (Remarks as prepared for delivery) I am so pleased that the bipartisan conference agreement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) is before the Senate today following yesterday’s overwhelming and bipartisan approval in the House of Representatives by a vote of 4... »

Senators Applaud Final Passage of Bipartisan, Bicameral Water Infrastructure Bill

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Washington, D.C. — Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and EPW Ranking Member, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), issued the following statement after the Senate voted 91 to 7 to adopt the Senate-House conference report for the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The House of Representatives passed the measure Tuesday with a... »

AUSTRALIA: Retaining and Hydraulic Structures Seminars

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From May 13 – May 22, Geofabrics Australasia is sponsoring an educational seminar series on “Retaining & Hydraulic Structures.” The event will be held in four cities and include expert instruction from Marco Vicari (Italy), who will share nearly 20 years of experience in pavements, river training works, and reinforced soil structures. Dates and locations are noted below. DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLY... »

VIDEO: Underwater Installation of GCL for Flood Protection

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By NAUE – The video “Dam Sealing with Bentofix® BZ 13-B” shows how Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs) allow ecological, economical and safe construction, including for underwater installation of a flood protection sealing system. A barrage along the Lech River in Feldheim, Germany is profiled. The Feldheim barrage is located directly in a nature reserve, 40 km north of Augsburg. As ... »

Revisiting a Dune Core Coastal Protection Installation after Sandy

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During a Nor'easter in March of 2010, heavy surf and high winds devastated the dune system protecting beach front homes, near the Hampton's, on the twin forks of Long Island, New York. With the dunes gone, there was nothing left to protect the beachfront properties from future storms. Instead of doing a "sand push" along the beach, or trucking in sand to rebuild the dunes, Maccaferri was approache... »

AEG Helps USACE Protect Mississippi Levee

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The floods affecting American waterways in 2011 have been, for many communities, historic, as have the engineering solutions being utilized. American Environmental Group, Ltd. (AEGL) has been part of a first-of-its-kind emergency levee protection effort in Mississippi that has used impermeable geomembrane liner to help secure the backside of the Yazoo River Backwater Levee. This emergency strategy... »

Louisville District Uses New Technology to Support Smithland Flood Fight

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"They figured they only had about 75 hours," USACE's John Neville writes. He was referring to the window of time before the city of Smithland, Kentucky might be flooded. The US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District office joined this flood fight in late April, taking on a scale of flooding that hadn't been experienced in nearly 75 years in some parts of the region. For Smithland, the Corps u... »

Battling the Flood in Smithland with Defencell

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This project represents the largest ever emergency installation of a Defencell Flood Wall system in the United States. The Defencell Flood Wall is a geotextile-based system, originally developed for ballistic defenses in military operations, and can be quickly constructed utilizing local fill, sand, or other common aggregates. Within 24 hours of receiving a call from the USACE, Fiberweb delivered ... »