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... »

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... »

GEER Responds to Christchurch, New Zealand Flooding

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12 March 2014 – A team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, supported by the National Science  Foundation, has been mobilized to investigate the potential impacts of the wide spread liquefaction as a result of  the 2010 – 2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence on the recent Christchurch, New Zealand flooding that occurred 6 – 8 March 2014. They wil... »

Great Connections 2014 Announces Keynote Speakers, Opens Registration

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Online registration has opened for Great Connections 2014! This new water quality and stormwater management conference from two IECA Chapters will be held 29 April – 1 May 2014 in Davenport, Iowa. The conference organizers have also announced the keynote speakers: Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh and now a Senior Resident Fellow for Urban Development with the Urban Land Institute (ULI)... »

Great Connections 2014 at the Heart of Stormwater Management

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By Rebecca Kauten – The Great Lakes and Great Rivers Chapters of IECA represent nine American states (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MO, NE, OH, WI) and one Canadian province (ON). The region is characterized by old industry, overstressed underground stormwater systems, strong wetlands and conservation policies, agricultural runoff challenges, wind-induced soil erosion, and riverside urban redevelopmen... »

GeoHazards 6 Part of an Important Geotechnical Movement

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While geohazards mitigation and response is large topic around the word, it is only now gaining real traction in North America. Canada has a more developed geohazards market (systems, companies, research and regulation), and GeoHazards 6 (15-18 June 2014) is making a huge statement with its choice of venue: Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. UPDATE: Abstracts deadline extended to Nov... »

Gabions Protect Mining Rail Turnout from Floods

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A case study from Geofabrics Australasia — BHP Billiton Iron Ore was investigating the blending of ore from all mine sites at Newman. A southern rail turnout across the Fortescue River adjacent to the North Jimblebar Causeway was required so that ore from Ore Body 18 and Jimblebar could be taken directly to the Newman Mine site. Initially a high level causeway and a high level bridge were co... »

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 ... »