Maccaferri Enhances Corrosion Resistance in Double-Twist Geotechnical Steel

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Maccaferri is one of the world’s biggest geosynthetics companies. It also has a strong international reputation for its wire mesh products, such as gabions and geohazards mitigation materials (e.g.., rockfall netting). With the introduction of the new GalMac® coating for the company’s double-twist wire mesh products, a wide variety of geotechnical designs are getting a substantial boost in corrosi... »

Hydraulic Engineering Solutions Seminar, July 14

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Waterways are dynamic environments. Strong hydraulic engineering solutions are needed to create resilient infrastructures that minimize environmental impact, control costs, and provide long-term performance. On July 14, Maccaferri will host  an exclusive breakfast seminar (7:30 am – 11:00 am) in Gaithersburg, Maryland focused on the application and design of hydraulic solutions. The seminar is fre... »

A Geosynthetic Solution for Tehran Highway Wall

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By Maccaferri – For a 33m-high, 300m-long retaining wall along the new Tehran North Highway, a composite geosynthetic solution from Maccaferri is being utilized. This geosynthetic approach has enabled the project team to avoid construction of a bridge or a traditional concrete wall, and in doing so has made the works more cost-effective while simplifying the installation. The ongoing construction ... »

JOBS: Production Planning and Quality Assurance Manager

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Maccaferri, Inc. seeks a Production Planning & Quality Assurance Manager with experience or aptitude in plant management functions to join its global production team. The position will report to the company’s Williamsport, Maryland manufacturing facility. This individual, in cooperation with other key manufacturing personnel, will be responsible for implementing and managing production plannin... »

Orion Graham Joins Maccaferri as VP of Sales (US)

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Geotechnial and geosynthetics materials manufacturer Maccaferri Inc. USA has announced the addition of Orion Graham as Vice President of Sales for the American operations. Mr. Graham brings more than 15 years of experience in construction and geotechnical materials sales to his new role. He will report directly to Mr. Moreno Scotto, President of Maccaferri Inc. USA. In a letter, Maccaferri North A... »

Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) Continues Growth

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In North America, the field of geohazard mitigation is quite young. Around the world, however, it is a strong field of geotechnical design. Geohazard experts also utilize or their technologies are specified in conjunction with geosynthetics frequently, such as for road construction and rockfall protection. The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP), which was formed in 2013, is fostering a ... »

Geogrids reinforcing the growth of Pardis near Tehran

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Pardis, which is situated on the east side of Tehran, is a fast-growing community of 40,000. Multiple technology, manufacturing, and services businesses have come into the area, and that has prompted a strong demand for new residential structures. The current phase of development in Pardis is targeting a capacity of 100,000 residents, making this one of the anchors to the eastern development of Te... »

IGS UK Joint Meeting Revisits Award-Winning Reinforced Wall

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On 3 March 2015, the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) UK Chapter will offer a joint meeting of the IGS UK and Yorkshire Geotechnical Group. Presenter Dave Crowther (Maccaferri Ltd.) will present on the enormous, award-winning Pakyong Airport MSE wall in Sikkim, India. The presentation, “The tallest reinforced soil structure in the world?”, will profile 550m wide, 1.7 km long, and nearly 7... »

Project Story: Reinforcing Crusher Walls

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By Maccaferri – Crusher walls, also known as mine dump walls, are used to support vertical or near-vertical grade changes to minimize the footprint of the facility. Hoppers or crushers can be installed within these walls. Mined material is hauled to the upper terrace and unloaded into the hopper/crusher. These large structures are part of the concentration facilities within the mine and crush the ... »

Geofabrics Australasia Acquires Maccaferri Australia and NZ

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Geofabrics Australasia has enjoyed a successful partnership with Maccaferri Australia Pty Ltd and Maccaferri New Zealand Ltd. Since 2002, Geofabrics has been the majority shareholder of these enterprises. Now, the companies are growing even closer. Gefabrics has acquired 100% of the shares. The companies have worked very well together across the broad Oceania marketplace, building business in mini... »

Geohazard Association Holds First Election, Announces Board

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The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) has announced the results of its first election. Founded in 2013 to serve the large but fragmented geohazard market in North America, AGHP exists to “support the development of standards, specifications, and best practices concerning the design and implementation of geohazard-related technologies and products; and to support and provide education t... »

Slope Reinforcement and Road Rebuild after Typhoon

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By ACE Geosynthetics – In 2009, Typhoon Morakot hit central and southern Taiwan with torrential rain. The storm set a rainfall record and was responsible for numerous disasters, such as landslides and dike failures. More than 100 bridges were damaged and mountain roads collapsed. Failure of Route Kao 132 Route Kao 132 in Kaohsiung is an important tourism and commercial road. It is the only a... »

AGHP Establishes Geohazard Committees

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The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) is a new professional association that has emerged to serve and promote an engineering sector that has been largely unsupported in the United States. With a steadily growing membership base, the association has now advanced to opening geohazard committees for member participation. Current committees and chairs include: Education Committee – C... »

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... »

German Lugers Win Gold at Geosynthetic-Reinforced Facility

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HUESKER congratulates German lugers on their winning four gold medals in Russia! Fortrac® geogrids were used to reinforce the site of the luge and bobsleigh track in the Russian region of Krasnaya near Sochi. Access roads and grandstands were built on geosynthetic-reinforced soil (GRS) incorporating Fortrac® geogrids. The geogrids were also installed in embankments built to protect against wind an... »

Latest Geofabrics Journal Focuses on Oil and Gas

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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), coal seam gas, containment ponds, and access road stability are just a few of the oil and gas issues profiled in the latest issue of Geofabrics Journal. DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE (PDF) Published in late January 2014 by Geofabrics Australasia, the new issue provides a broad view of the various ways in which geosynthetics are being utilized in the Australian oil and gas field. ... »

Rockfall 2013 Seminar Travels Across Australia

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Maccaferri Australia has announced multiple dates and speakers for the Rockfall 2013 seminar series. The seminar will be offered in five cities across Australia between November 26 and December 3. (Dates and locations listed below.) With a focus on rockfall mitigation and barrier design, Rockfall 2013 will profile: The design philosophy for assessing typical rockfall related problems The latest te... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Pietro Rimoldi on 80m High Reinforced Wall

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In a 9-minute interview with Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs, Maccaferri‘s Pietro Rimoldi discusses an extraordinary hybrid reinforced wall design utilized in Sikkim, India. The result is an 80m high structure at the Sikkim Airport–a critical access point in a region largely cutoff by geography. Further complicating the design is the seismic activity. Despite a 6.9-magnitude eart... »

Seismic Behavior of Hybrid Reinforced Soil High Walls and Slopes

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By Pietro Rimoldi, A.D. Gharpure, and R.R. Mahajan – Reinforced soil walls offer economic advantages over conventional mass gravity wall systems as the height of the wall increases. The cost of reinforcement constitutes an important part of the total cost of a reinforced soil retaining wall and can be as great as about 25% of the cost of the wall, depending on the wall height, backfill type,... »

FEMA: Circumstances Dictate Approach To Shorefront Protection

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LINCROFT, N.J. — FEMA — With the most developed and densely populated coastline in the country, New Jersey has communities along the Shore that are discovering the numerous ways to protect lives and property when storm clouds gather off the coast. Yet, not all beach protection methods are the same. Not all of them will stop an ocean hell-bent on raging into the community. Rock walls, g... »

Keyline Expands Geotechnical Expertise in UK

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Keyline Builders Merchants, a large, United Kingdom-based supplier of civils, heavy building materials and drainage products, has announced the establishment of a new geotechnics  team. The enhanced focus on geotechnical expertise will be extended through all of Keyline’s UK branches. In a July 16 announcement, the company notes: The new team will specialise in providing geotechnical advice and a ... »

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... »

Maccaferri Opens Manufacturing Plant in California

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In June 2013, Maccaferri, Inc. will be opening a new 49,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the Sacramento, California area, which is more than double the Company’s current space. Located in the McClellan Business Park, formerly the McClellan Air Force Base, the new facility offers convenient access to major interstates and highways. The larger space will accommodate an additional prod... »

Staten Island Gabion Wall after Super Storm Sandy

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In response to a Nor'easter that hit the coast of Staten Island in March of 2010, a gabion retaining wall was installed along the oceanfront property to protect upland infrastructure from storm damage and wave action. The original wall design consisted of PVC coated galvanized steel gabions, spanning 100' parallel to the shore direction with a 9 ft. vertical height and two 30 ft. return walls at e... »

Designing Reinforced Earthwalls to Eurocode 7, Part 1

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In this two-part article, Alain Hérault, Sabihi Abdelhak, and Chakib El Iraki write on the new French standard NF P 94-270 and how it establishes design rules for the use of geosynthetics and other reinforcing materials in reinforced earth walls and steep slope applications. These rules, based on the partial factors defined in Eurocode 7 (EN 1997), were applied to a huge Mediterranean bypass proje... »