Avoiding Whales in Anaerobic Digesters

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By Ian D. Peggs, P.E. – In 2014, shortly after being placed in service, one of two geomembrane-lined and covered anaerobic digesters generated extensive whales—“bubbles” in the lining system. Attempts to remove the apparent gas from under the cover were made unsuccessfully until it was realized that the cover was being uplifted by gas under the liner. Within two or three days, there were whales se... »

JOBS: Solmax Adding Technical Engineer – Sales

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Solmax, an international manufacturer of geomembranes and affiliated containment solutions, has posted a new position for which it is currently accepting resumes: Technical Engineer – Sales. Send resumes to hrcanada@solmax.com. A description of the position is posted below. TECHNICAL ENGINEER – SALES Summary of Responsibilities The Technical Engineer – Sales is the technical expert sup... »

Environmental Connection Offer: Win a Geo-U Course

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The International Erosion Control Association’s (IECA) annual Environmental Connection conference will gather February 16 – 19 in San Antonio, Texas. Geosynthetica will be in the international exhibit hall in Booth #428. Stop by and enter our raffle to win a free course registration from www.Geo-U.com. Geo-U offers high-level education from some of the biggest names in geosynthetics: Koerner, Giro... »

Live and On-Demand Professional Development

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As the calendar year winds down, professional development opportunities such as engineering webinars are utilized more. For some, these sessions provide needed PDHs. For others, it is simply the best time of the year for them to take time for the education. In December, multiple live and on-demand sessions are available. Live and pre-recorded webinar-based and online education tools have expanded ... »

GSI Asia and IGS Council Gather in Seoul

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Despite some anxiety over recent cases of the viral Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in some places in Korea, the geosynthetics community kept to its schedule and gathered for the long-anticipated 2nd GSI Asia conference from the Geosynthetic Institute. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) also took the opportunity to call together its IGS Council for high-level meetings. Korea, as... »

HUESKER Responds to Market Growth

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From HUESKER inc. – As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of geosynthetics, agricultural and industrial textiles, HUESKER, Inc. keeps their finger on the pulse of geotextiles and geosynthetics research. Sven Schröer, CEO says, “Market research indicates a projected growth in the Geosynthetics market of over 8.9% by 2017. With the North American geosynthetic demand for geote... »

Solmax Looks to Add Technical Coordinator

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Solmax, an international manufacturer of geomembranes and affiliated containment solutions, has posted a new position for which it is currently accepting resumes: technical coordinator. Send resumes to RHCanada@solmax.com. A description of the position is posted below. TECHNICAL COORDINATOR – SOLMAX Summary of Responsibilities The Technical Coordinator is the technical expert supporting the ... »

Terracon’s Ebelhar Named 2015 Chairman of ASTM Board of Directors

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 8 January 2015—Ronald J. Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, senior principal with Terracon in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named chairman of the 2015 ASTM International board of directors. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ebelhar joined McClelland Engineers in Houston, Texas, as a staff engineer in 1977, work... »

GSI Asia 2015 Opens for Abstracts

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) international affiliate GSI Korea will host the GSI Asia 2015 Conference 24 – 26 June 2015 at the Textile Center in Seoul, Korea. This marks the 2nd GSI-Asia International Geosynthetics Conference. The event has launched a website and abstracts are invited for consideration through January 25. EVENT WEBSITE Key session topics: Stabilized and Reinforced Soil Structu... »

Geomembranes in Mining: the State of Research

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An interview with Dr. Fady Abdelaal, GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, by Chris Kelsey The first conference dedicated exclusively to geosynthetics in mining was held in Vancouver, Canada in September 2014. One of the presenters was Dr. Fady Abdelaal, who for the past 6 years has been part of the long-running geosynthetic barrier systems research being led ... »

HUESKER inc. Adds Regional Manager for LA, MS, TX, AR and OK Markets

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – HUESKER inc., an international manufacturer of geosynthetics, is proud to announce the addition of Shandie Gautreaux, to its US-based staff. Gautreaux’s hiring will strengthen the sales presence within the set territory to enhance HUESKER’s extensive product line, develop new business opportunities, grow the branding of HUESKER products, and manage all existing relationships. ... »

NAUE Seeks Sales Engineer for Malaysian and Affiliated Regional Markets

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NAUE, a leading international manufacturer of geosynthetics and engineering services provider, seeks to add a sales engineer to its expanding Malaysia and Southeast Asia operations. The company has a major manufacturing plant in Malaysia. The candidate should have a strong understanding of geotechnical engineering and geosynthetics. As part of a multi-national team at work in diverse markets, the ... »

Concrete Canvas Seeks Technical Sales (UK) and MENA Business Development Manager

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Concrete Canvas is a rapidly growing, UK-based manufacturing company with an award-winning geotechnical material: Concrete Canvas GCCM. Since 2007 the company has achieved an average year-on-year growth of more than 100%. The company is currently at a very exciting stage in its evolution, growing very rapidly, generating substantial resources and investing heavily. The core technology is still at ... »

Employment: Concrete Canvas Seeks MENA Business Development Manager

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Concrete Canvas is a rapidly growing, UK-based manufacturing company with an award-winning geotechnical material: Concrete Canvas GCCM. Since 2007 the company has achieved an average year-on-year growth of more than 100%. The company is currently seeking a MENA Business Development Manager. Description – MENA Business Development Manager The candidate will be responsible for growing export sales t... »

Employment: Concrete Canvas Seeks Technical Sales Reps (UK)

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Concrete Canvas is a rapidly growing, UK-based manufacturing company with an award-winning geotechnical material: Concrete Canvas GCCM. Since 2007 the company has achieved an average year-on-year growth of more than 100%. The company is currently seeking two technical sales representatives (external) to serve its markets in: Scotland UK South Description – Technical Sales (UK) The candidates will ... »

New MSE Wall Software for Geocell and Geogrid Designs

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Mechanically stabilized earth constructions, such as MSE walls, have enabled economical, safe, more vertical constructions. Often, these designs have yielded shorter construction windows, offered vegetated faces, and reduced the amount of land that must be disturbed in construction. These benefits have made MSE walls dependable sources of project savings and sustainability credits. PRESTO GEOSYSTE... »

Press Release: PRESTO GEOSYSTEMS® Offers MSE Retaining Wall Software

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APPLETON, Wisconsin – PRESTO GEOSYSTEMS®, a leading manufacturer of soil stabilization and stormwater products, introduces their new GEOWEB® MSE design freeware for GEOWEB geocell wall applications. The software creates vegetated and non-vegetated MSE designs based on the GEOWEB® system for reinforced slopes, and for gravity and geogrid-reinforced walls. The easy to use software is based on ... »

Layfield Awarded U.S. Distribution Rights for E’GRID Biaxial Geogrids

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SAN DIEGO — Layfield Construction Products, a business unit of Layfield Group Ltd., has been awarded the rights to distribute E’GRID® Biaxial Geogrids in the United States, reinforcing the company’s position as a leading provider of polypropylene geogrids for use in road-building applications. The agreement between NewGrids Ltd. and Layfield Construction Products expands on Layfi... »

HUESKER inc. Adds Design Engineer for US Market

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – HUESKER inc., an international manufacturer of geosynthetics, is proud to announce the addition of Lilma “Lilly” Schimmel, MSCE, P.E., to its US-based staff. Schimmel’s hiring represents a new, expansion-drive change for the company, as engineering has been predominantly performed out of the international corporate headquarters in Germany. “HUESKER’s... »

7ICEG Program and Early Registration

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The 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics (7ICEG) will be held 10 – 14 November 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. This multi-disciplinary event will bring together the entire geotechnical field, including geosynthetic experts, for field-forward keynotes, panel discussions, technical sessions, product advancements, and high-level networking in its international trade show. The organiz... »

New Maccaferri Video Profile

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Maccaferri is one of the world’s largest geosynthetics companies. With operations around the world and a string of acquisitions that have bolstered its presence and range of offerings, the company’s portfolio of geosynthetic and geotechnical materials and projects has advanced greatly. The new corporate video from the company’s international headquarters (Italy-based Officine Mac... »

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 ... »

Australia: 7ICEG Opens Registration

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The 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics (7 ICEG) is coming together quickly. To be held 10 – 14 November 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, the event will bring together geotechnical experts from around the world—including many from the geosynthetics field—for high-level workshops, practical case study sessions, short courses, networking, technology transfer, and much more. REGISTRA... »

Schedule Released for IGS Honduras 2014 Conference

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has grown substantially in chapters, corporate members and international breadth in the past four years. There are now more than 40 chapters, and one of the newest, IGS Honduras, is hitting the ground running with Honduras 2014: The First Honduran National Conference on Geosynthetics. The event will be held 16 – 18 June 2014 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras at... »

GEER Response to Washington Landslide

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A team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, supported by the National Science Foundation, is mobilizing to collect information on the effects of a landslide that occurred on March 22, 2014 on a steep slope above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River adjacent to a rural residential community near Oso, Washington. GEER members and other geotechnical professiona... »