GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings Now Available

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The GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings have been released to the engineering community. The conference, which was the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, was held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami. More than 1100 participated in the event, which featured 200+ presentations, 95 exhibitors, multiple high-level sponsors, 49 technical sessions, and 4 keynote addresses. The GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings h... »

Kuhn to Lead TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division

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TRI Environmental, Inc. (TRI) has announced the expansion of Jeffery Kuhn’s role. Effective May 23, Jeffrey Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. will be the new Director of the TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division, which provides interface friction testing, a wide variety of soils and rock testing services, and interaction tests, including pull-out, direct shear and large-scale connection testing. Dr. Kuhn ... »

Reinforcing a Coke Landfill Barrier System

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By Jimmy Thomas and Sam Bhat – Upgrading bitumen from oil sands operations can produce a coke byproduct. In the case described here, it was a predominantly carbonaceous granular material which required environmentally sound disposal in a lined facility. It was known that the coke landfill needed an impervious geosynthetic barrier and a leachate collection system at the base; but deeper investigati... »

Waterproof Membranes Readying 10th Edition

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When Waterproof Membranes 2016 convenes in Cologne, Germany, 7 – 9 November 2016, it will mark the 10th annual edition of this ever-growing series. The conference is organized by Applied Market Information (AMI) and brings together film and sheet manufacturers, machine manufacturers, polymer experts, and others for 2.5 days of networking and single-track presentations. Discussions at Waterproof Me... »

Drainage and Filtration Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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One of the most common needs in infrastructure is proper drainage and filtration engineering. These solutions consolidate soils to accelerate construction windows. They channel liquids into proper retention or detention areas. They guard against soil less and protect waterways. Drainage and filtration engineering impacts landfills, roads, stormwater systems, dams, levees, and many other infrastruc... »

20 Landfill Failures in Next GSI Live Webinar

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On Wednesday, March 9, the Geosynthetic Institute will hold a live webinar on “Behavior and Analysis of 20 Solid Waste Landfill Failures.” The session will begin at 11:30 am (EST) promptly and last for approximately 75 minutes. Question time will be available at the end. Participants may earn 1.5 PDHs, with successful completion of a 10-question multiple choice test. Register online Co... »

An Exemplary GCL Barrier for the City of Barrie

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When the City of Barrie (Ontario) landfill reached capacity, an extensive program was enacted to recycle material from the old cells. Non-recyclable material was then reburied with the additional protection of a multi-layered geosynthetic barrier system. The system utilized an HDPE geomembrane – GCL barrier system. BETTER GCL BARRIER SYSTEMS Terrafix installed the geosynthetic system, which ... »

International Additions to Slope Stability Course at GeoAmericas

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TRI Environmental’s John Allen, P.E. will lead a half-day short course on “Slope Stability and Interface Friction Using Geosynthetics” during GeoAmericas 2016 in Miami. Allen has announced the addition of three speakers who will provide additional technical insight and multi-lingual support: Dr. Vincius Benjamim, P.Eng; Renzo Vihelmo Ayala Alarco, M. Sc., P.Eng.; and Dr. Patrick ... »

Lining a New Landfill near Porto

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With a combined population of 440,000, the communities of Santa Maria da Feira and Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, produce 175,000 tons of solid waste annually. Waste management is overseen by the Multi-municipal System of Sul do Douro (Suldouro), which established a project to construct a new landfill. The existing one was nearly full. DST Group was selected as the main contractor and Maccaferri of ... »

Kerry Rowe Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Prof. Kerry Rowe has made numerous, substantial contributions to barrier systems research, education, and regulation during his 30+ year career. The US-based National Academy of Engineering agrees. A February 8 NAE announcement named Rowe among just 22 other engineers from outside the United States who have been elected members here in 2016. It is a prestigious and well-earned achievement.  He is ... »

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... »

INTERVIEW: An Insurance Policy for Geosynthetic Installations

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CQA Solutions (CQAS) has built a strong reputation in the geosynthetics field for its approach to quality assurance on geosynthetic installations. This has included pioneering work on the “zero leak” strategy at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, which is now in its seventh leak-free year. Beyond the company’s impressive site work, CQAS has developed software to improve documentation (Supe... »

Solmax Reflects on the 2015 Geosynthetics Market

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In 2015, there was little time for rest. Solmax launched four new products and filed two patents. We summarize some of the biggest developments here. These highlights are not just a story of our company; they are representative of where the geosynthetics market and containment applications are going, for improved value, efficiency, safety, and enhanced performance. Our “Get out of the Dark&#... »

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 ... »

Profile Acquires Erosion Control and Landfill Cover Businesses

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Profile Products LLC is continuing its growth. The company has announced the acquisition of Central Fiber LLC’s erosion control and landfill cover businesses. The deal includes Central Fiber’s Canton, Ohio production and distribution facility, as well as the affiliated employees and sales team at that location. Key pieces of the transaction are the Second Nature® and Enviro Fiber® hydraulic mulche... »

Waterproof Membranes 2015 Early Reg Deadline: September 25

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Waterproof Membranes 2015 will be held 17 – 19 November 2015 at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany. This annual event draws an international audience of manufacturers, welding equipment makers, distributors, and other stakeholders in the larger membrane market. Discussion includes geotechnical, architectural, structural, and decorative membrane applications. The early registration deadline for thi... »

Waterproof Membranes 2015 Offers Summer Special

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Waterproof Membranes 2015 will be held 17 – 19 November 2015 in Bonn, Germany at the Maritim Hotel. This annual event draws an international audience of manufacturers, welding equipment makers, distributors, and other stakeholders in the larger membrane market. Discussion includes geotechnical, architectural, structural, and decorative membrane applications. The organizers, Applied Market Informat... »

CQA Solutions Adds Partner from Palo Verde Work

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The high-level geomembrane installation at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (2009 – 2013) has been well documented, particularly for its “Zero Leaks” approach. Glen Toepfer of CQA Solutions, Ltd. was instrumental on the CQA side of meeting that enormous goal. His company has now announced the addition of Mr. Shabbir Pittalwala as a consulting partner. Pittalwala was also closely involved ... »

SLIDESHOW: Brazil Workshop on Geomembrane Installation Quality

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – On June 9, a two-day workshop on Geomembrane Installation Quality convened in São Paulo, Brazil. Organized and promoted by Geosynthetica and its sister publication Geosynthetica.net.br (a Portuguese-language online magazine), the workshop was held at the Engineering Institute. Expert instruction for “Qualidade na Instalação de Geomembranas” was provi... »

Solmax Launches Hot Liquid Rated (HLR) Series Geomembranes

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The innovation trend for more application-specific enhancements to geomembranes continues. Solmax, which not long ago unveiled greater investment in its reflective/white geomembrane lines, has now released the HLR Series. These Hot Liquid Rated, patent-pending geomembranes utilize a special resin and additive package to improve the hydrostatic strength and long-term durability in atypical service ... »

Waterproof Membranes 2015 Program Announced

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The annual Waterproof Membranes conference from AMI returns 17 – 19 November 2015 at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany. The conference organizers have just released the program for Waterproof Membranes 2015. For geosynthetics companies, there are a number of presentations to take interest in. DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROGRAM (PDF) Chief among them: “High-temperature resistance liner opens new applicatio... »

Waterproof Membranes 2015 Best Rate

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Reminder: the deadline for getting the best rate on Waterproof Membranes 2015 is May 15! This annual event, organized by Applied Market Information (AMI) in Europe, draws an international audience of manufacturers, welding equipment makers, distributors, and other stakeholders in the larger membrane market. This includes architectural, structural, decorative, and geotechnical applications. Waterpr... »

Geosynthetics Installation Workshop in Brazil

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Geosynthetica’s partner publication in Brazil—Geosynthetica.net.br—has organized a two-day training session on geosynthetic installation. “Qualidade Na Instalação De Geomembranas” will take place 9 – 10 June 2015 in São Paulo and feature expert instruction from Luduik Rosales, Indiara Giugni, and Julio Ferreira. DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLYER (PDF – Portuguese) The opportunity has already drawn nu... »

Waterproof Membranes 2015 Call for Presentations

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AMI has announced the dates of Waterproof Membranes 2015, the 9th installment in the annual series. The international conference focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacture, installation, and performance of waterproof membranes. It will be held 17 – 19 November 2015 at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany. VISIT THE EVENT WEBSITE The Call for Presentations has also been i... »

Toepfer Publishes Book on CQA and Geosynthetics Installation

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Glen Toepfer’s years in construction quality assurance (CQA) have brought him to a diverse range of geosynthetics installation sites. From conventional landfill and pond liner projects to the massive, multi-layer “zero leak” strategy of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Toepfer has seen the good, bad, and ugly that geotechnical engineering works can offer. His field insights have be... »