Gabion Walls Support Foundation Platform at Ocean Sky

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In the construction of the foundation platform for a luxury housing development in Elche (Alicante), Spain, several gravity retaining walls were required. The complex was built on elevated ground and the walls were needed to properly contain the structural fill on which the foundation would lean. Gabion walls from Maccaferri were selected. The development, known as Ocean Sky, is located in a zone ... »

Reinforcing Megastructure Foundations with Geosynthetics

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The 74m-high reinforced soil structure at the Sikkim Airport (India) is one of the largest geosynthic megastructure projects in the world.  The 50m-high reinforced, vegetated wall at the Shennongjia Airport in Hubei Province (China) is another. Both projects have been engineered with Maccaferri soil reinforcement solutions. MAKING MEGASTRUCTURE DESIGNS POSSIBLE High-performance geogrids reinforce ... »

Transforming an Abandoned Mine into a Major Green Development

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When mining activities on a site cease, owners and communities may face a number challenges: soil remediation, re-vegetation, isolating contaminants from waterways, runoff control, etc. Importantly, they ask: What else can be done with the site? Is it able to be beneficially reused? Geosynthetics commonly play a vital role in cleaning up and protecting sites. Geosynthetics also are key to how geot... »

Oman’s Enormous Geogrid Basal Reinforcement Project

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Maccaferri has an active global network and a very long history of success in geosynthetic and affiliated geotechnical engineering projects, but it continues to find new benchmarks. In Oman, the company’s ParaLink® high-strength geogrids are being used for basal reinforcement in the massive Duqm roads embankment designs. The use of geosynthetic reinforcement here has been found to be significantly... »

Maccaferri’s Young Engineer Program Targets Recent Graduates

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Now in its third edition, the Young Engineer Program from Maccaferri  helps identify and develop young engineering talent. The company, which is well known internationally for its geosynthetics, geohazard, and affiliated geotechnical work, invites recent graduates with a Civil, Geotechnical, or Environmental Engineering degree to apply. SUBMIT APPLICATION Geosynthetica encourages its readers to sh... »

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... »

Roadway Slope Erosion Control in the Port d’Envalira Mountain Pass

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The problem of slope superficial instability at the Port d’Envalira mountain pass in Andorra has been solved with a geomat erosion control solution. Maccaferri’s MacMat® product provided the environment to enhance the growth of vegetation through the mat. After a year in the field, the slope has successfully revegetated. By Maccaferri – Port of Envalira is a mountain pass and the highest paved roa... »

Project: HDPE Geomembranes Secure Storage Basin in Mexico

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An intense dry season across the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico, led to a water shortage in the community of El Muerto and San Juan. Without sufficient rainfall, the danger was that the future supply from the reservoirs would be incrementally reduced. To be prepared for these eventualities, a storage basin was proposed to collect water, storing it for future use when required. The contractor, San... »

270m-Long Reinforced Soil Structure for a South African Highway

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By Maccaferri – When the improvement works to the main road P728 in the Umgababa area were approved by the eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall was needed to complete the project. Maccaferri designed and supplied a 270m-long, 9m-high reinforced soil structure using the Terramesh® System reinforced with ParaGrid® primary geogrid. T... »

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 ... »

Lime-Stabilized Backfill in MSE Retaining Structures

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By Giulia Lugli and Sachin Mandavkar – Soil can be stabilized by using a wide range of materials, such as cement, lime, and fly ash. When lime and water are mixed with a clay soil, modification of the soil properties and stabilization reactions begin. In highly alkaline environments (pH >12 for a short period of time), this can cause corrosion of steel elements in an engineered reinforcement sy... »

MSE Walls Engineered for Oil Drilling Operations

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Molisht is an underground resource-rich area in Berat, Albania. Numerous important oil and gas wells are found there. For an energy plant, Maccaferri engineered retaining wall solutions to support the site’s oil drilling works. The Molisht-1 well has the potential to produce 8,000 – 10,000 barrels of oil per day. It is considered a crucial supply point for the owner. Over a 9-month period, the com... »

Geosynthetic Design Software and Calculator Tools

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It’s no revelation that civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineering designs require a significant amount of calculation. The most advanced calculations, supported by due diligence and experience, can never be replaced by freeware and proprietary tools; but on the project selection and record-keeping side, a number of companies offer highly useful geosynthetic design software and calcu... »

Runways and Reinforced Structures for Tana Toraja

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Every year in the South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, thousands of tourists visit to admire the breathtaking landscape and places of rituals and ceremonies of the Toraja ethnic group. The Toraja people live in an area known as Tana Toraja. Until now travelers have had to endure an arduous and uncomfortable eight hour journey, 300 km north of the city of Makassar. In 2014, the Indonesian governme... »

Airport Runway Redesign with Geosynthetic Reinforcement

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By Maccaferri – In 2015, the 10-28 runway at Guadalajara International Airport in Mexico began to exhibit signs of stress fracture due to the high shear stresses placed upon it by air traffic. Runway repair was needed, but the client needed an efficient solution to minimize downtime. A long-term geosynthetic reinforcement and pavement rehabilitation solution was implemented. Guadalajara is Mexico’... »

Brazilian Geoengineering Solutions on Display in Florida

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The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2016) convenes in Miami, Florida April 10 – 13 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This is the first time the event will be held in the United States. Brazilian geoengineering solutions are strongly represented at the event. Brazil-based geosynthetics manufacturers and consulting engineers will be a significant part of the proceedings, incl... »

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 ... »

Employment Opportunity: Associate Engineer (DC Area)

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Maccaferri, Inc. seeks an Associate Engineer for consultative role providing technical support to consulting engineers, contractors, customers, department engineers, and field marketing personnel in conjunction with the promotion, installation, and evaluation of Maccaferri’s solutions. The candidate should reside in the Washington DC area. Primary Responsibilities & Characteristics Under... »

Employment Opportunity: Technical Sales or Sales Engineer

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Maccaferri, Inc., a global leader in civil and geotechnical engineering applications, seeks a Technical Sales Representative or Sales Engineer to support its Mid-Atlantic (MD, PA, VA, WV) market. The individual will be responsible for creating favorable specifications with local agencies and civil/geotechnical consultants. Additionally, (s)he will be responsible for driving commercial activity and... »

Employment: Geohazards Technical Sales Representative

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The geohazards marketplace is growing quickly in North America. Maccaferri, Inc., one of the largest engineered materials companies in geohazards and geosynthetics, is adding a Technical Sales Representative or Sales Engineer to support its Geohazard Business Unit. This individual will be responsible for creating favorable specifications with local agencies and civil/ geotechnical consultants. Add... »

Basal Reinforcement Project: Port of Guaymas, Mexico

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The Port of Guaymas functions as a shipping, manufacturing, commercial, and tourism center. It lies on the shores of the Gulf of California on the Pacific Ocean in Sonora, Mexico. The port’s major exports include sulfuric acid, copper, wheat, and other regional crops. It is currently the fastest growing seaport in Mexico. Planned expansions will extend the port into the bay between Guaymas a... »

REVIEW: Geosynthetics Middle East 2015

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The 7th edition of the international conference and exhibition Geosynthetics Middle East 2015 (GeoME 2015) once again turned the capital of the United Arab Emirates—Abu Dhabi—into an international meeting place for geotechnical and environmental experts. The event attracted more than 400 industry experts and 35 countries. The strong attendance, plus a sold out exhibition, underscored why the confe... »

Awards Enhance Geosynthetics Middle East Status

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The GeoME Awards were held at Geosynthetics Middle East 2015. While the event was the 7th in the annual series, it marked the first time for the GeoME Awards were presented. The addition was well-received. The final nominees and the winning projects represented a broad range of projects and materials. The two-day event was held 16 – 17 November 2015 in Abu Dhabi under the Patronage of Abu Dhabi Mu... »

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... »