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 ... »

HUESKER Announces an Additional Coal Ash Webinar

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HUESKER launched a series of “mini-webinars” this year, succinct (<30 min) engineering discussions on various geosynthetic applications and materials. January’s coal ash webinar was so well-attended that the company has announced an additional date for the live session: March 2 at 2:00 pm EST.   REGISTER ONLINE DOWNLOAD COAL ASH FLYER (PDF) These sessions are free to atte... »

HUESKER Targets Mining Sector, Forms New Partnership

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For more than 20 years, HUESKER has been involved in the mining sector. Recently, however, the company has felt that the market for geosynthetics in mining has not been as well tended as other sectors by the geosynthetics field as a whole. “The mining industry is being underserved,” says HUESKER CEO Sven Schröer. “[We want to] provide the mining industry, their trade partners, di... »

HUESKER to Unveil New Mining Brochure at Mining Indaba

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When the Investing in African Mining Indaba conference convenes in Cape Town, South Africa 8 – 11 February 2016, geosynthetics manufacturer and engineering services provider HUESKER will be on hand. The company will also unveil a new mining brochure at the Mining Indaba™ show. The event is an annual gathering with a considerable focus on raising and controlling capital costs in mine development an... »

A Re-Energized Propex GeoSolutions Hits the Road

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After forming two new sales groups—Geotextile Sales and Erosion Control & Specialty Solutions—Propex GeoSolutions continues to reinvigorate its business. The company has announced a more ambitious face-to-face presence at industry shows. This includes three stops in February: American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) Winter Meeting – Tampa, Florida, February 2 – 4 Golf Industry Show (GIS) – San Die... »

Four HUESKER Webinars Announced

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The HUESKER webinars have established a good following. The company has announced three more for February and one for March. These concise, free, engineering sessions, all of which are less than 30 minutes, will address pavement interlayers, geotextile-encased columns, mining reinforcement and safety, and coal ash engineering with geosynthetics. The coal ash session (March 2) is a repeat of a high... »

HUESKER on Coal Ash and Geosynthetics

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The January 2016 GeoConnect Newsletter from HUESKER has a strong focus on coal ash and geosynthetics, on the updated coal combustion residual (CCR) regulations in the United States and the many solutions the sector is receiving from geosynthetics industry. The company’s focus includes a feature column and a breakdown of relevant products. It also held a successful, free, mini-webinar (< 30 min)... »

Richard Bathurst Joins Panel on Engineering Career Development

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The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2016) will be held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The event’s organizers have announced the addition of Prof. Richard Bathurst (Royal Military College of Canada, Queen’s University) to the high-profile panel discussion on engineering career development. Bathurst will join Mark Smith and Jacques Côté, w... »

Mining Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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When GeoAmericas 2016 convenes in April in Miami, one of its cornerstone topics will be mining engineering. The scale of mines has increased dramatically in the past decade, which has elevated the need for geosynthetics. The many ways in which geosynthetics help provide safer, stronger yields while enabling more cost-effective approaches—including for some staggering engineering—will be on full di... »

HUESKER Adds Four Mini-Webinars in January

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Webinars have grown significantly in their use for technical knowledge transfer, engineering training, and product and application introduction. HUESKER, which has run a successful series of hour-long webinars, is unveiling a series of mini-webinars in January. These 20-minute sessions, followed by an open question period, will focus on hot sectors (e.g., coal ash), reinforcement products (Fortrac... »

NAUE Reviews 2015 Geosynthetic Projects and Markets

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Though 2015 saw a number of enormous challenges for manufacturers, the geosynthetics market found a number of successes. NAUE, which has its international headquarters in Germany, has just released its year-end edition of NAUE News. The issue includes a number of interesting geosynthetic projects from year, and, in keeping with tradition, it opens with a letter about the how the company and the la... »

New Mining Risks at Mount Polley and Samarco

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The mining disasters at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia, Canada and at the Samarco Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil were both dramatic examples of containment failures. Each caused significant environmental damage. The tailings dam failure in Brazil caused multiple fatalities. Mount Polley’s failure occured in August 2014; Samarco’s in November 2015. While Mount Polley’s op... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Registration Opens

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GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, has been years in the making. After successful iterations in Mexico (2008) and Peru (2012), the Americas-uniting geotechnical conference returns. Organizers have announced the opening of the GeoAmericas 2016 registration. REGISTER ONLINE The event has already sold out the exhibit hall and the organizers have added extra rooms to t... »

Hotel Booking Scams: Warning Issued by GeoAmericas 2016

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Many conferences are targeted by hotel booking scams and room resellers who are not associated with the event. These non-sanctioned buyers convince potential attendees that rooms are selling out and that they hold the last few available rooms.  They sell rooms at rates well-above the conference rate and often tack on hidden fees and expensive cancellation policies. Conference organizers and host h... »

Catastrophic Failure of Tailings Dam in Brazil

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A catastrophic tailings dam failure at an iron-ore mine in Brazil has led to multiple fatalities and injuries, according to multiple news outlets. Some agencies have reported as high as 17 deaths, though most outlets have generally revised downward now and indicated that many more may be affected. Access to Bento Rodrigues, a village adjacent to the Samarco mine operation, which is owned by BHP Bi... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Sells Out Hall and Adds Hotel Rooms

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The exhibit hall has been sold out and organizers of GeoAmericas 2016 have had to add hotel rooms to the conference block at the venue, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and Resort, due to the early surge in booking. All this and registration has yet to open. (It opens next week.) To say the least, GeoAmericas 2016 is shaping up for success. The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics is enjoying e... »

Mining: Geosynthetic Ballast System Protects Primary Liners

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HUESKER has announced the availability of its SoilTain® Protect geotextile system for the international mining community. The patent-pending geosynthetic ballast mattress is constructed of interwoven geotextile tubes to form homogenous panels. These durable mattresses can, in most instances, be filled with site soils or wastes, thereby offering a beneficial reuse option for site materials and redu... »

Project Story: Reinforcing Mine Crusher Walls

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By Maccaferri – Serajuddin Mines wanted to build a central ore handling plant at its facility in Joda, Orissa, in India. Joda is a city in the Kendujhar district of the state. It is an area that has rich iron ore deposits and the economy centres on the large-scale production of steel. SERAJUDDIN MINES To facilitate the construction of the plant infrastructure, access works were required to a... »

Capping the Farley Mine

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Mining is a vital activity for modern life. The metals, minerals, and other raw materials extracted enable the production and success of many (if not most) of the goods each of us utilizes directly and indirectly on a daily basis for communication, transportation, food production, safety, etc. But the legacy of mining, particularly for mines that were initiated before the advent of today’s contain... »

VIDEO: Geosynthetic Containers in Mining and Mineral Processing

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A new video from TenCate profiles the utilization of geosynthetic containers in mining and mineral processing. TenCate Geotube® containers are being used in a large range of applications, such as pond and lagoon maintenance, tailings management, water resource management, precious metals recovery, acid mine drainage, beneficial reuse, emergency and disaster management, and specialty applications. ... »

AUSTRALIA: Bouazza to Give E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture

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The field of geosynthetics will be front and center when the Australian Geomechanics Society’s E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture tour kicks off in August. Dr. Malek Bouazza, a longtime active member of the International Geosynthetics Society, has been honored with the biennial lecture award. The topic of his lecture series is “Geosynthetics in Geoenvironment Systems: Pushing the application ... »

Top 15 Stories on Geosynthetica, January – June 2015

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With multiple stories published per week throughout the year, a biweekly newsletter, numerous international event partners, and a strong presence in social media, Geosynthetica covers much of the world’s geosynthetics field. As we move into the second half of the year, we’ve rounded up our Top 15 stories, in terms of page views (via Google Analytics). A number of trends can be seen in the li... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Update: 400 Submissions, Hotel Registration Opens

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After years of planning, the organizers of GeoAmericas 2016 are enjoying the event’s transition into the active phases of interaction with authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees. More than 400 submissions for the technical program were received, the conference has opened its event-specific hotel registration block, and more than 60% of the exhibit space on the main floor sold out as sales fo... »

PERUMIN 2015 Welcomes Two Big Geosynthetics Presentations

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In September 2014, Geosynthetica and its publisher, Minerva, began discussions with the organizers of the world’s largest mining event, PERUMIN 2015, on getting geosynthetics content into its technical program. Geosynthetics have traditionally been overlooked in mining conferences, despite the enormous presence of the materials in and impact they have on the sector. Geosynthetica proposed 8 topics... »

Titan Environmental Containment Continues to Strengthen Business

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In a little under a decade of operation, Manitoba-headquartered Titan Environmental Containment has built a strong team and reputation, with operations expanding to cover all of Canada and the United States. Titan’s portfolio of geosynthetics and steel tanks and its deeply experience installation team have given it important supply and installation contracts in mining, oil and gas, agriculture, en... »