Better Bearing Capacity for Container Yard on Geocells

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Constructing on weak subgrade is always a challenge, but geosynthetics provide high-quality, efficient, and economical solutions. An exemplary case can be found in the busy city of Kolkata, India, where a logistics company needed to improve a weak subgrade at the site of a new container yard. Geocells provided the answer. ALLCARGO LOGISTICS Ltd.’s container yard was to be located at Kidderpore Doc... »

Why Geosynthetics Matter for the Future of American Infrastructure

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The American Society of Civil Engineers has just released the 2017 Report Card on American Infrastructure. As expected, the Society finds that the nation’s current infrastructure is grossly underfunded and in need of significant repair. One of the surprises in the report card—particularly to geosynthetics professionals—is that solid waste management has been downgraded. Solid waste has routinely b... »

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... »

Coastal Engineering Opportunities at GeoAmericas 2016

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Geosynthetic materials are used extensively in coastal engineering and protection projects. The modern geotextiles industry, in fact, emerged in the 1950s in response to flooding in the Netherlands and tropical storm damage in the United States. Since then, a large industry and innovative designs have come along. Geosynthetic tubes and containers provide dewatering and solids separation for large-... »

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... »

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 ... »

Three Engineering Webinars from HUESKER in December

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After a series of well-received engineering webinars in September and October on canal lining, international geosynthetics manufacturer HUESKER is enhancing its education schedule with three free webinars in December. The topics will be asphalt reinforcement (December 2), sediment capping and containment (December 8), and geotextile encased columns (December 9). The details and register links foll... »

Strata Adds Phil McGoldrick as International Sales Manager

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Strata Systems has grown significantly in its international presence in recent years. Growth has followed a steady and diverse plan in developing product lines (e.g., StrataWeb®), investing in emerging markets (e.g., Indian and Brazilian infrastructure), and adding people. The company has just announced the addition of an industry veteran as Strata’s new International Sales Manager: Phil McGoldric... »

60 Minutes on the State of American Infrastructure

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The long-running, renowned television news magazine 60 Minutes broadcast a report on American infrastructure on its 23 November 2014 episode. It has received a fair amount of attention for the more dire facts it shared with the public (but which are not all too surprising to the engineering community). WATCH “Falling Apart: America’s Crumbling Infrastructure” and related extras T... »

US DOT Awards $234 Million to Ongoing Hurricane Sandy Recovery

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HURRICANE SANDY STORIES ON GEOSYNTHETICA Geosynthetic Responses to Hurricane Sandy Staten Island Gabion Wall after the Storm Revisiting a Dune Core Coastal Protection Installation after Sandy SEE ALSO: Sustainable Slope Stabilization with Geocells (from a storm-challenged area of Punta Raton Beach, Panama) WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to... »

Interview: Boyd Ramsey on WRRDA’s 7-Year Itch

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Following the historic and overwhelmingly bipartisan passage in the US House and Senate of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), Geosynthetica’s Chris Kelsey talked to Boyd Ramsey, GSE Environmental’s Chief Engineer and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Executive Council Chairman. GMA’s lobbying efforts over the past seven years—the period of time it took for a n... »

Persistence of GMA Pays off with WRRDA Passage

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The effort to get geosynthetics specifically mentioned in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) extends back many years. It began, in fact, roughly seven years ago following the passage of the last major water resource bill. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) had drafted a strategic plan in 2004 that identified a need for a stronger voice at the federal government policy... »

WRRDA Passes; Cites Sustainability and Durability of Geosynthetics

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On May 22, the US Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The $12.3 billion conference report, passed by the House on May 20, enjoyed staggeringly strong bi-partisan support (91 – 7 in Senate, 412 – 4 in House). It will now go to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Of note: the bill specifically mentions geosynthetics within a section on durability and susta... »

Senator Boxer’s Floor Statement on WRRDA 2014

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Senator Boxer’s Floor Statement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) (Remarks as prepared for delivery) I am so pleased that the bipartisan conference agreement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) is before the Senate today following yesterday’s overwhelming and bipartisan approval in the House of Representatives by a vote of 4... »

Senators Applaud Final Passage of Bipartisan, Bicameral Water Infrastructure Bill

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Washington, D.C. — Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and EPW Ranking Member, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), issued the following statement after the Senate voted 91 to 7 to adopt the Senate-House conference report for the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The House of Representatives passed the measure Tuesday with a... »

Sand Drift, Geotextile Tubes, and Land Reclamation in Taiwan

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By ACE Geosynthetics – Taichung Harbor, located at the south side of the Dajia River outfall, suffered from siltation due to drifting sand. A silt deposition area between the harbor and the outfall had been established to trap drifting sand and prevented sedimentation from interfering with the navigation channel and harbor. However, increasing sand drift load led to saturation of the silt depositi... »

TenCate Earns Award for Port of Santos Construction

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TenCate Geosynthetics has received the International Achievement Award of Excellence for design excellence in geosynthetic applications regarding the Embraport Container and Bulk Fuel Terminal in Port of Santos, Brazil. The Embraport Container and Bulk Fuel Terminal was permitted for construction on the north shore of Port of Santos, Brazil, estuary in a tidal zone that would require large volumes... »