The CGS GeoVirtual 2020 Event Opens Registration

GeoVirtual 2020 Logo from CGS
The Canadian Geotechnical Society’s annual conference is always a highlight on the international geotechnical calendar. This year, however, the organizers in Calgary had to cancel the plan for an in-person gathering in September, due to Covid concerns and travel restrictions. We don't have to miss the high-quality lectures, presentations, and papers, though. The CGS is hosting GeoVirtual 2020 from September...

The GeoWire for the Week of July 13

Wind Farm Image from Geosynthetica GeoWire
Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of July 13. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS Europe's largest onshore wind farm is rapidly development in Ukraine. The EUR 1 billion project, which will produce 800 MW, will be one of the 15 largest sites in the world. Significant geosynthetics are being used across...

Reinforcing Zophia, Europe’s Largest Onshore Wind Farm

Machina-TST photo of wind farm access road construction in Ukraine
Ukraine has become a rising star in renewable energy, having opened to significant investment in solar and wind energy. Wind farms show particular promise. The EUR 1 billion+ Zophia Wind Farm in the south of the country exemplifies Ukraine’s vision for renewables. When it’s complete, it will be the largest onshore wind farm installation in Europe. The site, which will...

VIDEO: Geosynthetics in Geothermal Heat Exchange Applications

Geothermal energy photo from Iceland
International Geosynthetics Society - North America (IGS-NA) president Dr. John McCartney delivered an hour-long lecture on "Geosynthetics in Geothermal Heat Exchange Applications." The talk was streamed live on YouTube by the IGS Brasil Em Rede network, which includes the Brazilian Association of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) and the Geotecnia Brasil Youtube channel. The free professional development lectures to...

FGI Video Podcast on MSW Slope Failure

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) continues to expand its technical and educational offerings, highlighting not just fabricated geomembranes but larger engineering concerns in applications that commonly incorporate these materials at some stage. Here, Dr. Tim Stark, P.E. of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) welcomes Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ W. Douglas Evans to the FGI video podcast to...

The GeoWire for the Week of July 6

Geosynthetics QA - Construction Site Image, Hardhats
Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of July 6. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS The B1M compiles details on some of the world's most astonishing megaprojects under construction, such as Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam and Japan's remarkable Maglev High-Speed Rail connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. SIDENOTE: Geosynthetica's editor is...

ERDC’s Wildfire Response and Debris Flow Modeling Has Enormous Potential

Two years ago, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) held its annual conference and exhibition in Long Beach, California. The gathering occurred just after what had been a brutal year of wildfires in California. In fact, just a month before the event, the Santa Barbara area had been particularly hard hit. The opening keynote turned out to be exceedingly...

GeoAsia 7 Announces Calendar Move to November 2021

GeoAsia 7 in Taipei, Taiwan
The 7th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, GeoAsia 7, has proactively moved its dates from March to 22 – 26 November 2021. Conference chair, Prof. Chiwan Wayne Hsieh, posted a notice of the cautionary move, which the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) shared in social media. GeoAsia 7 is one of the major quadrennial regional conferences of the IGS. COVID MOTIVATES GEOASIA...

Rob Mcilwraith and an International Life in Geosynthetics

What started as a very occasional podcast has quickly turned into a regular series from Australia-based engineer Siamak Paulson (Golder Associates). Siamak’s Geosynthetics Podcast, which features short video interviews, is available on Siamak’s YouTube Channel. This time out, he visits with Rob Mcilwraith, who has consistently taken on new challenges around the world over the past 30 years. Previous episodes of...

The GeoWire for the Week of June 29, 2020

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of June 29. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has proposed a USD $4.6 billion stormwater and coastal defense strategy to protect Miami against storm surges and rising sea levels. Urban Developer takes a drive through the AUS $4 billion...