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IGS Sustainability eBook Available in Six Languages

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Last year, the International Geosynthetics Society released an eBook to mark the 50th Earth Day celebration and outline the many ways in which geosynthetics serve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The succinct, digital publication (Preparing the Ground for a Brighter Future) is based upon IGS Vice President Dr. Nathalie Touze’s 2018 Giroud Lecture, which itself propelled a major IGS...

PODCAST: Fully Biodegradable Materials Mimic Geosynthetics

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Secutex Green, 100% biodegradable nonwoven from NAUE
Geosynthetic materials are renowned for their sustainability qualities. One of the ways in which the geosynthetics field really excels here is through constant innovation in the manufacturing process. It's that dedication to innovation over tradition that is propelling some manufacturers of synthetics to engineer 100% biodegradable materials for infrastructure. I talked online with NAUE's Kent von Maubeuge and Dr. Helge Hoyme...

Solmax Acquires TenCate Geosynthetics

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Photo of the mega fish farm pond array in Port Said, Egypt
Well, this is a surprise! Montreal-based Solmax, which was already a global leader in geosynthetics when it acquired GSE Environmental in December 2017, has engineered another significant acquisition. The company has announced an agreement with Koninklijke Ten Cate (the Netherlands) on the acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics, a well known and very active player in the global geosynthetics market. Caisse de...

Geosynthetics in Golf Course Construction

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golf player putting golf ball into hole, image by lovelyday12 via shutterstock license
Many of the world’s best professional golfers will be in Augusta, Georgia, USA from 8 – 11 April 2021 for the 85th edition of the Masters, the historic tournament that annually kicks of the PGA’s series of four majors. While golf course certainly construction has slowed from its feverpitch in the mid-2000s, golf courses continue to improve their play,...

Register for Geosynthetics CQA Week Online Training

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Geomembrane installation image for July 27 GeoWire
From 10 - 14 May 2021, TRI Environmental will hold the twice-yearly Geosynthetica CQA Week online training. The live, digital format has been a quick success, with December's event having hosted more professionals than any CQA Week in the last 15 years. CQA Week's online training provides a convenient format with thorough education. The three courses focus on in-demand skills...

Kent von Maubeuge Celebrates 30 Years at NAUE

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Kent von Maubeuge
Geosynthetica congratulates Kent von Maubeuge for 30 years in geosynthetics with NAUE! Kent joined the international company in April 1991, not long after the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) had honored it with an IGS Award for NAUE’s innovation of the needlepunch method for manufacturing geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). Von Maubeuge quickly became not just an expert within the company...

Charpentier on 20 Years in Electrical Leak Location

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Photo of Carl Charpentier performing an electrical leak location survey. Image courtesy of WSP Canada.
Geosynthetica welcomes field experience stories. Contact the Content Director, Chris Kelsey, here. By Carl Charpentier – The use of Electrical Leak Location (ELL) technologies on geosynthetic containment installations is said to have started in the early 1980s. It was offered by only a few companies and on very specific projects. This resulted in little promotion of the service and, thus, little...

Concrete Canvas USA Hits the Ground Running

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Waterproof Membranes 2016 - Concrete Canvas
Today marks an important, new chapter for Concrete Canvas Ltd. The company has been very active globally in the geosynthetic barriers market, establishing offices, distributor relationships, and signature projects around the world for years. The company’s continual growth has been a great story, and that story is continuing with a major expansion into the US market. From 25 March...

Online Geosynthetics CQA Week Training, May 10 – 14

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Geomembrane installation image for July 27 GeoWire
The long-running geosynthetics CQA Week training courses from TRI Environmental return 10 - 14 May 2021 in an online format. The live, online format has been a quick success, with December's offering hosting the most students in CQA Week's 15+ year history. With five half-day (morning) sessions and one major certification opportunity (GCI-ICP), CQA Week provides thorough training that...

GeoU 2022 Announces Dates

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Image of the river along downtown Austin, Texas, site of GeoU 2022
Geotechnical engineering events around the world have shifted on the calendar or taken their education online, due to Covid safety concerns. The 2.5-day GeoU in Austin, Texas is focused on geosynthetics in civil infrastructure. The organizers have confirmed that GeoU will preserve its in-person character and has opted to shift the dates to 5 – 8 April 2022. The event...