GeoAmericas 2020 - Brazil

GeoAmericas 2020 Extends Abstracts Deadline to May 26

GeoAmericas 2020 will be the 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. The quadrennial event will be held 26 – 29 April 2020 in historic...
Gas barrier performance and EVOH layers in geomembranes

Protecting EPS Geofoam in Transportation with Geomembranes

Raven Engineered Films has issued a new technical paper: Advanced Geomembrane Technology for Enhanced Protection of EPS Geofoam in Transportation Systems. The publication is...
Screenshot of Index 17 Geotextiles Seminar Presentation Videos

Edana Publishes Geotextiles Seminar Presentation Videos

During INDEX 17, one of the world’s largest gatherings for nonwoven material presentations and exhibition, the organizers (Edana) once again held a geotextiles seminar....
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Cazzuffi on CEN TC 189 and Standardization

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Cazzuffi on Geosynthetics Standardization

Following the recent meetings of ISO TC 221 – Geosynthetics, Past President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Daniele Cazzuffi sat down to discuss...

Stormwater Equipment Manufactures Association 2017-2018 Board

The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) has announced its 2017 - 2018 Board of Directors. President: Derek Berg (Contech Engineered Solutions) Vice President: Fred Kraekel (Hydro...
Geosynthetica Most-Read Articles

What Will Be Geosynthetica’s Most-Read Articles for 2016?

As the year comes to a close, we take a closer look at the analytics to see how users have interacted with the site...

5th China Solid Waste Management Summit – June 2014

28 FEBRUARY 2014 - The 5th China Solid Waste Management Summit 2014 ( is scheduled to be convened on 11 - 12 June 2014...

$2.9 Million for Water Project in CNMI

In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies, improve aging water and wastewater infrastructure and protect human health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2,930,700 to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.

2011 Report on the $1 Billion US Aquaculture Industry

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Aquaculture" report to their offering. The US aquaculture industry includes about 6,400 farms with combined annual revenue of more than $1 billion. No major companies dominate the industry, which is fragmented. Read more.

9ICG Call for Papers

The 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics (9ICG) will be held 23-27 May 2010 in Guaruja, São Paulo, Brazil. A Call for Papers has been issued…as has a conference mascot. Deadline for submission of abstract is 30 October 2008. Key interests for the conference include drainage, mining, durability and long-term performance, transportation, hydraulic applications, new products and much more. Learn more here.;
Eric Blond Joins Solmax

Eric Blond Joins Solmax as Global Technical Director

Solmax continues a trend of big moves, this time announcing that industry veteran Eric Blond is the company’s new Global Technical Director. Blond brings...

Tetra Tech to Acquire Parkland Pipeline, Expanding Services to North American Energy Market

Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Parkland Pipeline (Parkland), an Alberta-based company that serves the oil and gas industry in Western Canada. The company specializes in the technical support, engineering support, and construction of pipelines and oilfield facilities. Parkland has about 900 staff and approximately C$140 million in annual revenue. "Like other previous acquisitions, Parkland enables Tetra Tech to provide additional core water, environmental and engineering work to the pipeline industry while better serving these customers," said Tetra Tech's Chairman and CEO Dan Batrack.

Profile Products' ProMatrix™ Gives Contractors Chance to Win Big

Profile® Products is rewarding contractors who apply ProMatrix™ Engineered Fiber Matrix™ (EFM) on a project, test plot or demonstration site now through Nov. 30. "We want to reward contractors who make the commitment to 'Go PRO' and try ProMatrix," said Chris Wilhite, Profile Products brand manager. "Contractors who tell us a little bit about the application and how ProMatrix fared in their environment will receive free gear and a chance to win a grand prize."
Ljubljana, Slovenia - Geosynthetics for Slope Stabilization Workshop - iShutterstock license

EuroGeo 6 Preview

EuroGeo 6 is nearly here! The quadrennial European Geosynthetics Conference, which was last convened in Spain (2012), will be held 25 - 28 September...
Carthage Mills, History of Geosynthetics

History of Geosynthetics: Filter Fabrics Emerge from a 1957 Storm

In March 2014, I published “A Brief History of Geotextiles” in Land and Water Magazine. (A copy of that article may be downloaded in...
Robert Johnson, Agru America

Agru President Receives Economic Development Honor

GEORGETOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA - The South Carolina Department of Commerce recently presented Robert Johnson, President of Agru America, Inc., with The Ambassador Award, presented...

Geosynthetics Middle East 2009 – Program

SKZ's 2nd International Conference on Geosynthetics Middle East will be held in Dubai, UAE, 10-11 November 2009. The speaker and topic line up has been announced and it is certainly an impressive list. Ian Peggs of I-CORP will present on predicting end-of-life for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes and the incorporation of flexible solar cells on exposed landfill caps; Carl De Leon of Solmax will present on geomembrane liners in harsh, petrochemical containment operations; Detlef Schramm of Dow will present a geomembrane global review; Silke Schwöbken of SENSOR will present on drainage detection systems; and much more. Dr. Helmut Zanzinger will chair the seminar. Download the program in PDF.

NPPC Warns Against Effects of New Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to require livestock agriculture to report manure-related greenhouse gas emissions is not well thought out and could increase environmental problems, according to the National Pork Producers Council. Among the NPCC's concerns is that reporting requirements may actually deter the installation of methane-harvesting systems, such as geosynthetic covers.

Nuclear Landfill Expansion in TN

In Oak Ridge, Tennessee the first contracts connected the Recovery Act (or stimulus) funds are going out. The Department of Energy, working through Bechtel Jacobs, is awarding subcontracts for a DOE nuclear landfill expansion. Bids on the geosynthetic lining system are still being solicited. Learn more here.;
Mining and Geosynthetics

Pan-American Mining Opportunities

The mining industry uses an enormous amount of geosynthetic materials to provide safer, stronger, more cost-effective yields. The mine engineering presentations at GeoAmericas 2016...

Preserving the C&O Canal

The 185-mile-long, historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal--more familiarly known as the C&O Canal--was compeleted in 1850 and served as a major transport corridor for goods such as lumber and grain. Today, it is a national park surrounded by more than 12,000 acres of land. Not long ago, a towpath began to fail when drainage pipe broke. The saturated slope gave way and exposed a main water line for Arlington County, Virginia. Repair of the slope was key both for the preservation of this historic canal and for the safety of Arlington's water supply. Maccaferri's Green Terramesh® system was selected to provide slope stability and vegetation for the natural look park patrons and officials seek along the C&O. Construction was quick, economical and effective. Read Pino Cignarella's case study.

Event Review: Geosynthetics Middle East

On his recent trip to Abu Dhabi, where he attended (and spoke at) the 4th Geosynthetics Middle East conference, Ian Peggs learned not only that a Canadian passport will not get you a visa to the UAE but that the constraints and barriers to geosynthetics continue to drop and understanding continues to grow. It's all part of an international dialogue. Read his latest contribution from the field.

Get a Spot at the Sustainability Awards

The Asia Mining Congress 2009 is offering a complimentary seat at the congress's Sustainability Awards dinner with all registrations placed through 11 November 2008. This critical mining conference--the fifth in the series--will feature more than 100 speakers. It takes place in Singapore from 23-27 March 2009. Learn more here.;

Tech Note: When Double Liner Leak Surveys Cannot Be Performed

Liner designers and regulators should note that it is NOT possible to perform a geoelectric integrity or leak location survey on a double geomembrane lining system when there is only a geocomposite in the leakage detection system (LDS) between the two geomembranes unless the LDS is backfilled with water. This can be costly, time-consuming, and even damaging to the liner if it is uplifted. Additional ballast on the liner may be required. And side slope liners cannot be tested. Plan ahead and use conductive geomembrane, or place a conductive geotextile or a geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) directly under the primary geomembrane.
Project Delays Webinar

Dealing with Containment Project Delays: Free Webinar March 27

The spread of COVID-19 around the world is directly impacting geosynthetic containment projects. A number of project delays are being reported, either related to...

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The Relative Sustainability Case for Geosynthetics in Roadways

The Geosynthetic Institute opened 2019 with its White Paper 41: “Relative Sustainability (i.e., Embodied Carbon) Calculations With Respect to Applications Using Traditional Materials Versus Geosynthetics.”...
GeoAsia 7 - Taipei

GeoAsia 7 Will Focus on Hazards, Innovation, and Sustainability

GeoAsia 7 -- the 7th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics -- will be held 1 - 5 March 2021 at Taipei International Convention Center...
Sediment Retention Devices - Photo of 7351 testing

Characterizing Sediment Retention Devices with ASTM Methods

By Joel Sprague and Jay Sprague – Sediment retention devices include silt fence, wattles, filter logs, compost socks, and various types of stormwater inlet...