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Depsite Poor Economic Conditions, Pipe Demand Rising

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Despite a weak current construction environment, the demand for pipe is expected to grow by 2% a year to 3.35 m (11.1 billion feet) in 2013, according to the study, Plastic & Competitive Pipe, released by the Cleveland-based industry research firm group, The Freedonia Group Inc. This growth will be a direct result of renewed activity in the construction sector, the growing obsolescence of sewer and drainage systems, and needs to upgrade municipal water systems. Learn more here.;

Geo-Frontiers 2011 Exhibit Sales Open

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The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has opened exhibit booth space sales for Geo-Frontiers 2011 (13-16 March 2011, Dallas, Texas). The event brings together IFAI, the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Geo-Institute (GI) to co-organize this second Geo-Frontiers, the first of which was held in 2005. View the floor plan for exhibit space here. Learn more here.;
Geosynthetics CQA Week

Geosynthetics CQA Week Short Course Schedule

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Geosynthetics CQA is a key component to the effectiveness of the materials and their role in long-term service lives and the economical performance of infrastructure. CQA, like manufacturing quality...
Kuhn to Lead TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division

Kuhn to Lead TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division

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TRI Environmental, Inc. (TRI) has announced the expansion of Jeffery Kuhn's role. Effective May 23, Jeffrey Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. will be the new Director of the TRI Geotechnical / Interaction...

Fly by Day and Night

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A massive fly ash landfill is to be located along a river in Connecticut. The proposal is causing considerable debate. The fly ash will come from garbage-to-energy plants--which themselves are supposed to alleviate landfill pressures. State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials are now working to educate the public on the advanced liner and drainage system planned for the site. Learn more here.;

Blue Tee Corp. Provides Nearly $1.4 Million for Anderson-Calhoun Mine and Mill Cleanup

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A former lead and zinc mine and mill located near Leadpoint, Washington will soon be cleaned up thanks to a $1.36 million settlement agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency and Blue Tee Corp., the former operator of the site. These funds will allow EPA to complete remaining cleanup work at this Superfund site.The cleanup also involves placing a protective barrier over contaminated sediments in the tailings impoundment pond and in other nearby wetlands.

SWANA Seeks Landfill Symposium Abstracts

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The Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) 17th Annual Landfill Symposium will convene in Atlanta, Georgia 27-28 February 2013. The association seeks abstract submissions through August 1 for topics such as solar energy at landfills, beneficial reuse gas projects, transitioning from an active landfill to a sustainable income facility during post-closure, landfill design, and more. Submit an abstract here. Learn more here.;

Fiberweb Launches New Brand Identity Reflecting Focus on Specialist Materials

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In December 2011, Fiberweb turned its corporate focus to the global geosynthetics and technical fabrics markets. With a long history of material innovation to draw from, Fiberweb has also rebranded its company as "The Next Answer" and redesigned its website.

Geosynthetics International Names Best Paper for Volume 17

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Drs. R.J. Bathurst (Editor) and J.P. Giroud (Chairman of the Editorial Board) of Geosynthetics International, an official journal of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), have announced the award for 2010's best paper: "Geosynthetic capillary barriers: current state of knowledge" by J.G. Zornberg, A. Bouazza and J.S. McCartney. The article appeared in Geosynthetics International Volume 17, No. 5, pp 273-300.
HUESKER Brazil Opens New Geosynthetics Headquarters

A New, Expanded Geosynthetics Headquarters for HUESKER Brazil

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International geosynthetics manufacturer and engineering services provider HUESKER Group has had a lot to celebrate. In recent years, the historical German headquarters marked the company’s 150th anniversary. This...

EPA Public Hearing tomorrow in Charlotte on Proposed Coal Ash Regulations

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a public hearing on the agency's proposal to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. EPA's proposal is the first-ever national effort to ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. The hearing will take place at the Holiday Inn (Airport) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Learn more.

WWI Smelter to Be Capped

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will soon embark on a $6.6 million cleanup of a former smelter site from World War I. Consolidation and capping of roughly 164,000 cubic yards of onsite soil and waste will be carried out. Additionally, 33,000 cubic yards of onsite sediment must be managed and site reuse assured. The zinc smelter was closed 93 years ago. Learn more here.;

Singapore: $4.8 Million in Waste Management Grants

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Five research projects have been awarded $4.8 million grants under the Environment Technology Research Programme (ETRP) to develop waste management solutions for Singapore. One of the five main projects involves research at Nanyang Technological University to study bottom ash utilization, landfill stabilization and geomembrane lining systems. Read more. Learn more here.;

Erosion Control – Jan/Feb 2011 Issue

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The first Erosion Control issue of 2011 is available. The issue's cleaner, more interactive digital edition makes a nice impact, and an expansive cover story on geosynthetics (in flood control, slope stabilization and dewatering) is included. Other stories focus on TRMs and blankets, silt fence and wattles, retaining walls and other issues. Read it online today. Learn more here.;

Landfill Design Considerations in the Age of Sustainable Development

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In 2019, Dr. George Koerner, P.E. and his Geosynthetic Institute colleagues published a white paper on the advantages of geosynthetics in construction from an embodied carbon perspective. They returned...

Deadline Reminders: Calls for Abstracts and Early Registrations

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A number of calls are closing shortly, as conference technical committees and companies finalize their 2012 agendas. In our latest update we look at five of them: EuroGeo 5 (November 30), Global Waste Management Symposium (December 1), World Bioenergy 2012 (December 1), Environmental Connection (December 16), and GeoManitoba 2012 (January 15).
Craig Benson on CETCO Tech Talk

VIDEO: Bentonite Swell Index Test and Hydraulic Conductivity

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CETCO's Tech Talk video series shares high-quality information on geosynthetics and affiliated engineering issues. Here, and in less than three minutes, Dr. Craig Benson explains how a swell index...
Spark testing of geomembranes - I-CORP International

Geomembrane Spark Testing and Difficult Installation Points

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"When asked what voltage setting was used to perform spark testing on a pipe penetration weld the operator said “Dunno, I just turned it to the max as stated in the instructions”! This is just the right way to miss leaks, as happened..." Ian Peggs of I-CORP INTERNATIONAL takes a look at what is occurring during spark testing.
UK Environment Agency

UK Environment Agency Republishes Geomembrane Publications

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You may be seeing a lot of familiar material returning from the Environment Agency of the United Kingdom online. A new website for www.uk.gov has started reissuing reports as it replenishes...
MoDNR to Host September CQA Week Courses

MoDNR to Host September CQA Week Courses

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) will host CQA Week 7 – 9 September 2016 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Three courses will be offered as a single...
IGS Educate the Educators

IGS North America Selects Kingston for Educate the Educators Event

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The International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program was created in the 1990s to address the knowledge gap about geosynthetics in civil engineering practice. The program used a...

Canada's Mining Industry Picks Up

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After the deep freeze of 2008 and early 2009, new mine and project activity in Canada is heating up again. Like their peers around the world, Canadian miners and developers responded to the financial crisis and low metals prices by closing mines, curtailing production, delaying projects and deferring exploration. Going into 2010, however, the industry is buzzing with activity once again. (Continued.) Learn more here.;

Defending Granite Falls Against Floods

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Granite Falls, Minnesota is proposing to use collapsible geotextile cells as part of a flood defense scheme. The 2 to 2.5-foot-high, earthen flood wall (levee) base would be constructed in the property backyards that still allow views and access to the river. The levee would have a six-foot-wide grass-covered top that is orientated as close to the river bank as possible. Additional riprap would be used on the slope facing the river to shore up the river bank and prevent erosion. The six feet of space atop the levee is to allow for temporary flood barriers that would be put into place at the time of significant flood events. Learn more here.;

Viewpoint: Geotextile and Gabions for Reef Support

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The Soloman Star newspaper (of the Soloman Islands) has published a viewpoint from Willis Eschenbach on the subject of atoll and beach preservation. Mr. Eschenbach describes the process by which geotextile tubes and gabion baskets may be used in restoration and conservation measures. Learn more here.;
Geomembrane installation image from Solmax

Best Practices for Minimizing Geomembrane Wrinkling

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By Catrin Tarnowski –  Geomembrane wrinkling occurs, but it can be minimized. “Lay flat” geomembrane installations are quite possible, as they are documented all over the world. Truly, we...
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