New Standard Document Facilitates Green Building Projects

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Anyone involved with the design and construction of green buildings can now use the first comprehensive standard contract document that addresses the many challenges associated with these complex projects. The new document, known as the ConsensusDOCSTM 310 Green Building Addendum, was developed by members of the ConsensusDOCS group to help advise the owner, set proper expectations, and avoid delays and other legal hassles in the construction of buildings seeking green certification or other sustainable goals. Read more.

IGS North America Opens Call for Next Board

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Quick upon its announcement of a new Board-appointed Secretary and the addition of an outside management company’s services, IGS North America has issued the call for its next board....

Challenging Environment & Environmental Goals

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On the northern end of the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, the world's largest natural gas conversion facility is being constructed. Many challenges present themselves at this site, however: the high temperatures of the environment, the high temperature of environmentally aggressive liquids that must be contained on site, the sandy substrate, and much more. On the geosynthetic side of things, engineers have been challenged by the selection of geomembranes that will survive in the environment and meet the project's overall environmental sustainability goals. The found their answer in ethylene interpolymer alloy (EIA)-enhanced geomembranes. The expertise of Solmax International and LG Chem have combined to make the site a success. Roughly 160,000 sq. m of geomembrane have been installed by Arabian Environmental Construction (AEC). Work will be on-going through 2009.

Dust to Dust

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The historic Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas was demolished last week, becoming the fourth tallest building to be imploded. Geotextile curtains were used to contain the spray of debris. Read about it in the Las Vegas Business Press. Learn more here.;
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GeoAmericas 2020 Rescheduled to Late October

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GeoAmericas 2020 will be the 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. With COVID-19 concerns impacting travel around the world, large and small events alike have rescheduled to protect their participants...

$100 Million for Flood Management Upgrades in CT

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Greenwich, Connecticut--like much of the northeastern United States--suffered extensive flood damage from the most recent nor'easter storms. Now, a consultant's report has recommended a number of flood defense solutions from bridge management to drainage system replacements. The total cost of the 33 recommended projects is estimated to be $100 million. Learn more here.;

Brawler Re-Invests in Its Geomembrane Manufacturing

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In May 2014, Brawler Industries acquired In-Line Plastics, LC. The move extended Brawler's geomembrane manufacturing and fabrication abilities, joining In-Line's large Houston facility with the acquiring company's plant...

Correcting Old Landfills

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It wasn't so long ago--the early 1980s--when large new landfill cells in the United States were constructed without protective liners. In Columbia County, New York, two 30-acre, unlined cells from 1982 have been found to be leaking waste into groundwater. The neighboring, more modern cells, which include geosynthetic liners and leachate collection systems, are still performing well and preventing leakage. Remediation work will be needed along with capping. Some sites in the US and Canada are now reburying old waste in lined cells while sifting through waste for recyclables. Learn more here.;

GMA Submits Comments to EPA

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The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has provided significant leadership in public discussions on the future of US coal ash facility construction rules. With current discussion regarding whether facilities might be governed under Subtitle C or D regulations, GMA has spoken at public gatherings and submitted formal comments and documents whenever the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for input. The latest comments regarding the storage of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) were submitted 14 October 2010. We encourage readers to follow this developing story and the important work GMA is carrying out. Learn more here.;

GeoAmericas 2012 Extends Early-Bird Room Rates

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GeoAmericas 2012 marks the Second Pan-American Geosynthetics Conference and Exhibition. It will be held 1-4 May 2012 in Lima, Peru under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). Organizers have announced that the Early-Bird Room Rates for the venue hotel (Westin Libertador Hotel) have been extended until 15 February 2012. Reserve your room today and get the best rate at this key Latin American infrastructure event. Learn more here.;

Turks and Caicos Island to Modernize Landfills

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Within the next 12 months, Turks and Caicos Island in the West Indies will replace its small, unlined dumps with a large, new, modern landfill with a geosynthetic lining system. The landfill will include a self-sealing geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) under a 60-mil layer of a polyethylene geomembrane. Refuse will be spread and compacted daily over a small 100-by-50-foot working face and covered with a layer of soil, completely closing off any open waste areas each day. Learn more here.;

GeoAmericas 2016 Expanding Booth and Sponsorship May 21

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The quadrennial Pan-American conference on geosynthetics—GeoAmericas 2016—is an event from the International Geosynthetics Society. As a result, IGS Corporate Members have had an exclusive window in which to request...

Titan Sponsoring 2013 Seminars on GeoSolutions for Mining, Heavy Construction

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Titan Environmental is sponsoring the 2013 "GeoSolutions for the Mining and Heavy Construction Industry" seminars throughout Canada. These gathering will address Roads, Embankments, Dams, Landfills, and Mining Caps. The specific agendas will also be shaped by the primary needs where the seminar sessions are taking place. The Western Canada sessions will take place January 21–25 with stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. The Eastern Canada sessions will take place January 28–February 1, with stops in Toronto, Greater Sudbury, Frederichton, Halifax, and St. John's. Stay current with seminar agendas and registration information via Titan's website. Learn more here.;

Recap: Plastics in Underground Pipes 2009

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ProcessingTalk has published a recap of the 6-7 May 2009 event "Plastics in Underground Pipes 2009," which was held in Orlando, Florida. The conference was orchestrated by Applied Market Information (AMI), organizers of numberous global plastics events such as the forthcoming Waterproof Membranes 2009 event in Germany. Read ProcessingTalk's recap. Learn more here.;

D35 on Conformance Testing

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ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has revised standard D4759, "Standard Practice for Determining the Specification Conformance of Geosynthetics." This practice has been developed with strong emphasis on practicality and the realization that all geosynthetics are subjected to a vigorous quality control program prior to shipping. The standard has been revised to D4759-11. Learn more here.;

Preliminary Injunction Upheld in GCCM Patent Dispute

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A follow up on a GCCM patent story from earlier this year: The preliminary injunction issued in a Polish court against Eurobent Sp.zo.o regarding potential infringement of Concrete Canvas's patent...

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas receives patent for GEOPORT

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Within the geotextile tube industry, producing a strong and secure textile injection port system has always proved challenging. Both the sewn attachment and the final closing method of these ports have never been as durable as the textile tube itself. TenCate Geosynthetics Americas has developed a rigid, mechanical injection port system (known as Geoport) which virtually eliminates unwanted stress at this location.

Sustainable Vegetation

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In the February 2011 issue of Stormwater Solutions, Bryan Weldin, P.E., and Patricia Stelter of Presto Geosystems write about the use of geocellular systems for supporting sustainable vegetation on sloped sites that otherwise would not support vegetation cost effectively. Two case studies are presented, one from a pulp mill geomembrane cover project and one from a roadside ditch remediation project. Learn more here.;
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5 Ways GeoU 2022 Enhances Professional Value

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GeoU 2022 combines expert geosynthetics instruction with exceptional networking. This in-person engineering professional development event will take place 5 - 8 April 2022 at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin...

Fabricated Geomembrane Institute Offers Graduate Research Grant Opportunity

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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will offer a $10,000 per year FGI Graduate Research Grant for up to two years (with annual approval). The founding principles of the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute have been research and education. In support of these principles, the Association will award these research funds for an initial two-year period to support ideas that advance the use of fabricated geomembranes in containment applications. Issues that might be explored in the research include formulation, welding, field testing, installation, durability in exposed and unexposed applications, chemical resistance, or any other measure of fabricated geomembrane performance. Learn more.

Community Feud Forces Two Landfill Redos

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The cities of Eden Prairie and Hopkins, Minnesota are in need of environmental remediation work on two old landfills. But citizens in Eden Prairie do not want to rebury Hopkins' waste as the sites are remediated. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) had hoped to fully remediate and cap only one site; but the agency will now need to tackle both sites. Liner placement, new gas systems, and caps are needed. Learn more here.;

PODCAST: The Push towards Reinvention in Geomembranes

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Many infrastructure applications rely upon geosynthetic barriers. Over time, we’ve seen the specification of 40 or 60-mil black high-density polyethylene geomembranes become so common that black HDPE can feel...

Credits for Lagoon Covers

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The lagoon cover at the Miedema Dairy in Ohio blankets a 350-by-160-foot section of a 350-by-305-foot lagoon. Liquid manure enters the lagoon at the covered end and gradually flows toward the uncovered section. The cover is made of 60-mil, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane. A new program coordinated by the Environmental Credit Corp. offers farmers a way to finance manure lagoon covers by selling carbon credits. Read about it here (PDF). Learn more here.;

The View from GSI Taiwan

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In mid-November 2009, The Geosynthetic Insitute (GSI) - Taiwan held the 4th installment in its series of interntaional geosynthetics conferences in Taiwan. This series has brought expert speakers in from around the world and allowed attendees from across Asia and further to connect with researchers, manufacturers and others in Taiwan's region. Dr. C. Wayne Hsieh, director of GSI Taiwan, has sent along a couple photographs from the gathering.

CLI Statement on Acquisition by Raven Industries

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Following the August 22 official announcement by Raven Industries that it had signed an agreement to acquire Colorado Lining International, CLI President John Heap issued the following statement. (NOTE:...