IECA Announces Winners of 2009 Awards of Environmental Excellence

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On Wednesday, 17 February 2010, at the 41st conference and expo of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), the Awards of Environmental Excellence presentation ceremony was held. For the past 19 years, IECA has recognized the industry's best by awarding persons and projects epitomizing the principles of environmental excellence. Awards are only given to the highest quality projects and innovations. Annually, IECA members submit nominations of worthy individuals and projects. After careful review and consideration, the IECA Awards Committee selects each year's winners. Read more.

SURVEY: Extra-Wide Geomembranes

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I-CORP International's Dr. Ian D. Peggs, P.E., P.Eng has shared a survey on extra-wide geomembranes. Your participation is invited. Responses are sought from manufacturers, distributors, installers, construction/contracting firms, design...

Gabion Construction: Scaling Up for a Queensland Mine

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Adelaide-based Prospect Contractors has been involved in many construction and mining projects, but their work for Anglo Coal in Queensland provided a chance to set some new company records for gabion construction work. They've shared with us some details from this 900m-long work zone, including the large mix of gabion cubes and reno mattresses needed and to build the mining company's dam structure, spillways and weirs.

Improving Environment with Landfills

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Modern landfills are far superior to the dumps that marked the landscape just three or four decades ago. Geosynthetic lining and drainage systems and stringent regulations have transformed the waste management industry into the strongest area of the United States infrastructure. In Scotland County, North Carolina a new landfill proposal would correct an old unlined facility. It would change the current leakage rate from 5.7 million gallons per year to an estimated 114 gallons per year. That's a pretty telling statistic. Learn more here.;
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Young IGS Members Call for Papers – 11 ICG

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics, organized by the International Geosynthetics Society’s Korean Chapter, will be held in Seoul, South Korea 16 – 21 September 2018. The Young IGS Members...

Contaminated Soil Discovered at Pottersburg

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The London Topic (Ontario, Canada) reports that PCB contaminated soil has been discovered outside the "vault" zones where reclamation work is on-going. The contaminated soils have been moved onto a polyethylene pad and covered with a PE membrane and geotextile fabric while officials meet and a public meeting is scheduled. Longer term storage and containment will be part of the site's soil cleanup. Learn more here.;

Asia Mining 2010

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The Asia Mining Congress 2010 has announced its speaker list: Donald Lindsay, CEO, Teck, Canada; Sam Walsh, CEO, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Australia; Nagi Hamiyeh, Managing Director -Investment, Temasek Holdings, Singapore; Fabio Barbosa, CFO, Vale, Brazil; and Ian Pearce CEO, Xstrata Nickel, Canada. Learn more about this event from Terrapinn at the conference website. Learn more here.;

CGS recognizes GeoEngineering Centre Members and Students

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OCTOBER 2013 - Several members of the GeoEngineering Centre and their students were recognized at CGS events held in conjunction with GeoMontreal, the 66th annual conference of the Canadian...
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New Officers and Board for Fabricated Geomembrane Institute

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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) held its biennial membership meeting in February in Portland, Oregon. The event, which was attended by 37 participants, served as a transition point between...

Green Building to Triple by 2013

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Even as a deepening recession and credit freeze have curtailed real estate development, green building construction starts increased fivefold between 2005 and 2008, McGraw-Hill Construction reports. McGraw-Hill expects the domestic green building market to triple by 2013, reaching up to $140 billion in construction spending. Growing public awareness, government regulations, and bottom-line advantages are helping fuel green building's surging popularity, the company said. Learn more here.;

Water Management in the Northwest

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The population of the US Northwest grew 20% in the 1990s and has continued on that breakneck pace. It's created a tremendous need for new water management solutions. Dams and reservoirs are being closely considered. Even environmental groups who are generally at odds with dam construction are signing on to new plans. Learn more here.;

World Energy Use Projected to Grow 49 Percent Between 2007 and 2035; Rapid Growth...

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World marketed energy consumption grows 49 percent between 2007 and 2035, driven by economic growth in the developing nations of the world, according to the Reference case projection from the International Energy Outlook 2010 (IEO2010) released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Renewables are the fastest-growing source of world energy supply. Read more.

ECTC Updates Charts for Temporary RECPs

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The Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) has published revised charts for Temporary Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs). The documentation identifies product characteristics, such as material thickness, tensile strength, ground...

Geotextiles can increase life of roads

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More on the potential to transform and improve India's roads with geosynthetics. Indopia also reports that a joint survey by the ministry and credit rating agency ICRA on technical textiles will be released in early October 2010. Learn more here.;

More about Garrison Dam

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The Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery in North Dakota is currently lining more of its ponds. The expansive site has had a mix of lined and unlined ponds, and over time hatchery personnel have reported significantly higher, healthier yields with lined ponds. When federal funds became available for improving the facility, which is an important link to fish supplies in the Midwest, the hatchery capitalized on the opportunity. Installation work is going on right now. Learn more here.;

First Call: Landfill 2009

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A first announcement and call for papers has been issued for Landfill 2009, the 8th Bienniel Seminar on Waste Disposal by Landfill from the Landfill Interest Group - Western Cape. LIG is part of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA). Landfill 2009 will be guided by the theme "The Functional Landfill." The event takes place in Cape Town 19-20 October 2009. Abstracts are requested by 30 April 2009. For more information, see the following short article.

ITA Elects Brazil’s Celestino as New President

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During the World Tunnel Congress in San Franciso, Brazil’s Tarcisio Barreto Celestino was elected President of the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA). Celestino, an engineer, is currently...

Raven Industries Introduces Dura-Skrim® Textured K-Series Scrim Reinforced Geomembranes

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Raven Industries Engineered Films Division announces Dura-Skrim® Textured K-Series; a new geomembrane product line specifically engineered for the geosynthetic industry. Dura-Skrim Textured K-Series is a unique textured reinforced geomembrane available in polyethylene or flexible polypropylene and is the first of this type in the industry. Dura-Skrim Textured K-Series is manufactured utilizing a cast extrusion process to achieve a consistent core thickness with uniform asperity heights. Raven's exclusive GeoGrip™ surface technology consists of a durable random spike pattern with bidirectional bars to provide uniform stabilization and an increased friction between various soil and geosynthetic layers allowing for steeper slope designs. Dura-Skrim Textured K-Series is designed for applications requiring exceptional slope stability such as landfill caps, mining leach pads and containment ponds to name a few.

Erosion Control Concerns along New Orleans' Levee

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The 17th Street Canal in New Orleans is eroding at a rate significantly faster than before Hurricane Katrina. Environmental engineers and investigators are trying to determine is rehabilitation work on levees in the past couple years has produced the erosion and if it is causing additional stability problems below surface to the slopes of the canal walls and which would, ultimately, affect levee stability. Learn more here.;

GSI Fellowships: CORRECTION

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An amended release on the 2008-2009 GSI Fellowships awards is now posted. One of the research topics was incorrectly listed in the original release.

ASTM Geosynthetics Committee Honors David Suits

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — 28 March 2014 — ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has established a new award in honor of L. David Suits, executive director of the North American Geosynthetic Society,...

EuroGeo Transcript: Geomembrane Wrinkles, Bridging, Ballasting, Parts 3 – 5

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During EuroGeo 6, Dr. Ian D. Peggs, P.E., P.Eng chaired a special panel discussion on geomembrane wrinkles, bridging, uplift, and ballasting. The recorded session featured panelists Paul Guinard (SOPREMA),...

GSI Launches Online Designing With Geosynthetics Course

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) continues to push geosynthetics education and professional development in forward-thinking ways. In 2012, GSI Director Emeritus Dr. Robert Koerner acquired full publishing rights to his seminal...

Wanted: Project Manager

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Northwest Linings and Geotextile Products, Inc. seeks a Project Manager for Kent, WA location. Candidate must have a 4-year degree, 3 years of geosynthetics construction management experience, and an earthworks background including the reading of blue prints, specifications, and submittal processing. Learn more.

Raven Reports 2Q Results

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In business news, Raven Industries, which has a very strong geosynthetics and engineered films division, reported 17% growth in the second quarter. Learn more here.;