Don't Miss the World's Largest Soil and Water Event

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Environmental Connection 2013, annual conference and expo of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), is the world's largest soil and water event. Combining quality education with a world-class expo, Environmental Connection 2013 is the premier gathering place for the erosion and sediment control community. Don't miss out as Environmental Connection comes to San Diego, 10–13 February 2013. Learn more about the short courses, early registration rate, and much more here.
Geomembrane CQA - Abigail Beck Performs Liner Integrity Survey

CQA Week Profile: Liner Integrity Surveys

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When CQA professionals gather in Austin, Texas during CQA Week (April 29 - May 3), those who take part in the liner integrity survey/assessment (LISA) training (April 29 - 30) will discover a number of interesting updates to this event. Now in its 9th year of training events, the TRI Environmental CQA Week LISA education will feature rebuilt test pads for the hands-on field training portion of the event. A larger soil-covered test pad is part of the redesign. Further, the event will feature the new 2000 series equipment, a double-dipole arrangement that produces multi-directional 3D voltage mapping. Separate cells for the water lance and water puddle will be included, and new equipment for the water dipole survey will be utilized. Equipment will be available for purchase or project-specific rental. In addition, TRI will be adding a trouble-shooting session in the class, including a bench-scale site to highlight conditions that impair survey sensitivity and give false positive signals. Learn more.

Update: Milner Ridge

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The Biotic Earth blog has posted a nice update from a critical erosion control project performed at the Milner Ridge wastewater facility in Manitoba, Canada. The work was part of stabilizing the soils around the wastewater ponds, the slopes for which were in jeopardy of failure from erosion. A combination of erosion control blankets and biotic-enriched hydromulch was used. One year later, the site is showing tremendous signs of success; as is this combination approach to erosion control in cold climates. Learn more here.;

YouTube: Maccaferri Mining Video

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Maccaferri has posted a new video with a series of images and application information from installations around the world. From geogrid used for debris control in a Swedish mining tunnel to rockfall netting/mesh in Australia; and from 20m+ high crusher walls in Africa to leachate containment in Peru--the video presents a strong range of applications and geosynthetic and affiliated-technology solutions. It's a nice overview. Learn more here.;

Reflections on the IGS Technical Committee Workshops in Munich

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Dr. George Koerner, Director of the Geosynthetic Institute, published a very nice report from the International Geosynthetics Society’s IGS Technical Committee Workshops. The gathering, which included workshops organized by...

Survivor: EC09!

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Pop over to ESCN.tv for a chance to win a full registration to the EC09 conference in Reno, Nevada! ESCN's "I'm A Survivor" contest will award two full registrations to the event (to be held 9-12 February 2009) plus three nights of lodging at the Atlantis Casino Resort. Feeling lucky? Stop by ESCN.tv today. Learn more here.;

TenCate Takes a Stake in TigerTurf

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TenCate, which manufacturers materials for industries such as geosynthetics, aerospace, defense and recreation turf, will take a minority holding in Australia-based TigerTurf. TigerTurf has considerable business in the Australasia region regarding professional sports fields, tennis courts, and schools; and works with major organizations such as FIFA. Other recent TenCate acquisitions and agreements in the synthetic turf market include Greenfields, Edel Grass and FieldTurf Tarkett. Learn more here.;

D35 Takes Up Draft Guidelines for Fabricated Geomembranes

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ASTM Internnational Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has announced work item WK38128, Guide for Identification, Packaging, Handling, Storage and Deployment of Fabricated Geomembrane Panels. The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee (D35.10 - Geomembranes). Learn more here.;

Press Release: Techtextil North America Prepares World-Class Symposium

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The twelfth edition of Techtextil North America takes place June 2-4, 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas where industry experts will present the most...

Polymers in Photovoltaics 2010

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There have been rapid advances in the markets for photovoltaic cells worldwide including the development of the use of polymers in a variety of applications. Take, for example, the use of solar cells atop the exposed geomembrane cap at the Tessman Road landfill in San Antonio, Texas. Applied Market Information (AMI) has announced a new conference to address this growing sector: Polymers in Photovoltaics 2010. The event will be held 20-22 April 2010 in Cologne, Germany. A Call for Papers has been issued. Dr. Sally Humphreys (sh@amiplastics.com) will accepts abstracts through 20 October 2009. Learn more at the conference website. Learn more here.;

Anniversaries in Geosynthetics 2013

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Each year one finds a good number of anniversaries to recognize. In engineering, you might recognize company milestones, professional society anniversaries, a particular geotechnical event, the invention of a...

Dow Announces Plans to Fully Integrate and Grow North American Performance Businesses with Shale...

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The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today announced comprehensive plans to increase the Company's ethylene and propylene production -- and to integrate its U.S. operations into feedstock opportunities available from increasing supplies of U.S. shale gas in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford shale regions. Read more.

Only One in Ireland

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In the Irish Independent's farming news roundup one finds a note about geomembrane-lined out-wintering pads. These are artificially drained, soft surface zones that are friendlier to and healthier for cattle than concrete pads or Ireland's wet winter soils. The Department of Agriculture has approved only one contractor for this application. Any sites using unapproved contractors will not be eligible for grant aid. Learn more here.;

Rod Kirch promoted to newly created position as Manager

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GSE announced today that Rod Kirch has been promoted to the newly created position of Manager for Upstream Energy Sales. Rod will be responsible for the sale and marketing of GSE geosynthetic products into the energy exploration and transportation applications, specifically targeting the non-conventional energy and shale gas plays in the U.S. Geosynthetic opportunities in refining, long-term storage, mid and downstream applications will remain the responsibility of GSE's Regional Sales Managers.

TenCate GeoDetect and Getec

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TenCate GeoDetect® is the first sensor enabled geotextile on the market to provide soil reinforcement, structural health monitoring and an early warning system into one package. Getec is an established geo structural monitoring company that provides bespoke monitoring packages and instrumentation. Getec and TenCate are working together to promote TenCate GeoDetect®, for embankment and slope monitoring. Learn more here.;

USACE Supports Geosynthetic Use

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The latest release on geosynthetics from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) reports on the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) support for geosynthetic performance in levee construction and reinforcement. Read the full release here.
Geosynthetics Middle East 2013

Geosynthetics Middle East Preliminary Program

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Held under the patronage of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, the 6th Geosynthetics Middle East (GeoME 2013) conference from SKZ will take place 29-30 October 2013 in Abu...

Drainage and Filtration Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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One of the most common needs in infrastructure is proper drainage and filtration engineering. These solutions consolidate soils to accelerate construction windows. They channel liquids into proper retention or...

Mexico Waste & Recycling Expo Announced

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Messe Frankfurt, organizers of the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo and TechTextil's European and North American conferences, has announced the Mexico Waste & Recycling Expo. The inaugural event will be held 10-12 March 2010 in Mexico City, Mexico. Key subjects will include composting systems, construction and demolition, infrastructure, operations, and more. Learn more at the event website. Learn more here.;