D35 on Geotextile Bags

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has announced a new standard: D7701, "Standard Test Method for Determining the Flow Rate of Water and Suspended Solids from a Geotextile Bag." In the "Significance and Use" section on D35's page, the committee notes, "This test method may be used as an aid to design geotextile container systems that contain fine-grained, high water content slurries such as dredged materials to meet special environmental or operational requirements. This test is often used to demonstrate the efficacy of geotextile dewatering to regulatory agencies in determining the amount of dredged material sediment passing through a geotextile and the flow rate for specific high water content materials." Learn more here.;

Solmax Names Jean-Louis Vangeluwe New CEO

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has announced the appointment of company veteran Mr. Jean-Louis Vangeluwe as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vangeluwe has spent nearly two full decades with...

StormCon 2011 Still Seeking Moderators

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StormCon 2011 will be held 21-25 August 2011 in Anaheim, California. Organizers are still seeking moderators to help keep the sessions moving along (e.g., BMP Case Studies, Erosion and Sediment Control, Green Infrastructure, etc.). As a session moderator, your job would be to welcome the attendees, introduce yourself and the speakers for each of the presentations in your session, and help the speakers keep track of the time. We still have openings for moderators in just about every time slot, so if you’ll be at the conference and would like to participate, email janice@forester.net for more information or to request a specific session. Learn more here.;

Solmax Increases Flexibility for European Customers

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Solmax International announced that all European customers will now benefit from a 7-day grace period free-of-charge for on-site deliveries (DDP). All fees due to merchandise pick up delays will be covered by Solmax for up to 7 days for deliveries transiting via Liverpool, South Hampton, Anvers, le Havre and Hamburg port. Read more about this benefit. Learn more here.;

Advances in Barrier Geosynthetics

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The May 2011 issue of CE News includes a Progressive Engineering column on "Advances in Barrier Geosynthetics" by Geosynthetica's editor Chris Kelsey. The article takes a look at the direct shear results guide from ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics; the important role ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) can play in gas barrier performance; and the new utilization of trenchless, anchored, exposed geomembrane caps. Insights from Kuraray, American Environmental Group Ltd., Raven, TRI and CETCO are included. Learn more here.;

Liner Notes: Giroud, Peggs, and Crist

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When former Florida governor Charlie Crist toured a geosynthetic-lined site, he chose the perfect day to learn about geosynthetics: JP Giroud and Ian Peggs, two of the most experienced geosynthetic lining system experts in the world, happened to be there.

Pennsylvania DEP Fines Chief Oil and Gas $180,000 for Oil Spill, Waste Violations

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The PA Department of Environmental Protection announced today that Chief Oil and Gas LLC has paid $180,000 in civil penalties for a hydraulic oil spill and for failing to properly maintain a drill pit at a Marcellus Shale natural gas well in Jefferson Township, Somerset County. A June 10, 2010 site inspection by DEP found evidence of the discharge of hydraulic oil onto the ground. Operators are required to notify DEP of any spills of that nature because the oil is classified as a residual waste. Chief did not notify DEP of the spill and was not permitted to discharge residual waste at the site. Chief Oil and Gas has since successfully remediated the site.

GMA speaks up during EPA coal ash hearing

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As hearings continued through September 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks comments regarding the regulation of coal ash containment sites. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) was among the first in line to address the issue Aug. 30 at the initial hearing in Arlington, Va. Read more, including remarks from GMA Members. Learn more here.;

EPA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Potential Stormwater Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold five listening sessions to provide information to the public about a potential rule to strengthen stormwater regulations and to establish a comprehensive program to reduce stormwater from new development and redevelopment. These potential regulations would help to reduce stormwater discharges that can harm water quality into nearby waterways.

Internet of Smart Materials Conference to Highlight Graphene’s Role

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The Internet of Smart Materials Conference will be held August 17 at Swinburne University (Australia) and explore manufacturing opportunities and how graphene-enhanced materials can help revolutionize data collection and...

Goddard Named Chair of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics

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Industry veteran Jim Goddard has been named Committee Chair of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics. He has served a member of D35 for nearly 30 years. He has previously been...

Waterproof Membranes 2013 Program Released

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NAUE, Intertape Polymer Group, Davis-Standard and others affiliated with geosynthetics headline the speakers at Waterproof Membranes 2013. As the global population grows and advances, the demand for construction and civil...

ASTM International's Official Magazine Launches New Online Presence

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ASTM International has launched a revamped online version of its flagship magazine, Standardization News (SN). The magazine's new website, which is available free to all visitors at www.astm.org/standardization-news, offers more frequently updated ASTM news that is organized into new industry sector gateways. These gateways serve as web portals to comprehensive news and information about ASTM standards development activities, meeting and training course dates, publications and more.

Enviromate GCLs Certified by FITI Testing

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Hong Kong-based Earthmate Geosynthetics has announced that testing conducted by the independent laboratory FITI Korea has certified its Enviromate Geosynthetic Clay Liner (GCL). FITI's laboratory has been approved by the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI). Earthmate's GCLs have been tested striclty according to ASTM Standards. View the test results at Earthmate's website. Learn more here.;

39 Embassies Attend World Bioenergy 2014 Interest Meeting

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Representatives from 39 embassies and trade offices from around the world gathered at the beginning of December for the traditional get-together held by Elmia and the Swedish Bioenergy Association...

Christopher Hardin, P.E. joins Haley and Aldrich as Ash Management and Coal Combustion Practice...

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Christopher Hardin, P.E. joins Haley and Aldrich as a Senior Geotechnical/Environmental Engineer and Ash Management and Coal Combustion Practice Leader. Mr. Hardin will lead the company's ash management / coal combustion practice for utility and energy clients. He is a sought-after national expert in coal ash storage and ash containment closure design with technical, business management and international experience in solid waste design, soil, sediment and groundwater remediation and design/build projects.

Lobbyists and Simulus Funds

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Writing for NJ Biz, Shankar P. analyzes the role lobbyists are playing in influencing the spending of federal stimulus funds. Shankar's article includes mention of Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) and the company's manufacturing facility in New Jersey. Learn more here.;

Falsified Reports and Pipe Failures

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An interesting story has popped up in the 12 February 2010 New York Times. Plastic pipe manufacturer JM Eagle has been accused of falsifying testing reports. A former employee has brought about the case under a "whistle-blower" law. And, as the accusations are related to pipe durability (50 year service life) while the company experienced some failures inside of one year, the suit has gained steam and additional plaintives. The states of Nevada, Virginia, Delaware, and Tennessee and water authorities in California have joined the lawsuit. Learn more here.;

American Environmental Group Ltd. Acquires Power Management, Inc.

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American Environmental Group Ltd (AEGL) of Richfield, Ohio, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Power Management, Inc. (PMI) of Goleta, California. Carl Apicella, President of AEGL, stated, "The merger of the PMI and AEGL teams creates a powerful force in the specialty environmental and energy services markets. Adding PMI's southern and northern California operations centers also improves AEGL geographical coverage, and at the same time creates a national platform to deliver PMI's services to power generation markets."

D18 Work Item on Direct Simple Shear Testing of Cohesive Soils

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ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has announced a work item: WK33799, "Revision of D6528 - 07 Standard Test Method for Consolidated Undrained Direct Simple Shear Testing of Cohesive Soils." According to the rationale: "The standard has an 07 date and is due for review and potential revision. As the technology has changed over the years and we have gained experience there will most likely be some technical revision to the standard." Learn more here.;

von Maubeuge to Speak at Waterproof Membranes 2022

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AMI’s Waterproof Membranes annual conference returns 7 – 9 November 2022 at the Pullman Cologne hotel in Cologne, Germany. The single-track, international conference focuses on market dynamics, technical innovations, manufacturing,...

I-CORP Provides Double Liner Expertise for Coal Seam Gas Plants in Australia

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Dr Ian D. Peggs and I-CORP INTERNATIONAL have been contracted by Leighton Contractors in Australia to provide technical support and guidance for the installation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) double lining systems in about 14 production water and related ponds at the Condabri and Reedy Creek coal seam gas plants presently being built in Queensland, Australia. The plants are owned by Australia Pacific LNG, a joint venture of Origin, Conoco-Phillips, and Sinopec. This I-CORP/Leighton Contractors cooperation arose from a previous project in which I-CORP provided expert witness support to Leighton Contractors for concrete protection liner failures in SX/EW mixers/settlers at the Gunpowder mine near Mt. Isa in Queensland.

WHO on Better Construction

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The World Health Organization is pushing for increased spending on hospital and school construction around the world. The goal is to make hospitals and schools not just places of day to day need and use, but places of refuge during turmoil, such as during hurricanes or tsunamis and after earthquakes. These are the facilities that must remain in tact and operational. Energy efficiency, waste management and other areas are in need of better construction support. Learn more here.;
GeoTalk 2023 - Ryan Kamp

Podcast: Ryan Kamp on Career Paths and Coal Ash

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The latest episode of Geosynthetica's GeoTalk Podcast finds Tamara Tuttle (Atlas International Consulting) interviewing Ryan Kamp, President of Chesapeake Containment Systems, one of the largest geosynthetic installation companies in...

Geosynthetics in Vietnam

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The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs reports that the UN and the government of Vietnam are working together on a plan to better defend Vietnam against typhoons, flooding and even sea level rises. The article at IRIN News notes how geosynthetic flood defenses are being used for the first time in the south of the country. For example, geotextile have been installed beneath riprap embankments. Learn more here.;