REMINDER: Pond Liner System Design and Operation Webinar, January 30

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DON'T MISS THIS WEBINAR OPPORTUNITY! Though pond lining applications are common, the proper design and operation of a pond liner system requires great care. A large number of facilities...

Concrete Canvas Wins Major LNG Contract in Australia

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Concrete Canvas has won a major contract to supply its Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) for one of Australia's largest resource projects: the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant...

Inland Empire

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British Columbia's Bruce Swift entered one of the fastest growing markets well-before it became more acceptable to diners: inland aquaculture. While ocean-based aquaculture operations have been popular, they have also produced significant disease issues with fish. Inland aquaculture, which commonly uses tanks and lined ponds, has generally been more resistant to these problems. Swift's coho operation is a valuable success story. Learn more here.;

Case Study: Stormwater Storage System

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A storage system was required to retain 91 cubic metres of stormwater runoff for a parking lot. Due to space restrictions at this Mount Albert, Ontario site, a stormwater management pond was not feasible. The solution? A total of 73 Triton S-29 chambers were supplied by Terrafix and installed in less than a day with overall installation (excavation, stone placement, chamber installation, backfilling) taking less than a week to complete. 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.;

Muros de Solo Reforçado – Arrancamento de Reforços de Fitas

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Por John Sankey e Robert Lozano - Normas técnicas para reforços discretos de fitas utilizadas em muros de solo reforçado,  elaboradas no âmbito dos códigos da AASHTO, identificaram um método...

From Fiji: Naisoso Island gets makeover

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Naisoso Island developers undertook a major project resulting in hundreds of sandbags running the length of the island, replacing the role of mangroves. The barrier system also incorporates a 'berm' or mound which is built to a height of four metres above sea level with a geotextile mat under the western slope. Learn more here.;

Latest News from Global Synthetics

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The latest newsletter from Australia-based Global Synthetics includes a number of interesting articles, such as the debut of Propex's ArmorMax turf reinforcement mats in the Australian market, managing stormwater at the country's largest airport, the use of ACEGrid geogrids for strong earth reinforcement and storm protection in New Zealand, and much more. Download a copy of the newsletter here (PDF).

Flood Protection in India

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Officials in India are looking at geotextile bag flood control devices that were used in the United States following Hurricane Katrina as possible solutions for flood response in India. The Bihar region of India suffered more than 1200 deaths during flooding in 2007. A government committee is now looking into acquiring airdrop equipment to enable the use of fast response using geotextiles. Learn more here.;

Major Initiative to Spur Biofuels Industry Announced

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President Obama has announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy will invest up to $510 million during the next three years in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. The initiative responds to a directive from the President issued in March as part of his Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future, the administration’s framework for reducing dependence on foreign oil. The biofuels initiative is being steered by the White House Biofuels Interagency Work Group and Rural Council, both of which are enabling greater cross-agency collaboration to strengthen rural America. Learn more here.;

Climate Change and Runoff

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On Thursday, March 13, specialists in climate change and infrastructure will gather at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for a one-day event, "Adapting Community Infrastructure to Climate Change: Solutions for stormwater management and community forests." Stormwater, erosion control and water resource management are a few of the major topics. Download the event PDF here. Learn more here.;

Trekkopje Project Makes History

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Bateman Engineering has commenced the engineering and procurement (EP) on the Maxi phase of the innovative greenfields Trekkopje project in the heart of Namibia's Namib Desert, some 65 km north-east of the coastal town of Swakopmund. The French nuclear giant AREVA, through its subsidiary AREVA Resources Namibia and AREVA Processing Namibia Pty (Ltd), is developing the world's first uranium mine to utilise an alkaline heap leach process. The heap leach pad will comprise 30 cells in total, of which about 22 will be active at any given time, while the remainder will be in various stages of construction (stacking), demolition (reclaiming), or maintenance per the OOHLP (On-Off Heap Leach Pad) method.

UK Running Out of Landfill Space

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According to the Environment Agency, the United Kingdom's current landfill waste sites will reach capacity in about seven years. This statistic, however, belies the situation in particular areas of the country. In some parts of Wales, for example, landfill sites have as little as three years left to run before they will fill to bursting. That means that authorities must either build yet more capacity, setting aside land that could be used for other things, or try to change the existing practices of businesses and consumers. Learn more here.;

ACE calls for infrastructure 'account'

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A system of infrastructure accounting is urgently needed to keep track of what is needed and where, accordint to the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). Learn more here.;

IFAI Advanced Textiles to Be Held at ITMA 2011, Barcelona

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The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) has invited IFAI to organize its fourth advanced textiles conference alongside its machinery exhibition on three consecutive morning sessions: 26-28 September 2011. ITMA, owned by CEMATEX has been held every four years since 1951, and is the world's largest international textile machinery exhibition. Miss Maria Avery, Secretary General, CEMATEX, said, "Technical textiles is a very important sector and we welcome IFAI to organize the Advanced Textiles conference at ITMA 2011. We see it as a win-win partnership."

Italian Technical Textile Machinery Workshop in Raleigh

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The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) organize, in partnership with the Nonwovens Institute of North Carolina State University, a technical workshop dedicated to Italian technology for the nonwovens and technical textile industries. The event will occurr in Raleigh (11 and 12 November 2009) at North Carolina State University.

Axter Coletanche Takes Over

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As of 1 June 2009, Axter Coletanche, makers of bituminous geomembranes, has discontinued its main distributor relationship in Quebec and is heading up its own distribution of the Coletanche bituminous liner in Canada. Bertrand Bruel is leading this effort from his office in Montreal. He reports hightened interest in the use of bituminous geomembranes in global dam construction after the company's recent visit to the ICOLD conference in Brazil. Learn more here.;

NOLA Landbridge Gabions to Use Katrina Rubble

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Rubble from segments of the Interstate 10 Twin Spans destroyed during Hurricane Katrina will be stuffed inside erosion control gabion mattresses that will be draped along a 7.8-mile stretch of the Lake Borgne shoreline of the eastern New Orleans landbridge. Learn more here.;

Allen to Deliver Two Geosynthetics Sessions in Singapore

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When the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) convenes its Expo Asia 2011, two technical sessions on geosynthetics will be included. The event will be held 22-25 March 2011 at the new Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. Session one is titled "Geosynthetic Applications for Infrastructure" and session two will be "Geosynthetic Materials for Environmental Applications." TRI/Environmental, Inc.'s Sam Allen will be the presenter.
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The GeoWire for the Week of July 6

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of July 6. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS The B1M compiles details on some of...

AUSTRALIA: Rowe Headlines Multi-Component GCL Seminar

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Renowned researcher and educator, Dr. R. Kerry Rowe, P.Eng., has been announced as the featured presented during a multi-city seminar tour of Australia. The topic, “Multi-component Geosynthetic Clay Liners,”...

SOBRATEMA Summit 2017 Includes Geosynthetics Module

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From June 7 to 9, professionals in construction, engineering, and equipment will gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the co-located events of BW Expo 2017, Construction Expo 2017 (International...

Noosa Looks to Geotextile Berms

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Noosa Woods and the Noosa Spit Beach along Australia's Sunshine Coast has been eaten away at by tidal erosion. Local officials are now evaluating a proposal for a combination rock groyne and submerged geotextile berm to deflect tidal forces and to better separate the boating channel from swimmers. An additonal, small groyne would be added to further trap sediment. Many people are skeptical about the plan's ability to win approval, however. Learn more here.;

GSE Appoints Sorrentino and Storey to Top Positions

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HOUSTON — (November 4, 2013) — GSE Holding, Inc., (the “Company” or “GSE”) (NYSE:GSE) the leading global provider of highly engineered geosynthetic containment solutions for environmental protection and confinement...

Erosion Control: Fixing the Flow

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In the latest issue of Erosion Control magazine, regular contributor Carol Brzozowski writes on flood control, streambank restoration, and creating public space. Among the experts she interviews is Fiberweb's Brian Whitaker, who shares thoughts on important design considerations.