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Online Learning Opportunities in Geosynthetics

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What follows is a partial list of geosynthetics online learning opportunities. This list is not complete. We welcome your recommendations and will update the list regularly. GEOSYNTHETICS ONLINE LEARNING CALENDAR The following...
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Last Chance! Register NOW for GeoAmericas 2020 ONLINE

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GeoAmericas 2020, the 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, has nearly arrived! From 26 - 31 October 2020, an international community of hundreds geotechnical engineers will gather ONLINE for technical...
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Sustainable Geotextiles to Be Showcased in October 22 Webinar

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The field of geosynthetics was created in many respects by manufacturers. It was manufacturers that put forth many of the engineering ideas, funded early research, supported pilot projects, innovated...
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The GeoWire for the Week of October 19

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of October 19. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT A new study suggests people do NOT...
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New Drainage Tool Combines Simple Interface and Technical Muscle

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Solmax has unveiled a new online drainage design manual with significant design and specification functionality. Hosted on its own website, the Geosynthetic Drainage Tool provides project engineers with the...
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Best Practices for Minimizing Geomembrane Wrinkling

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By Catrin Tarnowski –  Geomembrane wrinkling occurs, but it can be minimized. “Lay flat” geomembrane installations are quite possible, as they are documented all over the world. Truly, we...
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Essential Questions: Geomembrane Wrinkles and Bridging

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During EuroGeo 6 (September 2016, Slovenia), Dr. Ian D. Peggs chaired a special panel discussion on geomembrane wrinkles, bridging, uplift, and ballasting. Following, and with the permission of the event...
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Increasing Hatchery Production with Geomembranes

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Recently, we looked at the promise of geosynthetics in aquaculture operations, with AGRU having published a podcast on the subject. We also looked at a previous story on Geosynthetica...
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The GeoWire for the Week of October 5

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of October 5. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Early on, the Covid crisis helped (temporarily)...
Image of geocell haul road being deployed over soft soils at Manitowoc Harbor. Excavator and loader seen on left.

Stabilizing Soft Soils at a Dredge Disposal Facility

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The Manitowoc Containment Facility is an engineered structure designed to hold materials excavated during dredging activities in Manitowoc Harbor (Wisconsin). Confined Disposal Facilities (CDFs) like this one are one...
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Geosynthetics and Aquaculture on the AGRU Podcast

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AGRU America’s podcast series explores geosynthetic applications and polymeric material advances that beneficially influence the performance of infrastructure. The latest episode finds Cody Miles discussing geosynthetics in aquaculture. (Listen...
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October Preview: GeoAmericas, Sustainability, Geosynthetics

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The month of October offers plenty of playoff baseball for Geosynthetica's editor to obsess over in his free time (while his wife rolls her eyes and his daughter uses...
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GSI Fellowships for 2020 – 2021 Academic Year

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) invests tens of thousands of dollars in engineering research, both in-house and with its GSI Fellowships program. The latter endeavor has supported Master’s and Doctoral...
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The GeoWire for the Week of September 28

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of September 28. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Himanshu Gupta argues that one thing that...

VIDEO: GCL Seal Revives a Historic German Moat

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The historic moat in Delitzsch, Germany had been losing water for decades and threatened to become swampy. Renovation plans included the planting of reeds. To prevent reed roots from...
Two empty railway tracks under a blue sky, through nature. German railroad lines with a diminishing perspective. No traffic. By YesPhotographers via Shutterstock license.

The GeoWire for the Week of September 21

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of September 21. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT It's Climate Week in New York! European...
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Berlin 2 Final Report Seeks End of Life Protocol for HDPE Geomembranes

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Immediately following 2014's 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (September 2014, Berlin), a high-level, one-day workshop on exposed HDPE geomembranes convened at the headquarters of BAM, Germany’s Federal Institute for Materials...
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Recommended: Engineering With Nature on Coastal Protection

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The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature (EWN) initiative uses a collaborative process to align natural and engineered systems "to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental,...
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Big Topics & Big Names in GeoAmericas 2020 ONLINE Lectures

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GeoAmericas 2020 will be the first major geosynthetics conference to be held entirely online. The new format has been welcomed by the global community and a very noteworthy series...
Image of Professor Jorge Zornberg seated beside a materials testing table. From the University of Texas - Austin.

Jorge Zornberg on Siamak’s Geosynthetics Podcast

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Our good friend Siamak Paulson, an Australia-based engineer, continues his series of interviews with not just Australian geosynthetics experts but luminaries from around the world. The latest video podcast...
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The GeoWire for the Week of September 14

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of September 14. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT It's hard to look at much else...
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10 Phobias That Make Engineering Careers More Difficult

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Phobias make for interesting “rabbit hole” reading. Once you find a classical-looking, not-easily-pronounced, gigantic word—apologies to speakers of Greek—it becomes pretty easy to just keep clicking in search of...
Desludging Wastewater Ponds Using Geotextile Dewatering Bags

Geotextile Dewatering Bags for Desludging Wastewater Ponds

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For #ThrowbackThursday, we revisit the most popular project story on Geosynthetica from 2018. The story was originally published 29 January 2018, which gave Oriokot's article on the use of...
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IAPD Concrete Protection Liners Webinar – September 10

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Concrete protection is an essential element in extending the lifespan of many critical pieces of infrastructure, such as in wastewater treatment facilities. Concrete protection liners (CPL) help prevent corrosive...
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The GeoWire for the Week of September 7

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of September 7. WORK SMARTER. -- REMINDER -- Register Now for GeoVirtual 2020, September...
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