Tying the Knot

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We are pleased to announce that Lara Peggs has become Lara Costa, following her marrage on 13 January 2006 to Ray Costa. Lara's email address will remain lara@geosynthetica.net

GRI White Papers

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GRI has produced White Paper Number 7 on Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute-Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI-LAP) and White Paper Number 8 on Construction Quality Assurance-Inspectors Certification Program (CQA-ICP). Learn more here.;

Arcapita Buys Tensar and North American Green

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The Tensar Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of technology-driven site solutions, has a new owner – and new, unprecedented capabilities to take its business worldwide. Effective October 31, the Company and its four subsidiaries – Tensar Earth Technologies, Tensar Polytechnologies, Geopier Foundation Company and North American Green – were acquired by the global investment group Arcapita Inc. The Company had been owned since 2000 by Denver, Colorado-based KRG Capital Partners. Minority owners remain American Capital Strategies Ltd., AIG Global Investment Corporation and the Tensar management team. The total transaction value approached $385 million.

GeoShanghai Conference Updates

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This page includes: Change of Conference Dates; Featured Lectures; Special Sessions; Geotechnical Special Publications; Abstract Stats; and the Preliminary Conference Program.

SAS Signs an Agreement with GSE to Distribute GSE Products in the Civil Construction...

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geosynthetica.net Underwriter, Gundle/SLT Environmental, Inc. (GSE), a leading global provider of geosynthetic lining solutions, products and services headquartered in Houston, Texas is pleased to announce an agreement with Synthetic Aggregate Systems, LLC (SAS) headquartered in Havre De Grace, Maryland for the distribution of GSE geosynthetic products into the Civil Construction market. The agreement with SAS, that combines their detailed technical and experienced engineering practices with the innovation of GSE’s products, is expected to result in new product opportunities and technologies for our existing and new customer base. SAS, headed by Peter Ianniello, CEO & Founder will introduce technologies that complement or replace natural materials (sand, stone, and gravel) with geosynthetic materials in civil applications to reduce overall construction costs while increasing project performance. A brochure describing SAS Products and Services can be found at the "continued" link below.

Number One in Africa

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The Landfill 2005 programme features the first Mercer Lecture in Africa, "Contribution of Geosynthetics to the Geotechnical Aspects of Waste and Liquid Containment," presented By Dr. J.P. Giroud. To view the abstract, please go to the "continued" link below.

Missed TRI's Sold-Out Course in April?

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TRI is offering their two one-day courses again in May. CQC/CQA of Geosynthetic Lining Systems and CQC/CQA of GCL and Cover Systems / Drainage Design and Specifications will be tailored to the Savannah River Project, but will include core elements of TRI's routine curriculum associated with geosynthetic materials, specifications and field installation construction quality assurance.

Material Request

A geomembrane fabricator/installer is trying to find a source of reinforced metallocene-catalysed PE geomembrane. Are there any, now that Serrot no longer exists and their equipment has been sold to a roofing membrane manufacturer? Flag in Italy? Please contact lara@geosynthetica.net.

gsa Underwriters Join in LIS Education

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TRI and I-CORP have come together again as T-CLIC to present the third in the series of Leak Integrity Survey (LIS) courses, held 22-23 April 2005.

Business in Arizona?

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Whenever you are in the Phoenix area, do not miss eating at Tarbell's at 3213 East Camelback Road. Reservations are essential (phone 602-955-8100), and ensure you get one of Nader's tables. Send any other good eating tips to lara@geosynthetica.net. Learn more here.;

gsa Encourages You to Visit

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www.intnews.com. International Newsletters publishes newsletters, magazines and reports (included are Technical Textiles .Net and Performance Materials) and organises conferences and other events in the fields of advanced, high-performance and industrial materials. Learn more here.;

New Polymer Patents

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Maro Patent Alerts compiled by Roger D. Corneliussen. Maro reviews the US Patents published weekly and copies the patent numbers and titles to Alerts messages.

New United States Patent

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Metallocene compound, olefin polymerization catalyst containing the compound, and method for producing an olefin polymer by use of the catalyst. To view the abstract, please cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/search-adv.htm&r=1174&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=ISYMD-20050125&p=24&OS=isd/01/25/2005&RS=ISD/20050125

New United States Patent

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Hot-melt adhesives based on polyamide-block graft copolymers. To view the abstract, please cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/search-adv.htm&r=1243&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=ISYMD-20050125&p=25&OS=isd/01/25/2005&RS=ISD/20050125

Seeking Distributor

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Geosynthetica underwriter is seeking North American distributor for conductive geotextile to use on geocomposites and GCLs to facilitate electrical liner integrity/leak location surveys on double lining systems with nonconductive geocomposite leak detection system (LDS) between geomembranes. No need to backfill LDS with water to perform effective surveys. Slopes can be surveyed. Contact lara@geosynthetica.net.

FREE…Geo-Frontiers Courtesy of gsa

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Download geosynthetica's VIP Floor Pass (pdf) for complimentary admittance to the Geo-Frontiers show floor, field demonstrations, and Terzaghi Lecture!

The Tensar Corporation Acquires North American Green

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Strategic partnership of two industry leaders to provide expanded product offerings and support to customers. Atlanta, GA – September 27, 2004 – The Tensar Corporation, the leading U.S. manufacturer of high performance polymeric products, announced the acquisition of North American Green, a premier provider of rolled erosion control products. The closing was finalized September 24…

Early Deadline for IAA Competition Approaching

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The July 15 deadline for the 2004 International Achievement Awards competition is quickly approaching. Geosynthetic materials currently have just one category in the competition, yet the field deserves more. Submit your company's projects and help promote our profession. Members of the Industrial Fabrics Assocation International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) qualify for special member benefits, such as six free competition entries if entries are received by May 1, 2004. A later deadline of July 15, 2004 is also available. For more information, download the competition PDF at the link below.

Call-for-(in Progress) Papers for GRI-18 at Geo-Frontiers

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After seventeen annual stand-alone conferences we are breaking with tradition by incorporating GRI-18 into the upcoming Geo-Frontiers Conference in Austin, Texas. As we hope you are aware Geo-Frontiers is a joint Geo-Institute/Geosynthetic Materials Association (G-I/GMA) activity set for January 24-26, 2005. Our activity in this regard is to embed GRI-18 into the last day of the main conference, i.e., on Wednesday, January 26, 2005. We plan for something quite new and admittedly bold; let us explain…

GeoForum 04

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The forum, Geosynthetics in Engineering : Moving Towards New Application Practices, was held in Quebec City, Canada, on February 11-12, 2004, and gathered about 150 participants. Cont'd 2/16/04 The 2-day conference was about geosynthetics applications to road construction & rehabilitation and environmental applications - Barry Christopher, Dave Suits, George Koerner, Andre Rollin, Bob Denis, Eric Blond and others presented excellent papers. Abstracts to follow shortly. A short report from Terrafix's Bruno Herlin follows: "Being in attendance for only one day of a two day event at the Forum Geosynthetics 2004 Conference in Quebec City organized by Sageos, my observations and comments as a delegate to this forum was that organizers at Sageos put together a list of speakers, papers, and information which would rival any industry related conference on geosynthetics. The quality of the presentations provided at this forum was very informative and top notch. It offered all those in attendance an added update on the industry and provided everyone with items to add to their own personal bag of tricks to use for upcoming projects requiring geosynthetic solutions. As per George Koerner's comment during his presentation 'Geosynthetics…they can do the job, they have shown that they work, we as engineers and designers would have to be negligent not to use them'. This statement got everyone's blood flowing in the room. The forum was presented in both official languages. A complete package of the forum can be purchased from Sageos, however a package doesn't replace the added information which was supplied from a list of highly educated presenters put together for this forum. The added benefit of this forum in particular is the small venue atmosphere, an atmosphere which other geosynthetics conferences should follow. The small venue offered an atmosphere where all can communicate to exchange information, something which is lacking when conferences are held in large venues. Not to be missed, are future forums to be presented by Sageos later this year. From Quebec City signed, Bruno Herlin, P.Eng. Project Engineer, Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc."

IFAI International Achievement Awards

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The 2004 IAA entry brochure is now available. IFAI looks forward to recieving entries for the "best of the best" of the geosynthetic industry.

Employment Opportunity

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Seeking geosynthetics CQA monitor (NICET Level 3 or equivalent) with some soils CQA experience for several year full time project in SE USA . Please send experience details to lara@geosynthetica.net.

Repairing Liners Under Waste

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It was suggested in Sardinia that it might be useful to establish an informal group to discuss technologies for remotely repairing liners under waste and liquids. If you would like to participate in such a group please contact elizabeth@geosynthetica.net or icorp@geosynthetic.com. There is already interest in the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, South Africa, and Slovakia.

GMA's Water Management Task Group

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The Geosynthetic Materials Association's (GMA) Environmental Focus Group was formed to provide a forum and the opportunity to have constructive conversations about how the industry can work together on the perception of the industry and its products. Its most recent effort is the newly established Water Management Task Group. This notice is to make you aware of our efforts and to invite you to participate in the first full meeting, scheduled for April 29, 2003, Atlanta, GA.

Geosynthetic Construction Concerns

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Geosynthetic Construction Concerns - A series of actual installation photographs that illustrate what not to do on an installation - too bad we didn't get to these folks sooner!

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Four Failures That Still Tell the Right Story

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In construction and engineering with geosynthetics, lower price is never a substitute for the value of experience. The cheap can come out quite expensive...
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