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Geosynthetica Celebrates 20 Years in Geosynthetics

Over the past 20 years, a lot has changed in the geosynthetics field. The material science has advanced substantially, such as with composite technologies and the temperatures at which...
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Online Learning Opportunities in Geosynthetics

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 listings...

Nathalie Touze’s Full Giroud Lecture

The International Geosynthetics Society Vice President, Dr. Nathalie Touze, delivered an inspiring Giroud Lecture at the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (September 2018, Seoul). The lecture’s topic was “Healing...

ISGPEG Honoring Erol Güler Moved to 2021

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The International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Geotechnical Problems was originally scheduled for June 2020 in Istanbul; but, in light of the global coronavirus outbreak, organizers have announced moving...

Life Cycle Assessment of Geosynthetic Reinforced Bridge Abutment Designs

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Originally published as "Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Two Design Alternatives for a Geosynthetic Reinforced Bridge Abutment" in the GeoAmericas 2016 proceedings, Dr. Melissa Beauregard, Dr. Arunprakash Karunanithi, and...

The First International Conference on Geosynthetics, 20 April 1977

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From 20 - 22 April 1977, the International Conference on the Use of Fabrics in Geotechnics was held in Paris, France. This watershed event included a paper from engineer...
Photo of Wind Farm Reinforced with TenCate Geosynthetics

Geosynthetic Reinforcement for Wind Energy

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The old saying "Out of sight, out of mind" applies to a lot of geotechnical work. The materials that provide the essential support to roadways, retaining walls, embankments, etc....

Geotextile Containers Support Mangrove Growth, Healthier Ecosystems

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In 2014, Australia-based Geofabrics reported on Geosynthetica about the use of geotextile containers to protect a coastal zone's vital mangrove vegetation. As part of our 30 Days of Earth...

The Relative Sustainability Case for Geosynthetics in Roadways

The Geosynthetic Institute opened 2019 with its White Paper 41: “Relative Sustainability (i.e., Embodied Carbon) Calculations With Respect to Applications Using Traditional Materials Versus Geosynthetics.” The independent organization has returned...

Hydropower Project Realizes Huge Savings with Reinforced Soil

The newly constructed Arkun Dam hydropower facility on the Çoruh River (Turkey) would have been considerably more expensive if conventional concrete walls were used along the edges of the power station. NAUE Geosynthetics profiles the project and the reinforced earth option that was selected and which saved 40% on the cost for this portion of the project.

Sustainable Development Goals and Geosynthetics

This April, Geosynthetica is promoting 30 Days of Earth Day (#30DaysEarthDay). Each day we will publish stories on the intersections between geosynthetics and environmental protection, sustainable development, climate change,...

Giroud and Touze Interview – IGS Two for a Few

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At the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (September 2018, Seoul), Dr. Nathalie Touze (Vice President, International Geosynthetics Society) delivered one of the most inspiring lectures the geosynthetics field had...

High-Strength Wicking Geotextile Stabilizes Detention Pond

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The availability of high-strength wicking geotextile has been a fascinating development. From pond slope reinforcement to highway frost boil management, these materials have shown significant benefits. Here, John Folts...
Flood Protection – Rehabilitation of a Dike in Germany

Flood Protection Strategies with Geosynthetics

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Geosynthetics have provided a wide range of flood defense solutions around the world. They are used to halt erosion, strength coast lines and riverbanks. They support dunes and prevent...

GeoAmericas 2020 Rescheduled to Late October

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GeoAmericas 2020 will be the 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. With COVID-19 concerns impacting travel around the world, large and small events alike have rescheduled to protect their participants...

GeoU ATX 2020 Rescheduled for November Due to COVID-19

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The global spread of the COVID-19 virus has caused events around the world to be rescheduled. The organizers of GeoU 2020 are following suit, considering it in the best...

Improved Soil Bearing Capacity for Minerals Storage Yard with Geocells

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A major intermodal logistics facilities and solutions provider for global commodities transport sought to construct new warehouses at a site in Perú. However, poor foundation conditions--clay silt materials, high...

GeoU 2020 Update: In a Fast-Changing Field, You Can’t Sleep on Geo

This article has been UPDATED (12 March 2020) to reflect the event’s new dates. Read more about the COVID-19 announcement. GeoU 2020 will be held 16 - 19 November 2020...

ISGPEG 2020 Honors Dr. Erol Güler

The International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Geotechnical Problems 2020 will be held 11 – 12 June 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey—the birthplace of renowned geosynthetics researcher Erol Güler. You...

High-Tenacity Polyester Linear Strips in Non-Standard MSE Structures

Extensible geostrip or strap reinforcement has been a fascinating topic in reinforced soil discussions, particularly over the past five years. It’s an older reinforcement technology, with inextensible metallic strip...

GSI Fellowships Continue to Have Extraordinary Impact on Geosynthetics

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has invested tens of thousands of dollars in its engineering research over the years, both in-house and with its GSI Fellowships program. The latter endeavor...

National Survey Underscores GeoU 2020’s Engineering Value

This article has been UPDATED (12 March 2020) to reflect the event’s new dates. A late 2019 blind survey from CentralSquare of more than 5,000 participants found that Americans are...

GeoU 2020 Networking and Technical Tour Schedule

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This article has been UPDATED (12 March 2020) to reflect the event’s new dates. GeoU 2020 co-locates five high-level, geosynthetics short courses and multiple engineering networking events, 16 – 19 November 2020 in...

The Use of Geosynthetics in Mining Works

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The use of geosynthetics in mining operations grows annually, as mining companies focus on the technical and economic advantages of geosynthetics. These materials have enabled more efficient barriers, stronger...

Fortified Geomembranes and Dike Expansion Keep Gas Flowing

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Geosynthetica’s GeoAmericas series continues with a look at the utilization of geomembranes in oil and gas operations. This article was originally published in the GeoAmericas 2016 proceedings (published by...

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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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