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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...

GeoU 2020 Reinforcement Course Adds Zornberg, Tutumluer, MacMillan

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This article has been UPDATED (12 March 2020) to reflect the event’s new dates. The organizers of GeoU 2020's reinforcement course have announced the additions of Dr. Jorge Zornberg, P.E....
Fouled Ballast feature image

Permanent Deformation and Stiffness of Fouled Ballast

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Fouled ballast results in the degradation of mechanical properties of ballast and railway track instability. Seasonal dry-wet cycles increase the severity of the situation. In this latest addition to...

Polish Experiences with Geogrids in Soil Structures

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The International Geosynthetics Society runs a series of high-level workshops that are organized by the IGS Technical Committees. Two of the major TCs are TC – Soil Reinforcement and...
Petrochemical feature image, heavy equipment being hauled over soft soils

Petrochemical Site Requires Unconventional Road Design on Soft Soils

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Geosynthetics are used frequently to support roads that are built specifically for temporary or limited exposure to very heavy loads. This petrochemical installation project, first presented at GeoAmericas 2016...
Roadway embankment feature images - failure and repair

Roadway Embankment Reconstruction after Extreme Weather

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Composite reinforcement systems that combine geosynthetics with different facing systems and supports (steel mesh, soil anchors, etc.) have grown substantially in use. These systems enable very efficient construction of...
Full-Scale Trafficking testing at TRI Environmental in South Carolina

Full-Scale Trafficking of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Road Sections

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In the latest addition to our GeoAmericas series of articles, Joel Sprague and Jay Sprague of TRI Environmental’s large-scale outdoor research laboratories in South Carolina look at the complex...

5 Ways GeoU 2020 Is Different and Enhances Professional Value

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GeoU 2020 combines expert geosynthetics instruction with exceptional networking. The dynamic community of attendees includes leading practitioners, companies, and agencies in waste management, environmental engineering, and reinforcement design and...
INTERVIEW: Rajib Mallick on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Chip Seal

INTERVIEW: Mallick on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Chip Seal

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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Rajib Mallick of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) who was about to deliver multiple papers at the annual TRB...
Highway retaining wall during construction - Image by NAUE Geosynthetics

Implementation of Geotechnical Asset Management

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While bridge and pavement conditions receive much of the media attention and legislative directives for transportation agencies, the value and performance of other assets are also important to the...
Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Structures Image from Strata Systems

Bernardi to Lead Reinforced Soil Structures Course

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Geosynthetic reinforced soil structures (GRSS) have had a highly beneficial impact on infrastructure throughout the world. GRSS strategies, materials, and designs enable more sustainable projects, steeper slopes, safer retaining...
EcoPark Image from ACE Geosynthetics

Long-Term Outdoor Exposure Testing of Geosynthetics

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During GeoAmericas 2016, K. Lin, A. Tang, and J. Wu detailed some ongoing exposure testing with geosynthetics in Taiwan. The results were somewhat unique in the field, due to...
Deformation Behavior Feature Image - From Figure 1

Permanent and Resilient Deformation Behavior of Geogrid-Stabilized and Unstabilized Pavement Bases

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Prajwol Tamrakar, Mark H. Wayne, and David J. White present field tests and results with Automated Plate Load Testing (APLT) to determine the permanent and resilient deformation behavior of...
Microphone image, GAP 2019

GAP 2019 Reset the Transportation Dialogue

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How do overloaded trucks impact the near- and long-term performance of roadways? How should we manage runways in karst environments? What is the impact of ballast fouling on railway...
Pavement image, moving vehicle perspective

The Benefits of Accelerated Pavement Testing on Infrastructure

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One of the key takeaways from the GAP 2019 transportation engineering conference (November 2019, Colorado Springs) was the vital role testing plays in the design and performance of geotechnical...

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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...
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