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IGS Conferences – Opportunities in 2021 and 2022

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and its 40+ chapters organize and support numerous conferences around the world, including quadrennial regional conferences and the quadrennial International Conference on Geosynthetics (ICG)....
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2021 Endeavors to Support in Geosynthetics

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What will you and your organization support in 2021? We’ve got a few favorites in events and memberships that we hope you’ll take part in too. 2021 Events GeoU 2021 (April...
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IGS and GSI Launch Database of Geosynthetic Barrier Guidelines

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Technical Committee on Barriers (TC-B), in partnership with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), has launched a database to track global guidelines and regulations that govern...

IGS Sustainability eBook Expands to Six Languages

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The International Geosynthetics Society released an eBook for Earth Day 2020, which also marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations. The succinct, digital publication (Preparing the Ground for...
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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...

VIDEO: Sludge Lagoon Remediation with Geosynthetics

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Sludge lagoons can develop naturally along waterways, but many of the most sensitive ones are a byproduct of and a challenge to numerous man-made activities and industries: large-scale dredging...
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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...
George Koerner Delivering Quality Assurance Lecture for IGS Brasil

Quality Assurance & Control of Geosynthetics in Waste Systems

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Dr. George Koerner, P.E. (Director, Geosynthetic Institute) has never shied away from big challenges in research and leadership in the geosynthetics field. The IGS Brasil Em Rede network, which...
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Revisiting Temporary Landfill Caps and Their Benefits

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A July 15, 2020 post on the SCS Engineers website provided some nicely experienced perspective on why temporary landfill caps are increasingly welcomed on landfill sites. Dr. Ali Khatami,...

VIDEO: Designing Sustainable Landfills with Geocells

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Presto Geosystems has hosted an on-going series of live webinars on a wide range of civil and geotechnical topics, such as mining, slope stabilization, load support, sustainable landfills, etc....

Rob Mcilwraith and an International Life in Geosynthetics

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What started as a very occasional podcast has quickly turned into a regular series from Australia-based engineer Siamak Paulson (ADE Consulting Group Pty Ltd). Siamak’s Geosynthetics Podcast, which features...
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Quantifying Pavement Damage in Overload Corridors

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During the GAP 2019 transportation engineering conference, leading researchers from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) provided a number of papers and presentations. One that drew considerable...
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The American Revolutionary War, a Failed Slope, and Geogrids

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On this day in history (June 11), in 1776, the Second Continental Congress formed the Committee of Five, which was charged with drafting the Declaration of Independence. The team...
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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 if you cut out experienced...
Anaerobic digester failure on Geosynthetica

Was the Geosynthetics Risk Management Program Proposed Too Soon?

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In 2003, Geosynthetica and Dr. Ian Peggs of I-CORP International began to agitate for the creation of an industry-wide movement on risk management in geosynthetic projects. The initial efforts...
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Restoring Reefs with Geosynthetics

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After spending a number of years working in Australia’s geosynthetics engineering field, American Joseph Little returned to the States and founded the environmental engineering consultancy firm, Little Environments PLLC...
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An Artificial Island Ringed with Geosynthetics

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It’s long been said that investing in land is smart because “they aren’t making more of it.” In general, this is true. Mitigation strategies create more habitat, but not...

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...

Geosynthetics Protect Polar Environments

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Climate change has elevated the global dialogue on how to manage our polar regions. Their ecosystems are unique and fragile. Their ice sheets hold 99 percent of the world’s...

Effects of Subgrade on GCL Hydration and Desiccation in Antarctica

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In late 2019, the GeoEngineering Centre posted a video presentation from Queen's University PhD student Vanessa Di Battista. The topic, “GCLs and Antarctica: Effects of Subgrade on Hydration and...

Landfill Design Considerations in the Age of Sustainable Development

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In 2019, Dr. George Koerner, P.E. and his Geosynthetic Institute colleagues published a white paper on the advantages of geosynthetics in construction from an embodied carbon perspective. They returned...

The Relative Sustainability Case for Geosynthetics in Roadways

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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...

Characterizing Sediment Retention Devices with ASTM Methods

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By Joel Sprague and Jay Sprague – Sediment retention devices include silt fence, wattles, filter logs, compost socks, and various types of stormwater inlet protectors. They are a widely...

SCM Performance Testing in Stormwater Management

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By Joel Sprague and Jay Sprague – The use of stormwater management technologies to drain developed areas with an emphasis on engineered infiltration systems and storage devices has expanded...
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GeoU Event Rescheduled to April 2021 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, which co-locates multiple geosynthetics short courses, are following suit....
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