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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...
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REMINDER: Register Now for GeoVirtual 2020

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"Resilience and Innovation" is the perfect theme for this year's annual conference of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. Originally scheduled for Winnipeg, the organizers moved the conference online to provide...
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Geosynthetics in Airport Runway Design

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Geosynthetics provide a number of engineering solutions for airports, such as secondary containment for fuel depots, containment for deicing runoff, stormwater management, and runway and taxiway reinforcement. For runways and...
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The GeoWire for the Week of August 24

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of August 24. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS Wow. After what seemed to be a...
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Runway Reinforcement for National Airport in Minsk, Belarus

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August 19 is National Aviation Day in the United States. The day marks the impact and wonder of flight on the world. Here, we revisit a runway reinforcement story...
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GeoAmericas 2020 Goes Entirely Online

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With COVID-19 concerns impacting travel around the world, large and small events alike have rescheduled to protect their participants. Some events move on the calendar; others, like GeoAmericas 2020,...
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The CGS GeoVirtual 2020 Event Opens Registration

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The Canadian Geotechnical Society’s annual conference is always a highlight on the international geotechnical calendar. This year, however, the organizers in Calgary had to cancel the plan for an in-person...
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The GeoWire for the Week of July 13

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of July 13. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS Europe's largest onshore wind farm is rapidly...
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The GeoWire for the Week of June 29, 2020

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of June 29. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)...
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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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2-Minute Podcast: Be Interviewed on GeoTalk!

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The GeoTalk podcast is back in production for its 2020 season! Hosted by Geosynthetica editor Chris Kelsey, the podcast covers innovation, design, technology, standards, and other advances shaping the...

DFI Highlights Geotechnical Engineering and Women Engineers

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The Women in Deep Foundations Committee of the Deep Foundations Institute has released a video on the topic of "What Is Geotechnical Engineering?". DFI released the 5-minute production to...
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How Geosynthetics Help Design More Sustainable Landfills

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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...
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CGS Announces GeoVirtual 2020

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The Canadian Geotechnical Society’s annual conference was to be held in Calgary this September, but the local organizing committee made the decision to reschedule the in-person GeoCalgary for 2022....
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GeoWire for June 8, 2020

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of June 8. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS Nevada might soon host the largest solar...
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3-Minute Podcast Update: Virtual Events

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Geosynthetica's editor Chris Kelsey checks in on the growth of virtual events. This is the GeoUpdate from GeoTalk for May 27. With the spread of the COVID virus around the...

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...

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...

Lightweight Foamed Concrete Subgrade for Heavy Haul Railway

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Lightweight Foamed Concrete (LWFC) is being investigated by the Railway Engineering Research Institute (RERI) in China as a potential subgrade foundation at bridge transition zones. It has the characteristics...

INDEX 2020 Geosynthetics Seminar Announced

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The triennial INDEXTM global nonwoven event from Edana will be held 20 - 23 October 2020 in Geneva Switzerland. (NOTE: These represent new dates since this story was published.)...

Bases and Subbases for Concrete Pavement Performance

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From the GAP 2019 transportation conference proceedings: In "Design and Construction of Bases and Subbases for Concrete Pavement Performance," Shreenath Rao, Hesham Abdualla, and Thomas Yu, P.E. use a...
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GeoU 2021 Networking and Technical Tour Schedule

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GeoU 2021 co-locates five high-level, geosynthetics short courses and multiple engineering networking events, 20 – 23 April 2021 in Austin, Texas. Certification exams for each of the two-day short courses will be offered...
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