In order to stay competitive and safe, airports today face a number engineering design challenges. Capacities must be expanded and efficiencies increased without adversely impacting safety. Increasing environmental protections require stringent control of stormwater runoff, strict containment of fuel resources, and, where applicable, deicing facility containment and drainage. Also, as technology in airplane manufacture and design has advanced, larger and stronger runways must be constructed to accommodate the vast range of plane styles and weights. Geosynthetics are playing a strong role in meeting these engineering design challenges, as well as offering greener design solutions and reduced long-term maintenance needs. In its latest application and case study flyer, NAUE reports on the utilization of geosynthetics in airport design and, in particular, in the construction of the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport.
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