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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.


The B1M compiles details on some of the world’s most astonishing megaprojects under construction, such as Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam and Japan’s remarkable Maglev High-Speed Rail connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. [YouTube]

    • SIDENOTE: Geosynthetica’s editor is very much NOT ready to travel 300+ mph!

Everyone has talked about Wuhan in 2020 for less than favorable news; but as the capital of China’s Hubei province resumes more normal life, the city is becoming known for ambitious engineering, such as the double deck tunnels being constructed under lakes. [Xinhua News via Macau Business]


The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) published a video detailing a new method for debris flow analysis and post-wildfire flood planning. It has enormous potential to beneficially change infrastructure and related funding in at-risk regions. [Geosynthetica]

Ian Floyd of ERDC Discusses Wildfire Response and Debris Flow
Ian Floyd of US Army ERDC

Rainfall induced failure of a previously repaired slope in the US state of Minnesota (home to Geosynthetica editor Chris Kelsey). Check out the interesting mudslide damage. [Twitter]

Precipitation has been responsible for a number of far more serious landslides around the world of late. A large failure of a tall slope at a jade mine in Myanmar has claimed more than 100 lives. [Landslide Blog]

#Gobsmacked: Incredible drone images of the late June peat bog landslide in Ireland. [YouTube]


In the United States Congress, a bill was introduced to create the Infrastructure Bank for America. [Observer]

The latest global economic outlook from the International Monetary Fund. [IMF]

The new North American trade deal took effect on July 1. How might it impact business? [Politico]


GeoAsia 7 Announces Calendar Move to November 2021. [Geosynthetica]

Public polling closes on July 10 for the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Pitch 200 contest. Check out the entries, including Rui Jian Tee’s which focuses on geogrids. [ICE]

The July 2020 newsletter from the International Geosynthetics Society. [IGS – PDF]


The US Environmental Protection Agency invites proposals for water reuse technologies. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is offering funding of up to USD $100,000 to bring innovation to market. [US EPA]

Singapore has set up a $1.3 billion fund to help construction firms impacted by Covid-19 to relight project work safely. [Straits Times]

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of Scottish independence, post Brexit. Could Irish reunification actually happen sooner? [Belfast Telegraph]


Tensar‘s UK & Ireland office is adding multiple positions, including internal sales and an area civil engineer. [Tensar]

Chesapeake Containment has multiple positions open (QA/QC, Superintendents, Technicians, etc.). [Chesapeake]

ESI seeks Installation Supervisors. [ESI]


Performance monitoring and pavement analysis technologies are changing the way we plan future infrastructure works. The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is part of the new Smart Runway initiative. Jeb Tingle offers us a glimpse of the on-going research. [LinkedIn]

In June, the World Economic Forum published its list of World Tech Pioneeers 2020. [WEF]

This is the July 6, 2020 GeoWire from Geosynthetica. GeoWire is published on Mondays with thought-leading links to help infrastructure professionals work smarter. News and ideas to share? Contact us.

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