GeoAsia 7 Announces Calendar Move to November 2021

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GeoAsia 7 in Taipei, Taiwan
The 7th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, GeoAsia 7, has proactively moved its dates from March to 22 – 26 November 2021. Conference chair, Prof. Chiwan Wayne Hsieh, posted a notice of the cautionary move, which the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) shared in social media. GeoAsia 7 is one of the major quadrennial regional conferences of the IGS. COVID MOTIVATES GEOASIA...

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 (Golder Associates). Siamak’s Geosynthetics Podcast, which features short video interviews, is available on Siamak’s YouTube Channel. This time out, he visits with Rob Mcilwraith, who has consistently taken on new challenges around the world over the past 30 years. Previous episodes of...

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) has proposed a USD $4.6 billion stormwater and coastal defense strategy to protect Miami against storm surges and rising sea levels. Urban Developer takes a drive through the AUS $4 billion...

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 attention was "Development of a Mechanistic Approach to Quantify Pavement Damage Using Axle Load Spectra from South Texas Overload Corridors." Here, we present an abbreviated version of the paper by Ali...

Composite Materials Are Changing Conversations in Geosynthetics

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Geosynthetica editor Chris Kelsey checks in with Lilma Schimmel, Head of Engineering for HUESKER North America. The company has a long history with geosynthetic composites. Market interest in enhancing infrastructure performance with composite materials has grown at such a rate that engineering design services have become a larger part of the conversation than manufacturing. It's really about partnership with design...

The GeoWire for the Week of June 22, 2020

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GeoWire for June 22
Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of June 22. WORK SMARTER. THE LEAD June 23 is International Women in Engineering Day! As you navigate social media, be sure to recognize your colleagues and use hashtags #ShapeTheWorld and #INWED20. BIG PROJECTS CERN is an extraordinary research endeavor. The entity is currently working towards...

2-Minute Podcast: Be Interviewed on GeoTalk!

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Geosynthetica's GeoTalk Podcast
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 fields of geosynthetics and geotechnical engineering. Subscribe to GeoTalk updates (via Libsyn) or in the Apple Podcasts app. Visit the iPhone App Store to download it (for free) and search for...

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 coincide with the SuperPile 2020 Virtual Event. In the DFI video, women engineers offer details on common geotechnical applications, such as pile and shoring construction for building foundations, diaphragm wall shaft...

IGS Council Continues to Be Tremendously International

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International Geosynthetics Society
One of the hallmarks of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is its truly international character. The IGS is supported by roughly 4000 members, 150+ corporate members, and 40+ chapters around the world. The IGS Council and its Officers provide a strong show of the international voices of the professional society. This character was once again on display in the...

How Geosynthetics Help Design More Sustainable Landfills

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Post-Closure Care of Landfills
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 to it in early 2020 with a new white paper on the topic. Geosynthetics, as you might expect, came out dramatically ahead from cost and embodied carbon analyses in both...