How Geosynthetics Help Design More Sustainable Landfills

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...

Reinforcing Pavements at Pula Airport, Croatia

Pula Airport pavement reinforcement
Airport pavements must be stringently engineered to meet regulations, ensure passenger and personnel safety, and handle tremendous loads of modern aircraft. Rehabilitation works provide excellent opportunities for airport authorities to make the changes that can serve the next phase of performance and safety requirements. At Croatia’s Pula Airport, that is precisely what they did in 2020. Asphalt concrete pavements...

12 ICG Moves to September 2023

Roman Colosseum. Photo by Ijby Berg via Shutterstock license.
Organizers of the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12 ICG) have announced a major scheduling change. The quadrennial signature event of the International Geosynthetics Society is moving a year to 17 - 21 September 2023 in order to avoid the covid-caused event congestion in 2022. STATEMENT FROM 12 ICG In a letter issued 9 April 2021, conference chairs Nicola Moraci and Daniele...

IGS Sustainability eBook Available in Six Languages

Last year, the International Geosynthetics Society released an eBook to mark the 50th Earth Day celebration and outline the many ways in which geosynthetics serve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The succinct, digital publication (Preparing the Ground for a Brighter Future) is based upon IGS Vice President Dr. Nathalie Touze’s 2018 Giroud Lecture, which itself propelled a major IGS...

PODCAST: Fully Biodegradable Materials Mimic Geosynthetics

Secutex Green, 100% biodegradable nonwoven from NAUE
Geosynthetic materials are renowned for their sustainability qualities. One of the ways in which the geosynthetics field really excels here is through constant innovation in the manufacturing process. It's that dedication to innovation over tradition that is propelling some manufacturers of synthetics to engineer 100% biodegradable materials for infrastructure. I talked online with NAUE's Kent von Maubeuge and Dr. Helge Hoyme...

Solmax Acquires TenCate Geosynthetics

Photo of the mega fish farm pond array in Port Said, Egypt
Well, this is a surprise! Montreal-based Solmax, which was already a global leader in geosynthetics when it acquired GSE Environmental in December 2017, has engineered another significant acquisition. The company has announced an agreement with Koninklijke Ten Cate (the Netherlands) on the acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics, a well known and very active player in the global geosynthetics market. Caisse de...

Geosynthetics in Golf Course Construction

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Many of the world’s best professional golfers will be in Augusta, Georgia, USA from 8 – 11 April 2021 for the 85th edition of the Masters, the historic tournament that annually kicks of the PGA’s series of four majors. While golf course certainly construction has slowed from its feverpitch in the mid-2000s, golf courses continue to improve their play,...

Register for Geosynthetics CQA Week Online Training

Geomembrane installation image for July 27 GeoWire
From 10 - 14 May 2021, TRI Environmental will hold the twice-yearly Geosynthetica CQA Week online training. The live, digital format has been a quick success, with December's event having hosted more professionals than any CQA Week in the last 15 years. CQA Week's online training provides a convenient format with thorough education. The three courses focus on in-demand skills...

Kent von Maubeuge Celebrates 30 Years at NAUE

Kent von Maubeuge
Geosynthetica congratulates Kent von Maubeuge for 30 years in geosynthetics with NAUE! Kent joined the international company in April 1991, not long after the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) had honored it with an IGS Award for NAUE’s innovation of the needlepunch method for manufacturing geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). Von Maubeuge quickly became not just an expert within the company...

Charpentier on 20 Years in Electrical Leak Location

Photo of Carl Charpentier performing an electrical leak location survey. Image courtesy of WSP Canada.
Geosynthetica welcomes field experience stories. Contact the Content Director, Chris Kelsey, here. By Carl Charpentier – The use of Electrical Leak Location (ELL) technologies on geosynthetic containment installations is said to have started in the early 1980s. It was offered by only a few companies and on very specific projects. This resulted in little promotion of the service and, thus, little...