Solmax Enhances Geosynthetics Profile Line for EMEA Market

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Solmax PolyLock profile
Solmax continues its extraordinary growth, this time through expanding the manufacturing capabilities at its state-of-the-art geosynthetics plant in Rechlin, Germany. The line enhancements, recently announced by the company, will immediately benefit the production of PolyLock and Interlock polyethylene (LL/HDPE) profiles. The extruded LL/HDPE concrete embedment strips allow engineers and geosynthetic installers to securely anchor the company’s geomembranes to concrete. “Our...

Geotextile Containers Support Mangrove Growth, Healthier Ecosystems

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In 2014, Australia-based Geofabrics reported on Geosynthetica about the use of geotextile containers to protect a coastal zone's vital mangrove vegetation. As part of Geosynthetica's extended Earth Day celebration, we look back at this article. Its details provide an exemplary case for preserving mangroves and utilizing geosynthetics in coastal protection. MANGROVE IMPORTANCE TO MARINE ECOSYSTEMS Coastline mangrove growth can play a...

Register Now for the Online Electrical Leak Location Course

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Electrical leak location - dipole survey image from TRI Environmental
TRI Environmental’s Senior Engineer Abigail Gilson is one of the world’s foremost practitioners in electrical leak location (ELL) technologies. On May 10, as part of the online Geosynthetics CQA Week training opportunities, Gilson will lead a half-day course on the state-of-practice with ELL surveys in waste management and affiliated containment sectors. REGISTER ONLINE LEARN ABOUT ELECTRICAL LEAK LOCATION Participants of the course will learn...

A Golden Anniversary for HaTelit Asphalt Reinforcement

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HUESKER HaTelit asphalt reinforcement installation image
Through high-level research, testing, and projects, the geosynthetics field is constantly building its durability record for materials and applications. HUESKER is marking another sort of durability anniversary: the success of its HaTelit asphalt reinforcement product. The first road construction to utilize the material was executed in 1971. Roadways and runways have seen a fairly large increase in geosynthetic asphalt reinforcement...

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 Dr. J.P. Giroud in which he coined two terms that have become central to the field of geosynthetics: "geotextile" and "geomembrane." The Paris gathering, which would later be recognized as 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...

Reinforcing Pavements at Pula Airport, Croatia

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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

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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

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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

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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...