Sustainable Development Goals and Geosynthetics

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This April, Geosynthetica is promoting 30 Days of Earth Day (#30DaysEarthDay). Each day we will publish stories on the intersections between geosynthetics and environmental protection, sustainable development, climate change, and green engineering innovations. We begin by re-emphasizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are helping nations prioritize and structure programs around the world. Of note, these Sustainable Development...

Giroud and Touze Interview – IGS Two for a Few

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At the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (September 2018, Seoul), Dr. Nathalie Touze (Vice President, International Geosynthetics Society) delivered one of the most inspiring lectures the geosynthetics field had seen in a while. Her topic, "Healing the World: A Geosynthetics Solution," highlighted UN Development Goals, climate change, and philosophy while emphasizing what we can do in geotechnical engineering to...

Geosynthetica COVID-19 Statement

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To our Colleagues, Readers, and Industry Partners, The spread of COVID-19 around the world has significantly impacted businesses, schools, and communities. Geosynthetica is committed to the health and safety of its team. While we have suspended travel and events for now, Geosynthetica continues to operate and publish on a business-as-usual basis. Our employees are working remotely, we continue to monitor...

Geosynthetic Project Management Control Points for Timelines and ROI

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This installment from the GeoAmericas Series is timely! The author, Glen W. Toepfer of CQA Solutions, Ltd., will lead an important, free, online discussion on March 27 at 1:00 pm EDT: "COVID-19: Containment System Construction–Foreseeable Problems & Preventive Measures". Geosynthetica encourages industry stakeholders to join that call. It, like this article, is all about project management and what we...

High-Strength Wicking Geotextile Stabilizes Detention Pond

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The availability of high-strength wicking geotextile has been a fascinating development. From pond slope reinforcement to highway frost boil management, these materials have shown significant benefits. Here, John Folts writes about the economical use of a wicking geotextile to repair failed pond slope sections. This article appears as part of Geosynthetica's GeoAmericas series. 1. PROJECT INTRODUCTION The failure of the side...

Dealing with Containment Project Delays: Free Webinar March 27

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The spread of COVID-19 around the world is directly impacting geosynthetic containment projects. A number of project delays are being reported, either related to available personnel/materials or to temporary stoppage orders on certain construction activities. CQA Solutions, one of the most active containment CQA companies in the United States, has been monitoring these project delays and is offering strategies...

Flood Protection Strategies with Geosynthetics

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Flood Protection – Rehabilitation of a Dike in Germany
Geosynthetics have provided a wide range of flood defense solutions around the world. They are used to halt erosion, strength coast lines and riverbanks. They support dunes and prevent sand wash out in the face of hurricanes. They provide alternatives to sand bags. For many projects, they provide essential levee reinforcement to provide long-term defense against flood threats. Here, we...

SCM Performance Testing in Stormwater Management

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By Joel Sprague and Jay Sprague – The use of stormwater management technologies to drain developed areas with an emphasis on engineered infiltration systems and storage devices has expanded dramatically in the last two decades. In some parts of the world these engineered infiltration and storage systems are referred to as sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).  In other areas, including...

GeoAmericas 2020 Rescheduled to Late October

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GeoAmericas 2020 will be the 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. With COVID-19 concerns impacting travel around the world, large and small events alike have rescheduled to protect their participants and to support host country changing regulations on public gatherings. GeoAmericas 2020 is following suit here, and the organizers have announced new date: 26 – 29 October 2020. The event...

VIDEO: What Makes Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs) Impervious

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In a new monthly video series—Tech Talk—CETCO shares high-quality information on geosynthetics and affiliated engineering issues. The first video in the series has been posted to the company’s YouTube Channel (and promoted in CETCO’s monthly newsletter). As you might expect from them, the first Tech Talk installment focuses on geosynthetic clay liners. The succinct, 4-minute slice serves as an...