GeoAmericas 2020 Online Agenda Lives Up to the Hype

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The 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics is also the first major geosynthetics conference to be held entirely online. The organizes have released the GeoAmericas 2020 agenda. It is, as promised, packed with notable lectures, high-quality short courses, and engaging session topics. The conference will take place 26 - 31 October 2020 online, giving participants plenty of flexibility to balance their...

VIDEO: Sludge Lagoon Remediation with Geosynthetics

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Sludge lagoons can develop naturally along waterways, but many of the most sensitive ones are a byproduct of and a challenge to numerous man-made activities and industries: large-scale dredging works, agriculture, industrial processing, sewage and wastewater management, etc. The mining industry is particularly difficult with its sludge production, because potentially harmful metals may be found in the waste. Geosynthetics are...

The GeoWire for the Week of August 24

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of August 24. WORK SMARTER. BIG PROJECTS Wow. After what seemed to be a near certainty that the massive Pebble Mine proposal in Alaska would go forth, a sudden and very unexpected change in environmental protection and restoration criteria may scuttle the endeavor. Highways...

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...

Runway Reinforcement for National Airport in Minsk, Belarus

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Runway Reinforcement for National Airport in Minsk, Belarus
August 19 is National Aviation Day in the United States. The day marks the impact and wonder of flight on the world. Here, we revisit a runway reinforcement story that shows one of the many ways geosynthetics help bring aviators back to earth safely. The national airport in Minsk has been undergoing significant construction as it prepares to decommission what...

The GeoWire for the Week of August 17

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of August 17. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT The Trump administration has rolled back methane emissions rules for the oil and gas industry. We've previously noted the problem of bankruptcies in the fracking industry and the massive challenge of methane-emitting, abandoned wells. ...

Geocells Create Sloped Greenroof in India

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Geocells Create Sloped Greenroof in Bangalore, India
Much of the international development dialogue is now centered around the idea of a Green Recovery. Cities around the world are using Covid-related lockdowns and quieter economies to experiment with new infrastructure development and utilization plans. Some of the more common strategies have included converting more road space to cycling- and pedestrian-only spaces, transitioning to more renewable energy generation,...

Video: ACIGS and Bouazza on PFAS and Geosynthetics

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The movement for greater open sharing of engineering technical information, particularly in geosynthetics, continues to grow. One of the champions has been the Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (ACIGS). The group’s July 2020 technical lecture on the challenging topics of PFAS stands as a strong example. The hour-long lecture from Prof. Malek Bouzza, “PFAS and Geosynthetic Liners: Current...

The GeoWire for the Week of August 10

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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of August 10. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Northern Illinois University and Argonne have engineered liquid fuel (ethanol) from carbon dioxide. Related: Carbon-capture company Carbon Engineering and supersonic jet producer Aerion have signed an MoU to work on carbon-neutral supersonic flights. ICYMI: Geosynthetics...

Geosynthetics Leadership: The 19th IGS Council

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In June, the results of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Council elections were announced. Since that announcement, the IGS Council has officially passed tasks and responsibilities from the 18th IGS Council to the 19th. Part of this business has included the naming of additional co-opted and invited members to this essential panel of international leaders for the field of...