The GeoWire for the Week of September 28

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A meadow is surrounded by forest in Humboldt State Park (California). Photo by Ethan Daniels via Shutterstock license.
Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of September 28. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Himanshu Gupta argues that one thing that could accelerate the adoption of climate-friendly technologies and designs is if more climate scientists chose industry over academia. Is capitalism responsible for climate damage? Polluting industries that choose to operate...

VIDEO: GCL Seal Revives a Historic German Moat

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The historic moat in Delitzsch, Germany had been losing water for decades and threatened to become swampy. Renovation plans included the planting of reeds. To prevent reed roots from growing into the bed and impair the moat, a multi-barrier seal was requested. The planners chose Bentofix® X from NAUE. This geosynthetic clay liner features a polyethylene coating on one side...

The GeoWire for the Week of September 21

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Two empty railway tracks under a blue sky, through nature. German railroad lines with a diminishing perspective. No traffic. By YesPhotographers via Shutterstock license.
Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of September 21. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT It's Climate Week in New York! European oil and gas companies have broadened their businesses with significant investments in renewables. American companies, conversely, have doubled down on fossil fuels. Germany, meanwhile, seems to be playing a double...

Berlin 2 Final Report Seeks End of Life Protocol for HDPE Geomembranes

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Berlin 2 Geomembrane Workshop
Immediately following 2014's 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (September 2014, Berlin), a high-level, one-day workshop on exposed HDPE geomembranes convened at the headquarters of BAM, Germany’s Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. The event, Berlin 2, brought together field luminaries who represented not only the international practice but multiple perspectives from geosynthetics: polymer and additive package development, manufacturing, testing,...

Recommended: Engineering With Nature on Coastal Protection

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USGS public domain photo of mangroves. Photo shows spidery network of roots dipping into water with lush green foliage above.
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature (EWN) initiative uses a collaborative process to align natural and engineered systems "to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental, and social benefits." A large network of government agencies and non-governmental organizations (e.g., The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund) contribute knowledge and resources to EWN projects, publications, workshops, public outreach,...

Big Topics & Big Names in GeoAmericas 2020 ONLINE Lectures

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Microphone image, GAP 2019
GeoAmericas 2020 will be the first major geosynthetics conference to be held entirely online. The new format has been welcomed by the global community and a very noteworthy series of lectures has been announced. The 4th Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics will take place online 26 – 31 October 2020, giving participants plenty of flexibility to balance their learning schedule with work. We preview...

Jorge Zornberg on Siamak’s Geosynthetics Podcast

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Image of Professor Jorge Zornberg seated beside a materials testing table. From the University of Texas - Austin.
Our good friend Siamak Paulson, an Australia-based engineer, continues his series of interviews with not just Australian geosynthetics experts but luminaries from around the world. The latest video podcast from Siamak's Geosynthetics Podcast features International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Past President Jorge Zornberg. Other episodes available on Siamak’s YouTube Channel include interviews with Kent von Maubeuge, Warren Hornsey, Mike Dobie, Brendan...

The GeoWire for the Week of September 14

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Eagle Creek Wildfire in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Photo by Christian Roberts-Olsen via Shutterstock standard license.
Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here's the GeoWire conversation for the week of September 14. WORK SMARTER. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT It's hard to look at much else right now outside of the devastating wildfires in Oregon and California. RELATED: A new tool is being used to map every tree in California. The hope is that...

10 Phobias That Make Engineering Careers More Difficult

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Illustration of an Agoraphobic Man Peeking from Behind His Venetian Blinds by Lorelyn Medina via Shutterstock license
Phobias make for interesting “rabbit hole” reading. Once you find a classical-looking, not-easily-pronounced, gigantic word—apologies to speakers of Greek—it becomes pretty easy to just keep clicking in search of more things you might start fearing if you don’t fear them (rationally) already. Phobias, however common, can complicate career choices. Hemophobia (fear of blood) would make a career as a surgeon...

Geotextile Dewatering Bags for Desludging Wastewater Ponds

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Desludging Wastewater Ponds Using Geotextile Dewatering Bags
For #ThrowbackThursday, we revisit the most popular project story on Geosynthetica from 2018. The story was originally published 29 January 2018, which gave Oriokot's article on the use of dewatering bags for desludging applications a good jump on its project story competition in that year; but, it needs to be pointed out that its first month of readership interest...