Biennial call for papers for the Landfill Interest Group

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4th seminar taking place on the 11th & 12 of September 2001 at the Milnerton Library in Cape Town. Prospective authors for oral papers on landfill related matter (max. 8 x A4 pages/30 min. presentation should complete and return form plus a one page abstract, no later than Feb. 23, 2001 and accepted papers must be submitted no later than June 29, 2001.For more information: vhok@iafrica.com

China Nonwoven Directory

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The First China Nonwovens Directory will be published in Feb. 2001. Main contents: The fundamental introduction for the people's Republic of China, The main situation of China's National economic, Introduction of general situation for China's Nonwovens Industry, Introduction for CNTA, Company listing for nonwovens and related production, Company listing for raw material, chemical, machinery, accessories suppliers, manufacturers domestic and abroad. For more information or to order email: info@cnta.org

State to Conserve 20% of Water

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California water officials are embarking on a two-year environmental assessment of the proposed peripheral canal. The ambitious project would channel water from the Sacramento River around the Delta rather than through. But if the canal is to help the state truly conserve 20% of its water, as the governor has requested, geosynthetic liners should be considered. They have performed magnificently in conservation applications. Learn more here.;

Tech Doc…

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Made available by PGI (PVC Geomembrane Institute), the paper titled PVC Geomembranes for Large Evaporation Ponds, authored by Dominic Berube, Patrick Diebel, Andre Rollin, and Timothy D. Stark is now accessible on-line.

Site Visit in South Africa

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Members of the Kwazulu-Natal Landfill Interest Group are invited to a visit at DSW’s new regional landfill site at Buffelsdraai which is currently being developed. The visit will commence at 14h00 on Thursday 21st April 2005, meeting at the old workshop building at the Buffelsdraai Farm. Access to the site is off Main Road 98 (Oakford Priory Road) which extends westward from Verulam. The new access road to the landfill is approximately 5 km from Verulam. RSVP: Nirvana Pillay – Tel: (031) 201-9929, Fax: (031) 201-8819; E-mail: tgc@eject.co.za before 18th April 2005.

SI in Chattanooga

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SI Corporation is bringing over 100 new jobs to the downtown Chattanooga area. Governor Phil Bredesen and SI Corporation President and CEO Joe Dana announced today that SI Corporation will be bringing over 100 new jobs to Downtown Chattanooga. The announcement was made at the recently renovated 401 Building at 4th and Chestnut Streets. Mr. Dana announced that Downtown Chattanooga will be the site of its’ corporate headquarters and that employees will begin moving into the new offices by the end of summer. “The decision to move downtown is a natural one, especially in light of the tremendous resources that are now available in Chattanooga’s revitalized downtown. Not only will our employees enjoy an enhanced and secure work environment, but SI will now be more centrally located in the economic hub of this region. Chattanooga has a forward-thinking “can do” attitude, from your elected leaders to your business leaders. Additionally, Chattanooga offers a tremendous quality of life to those who live here and we are excited to be a contributing part of the downtown business community.” Governor Phil Bredesen praised the move saying, “This is great news for the hardworking men and women of Hamilton County. And it’s a validation that in Tennessee, our workforce is the best there is. We appreciate our workers and their tough-as-nails work ethic, “ said Bredesen. “we’re also lucky to have a business community that exemplifies corporate citizenship, and we’re keeping that tradition going with the addition of SI, which in its former home state was the ‘Employer of the Year’ for the past three years. I commend Commissioner Matt Kisber, County Mayor Claude Ramsey, Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker and the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce for all the work they put into making this announcement possible.” Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matthew Kisber added, “We are thrilled that SI Corporation has chosen Chattanooga for its headquarter location and will create more than 100 new jobs for Tennesseans. This is another important announcement for our state, and continues to position Tennessee as a place that offers a strong business climate for relocation and expansion opportunities.” Leaders at the event praised the efforts of Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey and Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker for their tireless efforts in bringing the company to Chattanooga. Mayor Ramsey said, “SI Corporation is an outstanding company. Having over 100 new jobs in downtown Chattanooga is certainly something of which to be proud, but when you consider their commitment to quality and their philosophy in conducting business, it just makes you that much more proud to welcome them to their new home.”

Technical Document – GSI White Paper #4 – Reduction Factors Used in Geosynthetic Design

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Part I- Separation and Reinforcement Applications Using Geotextiles and Geogrids Part II - Filtration and Drainage Applications Using Geotextiles Part III - Drainage Applications Using Geonets, Geocomposites and Geospacers

Abstract

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From the International Symposium on Tsunami Reconstruction with Geosynthetics – Protection, Mitigation and Rehabilitation of Coastal and Waterway Erosion Control conference proceedings, 6-7 December 2005: "In the aftermath of a natural disaster such as a Tsunami or Earthquake one of the biggest difficulties is contamination of drinking water especially by accidental release of untreated or partially treated wastewater. Geosynthetics, especially geomembrane liners, provide a capacity for rapid redevelopment of water and wastewater treatment and storage facilities. This paper provides an overview of how these materials can be utilized."

Canal Factoid

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Only 15% of the over 10,000 km (16, 100 mi) of main canals and over 16,760 km (27,000 mi) of laterals in the western United States are currently lined. The remaining canals and laterals require evaluation to assess their part in the effort to conserve water resources. The geosynthetics industry is poised to benefit as water users recognize today's canal lining technologies to be economical long-term conservation solutions. Source article: Eliminating Seepage in South Texas - EPDM Geomembrane Systems for Concrete Irrigation Canals, authored by William Johnson in the April 2004 issue of GFR.

A Small Hole Like That Will Not Leak 200 GPD!

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During a recent landfill leak location survey a 2 to 3 mm diameter hole was found at a T extrusion weld on the edge of a patch. When shown the hole, and a much smaller pinhole close by, the installer commented that such a hole would not explain the leak flow rate of about 200 gpd. However, there was no argument about the caterpillar track holes at the toe of a slope in the adjacent cell!