A great story to tell

June 1, 2006

By Andrew Aho “You have a wonderful story to tell.” Those words came from a Washington, D.C. lobbyist after a meeting where I had presented an overview of the geosynthetics industry, the benefits of geosynthetic products, and the variety of geosynthetics applications. “And the timing couldn’t be better to tell it,” he added, given the …

Initial feedback from CQA-ICP testing

By George R. Koerner and Robert M. Koerner During the course of three summers (1988, 1990, and 1992) a team of speakers was put together by Bob Landreth of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to travel to each of the EPA’s 10 regions to teach and to explain the agency’s regulations on landfill design. The …

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Ground rules

The imagination of the designer and the skills of the engineer combine for unique geosynthetics applications, from subsurface to rooftop. By Andrew Aho Geosynthetic materials entered the marketplace during the last third of the 20th century, and since then have increasingly become a staple for landscape architects and designers. By incorporating the creative use of …

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Geosynthetics: Update from Korea

The infusion of geosynthetics in Korea has been accomplished in a relatively short time. A look at potential growth, research, and markets. By Han-Yong Jeon 1. Introduction The geosynthetics industry in Korea is a promising field for investment and development. Many types of domestic geosynthetic products are produced and their applications and end uses are …

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Selecting reinforced fill soil for MSE retaining walls

A full-scale field test is currently being conducted to establish properties for “high fines” reinforced soils and associated design controls that give acceptable MSE wall performance. By Richard P. Stulgis Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining walls on public sector transportation projects are generally conservatively designed with “low fines” reinforced soils. Private MSE walls are less …

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Shoreline restored with geotextile tubes as submerged breakwaters

Back to the beach in Mexico. By Enrique Álvarez, Ramiro Rubio, Herbert Ricalde Abstract The beaches of the northern coast of Yucatan in Mexico have been in an erosion process that has dramatically increased in the past 15 years. Changes in the littoral dynamics, mainly due to human action, have generated a coastline regression rate, …

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GCLs used for airport runways in France, containment at gold mine in Saudi Arabia

Master Drainage Plan, Line E, San Jacinto Basin One of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe in recent years has been in Toulouse, France, at the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and the adjacent Airbus-France facility where the new Airbus A-380s are built. During the course of this construction project, hangars were built to house the wide-bodied A-380 …

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TRM triumphs in California water-harvesting project

Turf reinforcement mat to the rescue in Riverside County. Master Drainage Plan, Line E, San Jacinto Basin This project had been planned to capture stormwater and excess agricultural flows during the Southern California rainy season, then reuse this water to replenish the area’s groundwater basin during times of drought. The 50-ft.-wide x 8,000-ft.-long, 12-ft.-deep channel …

GMA offers new level of membership

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) is now offering a new level of membership for distributors of geosynthetics. The GMA Executive Council recently approved a measure that opened the door for membership to distributors of geosynthetic materials. “Distributors play a vital role in the geosynthetics industry,” said Ernie English, chairman of the GMA Executive Council. “Their …

Biodegradable staple system introduced

American Excelsior Co. and Uzet World Dublin have partnered to introduce e-Staple to the erosion-control industry. The devices offer an option in biodegradation from cold to warm conditions and will not soften during storage through humidity pickup. The e–Staple product can also be used on coastal erosion installation projects and for sod as well, and …