Tensar wins patent cases against Chinese infringers

September 23, 2011

<h2 class="kicker"Tensar International Corp. issued the following press release Sept. 22 International ground stabilization specialist, Tensar, has successfully defended its TriAx product range against several Chinese patent infringements. The TriAx geogrid—patented in many countries around the world by Tensar for use in ground stabilization, road, rail, and other applications—has received numerous awards for innovation and …

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Geogrid provides erosion control, slope stability

September 22, 2011

Introduction The slope adjacent to the athletic fields at Saint Mark Catholic School in Huntersville, N.C. was the site of fairly severe surface erosion. A project to restore the slope with reinforcing geogrids was completed in 2010. The athletic field slope that had been failing was restored and Saint Mark Catholic School was able to …

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Geofoam plays a supporting role in academic and civic projects

September 21, 2011

Known primarily for its use as a soil stabilizer in transportation projects, expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam is now being viewed by engineers and contractors as the material of choice for an array of other commercial applications. With high compressive strength, light weight, and predictable performance, geofoam is appealing for reducing weight on concrete decks, creating …

John Maynie named marketing director at Propex

Chattanooga (Tenn.)-based Propex Operating Co. LLC announced in a Sept. 19 press release that John Maynie has joined the company as director of marketing. Maynie comes to Propex with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, business development, sales, and market research. He was most recently the marketing director at Invensys Rail in Louisville, …

GMA launches new website

September 20, 2011

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has launched a new website to better serve its members and the geosynthetics industry as a whole. The new site features: news feeds from GMA’s official publication—Geosynthetics magazine. downloadable education and engineering resources. an industry events calendar. a revamped bookstore link. links to geosynthetics interest groups and service providers. Non-members …

Raven opens new technology and product development center

September 19, 2011

Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division (EFD)—manufacturer of geomembrane liners and covers—announced last week the opening of its new Technology Solutions Center at the company’s Sioux Falls, S.D. headquarters. In a Sept. 14 press release, Raven said the technology center “will provide full-spectrum product development through research, analysis, processing, and optimization of new product formulations. “Raven …

GSE offers three geosynthetics seminars

September 16, 2011

GSE continues its series of “Geosynthetics 4 Success” technical seminars at three sites this fall. The Atlanta day-long seminar is Sept. 28 at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Center. The focus of this seminar is the use of geosynthetics in coal ash, solid waste, hazardous waste, and liquid containment applications. Expert speakers in Atlanta include: J.P. …

Propex offers new barrier fabric

September 15, 2011

A Sept. 14 press release has introduced a new product from Geotextile Systems by Propex—Geotex Orange Barrier Fabric, a nonwoven, polypropylene geotextile designed to protect utility and water lines and contaminated soil areas from digging. As with Propex’s black geotextile fabric, the Geotex fibers are needle-punched to form a stable network of fibers. Geotex Orange …

The role of webinars in geosynthetics education

September 8, 2011

As many of you are aware, webinars are becoming quite popular educational vehicles for myriad topics because they are convenient, accessible, and low-cost in comparison to traditional educational modes. Considering travel costs, housing, meals, registration fees, and time away from the office to attend conferences, symposia, or meetings, many organizations are considering or are using …

Auburn inventors receive patent

September 7, 2011

Dave Elton, former NAGS president, is among the foursome to devise geotextile fabrics with electronic antenna capabilities The invention Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., has been assigned a patent developed by four co-inventors for “reinforcement fabrics with electronic transmission capabilities.” The inventors are three professors, Gwen Thomas, Lloyd Riggs, and David Elton, and Ph.D. graduate, …