Case Study: Capping semi-liquid solids with geosynthetic layers

October 1, 2016

Introduction A U.S.-based polyethylene and polyester resin/polymer producer recently closed a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, N.C. (Photo 1). The company hired an engineering firm to manage the demolition and removal of the expansive structures and infrastructure. Part of the environmental responsibilities was to also find a viable solution for closing a 12-acre sludge basin. But …

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Geomembrane waterproofing for a 10-mile wooden flume

Introduction In 2015, a private hydroelectric company in Washington state was looking to install a geosynthetic liner as part of a 16-km (10-mi) elevated wood and metal structure for conveying water—a flume. The project was located near Mount Rainier (Photo 1) about 50 miles southeast of Seattle in southwestern Washington’s Pierce County. The owner operates …

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Devoted to geosynthetics for the long haul

Bob Koerner has devoted more than 40 years of his life to the advancement of geosynthetics, and he’s still pushing the industry forward. Introduction When Dr. Robert M. Koerner talks about geosynthetics, the cadence of his speech quickens and the passion behind his words suggests that geotextiles, geomembranes, geosynthetic clay liners and geogrids (to name …

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Behind the [turbidity] curtain

Geosynthetics and marine construction near Golden Gate Bridge Introduction Marine construction projects often materialize with different sets of construction obstacles. In addition to the challenge of building stable structures in and under water, the environmental impact of construction must be limited. Creative and inventive methods for mitigating environmental contamination range from artificial habitat creation to …

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Reviving the Palos Verdes Reservoir

Introduction California is home to one of the most active water resource infrastructure sectors. Geosynthetics can play an enormous role with the creation and rehabilitation of these water resources. The 76-year-old Palos Verdes Reservoir in Los Angeles County provides an exemplary case (Photo A). The 360-million-gallon cell is currently undergoing an update that will greatly …

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Wetlands restoration at San Pablo Bay

August 1, 2016

How geofoam, as lightweight structural fill, solved a variety of construction challenges on a roadway embankment project in support of wetlands restoration in Northern California Introduction As those in the design and construction community know well, every project is slightly different from the last regardless of how many times similar challenges have been faced. When …

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Accelerated geosynthetic closure of a mine refuse site

Case history: Cambria Site 93 in Pennsylvania Introduction During the coal mining process—underground or surface—other unwanted soil and rock materials are mined along with the coal. A separation technology is used to best segregate the coal from the “refuse material.” After separation, various amounts of coal still exist in the refuse piles of material left …

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State-of-the-art fuel storage facility at Point Loma

Refueling the life span: Effective secondary containment system Introduction In 2008, an eight-year military construction project was approved to replace the aging Point Loma Navy fuel storage facility that had been intermittently constructed between 1917 and 1954. Located at Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Point Loma, San Diego, this was the largest construction project ever …

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Questions and answers from the GMA Techline

Geosynthetic filter failure Q: I am interested in your upcoming webinar on geosynthetic filters and was hoping to get a little clarification on the content. I’m most interested in how geotextile fabrics are used with riprap but I also understand these fabrics are perhaps more commonly associated with roadway construction. How much does this webinar …

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Recycled materials reinforcement?

June 1, 2016

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline We are soliciting information on the use of recycled materials in the reinforced zone of MSE walls. I recall you as the keeper of many case histories. Do you have any success or failure stories about such recycled content in a reinforced zone? I’m mindful of chemical attack …