Press Release

Solmax-GSE rebrands as Solmax

February 15, 2019

Solmax-GSE, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the world’s leading geosynthetics company, will henceforth be known as Solmax. The return to the Solmax name and brand follows the successful integration of the Solmax and GSE Environmental businesses to form a single strong global entity. Solmax acquired GSE Environmental in December 2017. “Solmax is a name that …

Drainage Materials

Western GeoSystems’ Jung now represents DRAINTUBE in the western U.S.

February 11, 2019

Andy Jung is an environmental professional with more than 20 years of field work, operation management and sales experience. He has twice been awarded National Sales Representative of the year by two different organizations: Veolia and Clean Harbors. He has worked in the geosynthetics industry since 2013. In February 2018, Jung started his own company, …

Company News

Thrace-LINQ completes expansion project

February 8, 2019

Thrace-LINQ in Summerville, S.C., announced the completion of the installation of a new Andritz needlepunched nonwoven line. The Thrace Group invested more than $9 million in this project to satisfy the growing demand for high-performance nonwoven fabrics in North America. This state-of-the- art needlepunched nonwoven line was designed to produce world-class-quality fabrics for geosynthetics, automotive …

Events

Preview Geosynthetics Conference: 2019 Show Guide now available

February 7, 2019

View the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 Show Guide for a preview of all of the excitement going on during the conference in Houston, Texas, next week. As you will see, the conference, which runs Feb. 10–13, 2019, will include a variety of educational offerings focusing on fundamental knowledge and the latest developments with the opportunity to earn up …

Events

EurAsian Geosynthetics Symposium accepting abstracts

February 6, 2019

The China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and EDANA have issued a call for papers for the second EurAsian Geosynthetics Symposium (EAGS), to be held Nov. 18–19, 2019, in Beijing, China. The symposium will take place in conjunction with the ISO TC 221 annual meetings on Nov. 20–22. The conference and exhibition will cover …

Events

GSI to host webinar on back drainage design of MSE walls

February 5, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar “MSE Wall: Back Drainage Design,” on Feb. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. Within GSI’s database of 320 failed mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls reinforced …

GeoWatch

Geosynthetics Conference 2019 wrap-up and looking ahead to Geosynthetics Case Study Conference 2020

February 1, 2019

We hope you are perusing this issue of Geosynthetics magazine while attending the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas. If you are not attending, hopefully you will join us next year in Charleston, S.C., for the inaugural Geosynthetics Case Study Conference; more on that exciting news follows. If you are in Houston right now, be …

Feature

A leachate pond geomembrane after 25 years of service

February 1, 2019

This article reports on the evaluation of an exposed geomembrane liner in a landfill leachate pond after being in service for 25 years. The evaluation was performed in two campaigns: in August 2014 and in May 2018. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the condition of the geomembrane and to provide a recommendation …

GMA Techline Members only content

The GMA Techline

February 1, 2019

Geomembranes for canal lining Q: Our company is an international member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Our government is planning to line their water canals with a geomembrane to prevent water seepage into the soil. We have been approached by many to suggest the most suitable material with specifications to guide them in …

GSI News

Changing the ‘one per 500 feet’ paradigm on geomembrane field seam sampling

February 1, 2019

The late Henry Haxo Jr., Ph.D., former president of Matrecon Inc., deserves considerable credit for developing many of the concepts and practices involved in waste containment liner and cover systems. Beginning in the 1970s, various projects, many of them funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), were actively researched. His capstone document is the …

Expo News

USACE shares infrastructure suggestions

October 17, 2018

Jeb Tingle, senior research engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss., delivered the plenary address at GeoDallas on Oct. 17 on “Advancing the Nation’s Infrastructure: The USACE Role.” “There’s a big role for research and innovation,” Tingle said. “Doing business as usual won’t give …

Expo News

2018 International Achievement Award Winners Announced

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention …

Expo News

Sharpen your competitive edge

October 17, 2018

Asking yourself one simple question can help make your business a magnet for new customers, says marketing professional Madeleine MacRae, owner of MM MacRae Coaching & Consulting. “That question is ‘Who is your ideal client?’” In her Oct. 16 Expo session on distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, MacRae says answering this question is the key …

Expo News

Digital presence is key to acquiring new customers in 2019

October 16, 2018

It’s no surprise the digital world means a company’s ability to attract and keep customers requires a dramatic shift in strategy, tools and resources. Ed Keough, vice president of sales for FutureGuard Building Products Inc. in Auburn, Maine, told business owners they need to embrace digital advertising or be “left in the dust” during his …

Expo News

IFAI Expo keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich: “acknowledge, honor and connect” with employees and customers

October 16, 2018

Keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich has straightforward advice for growing a business: Make a true connection with employees and customers and positive results will follow. Scharenbroich shared his humor and motivational wisdom with a packed room at IFAI’s 2018 Expo annual meeting October 16. Rain, wind and cold outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

Expo News

Textile testing for comfort

October 16, 2018

IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15 in Dallas offered a range of presentations—many of them focused on topics of particular interest in the advanced textiles area. Textile testing is one topic that will be addressed in more than one session. At the beginning of his talk yesterday on testing and evaluating fabrics’ human comfort, performance and …

Expo News

Useful social media for companies of all sizes

October 15, 2018

Should you bother with social media? Most definitely yes, says Luke Gusman, marketing manager for Sta-Lok Inc., a longtime manufacturer of marine and architectural rigging hardware. Gusman says that no matter how large or small your company, there are five social media platforms that can increase engagement with your product or service and raise your …

Expo News

Successful multigenerational workplaces

October 15, 2018

This is the first time in history that five distinct generations are working in a single workplace, says J. Karl Sherrill Jr., a certified risk manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, in his 2018 Expo session “Leading Successful Teams in a Multigenerational Workplace.” “It’s a trend affecting every business,” says Sherrill. “You have people …

Expo News

Sewing tips and tricks

October 15, 2018

One of the trickiest things facing the sewing industry is finding qualified workers. Many new employees may be unfamiliar with the basics of sewing machine operation, says Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn. In her IFAI Expo session “Sewing Tips and Tricks,” Roberts points out that many young people didn’t grow …

Events

Last exhibit spots in the Geosynthetics Pavilion at IFAI Expo/CAMX available now

June 19, 2018

There’s still time to reserve a booth in the Geosynthetics Pavilion but please act quickly. The Geosynthetics Pavilion at GeoDallas, Oct. 16–17, 2018, part of IFAI Expo/CAMX, has a few booth spaces available, and we don’t want you to miss out on this great opportunity to promote your geosynthetics products. The Geosynthetics Pavilion at the Kay …

Feature

A leachate pond geomembrane after 25 years of service

February 1, 2019

This article reports on the evaluation of an exposed geomembrane liner in a landfill leachate pond after being in service for 25 years. The evaluation was performed in two campaigns: in August 2014 and in May 2018. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the condition of the geomembrane and to provide a recommendation …

GMA Techline Members only content

The GMA Techline

February 1, 2019

Geomembranes for canal lining Q: Our company is an international member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Our government is planning to line their water canals with a geomembrane to prevent water seepage into the soil. We have been approached by many to suggest the most suitable material with specifications to guide them in …

Feature

Reviving the Palos Verdes Reservoir, Part 3

February 1, 2019

California’s water infrastructure is one of the most challenged systems in the United States due to the large population it supports, the age of much of the water infrastructure, and the diverse environments—mountains, coastlines, old-growth forests, deserts—found in the state. The water infrastructure is also one of the country’s most advanced systems, in part due …

Awards

2018 International Achievement Awards

February 1, 2019

Recognizing design excellence in geosynthetics The International Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), recognize innovation, technical skill and design excellence in geosynthetic applications. The awards are an annual competition promoting awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and shape. For more than 70 …

Feature

Geocomposite groundwater drainage system for bluff erosion protection

February 1, 2019

The project presented herein was designed to enhance an existing groundwater drainage system and repair erosion related to groundwater seepage on a berm constructed using coal combustion residuals (CCR) on top of a Lake Michigan bluff at a site in southeastern Wisconsin. This article presents the planning, design and implementation of the remedy. The planning …

Feature

Managing urban water issues with geosynthetics

November 19, 2018

Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded Phylway Construction a contract to rebuild the Lake Pontchartrain levees in Louisiana. After extensive testing, high-performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM) products were approved, with Phylway using East Coast Erosion Control’s T-RECS product on the east side of the causeway. Photo: East Coast Erosion …

Geocells

GMA/IGS-NA to present webinar on geosynthetic-stabilized roads

November 2, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and IGS North America (IGS-NA) will sponsor a free webinar entitled “Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads: Introduction and Mechanisms,” on Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Geotextiles, geogrids and geocells have been used widely in roadway stabilization works throughout the world. In this webinar, Dr. Jie Han will …

Erosion Control

Registration open for 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo

October 30, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) will host their annual educational conference and expo Feb. 19–22, 2019, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. “IECA’s Annual Conference and Expo is the most beneficial event in the country for those involved in or concerned about soil and erosion control or stormwater management,” said Joanna Fetherolf, IECA’s …

Erosion Control

Geosynthetics magazine offers free sponsored webinar on natural facings for steep slopes and walls

October 24, 2018

Geosynthetics magazine will present the Tensar Corp.-sponsored webinar “Natural Facings for Better Performance and Value on Very Steep Slopes and Walls” on November 8 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This presentation will provide a case study example of how natural facings provide better performance and value on very steep slopes and walls. Steve Luptak, national product …

Containment

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions wins award for geosynthetic coal ash project in South Carolina

October 22, 2018

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) received the Project Management Institute (PMI) Award for Project Excellence at the PMI Professional Awards Gala held in Los Angeles, Calif. in October for work completed at the Savannah River Site (SRS) D-Area Ash Basin Project in South Carolina. The prestigious award recognizes global, large and complex projects that deliver …

GMA Techline Members only content

The GMA Techline

February 1, 2019

Geomembranes for canal lining Q: Our company is an international member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Our government is planning to line their water canals with a geomembrane to prevent water seepage into the soil. We have been approached by many to suggest the most suitable material with specifications to guide them in …

GMA Techline Members only content

The GMA Techline

October 1, 2018

Toxicity of nonwovens? Q: Are there any comprehensive tests (or a general synopsis) of the environmental toxicity of leachate from nonwoven polypropylene fabrics when aged in a freshwater or saltwater solution? Regulatory and municipal bodies in Europe and New Zealand are requesting more info about products that are used in riparian and coastal environments. A: …

GMA Techline Members only content

The GMA Techline answers all

August 1, 2018

UV Weathering of Geotextiles Q: My firm is providing construction quality assurance services for a landfill cell expansion. We are having an issue with our contractor and are going to be in a position of having 8 ounces/square yard (271 g/m2) of nonwoven geotextile exposed for a period of time, which exceeds the seven-day limit …

Feature Members only content

GMA Techline

February 1, 2018

Determining quantity of recycled HDPE in a geonet Q: I have a question about high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geonets. Is it possible, by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) analysis, to determine the quantity of recycled HDPE present in a geonet? I have a geonet that, I think, is made with virgin and recycled …

Feature Members only content

GMA Techline

October 1, 2017

Welding HDPE to PVC and more Q: I would appreciate any input you have on these questions: Can a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane (GM) be welded to a PVC geomembrane? I am looking to connect a geomembrane to a building foundation. Based on some research, I have found the following options: bolt the geomembrane to …

Feature Members only content

GMA Techline

August 1, 2017

Liner repair? Pullout tests? Sewn seams? Shear strength of sludges? Geomembrane liner repair Q: I have a facility that has submitted liner repair documentation for the repair of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liner for a leachate/stormwater pond at an industrial landfill site. The repairs were performed using either a patch or, for indentations and small …

GMA Techline Members only content

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline

February 1, 2017

Spraying? Shear Strength? Hydraulics? [A more] non-permeable GT? Q: I have received an inquiry for a non-permeable geotextile, which is UV-resistant and will be installed on a long slope for erosion control. Could you kindly recommend a product that would meet these requirements or a solution for this application? Your assistance with this is much …

GMA Techline Members only content

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline

August 1, 2016

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 …

GMA Techline Members only content

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 …

GMA Techline Members only content

Weld or sew?

June 1, 2016

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline We have a liner contractor who would like to wedge-weld geotextile rather than sew it. The material is simply a cushion layer below the 40-mil geomembrane and the contractor is concerned the sewn seams will affect wedge welding of the above geomembrane. Do you have a recommendation on …

Drainage Materials

Western GeoSystems’ Jung now represents DRAINTUBE in the western U.S.

February 11, 2019

Andy Jung is an environmental professional with more than 20 years of field work, operation management and sales experience. He has twice been awarded National Sales Representative of the year by two different organizations: Veolia and Clean Harbors. He has worked in the geosynthetics industry since 2013. In February 2018, Jung started his own company, …

Company News

Thrace-LINQ completes expansion project

February 8, 2019

Thrace-LINQ in Summerville, S.C., announced the completion of the installation of a new Andritz needlepunched nonwoven line. The Thrace Group invested more than $9 million in this project to satisfy the growing demand for high-performance nonwoven fabrics in North America. This state-of-the- art needlepunched nonwoven line was designed to produce world-class-quality fabrics for geosynthetics, automotive …

Events

Preview Geosynthetics Conference: 2019 Show Guide now available

February 7, 2019

View the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 Show Guide for a preview of all of the excitement going on during the conference in Houston, Texas, next week. As you will see, the conference, which runs Feb. 10–13, 2019, will include a variety of educational offerings focusing on fundamental knowledge and the latest developments with the opportunity to earn up …

Events

EurAsian Geosynthetics Symposium accepting abstracts

February 6, 2019

The China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and EDANA have issued a call for papers for the second EurAsian Geosynthetics Symposium (EAGS), to be held Nov. 18–19, 2019, in Beijing, China. The symposium will take place in conjunction with the ISO TC 221 annual meetings on Nov. 20–22. The conference and exhibition will cover …

Events

GSI to host webinar on back drainage design of MSE walls

February 5, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar “MSE Wall: Back Drainage Design,” on Feb. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. Within GSI’s database of 320 failed mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls reinforced …

GeoWatch

Geosynthetics Conference 2019 wrap-up and looking ahead to Geosynthetics Case Study Conference 2020

February 1, 2019

We hope you are perusing this issue of Geosynthetics magazine while attending the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas. If you are not attending, hopefully you will join us next year in Charleston, S.C., for the inaugural Geosynthetics Case Study Conference; more on that exciting news follows. If you are in Houston right now, be …

GSI News

Changing the ‘one per 500 feet’ paradigm on geomembrane field seam sampling

February 1, 2019

The late Henry Haxo Jr., Ph.D., former president of Matrecon Inc., deserves considerable credit for developing many of the concepts and practices involved in waste containment liner and cover systems. Beginning in the 1970s, various projects, many of them funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), were actively researched. His capstone document is the …

News

Christopher honored with 2018 Koerner award and lecture series

February 1, 2019

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), led by a Koerner awardee selection task force, chose Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., as the recipient of the 2018 Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. The award and lecture series is named for Robert M. Koerner, Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute and professor …

News

Panorama

February 1, 2019

IECA Region One welcomes new executive director The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One board of directors and staff welcome Samantha Roe, IOM, as the new executive director of the association. “We’re excited to announce Samantha as the new executive director to take our association in a new direction,” stated Tom Schneider, CPESC, IECA …

GMA News

Working together to advance geosynthetics

February 1, 2019

Leadership, participation and collaboration are important to the success of any association. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) can attribute its growth in recent years to the many members, leaders and industry partners who volunteer their time to support the association’s mission. Read below to learn more about some of them and the programs they support. …

Geogrids

Modeling demonstrates benefit of geogrid-reinforced aggregate base

December 21, 2018

Improved modeling of geogrid for use with the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s pavement design software, MnPAVE Flexible, will allow pavement designers to simulate field tests of stiffness and resiliency in pavements over bases with and without geogrid. The department, known as MnDOT, is using modeling results from a recent study to develop a design input that quantifies the …

Events

GSI to host short course on QA/QC in waste containment, GMA members get discounted rates

December 20, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a short course “Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities,” Jan. 14–16, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 pm EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. This …

Industry News

FGI offers webinar on shear testing

December 17, 2018

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will sponsor a free webinar “Geosynthetic Interface Shear Testing,” on Jan. 22, 2019, from noon to 1 p.m. CDT. In this presentation, Robert Swan of Drexel University will discuss the different methods of measuring geosynthetic interface shear strength, describe industry standard test methods and explore the accreditation process for laboratories …

Events

Christopher to present Koerner lecture series on ‘lessons learned’

December 14, 2018

Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., will present the first in the 2019 Dr. Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series on “Lessons Learned: An Adventure in 4 Decades of Geosynthetics Engineering” on Feb. 13, 2019, at the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas. The presentation will review his involvement in the development of geosynthetics engineering …

Company News

EPT introduces new string-reinforced LLDPE geomembrane

December 13, 2018

To meet the growing demand for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) by geomembrane fabricators and installers, Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT) has announced a new string-reinforced LLDPE fabric. LLDPE has been in increasing demand due to its superior flexibility and better layflat versus high density polyethylene (HDPE). EPT has specially formulated its LLDPE fabric for high …

Industry News

FGI accepting applications for engineering innovation award

November 30, 2018

The Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award was created to recognize engineers who have creatively used fabricated geomembranes to successfully fulfill a client/owner’s needs, including technical requirements, scheduling and budget. Today’s engineers are working to solve environmental issues on a global scale. The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute’s (FGI’s) Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award competition pays tribute to …

GSI News

GSI to host webinar on stability designs for landfill covers, GMA members get discounted rates

November 29, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar “Stability Designs of Landfill Cover Soils,” on December 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. This webinar focuses on the stability design of relatively thin soil layers over geosynthetics …

Industry News

Tensar to present technical seminar in Minneapolis

November 26, 2018

Tensar International Corp. will sponsor a technical seminar in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 8, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT. The seminar will be held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The seminar will cover a variety of geosynthetic applications, including roadways, pavement maintenance, walls and slopes, market solutions, airfields, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) …

GSI News

GSI to host webinar on lifetime predictions of geosynthetics, GMA members get discounted rates

November 21, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Lifetime Predictions of Covered and Exposed Geosynthetics,” on November 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. A most frequently asked question regarding all types of geosynthetics is, “How …

Drainage Materials

GSI to host webinar on wick drains, GMA members get discounted rates

November 12, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Soil Consolidation Using Wick Drains, aka PVDs” on Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. Wick drains, …