Geosynthetics and the government marketplace

April 1, 2007

A report commissioned by the Geosynthetic Materials Assciation has opened up a government relations program and the first organized lobbying effort for the geosynthetics industry. By Andrew Aho Introduction In January 2006, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), contracted with a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., to produce a report on the opportunities available to GMA …

IECA rolls into Reno

Environmental Connection—EC-’07—filled the halls of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Feb. 12-16. The event featured full-day training courses addressing topics such as wind erosion, construction site management, and NPDES regulations and compliance. PHDs and CEUs were available for participants. More than 50 case studies and technical papers providing original research and proven techniques were also presented. …

Geosynthetics-2007 is a hit in D.C.

After more than 1,000 participants and 76 exhibits, more than 60 papers and presentations, 9 short courses, 4 special sessions, 3 keynotes, and 2 panels—after all that in just 4 days, the Geosynthetics-2007 Conference and Trade Show came to a close in Washington, D.C. The Jan. 16-19 event marked an enthusiastic high point on the …

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Geomembrane raincoat liners in the mining heap leach industry

By Allan J. Breitenbach and Mark E. Smith Introduction Raincoat liner (RCL) terminology is used in the mining heap leach industry in reference to a temporary exposed geomembrane cover (EGC) that minimizes rain stormwater infiltration into the ore heap fill and diverts cover surface storm runoff to the natural drainages (see Thiel and Smith, 2004, …

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Geocell, grid, and reinforced-soil in restoring eroded steep slopes

By Stan Boyle and Kathy Robertson Abstract In October 2003, stormwater overflows from an intense, short-duration storm eroded approximately 20,000 yds.3 of soil from the bottom and side slopes of a ravine between the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and a subdivision near Tacoma, Wash. The erosion ruptured two storm drains and left undermined slopes that continued …

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Multiple-tiered retaining walls

The Norris Canyon Estates in San Ramon, Calif., east of San Francisco, are gaining a local presence not merely for luxury homes but also for the nearly half-million ft.2 of multiple-tiered retaining walls built throughout its challenging terrain. A location with 1:1 slope ratios and expansive clay soils required a major transformation to make the …

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Historic Fort Sheridan implements innovative ‘best-practices’ stormwater and landscape plan

Five years ago, a housing develoment company needed to prepare a stormwater management plan and design best management practices (BMP) for stormwater management at historic Fort Sheridan. The military base, situated on bluffs overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park, was in the midst of transformation from a …

A conservative junction-strength requirement

To the editor: Thank you for the article “Junction-strength requirements for roadway design, construction” (Geosynthetics, February/March, 2007), defining and categorizing the use of junction strength as a specifying property for geogrid reinforcements. The excellent summary of performance requirements for geogrids that junction strength might assess, along with industry’s and research attempts to quantify those requirements, …

Further clarifications on GRS construction

To the editor: Thank you for your response to my concern about a photo in Geosynthetics magazine, February-March 2007. While including a photo of the Bowman Road Bridge in the article, “Junction strength requirement for roadway design construction” was done [solely] for aesthetic purposes and not meant to mislead the reader, it has, in fact, …

Commentary RE #2: article on structured geomembranes

It takes an “interesting” article (“Using structured geomembranes in final solid-waste landfill closure designs,”) to generate a dozen pained e-mail comments to me even before I received my February/March copy of Geosynthetics! This topic had its beginnings in a paper I had rejected for the Geosynthetics-2007 conference in D.C. this past January. As those who …