New training video available

February 25, 2010

Cadwallader Technical Services (CTS) has announced the release of a new 80-minute geosynthetics training video “How to Heat Seam and Field Test Geomembranes” as an updated, menu-driven DVD. The DVD is divided into 25 sections and subsections, each accessible and viewable on field laptop and office computers. A preview and other information about this training …

Mackey named chair of ASTM International Geosynthetics Committee

February 19, 2010

ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has named Robert E. Mackey, a partner and senior design engineer at S2L Inc. in Maitland, Fla., as its new chair. The 300-member committee oversees 130 ASTM standards related to the geosynthetics industry. Mackey is a long-time contributor to Geosynthetics magazine and is a member of the magazine’s Editorial …

Number of ‘ready-to-go’ projects approaches five figures as states await new jobs bill

February 11, 2010

As states continue to wait for action on a jobs bill, the list of ‘ready-to-go’ state infrastructure projects has surpassed the 9,800 mark, based on a December 2009 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). These projects, valued at more than $79 billion, project that state departments of transportation will …

First GSI-Asia Geosynthetics Conference set for November

February 8, 2010

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) have announced the 1st GSI-Asia Geosynthetics Conference. The conference is scheduled for Nov. 16-18, 2010, in Taichung, Taiwan. Sponsors for the event include: the National Science Council and the Taiwan ministries of economy and education. The conference theme is Geosynthetics in …

Authors agree with letter writer regarding spark testing

February 1, 2010

To the editor: Subject: Response to comment from Dr. [Ian] Peggs regarding spark testing on page 8 in the October/November 2009 issue of Geosynthetics, which was in response to “Geosynthetics in the construction of a Southern California subsurface biofilter cell system,” published in the August/September 2009 issue. The authors appreciate and agree with Dr. Peggs’ …

Geosynthetics wins Silver Award

Geosynthetics magazine received a second-place Silver Award for Best Technical Article at the 2009 Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association’s annual awards event Nov. 5 in Minneapolis. It marked the fifth consecutive year that Geosynthetics has won an MMPA award. The cover story, “Pyrite remediation: Geosynthetic answers for I-99’s problems” was written by Archie Filshill of …

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After the typhoon in Taiwan: Testament to an award-winning reinforced slope

Ace Geosynthetics wins top prize in 2009 International Achievement Awards By Ron Bygness, editor, Geosynthetics Aug. 7–10, 2009, were devastating days in Taiwan, when Typhoon Morakot struck the island directly. The waves of unrelenting rain and wind proved to be the deadliest typhoon ever to strike the island nation. More than 600 people were killed, …

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Using geotextile containers for coal-slurry disposal

TenCate Geosynthetics wins in 2009 International Achievement Awards The processing of raw coal to a saleable clean coal requires that mine operators wash the run-of-mine product using a processing plant. The raw coal contains impurities composed of rock and fireclay. Two waste streams are created by this process: coarse rock and fine rock particles. At …

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Geotextile containers for dewatering septage

TenCate Geosynthetics wins in 2009 International Achievement Awards In 2002, Ontario’s provincial legislature and the Ministry of Environment (MOE) produced a policy paper announcing its intent to eliminate the land application of untreated septage (septic tank waste). While 90% of residents in Ontario used local sanitary sewers to dispose of waste and, therefore, were unaffected …

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Canal construction finalized with geocell stability

Introduction The primary objective of this project was to protect the banks of a canal that was constructed in front, and throughout the grounds, of a new luxury hotel in Panama. Bristol Buenaventura Resort, located approximately 85 miles west of Panama City on the Pacific Ocean coastline, opened in 2009. The manicured grounds include walking …