Kavazanjian, Fox receive ASCE awards

February 1, 2010

Drs. Ed Kavazanjian and Patrick J. Fox were the recipients of 2009 awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Kavazanjian received the Ralph B. Peck Award and Fox was recognized with the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award. Ralph B. Peck Award—Edward Kavazanjian Jr. The Ralph B. Peck Award is presented for outstanding contributions to …

Synthetic turf system stops erosion … for starters

Quest for erosion control delivers additional benefits. By Alexandria Hayes Introduction After four years as a district landfill manager for IESI Corp., Delaney Lewis was discouraged. Although one of the Louisiana landfills for which he was responsible exhibited ideal geology, the soil characteristics were not conducive for effective side-slope maintenance. The soil of the LaSalle-Grant …

9th International Conference on Geosynthetics, May 23-27, 2010

Guarujá, Brazil The 9ICG is organized by the Brazilian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS Brasil) and the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS), under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and supported by the Brazilian Association of Nonwoven and Technical Textiles Industries (ABINT). Geosynthetics magazine is a Strategic …

Prospects for geosynthetic containment systems at Marcellus Formation shale-gas drilling projects

By Robert M. Koerner Background The Marcellus Formation, also known as the Marcellus Subgroup of the Hamilton Group, Marcellus Member of the Romney Formation, or simply the Marcellus Shale, is a unit of marine sedimentary rock found in eastern North America. Named for a distinctive outcropping near the village of Marcellus, N.Y., it extends throughout …

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 …

New wall repairs erosion damage, widens road

Introduction The main objectives of this project were to build a retaining wall to support a road and to create more room for the width of the road, especially at the turn. Potential problems A primary goal was the repairing and widening of an existing 4m- (13ft)-wide road to 5m (15.5ft). In addition, the roadbed …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …