New engineering hire at GeoStructures

October 13th, 2016

Purcellville, Va.-based GeoStructures Inc. issued a press release last week to announce the hiring of design engineer, Abiy Ghirmay. The release said that Ghirmay, EIT, will prepare final engineering designs for the construction of ground improvement technology. Ghirmay completed both his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from […]

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TRB webinar: Performance of GRS–IBS

October 12th, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m. (ET) that will present how three geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge systems (GRS–IBS) performed. There are currently more than 200 GRS–IBS projects in the U.S., several of which are being monitored to verify the expected performance of the structures. […]

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Oct. 26 SRW webinar

October 11th, 2016

The International Geosynthetics Society’s North American Chapter (IGS-NA) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) are co-hosting an October 26 webinar: “Segmental Retaining Wall Best Practices.” The session will be held from 1–2:30 p.m. (ET) and is worth 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs.) Scott Vollmer, market manager/commercial SRWs at Oldcastle Architectural/South Region, is the instructor. […]

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Register online today for GeoCharlotte

October 10th, 2016

Online registration ends Oct. 12 The first-ever GeoCharlotte event is just around the corner. To get the best possible price, register online by the deadline date: Wednesday, Oct. 12 However, if you are unable to register online by the Oct. 12 deadline, you can still register onsite for a slightly higher price. For a complete GeoCharlotte […]

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Fiborsin features new machine

October 10th, 2016

Busto Arsizio, Italy-based Fiborsin Srl has unveiled its new IRR-L machine, designed and manufactured to satisfy requirements for dimension netting, mainly made of HDPE–MDPE, laminated with nonwoven tissue, on one or two sides; and it can extrude and manufacture open netting as large as 4.7m. Nets produced by the IRR plant are mostly used for […]

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2017 TRB Annual Meeting: Hotel rooms are going fast

October 7th, 2016

Hotel rooms are going fast for the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting, Jan. 8–12, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Event organizers recommend registering for the conference soon in order to make hotel reservations. Registration is required for all Annual Meeting attendees, including session speakers, poster presenters, and those who attend any workshop or visit […]

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FGI Award to Hilts Consulting

October 6th, 2016

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign), presented its inaugural Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award to the Yorba Linda, Calif.-based Hilts Consulting Group Inc. The award was presented April 11, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. during the Geo-Americas conference. The FGI Award provides recognition for engineers who have creatively used fabricated geomembranes […]

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Imagine IM signs MOU with TenCate Geosynthetics

October 4th, 2016

In an Oct. 4 press release, Pacific American Coal Limited (PAK) announced that Imagine Intelligent Materials (Imagine IM) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with TenCate Geosynthetics. Sydney, Australia-based PAK holds a 40% equity interest in Imagine IM. The release stated that “Imagine IM is expanding the commercialization opportunities for graphene-based geotextile coatings into the USA […]

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Next GSI webinar Oct. 12

October 3rd, 2016

“MSE wall back drainage design” is the topic for the October webinar presented by the Geosynthetic Institute—Wednesday, Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (ET). Webinar Overview Within GSI’s database of 171 failed mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls reinforced with geogrids or geotextiles, 60% have failed due to water. Furthermore, 61% have been constructed with fine grained […]

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Case Study: Capping semi-liquid solids with geosynthetic layers

October 1st, 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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