DFI launches DFI Europe BIM/Digitalisation Committee

April 2nd, 2018

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announced the formation of the BIM/Digitalisation (DFI Europe) Committee. The goal of this committee, which liaises with DFI’s Project Information Management Systems Committee, is to promote digitalization and BIM (Building Information Modeling) processes within the European membership and the wider geotechnical industry worldwide. The committee will discuss and develop guidance […]

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GMA advocating for infrastructure funding

April 1st, 2018

Over the past year, infrastructure has been talked about regularly as the “next big issue” for the White House and Congress to tackle. With tax reform out of the way and the midterm elections fast approaching, it is time for Congress and U.S. President Donald J. Trump to act.    On Jan. 30, 2018, during […]

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GMA partners with FGI on free webinar program

April 1st, 2018

On Nov. 7, 2017, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) hosted a webinar entitled “Fabrication, Installation, and Testing of Geomembranes.” Dr. Timothy Stark of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who is also FGI’s technical director, presented the webinar, and GMA Executive Council member Andy Durham of Owens Corning moderated. […]

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Commentary on attribution and referencing in technical papers

April 1st, 2018

In presenting written technical information in academic papers and presentations, including in geosynthetic papers, as well as conference proceedings and presentations, it is established practice for the author to attribute references, data, charts, tables, graphs, photographs, illustrations and concepts back to the initial originator/developer, who under law is the copyright holder to the work simply […]

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A next-gen basin liner solution for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

April 1st, 2018

There are more than 100,000 miles (> 160,000 km) of levees throughout the United States, protecting lives and property from extreme weather-related flooding. Aging infrastructure and increasingly stronger storms have intensified the need to reinforce and protect levees, and emergency responders need solutions to repair a breached levee before it results in catastrophic damage. Therefore, […]

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2018 State of the Geosynthetics Industry

April 1st, 2018

The U.S. and Canadian geosynthetics market includes geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells and erosion control materials. In 2017 the U.S. and Canadian geosynthetics market grew in the low single-digit ranges, and it is expected to grow slightly higher in 2018. Consolidation in the geosynthetics market Due to the weaker U.S. dollar […]

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Bituminous geomembranes on a French dam

April 1st, 2018

La Galaube Dam, an International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) facility in the south of France, completes the hydraulic system of the Montagne Noire area and provides a total water storage capacity in excess of 283 million cubic feet (8 million m3). To supply potable water to three counties and 185 municipalities in the region, […]

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GMA focus groups

April 1st, 2018

GMA provides technical guidance to outside agencies and groups seeking more information about best practices for the use of geosynthetic products. Our geotextile, geogrid, environmental and erosion control focus groups review specifications and provide industry guidance. In 2017 GMA reviewed specifications for nine states and worked closely with the American Association of State Highway and […]

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Reviving the Palos Verdes Reservoir—Part 2

April 1st, 2018

The October/November 2016 issue of Geosynthetics published Part 1 of this series on revitalizing the Palos Verdes Reservoir in Los Angeles County, California. That article described the approach to revitalizing the site, as well as the five-month-long geosynthetic manufacturing and fabrication phase. In Part 2, we continue to explore more of the inner workings for […]

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IFAI IAA Awards: Dewatering with geotextile tubes in a D.C. tunnel

April 1st, 2018

Completion Date: March 1, 2017 Fabric Name: Flintex™ OS425 Hi-Flo Fabric Producer: Flint Industries In 2013 DC Water in Washington, D.C., awarded the Impregilo-Healy-Parsons joint venture $254 million to design and build the second portion of a large tunnel system. The purpose of the tunneling project was to separately direct wastewater and stormwater to relieve […]

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