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Geosynthetics plays a prominent role

August 1st, 2020 / By: / Editorial

From the Panama Canal to coal ash containment in West Virginia to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet piling in several U.S. states, geosynthetics solve problems. The versatility of the different types of geosynthetics makes them useful in many situations.

In “Innovative Geosynthetics Solution Saves 106-Year-Old Panama Canal Structures,” geotextile bags solve an interesting underwater erosion control problem that threatens the canal’s Gatun Locks. “CCR Landfill Final Cover Test Pad—Part 1” discusses an in situ cover test pad at a coal combustion residual (coal ash) storage pond. Part 2 will be in the October/November 2020 issue of Geosynthetics. “PVC Sheet Piling for Cutoff and Containment Barriers” provides several case studies using PVC sheet piling, which proves itself well-suited for marine environments.

In this issue’s Update column, Richard Thiel, Hesham Eldesouky and Richard Brachman bring readers up to speed on research into whales or bubbles in geomembrane pond liners, something Thiel wrote extensively about in 2016 and 2017 in the pages of Geosynthetics. The Geosynthetic Material’s Association (GMA) new executive director, Fred C. Chuck, introduces two new officers on the GMA executive council and highlights GMA activities during the COVID-19 pandemic in the GMA News column. George R. Koerner writes about developing a benefit/cost analysis for projects involving geosynthetics.

Geosynthetics is proud to play a prominent role in publishing articles that expand the knowledge about the use of geosynthetics.