ASCE Geo-Institute to stream Annual Live Streaming Web Conference

August 5th, 2021

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute Technical Committees will be streaming their 6th Annual Live Streaming Web Conference, Dec. 6–10, 2021. Each day, top geotechnical professionals will present a diverse set of case histories. Each event will run two hours and includes opportunities to interact with presenters. Each registrant can earn 1.5 professional development […]

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DFI announces winners of the 2021 Student Paper Competition

August 4th, 2021

Osama Drbe The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) has announced the winners of the 2021 Student Paper Competition. Osama Drbe, a Ph.D. candidate at Western University, in London, Ont., Canada, is the winner of the Student Paper Competition. His paper is titled, “Effect of Negative Skin Friction on Abutment Piles Design.” The paper discusses a comprehensive […]

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Preliminary injunction prohibiting Eurobent from manufacturing Tiltex in Poland upheld for third time

August 3rd, 2021

A fresh attempt by Eurobent Sp.z.o.o. to set aside the preliminary injunction that prohibits, within Poland, the manufacture, offering, importing and putting Tiltex on the market has failed. The Regional Court in Legnica, Poland, on June 8, 2021, dismissed Eurobent’s motion for setting aside the preliminary injunction order. This is the third time Eurobent has […]

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Fabricated Geomembrane Institute offering sponsorships on webinars

August 2nd, 2021

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is now offering an opportunity for member companies to sponsor upcoming FGI webinars. The FGI webinars have become popular in the geosynthetics and geotechnical engineering community. FGI is drawing hundreds of registrants to its live webinars each month, while presenting innovative technical content.  To sponsor a webinar, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-fgi-webinar-sponsorship-tickets-133145231973. Webinar Sponsorship includes the following: […]

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GSI’s new GCL test method

August 1st, 2021

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a new standard test method for “Determination of the Polymer Loading in Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs).” It was developed over several years without consensus of the membership. GSI forged ahead with it because we see many such products in the market and believe there is a need to start the […]

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GeoNashville and fall Lobby Day

August 1st, 2021

You need to open your calendar and block off Nov. 4–5, 2021, to join us in Nashville, Tenn., for the return to an in-person geosynthetics conference, GeoNashville. The conference features plenary presentations from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as they look at the […]

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Koerner Lecture: Geosynthetic-reinforced column-supported embankments: Improving practice with better theory

August 1st, 2021

FIGURE 1 Geosynthetic-reinforced column-supported (GRCS) embankment under construction (Photograph courtesy HUESKER Synthetic GmbH) Editor’s Note : Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the third recipient of the Dr. Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. The two past recipients are George R. Koerner, Ph.D., P.E. and CQA, in 2017, and Barry Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., in 2019. […]

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Metal leaching from geosynthetics

August 1st, 2021

Q: Geosynthetics are made from polymers that use metal-based catalysts in their formulations. Do geosynthetics have the potential to leach metals into the environment? A: I think the fair answer to this is yes, but the potential risk is very small due to the long-term stability of the polymers used in geosynthetics and the very […]

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Service life of nonwovens

August 1st, 2021

Q: Where can I find literature on the useful service life of nonwoven geosynthetic fabrics installed in soils? A: One of the best references in this regard is from a manufacturer of nonwoven geotextiles. It is:  SI Geosolutions (now Propex). (1997). Smart Solutions, Technical Note, SM-404. “The durability of polypropylene nonwoven geotextiles for waste containment […]

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A geotextile filter for an edge drain

August 1st, 2021

Q: I am doing a geotextile filter design for a highway edge drain. All I have from the site is a grain size analysis of the sandy subgrade soil. Can you point me in the right direction? A: First you are going to need to calculate an estimate of hydraulic conductivity for the sandy soil […]

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