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Transforming the geosynthetics world

Editorial | April 1, 2022 | By: Todd R. Berger

In this special issue of Geosynthetics magazine, we examine the rapidly evolving world of geosynthetics and sustainability with the timely, future-oriented feature by geosynthetics veteran Boyd Ramsey, “Geosynthetics and Sustainability: How Is Our Industry Doing?” 

Sustainability is a complex issue. In his feature, Ramsey looks at how geosynthetics companies and organizations are rising to the sustainability challenge. Several companies are leading the revolution: from Solmax to Geofabrics Australasia Pty. Ltd. In his feature, Ramsey documents the current thinking on sustainability by many geosynthetics leaders. 

Ronald K. Frobel and Ray Peebles in their feature, “Lining the 70 Ranch Raw Water Reservoir,” present a case study at a site with many geotechnical challenges: the largest prefabricated scrim reinforced polypropylene (fPP-R) geomembrane lined water reservoir in North America, which was recently completed in Colorado. 

In “Using Ultralightweight Foamed Glass Aggregate as MSE Wall Backfill,” authors Theresa Andrejack Loux and Archie Filshill discuss how subsurface conditions often warrant the use of ultralightweight foamed glass aggregate (UL-FGA) backfill material for mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls. Interestingly, the UL-FGA material they discuss is also highlighted in Ramsey’s feature on sustainability.  

Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, said, “Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” To take some liberties and expand on Udall’s poignant statement, plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to ensure a profitable future for geosynthetics companies.

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