Profile introduces new biodegradable growth medium

June 17, 2010  |  Products

Building on the performance of the original Flexterra Flexible Growth Medium, Profile Products unveiled its new patent-pending Flexterra High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium (HP-FGM) in June. In a company press release, Profile said that the HP-FGM product represents the next generation in flexib…
IFAI members assist in oil spill cleanup

June 2, 2010  |  Case Studies

By Abbie Yarger More than 60 members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International are preparing products for clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following the April 20 explosion of the BP-owned Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The oil gusher at the source of the spill, located 5,000 feet below t…
A young engineer, molasses, and failed sand drains

June 1, 2010  |  News

Editor’s Note: The October 2009 issue included lots of geosynthetics history, including this article by Bob Koerner. Comment: “A young engineer, molasses, and failed sand drains” From: Peter Davies, Kaytech South Africa Posted: Nov. 1, 2009 Hi Bob and thank you for a thought-provok…
Heavy equipment

June 1, 2010  |  News

Editor’s Note: In the February 2009 issue, a retaining walls article included photos with heavy construction equipment. A reader asked a question about this and an answer is provided by the wall builder. Comment RE: Heavy equipment From: George S. Posted: Jan. 28, 2010 I have seen these reinfo…
Slope angles

June 1, 2010  |  News

Editor’s Note: In the June 2009 issue, Tim Stark, an engineering professor at the University of Illinois, answered a question regarding geosynthetic-lined slopes. Prof. Ed Kavazanjian’s comments offer further information on the subject. Comment From: Ed Kavazanjian, Arizona State Univers…
Seismic performance

June 1, 2010  |  News

Editor’s Note: The August 2009 issue included an article regarding seismic performance of geocells by Prof. Dov Leshchinsky. A reader offered a compliment and a request. Comment From: Slobodan Riger, Alfa Invest Posted: Aug. 28, 2009 Excellent presentation. We will be interested [in] analysis …
Subgrade enhancement geotextiles

June 1, 2010  |  News

Editor’s Note: An August 2009 article briefly described a new California DOT (Caltrans) guide for using subgrade enhancement geotextiles. In a comment on this article, the reader poses a question, which is answered by (a) the author of the Caltrans guide and (b) Geosynthetics editor Ron Bygnes…
Geo-Frontiers 2011 Short Course Announcements

June 1, 2010  |  News

The Geo-Institute of ASCE, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), and the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) join forces to present Geo-Frontiers 2011 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The conference is conducted under the auspi…
Building bridges the geosynthetic-reinforced soil way

June 1, 2010  |  Case Studies

From Defiance County, Ohio, to Yamhill County, Oregon, building bridges using geosynthetic-reinforced soil is gaining popularity for its effectiveness, efficiency, and time-saving simplicity. This methodology was first featured in Geosynthetics in August 2006, with a follow-up in April 2008. Defianc…
Delays, cost, performance are key issues for reef

June 1, 2010  |  Case Studies

A one-year delay in construction, with nearly double the initial cost estimates, and surfing conditions not meeting expectations have all been part of the experience for the first artificial surfing reef in Europe, which opened earlier this year off the south coast of England. Geosynthetics referenc…