Projects highlight progressive uses of geosynthetics

April 1, 2006  |  Case Studies

A problem-solving wall project in Michigan and preserving Stump Pass in Florida highlight two more progressive uses of geosynthetics. First section by Jacob Manthei, second section by Jeff Barbian and Ron Bygness Retaining wall, utilities merged in Michigan Developers and engineers have long tackled…
Rejuvenated reservoir will irrigate world-famous golf courses

April 1, 2006  |  Case Studies

More than 21 acres of geomembrane help revive Pebble Beach’s Forest Lake Reservoir. Originally constructed in the late 19th century, a reservoir near a scenic stretch of California coastline underwent a dramatic transformation last year, and is now poised to serve the irrigation needs of the 2…
Berm is working on the railroad

April 1, 2006  |  Case Studies

Geosynthetic solution offers both separation and reinforcement for this Canadian rail project. Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) is renowned for building rail lines through some of North America’s toughest terrain. Just west of Kenora, Ontario, near the Manitoba/Ontario border, the main CPR track…
On the grow: Assessing the U.S. green roof market

April 1, 2006  |  Case Studies

Multiple benefits, new technologies are building up green roofs. By Sonja Hegman Green roofs are gaining in popularity as more people acquire knowledge on the subject. Awareness of green roofs as an eco-friendly concept is also being nurtured in the design and architectural communities. And building…
A garden grows on a Minneapolis rooftop

April 1, 2006  |  Case Studies

Architects, designers, and new geosynthetics build a high-rise green space. By Mason Riddle There is mesh and then there is mesh. For a downtown Minneapolis 10-story penthouse, the proper mesh was critical to the installation and maintenance of a rooftop garden and terrace, which, like the owner&rsq…
Geosynthetics in the Greater Grand Forks Greenway

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

By Adam Regn Arvidson The turf reinforcement mat (TRM) in the Red River Greenway project is Enkamat, manufactured by Colbond, a Dutch company with production facilities in Europe and the U.S. The 3-dimensional nondegradable matting is made of continuous nylon or polypropylene filaments fused at thei…
Crew faces many challenges in completing Newry-to-Dundalk roadway

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

By Ron Bygness The A1/N1 Newry-to-Dundalk link road is a cross-border, design-and-build route that runs between the Cloghoge roundabout, south of Newry, Northern Ireland, and the Ballymascanlon interchange, north of Dundalk, Republic of Ireland. The new road forms part of the main Dublin–Belfast c…
Grand Isle to get storm-surge protection before 2009 hurricane season

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

By Ron Bygness Ending more than a dozen years of debate regarding plans to upgrade storm-surge protection for Grand Isle, La., Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration signed an agreement in April with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for a $50 million project to rebuild the island’s decimated…
Strength without density: Geofoam at work on the CAS green roof

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

An innovative redesign transforms the California Academy of Sciences. By Shelby Gonzalez Introduction The California Academy of Sciences (CAS) in San Francisco has completed a transformation. Its innovative redesign has already gained international recognition as a cultural icon. Under one “living…
History of the Kam Kotia Mine

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

By Bruno Herlin, P.Eng. Introduction The former Kam Kotia Mine was in operation for several decades, rendering copper, zinc, and secondary silver and gold. The site is located in northeastern Ontario, within Robb Township, northwest of the city of Timmins. This abandoned site had approximately 6 mil…