A river runs through it: Displacement of Serbia’s Kolubara

June 1, 2007

The expansion of a massive Serbian coal mine requires moving a river. By Svetomir Prokic and Ronald K. Frobel Overview The Kolubara open pit mine is the largest and most critical supplier of lignite coal in the Republic of Serbia and a crucial component in that country’s emerging economy. The mine encompasses more than 600km2 …

Geotube technology project in India

A district irrigation department in West Bengal, India has initiated a geotextile tube project on an experimental basis in an effort to check coastline erosion. A 1-km test section on the Bay of Bengal coastline from Shankarpur to Jalda in the district of East Midnapore was installed this spring. The project, implemented to stop the …

Geocell, grid, and reinforced-soil in restoring eroded steep slopes

April 1, 2007

By Stan Boyle and Kathy Robertson Abstract In October 2003, stormwater overflows from an intense, short-duration storm eroded approximately 20,000 yds.3 of soil from the bottom and side slopes of a ravine between the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and a subdivision near Tacoma, Wash. The erosion ruptured two storm drains and left undermined slopes that continued …

Historic Fort Sheridan implements innovative ‘best-practices’ stormwater and landscape plan

Five years ago, a housing develoment company needed to prepare a stormwater management plan and design best management practices (BMP) for stormwater management at historic Fort Sheridan. The military base, situated on bluffs overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park, was in the midst of transformation from a …

Hereford Inlet seawall repair project

August 1, 2006

Marine mattresses on the seawall in New Jersey. North Wildwood, N.J. Location: Hereford Inlet is located on the New Jersey coastline, near the southeasternmost tip of the state, near Cape May. Application: This project involved reconstructing the inlet’s shoreline seawall (Photo 1). Portions of the structure were undermined by tidal scour and storm erosion. Failure …

Shoreline restored with geotextile tubes as submerged breakwaters

June 1, 2006

Back to the beach in Mexico. By Enrique Álvarez, Ramiro Rubio, Herbert Ricalde Abstract The beaches of the northern coast of Yucatan in Mexico have been in an erosion process that has dramatically increased in the past 15 years. Changes in the littoral dynamics, mainly due to human action, have generated a coastline regression rate, …

Ground rules

The imagination of the designer and the skills of the engineer combine for unique geosynthetics applications, from subsurface to rooftop. By Andrew Aho Geosynthetic materials entered the marketplace during the last third of the 20th century, and since then have increasingly become a staple for landscape architects and designers. By incorporating the creative use of …

Projects highlight progressive uses of geosynthetics

April 1, 2006

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 the problems with hilly building sites and are ever in search …