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A geosynthetic wrap-face vegetated wall system

October 1, 2020  |  Case Studies, Feature

For highway embankment construction  By Stanley M. Miller and Drew Loizeaux A recent creek enhancement project to facilitate the passage of bull trout in Pend Oreille County of northeastern Washington state required removal of a 6-foot (1.8-m) diameter concrete culvert (Figure 1), realignment o…
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CCR landfill final cover test pad—Part 2

October 1, 2020  |  Case Studies, Feature

By Nina J. Balsamo, John Massey-Norton, John R. Klamut, Terry Queen,Charles F. Straley and Mark R. Lehner An integrated drainage system (IDS) geomembrane, which provides both a low-permeability membrane and drainage space above the geomembrane, is being used in the final cover at a coal combustion r…
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Reinforced embankments for the causeway for a North Wales bridge project

October 1, 2020  |  Case Studies, Feature

By Patricia Guerra-Escobar  The Pont Briwet Project in Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales, U.K., consisted of the replacement of a historic timber trestle bridge with a new 446-foot (136-m) long concrete viaduct and the upgrade of the approach road to the north and south of the crossing (Figure 1). …
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CCR landfill final cover test pad—Part 1

August 1, 2020  |  Feature

By Nina J. Balsamo, John Massey-Norton, John R. Klamut, Terry Queen,Charles F. Straley and Mark R. Lehner An integrated drainage system (IDS) geomembrane, which provides both a low-permeability membrane and drainage space above the geomembrane, is being used in the final cover at a coal combustion r…
Innovative geosynthetic solution saves 106-year-old Panama Canal structures

August 1, 2020  |  Case Studies, Feature

By Tom Stephens and Nicolas Ruiz The Panama Canal opened for business 106 years ago and was hailed as the eighth wonder of the world and an engineering marvel. It has become the most consequential global waterway ever constructed. Since 1914, more than a million ships of all sizes have passed throug…
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PVC sheet piling for cutoff and containment barriers

August 1, 2020  |  Feature

By Brendan Sheppard and Steve Hargrave Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet piling (Figure 1) has been used for more than 25 years in bulkheads throughout the United States and beyond as a replacement for steel, concrete and timber materials due to the high corrosion resistance it offers in marine environ…
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Enhanced moisture management of pavement systems through capillary suction

June 1, 2020  |  Feature

By René B. Laprade and John M. Lostumbo Moisture within pavement layers is a principal cause of pavement deterioration (Cedergren 1994, Christopher and McGuffey 1997, Henry and Holtz 2001). Specific problems associated with moisture include (1) reduction in pavement strength caused by excess water …
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Assessment of condition of an uncovered geosynthetic landfill bottom liner system

June 1, 2020  |  Feature

By James L. Hanson and Nazlı Yeşiller Composite liner systems consisting of geomembranes (GMs) placed over geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) commonly are used for containment applications. Such systems are used in base liners for ponds, reservoirs, basins and canals, and bottom and cover liner syste…
High-strength geocell and geogrid hybrid reinforcement

June 1, 2020  |  Case Studies, Feature

Compressor station gravel pad on soft subgrade By Sanat Pokharel, Timothy Yii, Marc Breault and Meisam Norouzi Infrastructure development in natural resources rich Alberta, Canada, often encounters very soft ground conditions that pose several construction and sustainability challenges to transporta…
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Geosynthetic strip MSE wall at Point Defiance Marina

April 1, 2020  |  Case Studies, Feature

By Paul C. Frankenberger and Robert Lozano  This article will focus on a geosynthetic strip mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall case study using discrete geosynthetic strips with large precast facing panels (Figure 1), an innovation of the original MSE invention. The system is the Highway …