Geocells and geotextiles for separation/reinforcement at an oil-drilling platform

April 1, 2022  |  Final Inspection

An Angle Energy Inc. oil drilling platform in northern Canada required year-round access for equipment to service and maintain a conventional wellsite pad. Several new wells were to be drilled on this pad, and since this location was not connected to a pipeline, continual heavy tanker truck traffic …
Next-generation geogrid installed under a paved road

October 1, 2021  |  Final Inspection

In April 2021, Rantoul Foods in Rantoul, Ill., was undergoing an expansion of its building and grounds. A daily, continuous flow of semitrucks delivering livestock required a paved road designed to last. High-quality techniques prevailed throughout construction of the new facility, and the same high…
Bituminous geomembrane for a South Australian mine

June 1, 2021  |  Case Studies, Final Inspection, News

The Oz Minerals Carrapateena mine is a copper-gold project located 99 miles (160 km) north of Port Augusta in South Australia. The ore is processed on-site to produce a gold-copper concentrate. A lined tailings storage facility (TSF) was required to receive the tailings by-product and protect the su…
Solmax liners help secure 10-day build of Wuhan hospital

April 1, 2021  |  Final Inspection

In late January 2020, just before the Chinese Lunar New Year, the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in large areas of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The city went into lockdown on Jan. 23, 2020, with the Wuhan Urban and Rural Construction Bureau calling for the rapid construction of a hospital like the one…
Kanai Resort shoreline protection and beach creation

February 1, 2021  |  Final Inspection

The Kanai Resort shoreline protection project had three distinct phases utilizing sand-colored geotextile tubes. The first phase was to install a natural-appearing shoreline protection structure with a height of 8.2 feet (2.5 m) to protect the entire 1 mile (1.7 km) of the resort shoreline. Next, th…
Mechanically stabilized earth wall with simulated tablets as facade

October 1, 2020  |  Final Inspection

By César Roldán Acosta The strategic geographical location of the state of Mexico forces a constant interaction with the economic activities of Mexico City. For this reason, it is critically important to keep the roads linking several towns throughout the state in good condition. The Secretaría d…
Geosynthetics Conference 2021 short course lineup announced

August 1, 2020  |  Final Inspection

By Barbara J. Connett The Geosynthetics Conference 2021 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the Short Course Roster. These half-day in-depth courses feature detailed instruction in a small group setting. All courses provide four professional development hours (PDHs) and are included with ful…
Stabilization and reinforcement of wind farm access roads with geosynthetics

October 1, 2019  |  Final Inspection

This project is the construction of the first commercial-scale wind farm in North Carolina. It was for a renewable power generation facility providing clean energy. Constructing the wind farm required subgrade stabilization and reinforcement for more than 60 miles (97 km) of access roads that needed…
Expansion of the Annacis wastewater treatment facility

August 1, 2019  |  Final Inspection

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is expected to grow to a total population of 3.4 million by 2041—an increase of about 1 million residents. The increased population will weigh heavily on the city’s existing infrastructure, requiring upgrades or new developments to fill the gap. A key initiat…
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust foundation improvement

June 1, 2019  |  Final Inspection

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust needed a foundation improvement solution for its new and innovative earth-sheltered facility. Jon Irvine, the project engineer, of Irvine Geotechnical Inc., suggested using a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) mattress as an affordable alternative to overexca…