Geocells protect wind turbine generator footings in India

October 1, 2018  |  Final Inspection

Soil erosion from wind and rainwater runoff was plaguing Suzlon Energy Ltd., exposing the foundations for its twenty wind energy generators (WTGs) at Behpur, Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, India. The foundations are circular footings set at shallow depths. Sites for WTGs are selected based on where the i…
Safe storage of mining waste focus of report

August 1, 2018  |  Containment, Final Inspection, News

In December 2017, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and GRID-Arendal, an organization that supports environmentally sustainable development in partnership with UN Environment and other collaborators, published “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident.” The report rec…
Final inspection: GRS–IBS bridge in place in 80 hours

June 1, 2018  |  Final Inspection

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) began work on the McCormick Quarry Bridge over Warren Avenue in East Providence on Sept. 23, 2016, using a geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS). According to the Federal Highway Administration and RIDOT, the techniq…
Geosynthetics: To protect and conserve water

April 1, 2018  |  Final Inspection

Geosynthetics are part of a flexible, cost-effective infrastructure that helps to treat, store and deliver clean water around the world. If you’ve had a glass of clean water today, you can likely thank a geosynthetic product. Geosynthetics perform behind-the-scenes work to ensure communities have …
ECTC releases RECPs specifications

February 1, 2018  |  Final Inspection

In August 2017, the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) updated its Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs) specification. The specifications include charts of product characteristics for mulch control nettings (MCNs), open weave textiles (OWTs), erosion control blankets (ECBs) and turf reinfo…
Final inspection: Civil penalties against polluters drop 60% under Trump

October 1, 2017  |  Final Inspection, News

An Aug. 10, 2017, report issued by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), indicates that, so far, President Donald J. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has collected 60% less in civil penalties than previous administrations had recovered from environmental violators on average by t…
Geosynthetics Conference 2019

October 1, 2017  |  Events, Final Inspection, News

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will host Geosynthetics (GEO) 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas, Feb. 10–13, 2019. More than 1,000 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, instructors and sponsors will attend the biennial conference’s plenary lectures, short courses,…
Final Inspection: FAA awards $527.8 million to airports

August 1, 2017  |  Final Inspection, News

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine Chao announced May 31, 2017, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $527.8 million in airport infrastructure grants to 584 airports across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The …
Final Inspection: IGS–NA Photo Contest winners

June 1, 2017  |  Final Inspection

The International Geosynthetics Society North American (IGS–NA) Chapter held the 2017 IGS North America Photo Contest this past winter. The first, second, and third place winners were announced at the Geotechnical Frontiers conference in Orlando, Fla., March 14, 2017. Photographs were required to …
Geotechnical Frontiers a Success

April 1, 2017  |  Final Inspection

The 2017 Geotechnical Frontiers conference in Orlando, Fla., drew thousands to “The City Beautiful” Mar. 12–15, 2017, for four days of plenary lectures, awards honoring distinguished geosynthetics experts and work on innovative geosynthetics projects, panel discussions, technical sessions base…