Western Excelsior and Gripple form supply partnership

July 25, 2018

Western Excelsior Corp. and Gripple Inc. have signed an exclusive supply partnership agreement for the United States and Canada. Gripple provides products in the erosion control market, including high-performance anchoring systems. Western Excelsior and its subsidiary North American Green manufacture erosion control products, including short-term erosion control blankets and permanent high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The …

GSI’s Koerner to host webinar on slope stabilization using nailed or anchored geosynthetics

July 19, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “In-Situ Stabilization of Soil Slopes Using Nailed or Anchored Geosynthetics,” on Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course …

Cirtex video spotlights geotextiles in coastline protection

June 21, 2018

Cirtex, in Kopu, Thames, New Zealand, released a video on June 19, 2018, that showcases geotextiles used for filtration and erosion protection in coastline seawalls. Narrated by Cirtex civil and geotechnical engineer Michael Sorensen, the three-minute video takes the camera down below the boulders in seawalls to examine both properly specified geotextiles and improperly specified …

2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo abstracts due Friday

May 29, 2018

The deadline to submit abstracts for the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Conference and Expo, Feb. 19–22, 2019, in Denver, Colo., is this Friday, June 1, 2018, the association said.                 Speaking at the conference will allow participants to gain exposure for their work while providing advancements to the …

Army Corps apportions funding for short-term natural disaster recovery projects

May 24, 2018

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced short-term projects that it will complete with funding provided in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law Feb. 9, 2018. The act provides USACE a total of $17.398 billion in six appropriations accounts: Investigations; Construction; Mississippi River and Tributaries; Operation and …

Hanes Geo Components acquires DDD Erosion Control

May 22, 2018

On May 21, 2018, Hanes Geo Components, of Winston-Salem, N.C., announced the company had reached an agreement to acquire DDD Erosion Control Inc. of Ashburn, Ga. “DDD Erosion Control is a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of Silt Fence, a core product segment for Hanes Geo Components,” John Dowdell, president of Hanes Geo Components, …

ASTM releases new geosynthetic cementitious composite mat standard

March 27, 2018

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) released a standard March 26, 2018, for geosynthetic cementitious composite mats (GCCM), a new family of materials that can help control erosion, protect slopes and berms, and line ditches and culverts. The new standard (D8173) identifies proper layout, installation and hydration procedures for GCCM. It also describes …

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Wakeboarding lakes get synthetic turf revetments

October 1, 2014

Erosion control, turbid water addressed with new shoreline protection By Paul O’Malley Introduction The newly opened Terminus Wake Park is located within the LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center Complex in Emerson, Ga., just off Interstate 75, about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta. This park represents one of the latest examples in a growing trend …

Severe erosion compromises Florida road

April 1, 2014

TRM called on for erosion control in reconstruction of St. Joe Road By Jill Pack Introduction As Tropical Storm Debby made its way to Florida in June 2012, residents prepared for the power outages, supply shortages, and flooding that typically accompany storms of this predicted magnitude. As Debby made landfall, the heavy downpour saturated the …

IECA announces winner of technical paper award

September 4, 2013

Julie Etra and other award winners to be recognized in Nashville. The Denver, Colo.-based International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced in a Sept. 3 press release its winner of the Most Distinguished Technical Paper Award for Environmental Connection 2014. The paper by Julie Etra, principal of Western Botanical Services Inc. (Reno, Nev.), is titled “Effects …