GMA/IGS-NA to present webinar on geosynthetic-stabilized roads

November 2, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and IGS North America (IGS-NA) will sponsor a free webinar entitled “Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads: Introduction and Mechanisms,” on Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Geotextiles, geogrids and geocells have been used widely in roadway stabilization works throughout the world. In this webinar, Dr. Jie Han will …

Two Fleischmann amendments related to geosynthetics included in final FAA reauthorization

October 5, 2018

Two amendments introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., both related to geosynthetics, were included in the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2019 that was approved by both the House and Senate and sent to the White House. The House passed the legislation in May, and the Senate passed it 93-6 earlier this week. …

BOSTD America geogrid plant up and running in Oklahoma

September 28, 2018

BOSTD America’s new geogrid manufacturing plant is operational at the company’s American headquarters in Blackwell, Okla. The BOSTD Group, based in Europe, includes BOSTD International, BOSTD Geosynthetics and BOSTD America. It is a manufacturer of high-quality geogrids produced on a continuous-production line, as well as drainage nets and composites, geocomposites, asphalt reinforcement material and geocells …

AASHTO committee on construction appoints new chair, vice chair

July 30, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appointed Dallas Hammit and Amy Tootle as the chair and vice chair, respectively, for the group’s committee on construction, which ensures that AASHTO’s guide to specifications for construction is kept up-to-date with the latest best practices gathered from its state department of transportation members. Hammit …

Geogrid study initiative wins Center for Transportation Research Award

March 15, 2018

The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) selected Tensar International and its partners the winners of the 2018 CTS Research Partnership Award for their work on geogrid usage in paved road infrastructure, Tensar International said in a press release. The award recognizes a new pavement design and analysis tool, which enables geogrid benefits …

Underground gardens

August 1, 2015

Efficient landscape engineering and effective geosynthetic materials built Maple Garden Park In Taichung City, Taiwan, city dwellers wandering through Maple Garden Park are actually meandering below ground level. In November 2012, landscape engineers working with the aid of geosynthetic products converted a large hole in the heart of the city into an urban park oasis. …

ASTM announces new geogrid standard

July 21, 2015

A new geogrid test method from the standards organization, ASTM International, has been issued, according to a July 20 ASTM press release. The release said that the test described in the standard—D7864/D7864M, Test Method for Determining the Aperture Stability Modulus of Geogrids—will help ensure that geogrids meet product specific calibrated and validated levels of aperture …

Geosynthetics stabilize deteriorating mine roads

August 1, 2014

Improvements in wave transmission reduction for beach restoration By Branden Reall Introduction The roads of a mine are the arteries through which all products (and by-products) pass. Throughout the day, metals and materials are recovered and large trucks make repetitive, usually slow, trips up and down mine haul roads. While mining companies understand how processes …

Colombia gold mine MSE project

By Chip Fuller Introduction A Canadian firm, Continental Gold Ltd., is a precious metals mining company and it currently operates the largest gold mine in Colombia, the Buriticá project. Mining products provide approximately 20% of Colombia’s exports and 2.5% of its GDP. The Buriticá project covers more than 13,500 hectacres (33,345 acres) and is located …

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Void bridging with specialty geosynthetics and thin covers

By Brian Baillie Introduction Geologic or hydraulically formed cavities and sensitive utility trenches are sometimes a concern on construction, mining, and environmental containment sites. Naturally formed or man-made openings such as these can complicate the design and performance of overriding structures or create restrictions with site access. They can also create significant safety issues for …