Cost estimate data

June 1, 2007

From the GMA Techline Subject: Cost estimate data In 2006, we completed a 30-acre pond (depth, approximately 30 ft.), and now we want to estimate the cost for a pond of similar size for a construction start in November 2007. For estimating purposes, are you able to suggest a percentage increase that we should use …

Geomembrane raincoat liners in the mining heap leach industry

April 1, 2007

By Allan J. Breitenbach and Mark E. Smith Introduction Raincoat liner (RCL) terminology is used in the mining heap leach industry in reference to a temporary exposed geomembrane cover (EGC) that minimizes rain stormwater infiltration into the ore heap fill and diverts cover surface storm runoff to the natural drainages (see Thiel and Smith, 2004, …

Massive mining evaporation ponds constructed in Chilean desert

February 1, 2007

The Salar de Atacama in Chile is the site of the largest PVC geomembrane installation in the world—more than 16 million m2 utilized in mining operations since 1996. By Dominic Berube,1 Patrick Diebel,2 Andre Rollin,3 and Timothy D. Stark4 The largest PVC geomembrane installation in the world is so immense that it can be seen …

Membrane seams addressed in new ASTM standard

The increased use of geomembranes as barrier materials to restrict liquid migration created a need for a test method to evaluate the quality of geomembrane seams produced by tape methods. ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has met this need with the approval of the new standard D 7272, Test Method for Determining the Integrity …

Using structured geomembranes in final solid-waste landfill closure designs

By Ronald K. Frobel, MSCE, P.E. Introduction Slope failures on final cover systems for solid-waste landfills have been well-documented during the past 20 years with many failures of note within the past three years. Sliding failures have occurred despite known geotechnical reasons for failures and known design methods to avoid slope failures. Many of these …

New Firestone RPP geomembrane

October 1, 2006

Firestone Specialty Products has introduced a reinforced polypropylene membrane—MultiLiner RPP Geomembrane—a flexible, heat-weldable, polyester-reinforced membrane, for installers seeking another option for industrial and municipal liners, floating covers, and water-conservation applications. Benefits of MultiLiner RPP include: puncture resistance, no stress cracking or crazing after accelerated weathering, low water-vapor permeance and water absorption, and flexibility, according to …

Floating cover system used for evaporation and algae control at Australian winery pond

Problem: An Australian vineyard was experiencing significant evaporation loss, as well as algae growth, from an on-site irrigation pond. To address the situation, a floating cover system for the pond was designed and installed at the vineyard in the Barossa wine region northeast of Adelaide in the state of South Australia. Floating covers can be …

Waterproofing membrane liner for a salt storage building

From the GMA Techline Subject: Waterproofing membrane liner for a salt storage building We are required to specify the above to be installed beneath an asphalt pavement floor of a proposed salt storage facility. What would be an appropriate product and specification for installation in accordance with best industry practices? (Colin from New York) Reply: …

Designing for geoelectrical liner integrity and leak-location surveys

August 1, 2006

What to look for (and to look out for!) when designing lining systems for electrical integrity/leak-location surveys. By Ian D. Peggs As the need to perform geoelectrical liner integrity (for CQA) and leak-location (problem resolution) surveys becomes more of a regulated requirement, it becomes more necessary to design lining systems so that single and primary …

Rejuvenated reservoir will irrigate world-famous golf courses

April 1, 2006

More than 21 acres of geomembrane help revive Pebble Beach’s Forest Lake Reservoir. Originally constructed in the late 19th century, a reservoir near a scenic stretch of California coastline underwent a dramatic transformation last year, and is now poised to serve the irrigation needs of the 21st century Pebble Beach community. Located on California’s beautiful …