Construction of polyethylene plant in Qatar

August 1, 2006

Construction of a $3.2 billion plant to produce polyethylene is under way at Mesaieed Industrial City, about 25 miles south of Doha in Qatar. The Qatofin plant will produce about 450,000 tons of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) per year. The plant’s operations are expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2008. The facility is …

In Memoriam: Ronald P. Marsh

Ron Marsh of Gastonia, NC, died June 20, 2006. A fixture in the geosynthetics industry since the 1970s, Marsh had retired from Huesker Inc. earlier this year. He was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in March and underwent surgery. He died at home without pain the morning of Tuesday, June 20, according to a …

Geofoam used in Kentucky road rehab

June 1, 2006

An innovative highway rehabilitation project in northern Kentucky has utilized a geofoam fill system to stabilize the roadbed. The project was unusual because of a new approach to stopping chronic road slippage. A 1-mile stretch of Kentucky Highway 8 in Campbell County was bolstered with geofoam instead of infill dirt to prevent slippage. Geofoam, used …

Sand-confinement grids from Geocell Systems

In the wake of the floods following Hurricane Katrina, officials are working to figure out how to prepare and respond to other natural disasters involving flooding, and the need for improved water barriers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is now in the process of testing new, so-called “super-levees.” The first series of modular …

Propex names Dana new CEO

Joseph F. Dana was named president and CEO of Propex Fabrics Inc., effective March 20, 2006. He was also appointed a director of the company. Dana, who was previously vice president and chief of North American operations, joined Propex when it acquired SI Concrete Systems Corp. and SI Geosolutions Corp. on Jan. 31, 2006. Dana, …

Geosynthetics: U.S. demand will continue to grow

U.S. demand for geosynthetics is forecast to advance 4.1% per year to 865 million yd.2 in 2006, according to The Freedonia Group Inc. Demand will be driven by growing consumer awareness of the benefits of geosynthetics in various applications, fueled by an ongoing consumer education effort on the part of manufacturers and industry organizations. The …

Biodegradable staple system introduced

American Excelsior Co. and Uzet World Dublin have partnered to introduce e-Staple to the erosion-control industry. The devices offer an option in biodegradation from cold to warm conditions and will not soften during storage through humidity pickup. The e–Staple product can also be used on coastal erosion installation projects and for sod as well, and …

GMA offers new level of membership

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) is now offering a new level of membership for distributors of geosynthetics. The GMA Executive Council recently approved a measure that opened the door for membership to distributors of geosynthetic materials. “Distributors play a vital role in the geosynthetics industry,” said Ernie English, chairman of the GMA Executive Council. “Their …

Geosynthetics: Update from Korea

The infusion of geosynthetics in Korea has been accomplished in a relatively short time. A look at potential growth, research, and markets. By Han-Yong Jeon 1. Introduction The geosynthetics industry in Korea is a promising field for investment and development. Many types of domestic geosynthetic products are produced and their applications and end uses are …

Ecosystems, soil present challenges for levees

There is no shortage of challenges to building hurricane protection in Gulf Coast USA. Soils are so soft that it’s difficult to get the land to support massive levees. The landscape itself continues to sink through natural and man-made processes. And a fragile ecosystem of coastal marshland likely will be affected by whatever is built. …