Sand-confinement grids from Geocell Systems

June 1, 2006

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 …

Initial feedback from CQA-ICP testing

By George R. Koerner and Robert M. Koerner During the course of three summers (1988, 1990, and 1992) a team of speakers was put together by Bob Landreth of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to travel to each of the EPA’s 10 regions to teach and to explain the agency’s regulations on landfill design. The …

A great story to tell

By Andrew Aho “You have a wonderful story to tell.” Those words came from a Washington, D.C. lobbyist after a meeting where I had presented an overview of the geosynthetics industry, the benefits of geosynthetic products, and the variety of geosynthetics applications. “And the timing couldn’t be better to tell it,” he added, given the …

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. …

New silt-fence installer ready

April 1, 2006

Burchland Mfg. LLC has announced the introduction of its XT-Series Silt Fence Installers. Designed to install 36-in. to 48-in. erosion-control fabric, Burchland XTs offer a 3-point hitch or quick-attach plate for mounting on tractors or skidsteers. The XTs install fabric to a choice of depth down to 20 in. and feature a transport lock, compression …