Stacking GCL rolls

June 1st, 2022

Q: I have a question regarding the storage and handling of geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) rolls. The manufacturer allows stacking up to five GCL rolls. Is this okay? A: The answer depends on the subgrade under the stacked GCL rolls and the equipment you are using to handle the rolls. In a manufacturing plant, with […]

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Impregnation of GCLs

April 1st, 2022

Q: We are confused with the term “impregnation” as it relates to seaming geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). There are two types of impregnations: (1) Edge impregnation, and (2) complete nonwoven (cap layer) impregnation of GCLs. How does a manufacturer do this? A: The edge impregnation of GCLs (1) is done in the field by an […]

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GCL-GM geocomposite: Which end is up?

April 1st, 2022

Q: In a geosynthetic clay liner-geomembrane (GCL-GM) geocomposite, does it make any difference which side of the geocomposite is up: GM or clay? A: This is a very detailed question that is application specific. The following design details all need to be considered: Is the GCL-GM geocomposite used for a liner or a cover, is […]

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Geosynthetics for Alaska landfill closure

February 23rd, 2022

Solmax provides a combination of geosynthetics for Alaska landfill closure project with multiple geotechnical challenges. Installation of geosynthetics at the Homer Solid Waste Facility landfill in Alaska. Photograph courtesy of Solmax Kenai Peninsula Borough in southern Alaska needed to complete phase two of a landfill-closure project at its Homer (Alaska) Solid Waste Facility. This involved […]

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Landfill geosynthetics for abandoned Italian dump

February 7th, 2022

Landfill geosynthetics transform the abandoned dump near Cava De’Tirreni, Italy, into a green oasis in the heart of the Metelliana Valley. Installing landfill geosynthetics at the dump near Cava De’Tirreni, Italy. Photograph courtesy of Officine Maccaferri S.p.A. In 2018, a significant environmental recovery and securing plan began for the former municipal landfill for Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy, […]

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Sewn versus welded seams

February 1st, 2022

Q: On your GMA Techline website list of sample questions and answers, a question is asked about a recommendation for sewn versus welded seams for geotextiles. Bob Koerner answered this question by stating that you have done a study for joining geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) overlap seams via eight methods. Can you share that study […]

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Reinforced levees to induce seepage path around geogrid layers?

February 1st, 2022

FIGURE 1 Reinforced levee expansion over existing dike using geosynthetics The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has been asked many times regarding several applications for different styles of geogrids if reinforced levees will induce a seepage path adjacent to and around geosynthetic layers. At this point, GSI has no case histories where it can quantify such behavior […]

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GSI to host webinar on geosynthetics in heap leach mining

January 27th, 2022

Photograph courtesy of NAUE GmbH & Co. KG The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Geosynthetic Applications Used in Heap Leach Mining,” on Feb. 9, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The […]

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Geocomposite lines Anchorage Regional Landfill expansion project

December 13th, 2021

Photograph courtesy Solmax In 2020, the Solid Waste Services department (SWS) of Anchorage, Alaska, expanded the Anchorage Regional Landfill’s capacity by adding a new cell 9 and tying it to several existing cells in close proximity. Alaska Aggregate Products LLC (AAP) was awarded the geosynthetics and piping contract, and AAP chose Solmax to supply all […]

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Residual strength of a geosynthetic clay liner

October 1st, 2021

Q: I was wondering if I could get some input about the residual strength of a geosynthetic clay liner (GCL). We have lab results where it is “flatlining” for the residual case (Figures 1 and 2, and Tables 2–4). The GCL is proposed for use in a landfill cell with ultimately a maximum of 98 […]

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