Geosynthetics solve the unique needs of wind energy projects

September 7th, 2021

How to select geosynthetics for wind farms? As energy demands continue to rise throughout the world, renewable energy projects such as wind farms are taking off both locally and globally.  Turbines of the Altamont Pass Wind Farm, Altamont Pass, Calif. Photograph by Eric Molina, Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en The 2021 United Nations’ Intergovernmental Report on Climate […]

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GSI to host webinar on lifetime predictions of nonexposed and exposed geosynthetics

August 27th, 2021

Photograph courtesy of NAUE GmbH & Co. KG The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Lifetime Predictions of Nonexposed and Exposed Geosynthetics,” on Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. A most […]

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What role can plastics and geogrids play in sustainability?

July 21st, 2021

By Andrew Lees, Senior Application Technology Manager, Tensar Corp. Tensar geogrids helped reduce carbon footprint at Beverley Waste Water Treatment Works in Beverley, England, by 40%. Photograph courtesy of Tensar Corp. Recently, President Joseph R. Biden hosted a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate—proof, if any is required, that sustainability continues to be a key issue around […]

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Titan launches R & D project with McGill University’s Geo-Group

July 7th, 2021

Titan is thrilled to continue its research partnership with McGill University’s Geo-Group in Montreal, Que., Canada, a group made up of graduates, researchers, technical and academic staff involved in geotechnical engineering research and teaching. Titan proudly supports this industry initiative through in-kind financial contributions, testing materials, and technical support from the company’s chief technology officer […]

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Mining tailings management with geosynthetics

June 30th, 2021

Tailings are by-products, the materials that remain after the process of separating the target mineral from the uneconomic fraction of an ore. They are different from the waste rock or other material that overlies an ore or mineral body, which are displaced during mining without being processed. Tailings can be liquid, solid or a slurry […]

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Innovation in the construction industry

June 28th, 2021

By Bryan Gee, director of education and training, Tensar International The construction industry has a long history of innovation. From the Romans paving the way for our modern road infrastructure to technological breakthroughs like the building information modeling (BIM) system, we have come a long way from breaking the wheels of our horse-drawn carriages in rutted dirt roads. […]

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GSI to host webinar on geosynthetics used in paved and unpaved roads

June 7th, 2021

Beginning in the 1930s, geotextiles and then geogrids have been used in unpaved and paved roads for the purposes of reduced stone base thicknesses and improved serviceability. For use as unpaved road reinforcement, the theory is developed to the point that the benefit/cost of using geotextiles or geogrids can be assessed. This application is very […]

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Anchors, tie-rods and whalers

April 1st, 2021

Q: We are having issues related to obstructions in the reinforced zone of our mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls. In the first case, there is a rock outcrop that is limiting the length of the geogrid reinforcement. In the second case, we have a drop-down inlet structure to divert stormwater, which is in the […]

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The GMA Techline

August 1st, 2020

Seaming dissimilar geomembranes Q: I kindly request your technical support in the questions below: A nonpolyethylene geomembrane was used in phase 1 of the tailings dam waterproofing system of a gold mine. For the expansion (phase 2), the use of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane is being evaluated. How can the HDPE geomembrane join the bituminous […]

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High-strength geocell and geogrid hybrid reinforcement

June 1st, 2020

Compressor station gravel pad on soft subgrade By Sanat Pokharel, Timothy Yii, Marc Breault and Meisam Norouzi Infrastructure development in natural resources rich Alberta, Canada, often encounters very soft ground conditions that pose several construction and sustainability challenges to transportation infrastructure, such as roads, rails and pipelines. As the conventional construction practices may not always […]

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