Geomembrane used at South Africa’s first black-woman-owned manganese mine

July 19th, 2017

A geomembrane provided by Zambia’s Kaytech Engineered Fabrics and installed by South Africa’s Aquatan Lining System was used at the Kalagadi Mine, near Hotazel, Northern Cape province, South Africa, about 675 miles (1,085 km) northeast of Cape Town. Kalagadi is the first manganese mine owned by a South African black woman, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, known as […]

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Owens Corning introduces GeoLap™ adhesive tape

July 11th, 2017

On July 11, 2017, Owens Corning announced the introduction of GeoLap™ adhesive tape, a taping solution designed specifically for RhinoMat® and RhinoSkin® geomembrane applications. By incorporating high-strength adhesive, extra width and thickness, GeoLap™ is meant for geomembrane patching, repair, and protection, Owens Corning said. “The development of Owens Corning GeoLap adhesive tape demonstrates the company’s […]

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South Carolina DOT gets funding to support 10-year infrastructure plan

July 10th, 2017

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) released a decade-long plan designed to rebuild decayed roads and replace structurally deficient bridges across the state. The South Carolina General Assembly passed the Roads Bill, which went into effect on July 1, 2017, allowing SCDOT to launch their plan. Under the Roads Bill, the state’s gas tax […]

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GSI offers webinar on in-situ stabilization of slopes using anchored geosynthetics

July 6th, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “In-Situ Stabilization of Soil Slopes Using Nailed or Anchored Geosynthetics,” on July 6, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The sliding of soil slopes in the form of localized landslides represents an annual loss of $2 to 5 billion in America, not to mention […]

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Protecting geomembranes from animal damage

June 1st, 2017

Resisting animal and insect attacks on geomembranes is an interesting problem. Geomembrane installers and manufacturers have had numerous geomembranes damaged by bears, deer, coyotes, birds, beavers, and ground squirrels (Figures 1 and 2). In most cases, the damage is incidental to something else the animal is seeking. Deer damage the liner with their hooves trying […]

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Geosynthetics Materials Association News

June 1st, 2017

GMA honors Dr. Robert M. Koerner and Dr. George Koerner On March 14 in Orlando, Fla., the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) hosted the inaugural Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. Established by GMA in 2016, the award and lecture series is given to an individual who has had a measurable impact on the geosynthetics […]

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GSI offers webinar on geosynthetics in heap leach mining

April 19th, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Geosynthetic Applications Used in Heap Leach Mining,” on April 26, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The chemical extraction of precious metals from low grade ore and tailings has been ongoing since the 1950s. Gold, silver and copper are the general targets, wherein heaps […]

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2017 State of the Specialty Fabrics Industry

April 1st, 2017

The U.S./Canadian geosynthetics market includes geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells, and erosion control materials. In 2016, the size of the U.S./Canadian geosynthetics market was $2.6 billion, up 3.5% over 2015. It is expected to swell to $2.7 billion in 2017, up 4% compared to 2016. In a survey of Geosynthetic Materials […]

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Part 1: Functions and applications of geosynthetics in roadways

February 1st, 2017

Introduction The geosynthetic products most commonly used in roadway systems include geotextiles (woven and nonwoven) and geogrids (biaxial and multiaxial), although erosion-control products, geocells, geonets (or geocomposite drainage products), and geomembranes have also been incorporated in a number of projects. These various types of geosynthetics can be used to fulfill one or more specific functions […]

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FGI Award to Hilts Consulting

October 6th, 2016

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign), presented its inaugural Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award to the Yorba Linda, Calif.-based Hilts Consulting Group Inc. The award was presented April 11, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. during the Geo-Americas conference. The FGI Award provides recognition for engineers who have creatively used fabricated geomembranes […]

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