Erosion control using concrete-enhanced synthetic turf

February 1st, 2020

By Bradford H. Cooley and Bryan Scholl Concrete-enhanced synthetic turf (CEST) is a hardened revetment system best described as a fiber-reinforced, flexible concrete liner. It consists of a high-friction, impermeable geomembrane layer overlain by an engineered synthetic turf, which is infilled with a 5,000 psi (3.45 × 107 Pa) high-strength cementitious mix. The turf fibers […]

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designates priorities for disaster relief funding

October 1st, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced work that it will accomplish with Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies, Operation and Maintenance, and Mississippi River and Tributaries account funding provided for emergency recovery efforts in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019, Public Law 116-20. The act was signed into law June 6, 2019. […]

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Reinforcing dunes and bluffs with geosynthetics

October 1st, 2019

By Brian Maggi, Christopher D. P. Baxter, Aaron Bradshaw, Annette Grilli and Naser Al Naser The devastating effects of recent hurricanes and nor’easters highlight the need to improve the resilience of coastal communities. There is a trend toward implementing “soft” engineering solutions such as dunes reinforced with geotextile sand containers (GSCs) or coastal bluffs stabilized […]

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USACE shares infrastructure suggestions

October 17th, 2018

Jeb Tingle, senior research engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss., delivered the plenary address at GeoDallas on Oct. 17 on “Advancing the Nation’s Infrastructure: The USACE Role.” “There’s a big role for research and innovation,” Tingle said. “Doing business as usual won’t give […]

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GeoDallas Watch: 2018 GeoDallas schedule announced

June 1st, 2018

June World Environmental & Water Resources Congress June 3–7 | Minneapolis, Minn. Hosted by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress brings together the top environmental and water resources infrastructure professionals. Topics include erosion and sediment control, numerical modeling, hydraulic […]

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Army Corps apportions funding for short-term natural disaster recovery projects

May 24th, 2018

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced short-term projects that it will complete with funding provided in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law Feb. 9, 2018. The act provides USACE a total of $17.398 billion in six appropriations accounts: Investigations; Construction; Mississippi River and Tributaries; Operation and […]

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DFI and EFFC announce keynote lecturers and invited speakers for the International Conference on Deep Foundations and Ground Improvement in Rome

March 14th, 2018

On March 14, 2018, the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and the European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) announced the keynote lecturers and the invited speakers for the 2018 DFI-EFFC International Conference on Deep Foundations and Ground Improvement at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, June 5–8, 2018.                 Eight […]

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USACE proposes Houston flood control study

January 25th, 2018

On Jan. 21, 2018, the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) advocated producing a comprehensive study of flooding in the Houston, Texas, metropolitan area after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and other major flooding events in the last few years. The study, dubbed the Metropolitan Houston Regional Watershed Assessment, would look at […]

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