GeoDallas watch: Check out the lineup from the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center

July 31st

Workers pulling a reinforced composite geomembrane at the USACE’s Engineering Research and Development Center. Photograph courtesy Owens Corning GeoDallas is quickly approaching. On Oct. 16–17, 2018, the geotechnical community will gather to hear industry experts share case studies, technical lectures, short courses and panel discussions based on the conference’s theme “Geosynthetics in Transportation and Environmental...

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Testing a new method for mining-waste storage using polymer-enhanced geosynthetic clay liners

July 31st

FIGURE 1 Installation of a GCL at a tailings pond in South America. All photographs, graphs and illustrationscourtesy of Minerals Technologies Inc. Geosynthetic clay liners (GCL) and polymer-modified geosynthetic clay liners (PMG) are gaining favor for use in industrial waste disposal and ore-processing applications (Athanassopoulos et al. 2015, Donovan et al. 2016a, Donovan et al....

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AASHTO committee on construction appoints new chair, vice chair

July 30th

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appointed Dallas Hammit and Amy Tootle as the chair and vice chair, respectively, for the group’s committee on construction, which ensures that AASHTO’s guide to specifications for construction is kept up-to-date with the latest best practices gathered from its state department of transportation members. Hammit...

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PLOSAB s.r.o. shows cutting open of TenCate geotextile tube in YouTube video

July 27th

PLOSAB s.r.o., based in the Czech Republic, has released a YouTube video showing the cutting open of geotextile tube drainage bags filled with predominantly organic sediment. The video was shot about a week after the filling of the TenCate Geotubes. The company has been offering a comprehensive range of floating dredger services since 2007, and...

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Extreme Plastics Plus and Mustang Energy Services merge

July 27th

Extreme Plastics Plus (EPP) and Mustang Energy Services (Mustang) merged in July, creating one of the country’s largest environmental containment services companies. With a presence in most of the major domestic oil and natural gas basins in the country, the combined company will serve exploration and production operators across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West...

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IECA Region One becomes Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP)

July 26th

The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has been approved under the Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP) program, which is managed by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). “We’re excited to announce our acceptance as an RCEP provider,” Sharan Wilson, IECA executive director, said. “IECA strives to provide the most exceptional, relevant training...

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Fibertex Nonwovens makes a strategic acquisition in Brazil

July 25th

Headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark, Fibertex Nonwovens, a subsidiary of Schouw & Co., acquired all activities in the Brazilian-owned, nonwovens manufacturer DUCI. “For many years Fibertex Nonwovens has consolidated itself as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialized nonwovens,” said Jørgen Bech Madsen, CEO of Fibertex Nonwovens. “Now we have obtained a unique opportunity for...

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Western Excelsior and Gripple form supply partnership

July 25th

Western Excelsior Corp. and Gripple Inc. have signed an exclusive supply partnership agreement for the United States and Canada. Gripple provides products in the erosion control market, including high-performance anchoring systems. Western Excelsior and its subsidiary North American Green manufacture erosion control products, including short-term erosion control blankets and permanent high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The...

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John Clark to retire from Top Value Fabrics

July 24th

John Clark, senior sales consultant for Top Value Fabrics (TVF), Carmel, Ind., has announced his retirement date of August 3, 2018. Clark joined Top Value Fabrics in 1996 and played a vital role in growing the industrial and recreational textile divisions for the past 22 years. Along the way he was the point person for...

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Losberger DeBoer hires Justin Beckman as its West Coast sales representative

July 23rd

Modular clearspan manufacturer Losberger DeBoer, Frederick, Md., has hired Justin Beckman as the company’s West Coast sales representative. Beckman joins Losberger DeBoer with almost 20 years of event and tent experience. Starting as a stagehand, Beckman migrated to the event rental world in college. After attending Colorado State University, Justin owned and operated a tent...

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