Transitioning the mining industry to sustainability with geosynthetics

December 31st, 2021

By Michael Dickey, P.E., Director, Presto Geosystems Geocells at a mining site. Photograph courtesy of Presto Geosystems Mined materials are essential to our everyday lives. We use these valuable minerals in nearly every sector of the economy—they are necessary to construct roads and buildings, manufacture vehicles, build computers and generate electricity. Additionally, the mining industry […]

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Geotextile covers preserve glacier resources

December 30th, 2021

How geotextiles preserve natural snow and ice from melting in summer In this photograph, the geotextile-covered glacier to the right shows approximately 14.8 feet (4.5 m) of snow from the last winter season. To the left, an area that was not covered shows that the snow has melted down to the bare rocks. Photograph courtesy […]

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Pavement base reinforcement with geocells and geotextiles at a railway distribution facility

December 29th, 2021

Installation of geotextile and GEOWEB panels. Photograph courtesy of Presto Geosystems In 2018, BNSF Orillia Railway began making extensive upgrades to its automotive distribution facility in Renton, Wash. The upgrades were required to support the increased demand for new automobiles. As new-car sales soared, so did the demand for rail capacity for vehicle shipments arriving […]

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Fabricated Geomembrane Institute issues guideline for desert installation of fabricated geomembrane panels

December 28th, 2021

Fabricated geomembranes at a lithium mine in Chile. Photograph courtesy of the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) has issued this guideline to provide recommendations for installation and maintenance of fabricated geomembrane panels in desert environments, such as desert mining applications in North and South America. Guidelines for deploying geomembranes in elevated temperature […]

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Slope stability with geocells at a New Zealand playground

December 27th, 2021

Photograph courtesy of Cirtex Aronia Park is a colorful new playground in South Auckland, New Zealand, that includes two multihued slides. The challenge arose with the specified topsoil thickness for the steep slope beneath the slides. There was a risk of the slope soil sliding off and requiring costly repair. Greenscene, the contractor, approached Cirtex […]

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International Geosynthetics Society announces call for candidates for IGS Council and officers

December 24th, 2021

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), in accordance with its bylaws, will hold elections in 2022. IGS members will have the opportunity to elect nine council members, a president and a vice president. Each of the elected members will serve a four-year term, beginning on Sept. 3, 2022. The council is the governing body of the IGS, […]

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Eastman Machine Company announces executive promotions

December 23rd, 2021

Eastman Machine Company, a family-owned and operated business since 1888, has announced multiple executive staff promotions. With the new year, R. Trevor Stevenson will take on the role of president and Steven F. Calzi as chief operating officer. Stevenson’s career at Eastman started in 2004 as a technician and advanced to the executive team in […]

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GSI to host webinar on geosynthetics in hydraulic applications

December 23rd, 2021

A 30-mil (0.8-mm) polyvinyl chloride (PVC) geomembrane with a 10-ounces-per-square-yard (339-g/m2) nonwoven geotextile cushion is installed for a stormwater/erosion control project in Harrisburg, Pa. Photograph courtesy of ACF Environmental The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Geomembranes in Hydraulic Applications (dams, canals, reservoirs, tunnels, pipes),” on Jan. 12, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 […]

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Submit Tools, Tips and Tricks ideas

December 22nd, 2021

Organizers of the Marine Fabricators Conference 2022, being held Jan. 13–15, 2022, at the Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C., are seeking tips, how-to ideas and DIY techniques that benefit the marine fabrication industry. Qualified entries appear in Marine Fabricator magazine, and prizes for first, second and third place are presented at the Awards […]

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Forty-year-old Texas Reinforced Earth dam gets artistic facelift

December 22nd, 2021

Photograph courtesy Steve Lewis Woodhollow Dam in Austin, Texas, was built between April and December of 1979 to control flash flooding in an Austin, Texas, neighborhood. This first dam constructed of Reinforced Earth MSE Retaining Walls in the United States created a buzz in the community and even had a visit from the inventor of the […]

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