Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) updates PVC geomembrane specification

September 30th, 2019

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) updated its Material Specification for New PVC Geomembranes, previously referred to as PGI 1104 and FGI 1117.  The new specification, FGI 9119, addresses camber or layflat, film gloss, shore hardness, and color deviation within a manufactured lot. The new specification introduces the FGI circumference test which measures the roll circumference...

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Thrace-LINQ completes expansion project

February 8th, 2019

Thrace-LINQ in Summerville, S.C., announced the completion of the installation of a new Andritz needlepunched nonwoven line. The Thrace Group invested more than $9 million in this project to satisfy the growing demand for high-performance nonwoven fabrics in North America. Courtesy Thrace-LINQ This state-of-the- art needlepunched nonwoven line was designed to produce world-class-quality fabrics for...

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Minnesota geomembrane durability study expanded

January 31st, 2019

More than twenty years ago, the founders of the PVC Geomembrane Institute (PGI) and the succeeding entity Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) set out to evaluate the long-term durability of geomembranes in actual field use. They wanted to exhume numerous samples of exposed geomembranes for testing on a periodic basis without ruining the integrity of the...

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Layfield launches gas barrier geomembrane

January 14th, 2019

Layfield Geosynthetics announced the release of VaporFlex® Premium geomembrane. VaporFlex® Premium is a 7-layer coextruded geomembrane barrier with an ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) core layer. This high-performance geomembrane is specifically designed to provide an ultra-low permeability gas barrier in a broad range of geoenvironmental applications. When compared to high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the VaporFlex® Premium was...

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SGS and Cipatex release new PVC geomembranes

December 3rd, 2018

Southern Geosynthetics Supplies Pty. Ltd (SGS) is now offering new Cipatex DG and Hipertech R geomembranes. Cipatex and SGS collaborated on the development of the new DG200 which is a 0.8mm PVC geomembrane bonded on either side with 200 gsm nonwoven geotextile. The composite material provides a geomembrane with extraordinary puncture and tear resistance, as well...

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Owens Corning releases TV show video on how RhinoMat is made

November 12th, 2018

Owens Corning’s RhinoMat reinforced composite geomembranes were featured on the Fox Business Channel TV show “Inside the Blueprint,” and Owens Corning has released the video of the program on YouTube. The video features the manufacturing, fabrication and installation process of RhinoMat. RhinoMat installs six times faster and has double the puncture resistance of conventional high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the company says....

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FGI is making free six-part short course available to public

October 16th, 2018

The Fabricated Geomembrane (FGI) is releasing the presentations from the Aug. 3 “Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications” short course as a six-part webinar series. Three webinars have been released, and three more will be released in the next few weeks. The webinars and release dates are: “Service Life of Geomembranes” by R. Kerry Rowe (9/11/18) “Testing...

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Owens Corning to present webinar on geosynthetic leachate reduction

October 9th, 2018

Owens Corning will host a free webinar “Geosynthetic Solutions for Waste Facility Leachate Reduction” on Oct. 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. The webinar will be taught by Andy Durham, senior geosynthetics engineer with Owens Corning. Managing landfills and waste disposal sites is challenging, especially as environmental regulations seem to constantly change. Geosynthetic...

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency updates geosynthetic liner guidelines for stormwater management

August 30th, 2018

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Minnesota PCA) revised and released new geosynthetic liner guidelines for stormwater management in August. Example of an impermeable liner for a stormwater best management practice. Photograph courtesy of the Philadelphia Water (PWD) Stormwater Management Guidance Manual The guidelines specify where liners are required and where liners are recommended, liner specifications...

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Appeals court orders EPA revisions to 2015 coal ash final rule

August 27th, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision Aug. 21 holding that the first-ever federal safeguards set by the Obama administration for coal ash dumps do not sufficiently protect communities and the environment from pollution from coal combustion residual (coal ash) waste. The court’s decision sided with public interest groups by...

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