In September 2009, building contractors floated two 660-ton pipelines onto the Ruhr River.
As supplies drop and demand rises, governments, companies and individuals look for cost-effective ways to save a limited resource.
Marco Sánchez turns a thesis project into a thriving business.
Blue Boar Contracts had a contract to deepen canals—and extract tons of sediment slurry for removal.
TenCate Geosynthetics, Pendergrass, Ga., recently received a U.S. patent for its Miramesh® SG woven geosynthetic.
TenCate Geosynthetics has introduced MiraSpec Design Solutions Software.
"Energy. Experiment. Experience,” a conference held by Bauhaus University Weimar’s Department of Civil Engineering, featured the first public test of stone columns reinforced with Secugrid® geogrid.
The interaction between geotextiles and aggregates is important.
Waste management firm Republic Services Inc., Phoenix, Az., has transferred its patent pending to Carlisle Energy Services to develop and market innovative solar landfill covers.
The United Nations established the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) as a financial entity supporting projects in developing countries, and the CFC awarded two million dollars to a five-year project to develop jute geotextiles in India and Bangladesh.
On August 7, 2009 Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan with unrelenting rain and wind that proved to be the deadliest typhoon ever to strike the island nation.
Cancun on the Caribbean coast is the most important beach resort in Mexico and famous worldwide for its magnificent beaches.
Infrastructure development and construction in Russia, China and India will drive global demand for 6.9 billion square yards of geosynthetic fabric by 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc., San Jose, Calif.
The Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., retrofitted the first green roof on an arena and the largest extensive green roof on an existing building in the world.
While U.S. geosynthetics suppliers and distributors assess 2009’s lackluster performance, they can also look forward to the possibility of meaningful improvements before the end of this year.
Geosynthetics are a family of civil engineering materials. Their use has expanded rapidly into nearly all areas of civil, geotechnical, environmental, coastal and hydraulic construction. Many durable polymers (plastics) common to everyday life are found in geosynthetics. The most common are polyolefins and polyester, although rubber, fiberglass and natural materials are sometimes used. However, more that 90% of geosynthetics are made of polypropylene.
Since their introduction in the late 1960s, geosynthetics have proven to be versatile and cost-effective ground modification materials. Geosynthetics also have become essential elements as barriers in environmental and hydraulic applications.
There are more that 40 manufacturers of geosynthetics that provide products for the North American marketplace. More than half of the manufacturers are located in the southeastern U.S. or Texas. The industry provides more than 12,000 jobs in the U.S. in manufacturing, fabrication, distribution and installation.
GMA has conducted a market survey since 1996. Survey participation has been open to manufacturing members of the association who report product shipped. The majority of geosynthetic manufacturers participate in the survey.
In 2008, a panel knowledgeable of the market analyzed the GMA data collected. This panel developed the GMA Geosynthetics Market Report by adding to it an estimation of product produced by manufacturers that had not reported in the GMA market survey. The result is the GMA Geosynthetics Market Report-the most comprehensive and accurate measure of the geosynthetic market in the U.S. and Canada.
Learn more and purchase this report at GMA Geosynthetics Market Report.