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Debris barrier keeps creek wild, beautiful and safe

September 1, 2012

A Canadian creek gets geosynthetic reinforced soil walls to prevent large-debris flooding. By Alex Strouth, Mark Pritchard, David Roche and Calvin VanBuskirk Picturesque Fitzsimmons Creek flows through the heart of Whistler, B.C., Canada—about 80 miles north of Vancouver, and it was one of the sites for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Few visitors to Whistler realize …

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EPT XTRM Ply geomembrane products

April 1, 2012

EPT XTRM™ Ply geomembrane products are offered in a full range of polymers such as polyester, polyether urethanes, TPO polypropylene, PVC and ethylene interpolymer alloy (EIA). Available as reinforced membranes or sheeting, they can be used in a variety of applications including potable water storage and protection, coal ash liners, retention ponds, canal liners and …

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Roadway reinforcement product from TenCate

Mirafi® RS580i is an orange roadway reinforcement product that uses dual layers and uniform openings to provide consistent filtration and drainage. Utilizing high tensile modulus properties, it is suited for base course reinforcement and subgrade stabilization of roads, runways and haul roads, and it works well on soft foundations for linear support. Mirafi H2Ri is …

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Contaminated lake sediments meet geotextile tubes

Onondaga Lake, northwest of Syracuse, N.Y., will be the site of the largest geotextile tube project ever attempted in North America, and TenCate Geosynthetics Americas, Pendergrass, Ga., will provide TenCate Geotube® containers to complete the massive Superfund cleanup. A century of industrial activity, in which factories pumped waste products directly into the lake, left Onondaga …

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Geotextiles reinforce another great wall in China

[TenCate Geosynthetics] Almelo, The Netherlands TenCate Geosynthetics used geotextiles to reinforce locally available soil fill in the construction of an extensive retaining wall supporting a new coal processing plant at the Hetaoyu Coal Mine Complex in Gansu Province, China. Approximately one km long, 30 meters high and 140 meters wide, the wall traverses rugged, sloped …

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Reinforcement system helps prevent landslides in Taiwan

[Ace Geosynthetics] Taiwan Mountains cover more than 70 percent of Taiwan and a massive transportation system is essential for cargo transport. The Taiwan Ministry of Transportation had devised a temporary solution to drain out excess water in a steep slope in Nantou County in central Taiwan, but landslides instigated by torrential rains caused major damage …

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Synthetic landfill cover made out of geosynthetics

[Agru America Inc.] Georgetown, S.C., U.S.A. The company that owns and operates a landfill in Missouri installed a new synthetic closure consisting of three primary components: two layers of woven geotextiles with tufted UV-resistant polyethylene grass that is laid over a 50-millileter LLDPE structured drainage geomembrane and sand infill. The geomembrane layer serves as the …

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The largest lagoon liner

March 1, 2012

A 350-acre geomembrane liner project was completed last year in Kazakhstan—in record time. An oil company in Kazakhstan planned to line a 350-acre (1,400,000 square meters) lagoon to contain process liquid waste, and was resigned to a three-year time frame for construction in the rugged and wintry climate of the former Soviet Socialist Republic. Geosynthetic …

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Geomembranes offer high performance

February 1, 2012

With the EPT Xtrm Pl geomembranes from Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT), Hillside, N.J., fabricators can reduce the number of seams needed and still maintain high product performance. Suitable for potable water storage and protection, coal ash liners, retention ponds, land fill and solid waste containment, tunnel and canal liners, fuel and water storage tanks, flexible …

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Ken Robinson’s commitment to employees pays off

Ken Robinson leverages economics and human resource strategies to increase productivity. By Sigrid Tornquist “One of the most universally disliked classes I took while pursuing my MBA at Tulane University was one about human resources,” says Ken Robinson, president of Engineered Textile Products Inc. (ETP) in Mobile, Ala. “But even while I was taking the …