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Turf system reuses water for drinking, irrigation

January 1, 2012

The Open Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (OICAM) in Nijverdal, The Netherlands, opened its doors in early July to promote the sharing of knowledge, research and development of advanced materials. OICAM’s first demonstration project, GreenSource, combines synthetic turf and water filtration technologies to allow sports facilities to treat and re-use water for turf maintenance, landscaping …

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GAO to study geosynthetics lifecycle

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), have requested the independent, nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study lifecycle costs and benefits of incorporating geosynthetics into pavement projects. “The use of innovative materials in pavements has the potential to help address issues within the pavement …

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Geosynthetics play critical role in New Orleans’ levee system

By Angelle Bergeron Geosynthetic materials have figured prominently in providing New Orleans with the best flood protection the city has ever had. “We couldn’t have delivered this work by 2011 without geosynthetics,” says Richard Varuso, deputy chief of the geotechnical branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans District (USACE/NOD). When Hurricane Katrina …

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Fabric erosion control

December 1, 2011

EarthKnit wattle tube fabric from Supertex Inc. offer a simple, lightweight and flexible means of erosion control. The new wattle tubes can be factory finished, filled and shipped, or filled on site with compacted fiber, straw, wood chips or shavings, large particle stone and other materials. Installed along contours or at the base of slopes …

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TenCate receives 2011 IFF Innovation Award

November 1, 2011

New geotextile manages water and soil stabilization issues. The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) chose TenCate’s new water-wicking geotextile, Mirafi® H2Ri, to receive this year’s Innovation Award. The product was officially launched with the announcement of the award at IFAI Expo Americas 2011.  The story of Mirafi H2Ri began with one question at a business meeting …

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Geotextiles in pipeline construction

Pipelines carrying oil, gas or sewage traverse all kinds of topology, including areas with high water tables, flood plains, marshes, tidal areas, rivers and lakes. These watery environments can cause pipes to float, so standard pipeline construction includes weights made of concrete, steel rebar and lifting hooks, welded wire mesh and fabric to protect the …

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TenCate receives 2011 IFF Innovation Award

October 26, 2011

New geotextile manages water and soil stabilization issues. The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) chose TenCate’s new water-wicking geotextile, Mirafi® H2Ri, to receive this year’s Innovation Award. The product was officially launched with the announcement of the award at IFAI Expo Americas 2011.  The story of Mirafi H2Ri began with one question at a business meeting …

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GMA launches new website

September 20, 2011

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has launched a new website to better serve its members and the geosynthetics industry as a whole. The new site features: news feeds from GMA’s official publication—Geosynthetics magazine. downloadable education and engineering resources. an industry events calendar. a revamped bookstore link. links to geosynthetics interest groups and service providers. Non-members …

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Geosynthetics 2013 conference dates announced

September 8, 2011

Geosynthetics 2013—the next biennial geosynthetics conference organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)—is set for April 1-4, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif. IFAI’s record of geosynthetics conferences dates to the 1990s, with the most-recent event the record-setting Geo-Frontiers in Dallas last March. Geosynthetics 2013 conference sessions and trade show will be focused in the …

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Propex lab accredited by A2LA

September 1, 2011

Testing data for geotextiles are used in making critical decisions about civil and environmental engineering for large infrastructure projects, so performing the right tests to ensure compliance with various worldwide standards is key. Propex Operating Company LLC, Chattanooga, Tenn., performs geotextile testing on the company’s products at its Ringgold, Ga., laboratory, which is accredited by …