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Skaps gearing up for geosynthetics

July 22, 2011

Skaps Industries, Athens, Ga., has partnered with NSC Nonwoven to purchase equipment for a needle punching line that will offer high output while maintaining minimum weight variation and improved fiber orientation for consistent strength in Skaps’ geosynthetic and nonwoven drainage products. The new line will include Thibeau Excelle batt formation, a system for high-speed cross …

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Textured geomembrane

May 1, 2011

Dura-Skrim® Textured K-Series is a new line of unique textured, reinforced geomembranes available in polyethylene or flexible polypropylene. Exclusive GeoGrip™ technology consists of a durable random spike pattern with bidirectional bars to provide uniform stabilization and increased friction between various soil and geosynthetic layers, allowing for steeper slope designs. The series is designed for applications …

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Geosynthetics projects honored with International Achievement Awards

April 1, 2011

IFAI International Achievement Award 2010 winners demonstrate the versatility and value of geosynthetics in infrastructure projects. Information compiled by Ron Bygness Over land and sea The Incheon Grand Bridge, an 11.4-mile, six-lane toll bridge constructed in the city of Incheon, connects Songdo City and Incheon International Airport located on Yeongjong Island. A major seaport city …

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Thrace-LINQ releases Product Finderâ„¢ mobile app for geosynthetics

March 25, 2011

Thrace-LINQ, a supplier of woven and nonwoven geosynthetic technical fabrics, has released the Thrace-LINQ Product Finder™ mobile application for BlackBerry®, Android™ and Apple® mobile devices. Within seconds, it helps users identify geosynthetic products to meet specific project needs. Version 1.0 of the Thrace-LINQ Product Finder is a free, easy-to-use app that allows users to search …

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IFAI Report: North American Geosynthetics Market Snapshot

March 21, 2011

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has released its “Market Watch: Geosynthetics Market Snapshot” for 2011. The report’s chief focus is on the U.S. geosynthetics marketplace, particularly as it relates to market size and growth, predominate materials/polymers; applications used in the U.S. market, trends, opportunities, threats, and market outlook. IFAI Market Research Manager Jeff Rasmussen …

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Anaerobic digester produces energy from animal waste

March 1, 2011

A South Carolina farmer approached the Santee Cooper electric utility with an idea for turning his hog farm into a green power source. Four years later, with help from Clemson University and Environmental Fabrics Inc. (EFI), a Gaston, S.C., manufacturer of geosynthetics, the Burrows Hall Farm’s anaerobic digester is ready to produce energy. An anaerobic …

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A ‘concrete overcoat’ with geosynthetics

January 1, 2011

In September 2009, building contractors floated two 660-ton pipelines onto the Ruhr River at Essen-Horst, Germany, and let them sink to the bottom, continuing a huge infrastructure project to bring wastewater across the river to a treatment plant and transport clean drinking water back. To protect the pipelines and stabilize them on the riverbed, HUESKER …

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Fabric products help conserve water

As supplies drop and demand rises, governments, companies and individuals look for cost-effective ways to save a limited resource. By Janice Kleinschmidt Picture 26 Olympic-size pools filled with water. That’s how much of the precious resource was prevented from evaporating in a year’s time from five storage basins in Australia—just by covering them with fabric …

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Marco Sánchez is on a roll

December 1, 2010

Marco Sánchez turns a thesis project into a thriving business. By Sigrid Tornquist “Of course starting the business was a risk,” says Marco Sánchez, general manager of ML Ingeniería and Azoteas Verdes in Mexico City. “It was very complicated at first and we were very close to broke, but by the end of the first …

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Sediment: in the bag

November 1, 2010

Construction activities in watery environments stir up sediments that can release stored pollutants; clog waterways; and are expensive to store, treat or remove. Blue Boar Contracts, Midlands, England, had a national dredging contract with British Waterways to deepen canals—and extract tons of sediment slurry for removal. The company called on Sedi-filter, a dewatering solution manufactured …