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Geosynthetic reinforcements help typhoon-proofing in Taiwan

May 1, 2010

{ACE Geosynthetics Inc.} Houston, Texas, U.S.A. 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. More than 600 people were killed, and damage is estimated to be $3.3 billion. One of the lessons learned from this typhoon is …

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U.S. geosynthetic market awaits important legislative decisions

By Jeffrey Rasmussen 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. Sales in 2009 were down about 4–5 percent, but 1.5–2.0 percent growth is expected in 2010. The decrease in sales and profit margins for U.S. …

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Clearing a landfill impasse

April 1, 2010

Synthetic turf system shows benefits beyond efficient erosion control. By Alexandria Hayes After four years as a district landfill manager for IESI Corp., based in Forth Worth, Texas, Delaney Lewis was discouraged. Although one of the Louisiana landfills for which he was responsible exhibited ideal geology, the soil of the LaSalle-Grant Landfill in central Louisiana …

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Geotextiles protect shipwrecks from shipworms

Approximately 100 shipwrecked vessels in the Baltic Sea are infested with shipworms, a species of bivalve mussel often called the “termites of the sea” because they break down wood structures immersed in water. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, estimate that 100,000 well-preserved shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea—many of them studied by archaeologists who …

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Geotextile monitoring solutions

March 24, 2010

TenCate Geosynthetics, a leading provider of geosynthetics, and Roctest Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturer of fiber optic sensors for civil engineering applications, are collaborating in the development of a unique geotextile monitoring system—TenCate GeoDetect®—that will provide unprecedented detail about the properties of embankments, slopes, walls, levees, roads, rails and other earth structures. Customers will benefit …

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Intelligent geotextile builds in warnings

March 1, 2010

Geotextiles shape and stabilize large-scale construction projects, but can’t warn of strains or soil shifts in the structures—until now. In 2010, TenCate Geosynthetics, Almelo, the Netherlands, launched “the first intelligent geotextile,” TenCate GeoDetect®, which incorporates optical glass fibers, special instrumentation equipment and software. The system detects slight settlements, changes in temperature and stress on embankments, …

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New earth-friendly geotextile for site drainage

February 1, 2010

Problem: Customers for geotextiles are requesting more earth-friendly products. Solution: TenCate™ Geosynthetics has developed Mirafi® MiraGreen™ D, a site drainage product, for engineers and architects committed to designing environmentally sound projects. A nonwoven drainage geotextile comprised of 30 percent recycled content, MiraGreen™ D helps to reduce dependence on virgin petroleum-based resins while providing a convenient …

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Geosynthetics photo contest

January 21, 2010

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is holding its first-ever photo competition, just ahead of its planned April 2010 launch of the redesign IGS website and the May 2010 quadrennial IGS conference in Guaruja, Brazil. Winning photographs must demonstrate geosynthetic materials and technology in action, and may illustrate any phase of implementation, from design to completed …

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Geotextile boom in China

January 1, 2010

After the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) approved the Ministry of Railways’ investment plan of 2 trillion Chinese yuan in 2008, the Ministry of Transport is examining a plan to invest 5 trillion yuan over the next 3-5 years. In the ten measures issued by the Council to stimulate domestic demands, …

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Geotextile reef prevents beach erosion

December 1, 2009

Bournemouth, a seacoast town in southern England, craved the wave; it’s a surfing destination and tourist draw. To improve wave quality, prevent beach erosion and increase marine habitat, Bournemouth’s beachfront revitalization plan included Europe’s first artificial reef, completed in October by Amalgamate Solutions and Research (ASR) Ltd., Venice Beach, Calif., and Raglan, New Zealand, a …