Geomembranes Articles

  • Erosion Protection of Steep Cut Slopes - Case Study

    In May of 1995, 70,000 sf of large-cell (GW40V) GEOWEB® slope protection system was utilized on Phase II of the Cyprus Miami Open-Pit Mine to stabilize the cut slopes upon completion of copper extraction at the site. Aggregate available on site was used to infill the GEOWEB 3D structure and provide erosion resistance and slope-surface stability on slopes with 70-ft. slope lengths, and as ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Designing With Geosynthetic Clay Liners

    In construction, preventing the penetration of liquids and gases is essential to maintaining the integrity of a structure. Often, containment is just as important, especially when dealing with chemical contaminants or other waste. When looking to stop the spread of contaminated liquids and gases, there are few tools as effective as geosynthetic clay liners (GCL). Read on to learn how to design ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Examining the benefits of HDPE geomembrane

    Comparing various geomembranes for your next geosynthetic application? Don’t overlook high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane. HDPE has been in use for decades and during that time a number of studies have been conducted to test its longevity and ability to meet environmental sustainability project requirements. Here, we explore some of those studies to examine the benefits of HDPE ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Comparing nonreinforced and internally reinforced GCL

    Water is one of the most destructive forces on the planet, eroding everything from continents to human-made wonders. Water is also a vector by which contaminants spread from landfills and other waste reservoirs. Therefore, creating effective water seals has been a top concern in construction. For many years, factory-fabricated clay products have been the barrier of choice against water and other ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Improving Life-Cycle Performance with Pavement Interlayers

    In an environment of limited and decreasing budgets in the private and public sectors, it is increasingly important that investments made in pavement infrastructure are maximized to their fullest potential. Pavement interlayers, also known as geosynthetics, can be integrated into asphalt mix overlay applications to limit the intrusion of water and reduce the reflective cracking, thereby promoting ...


    By Nilex

  • The Basics of Slope Stability Analysis for Geosynthetics

    Slope stability analysis is vital to preventing slope failures in a variety of engineering applications including landfill design, roads, dams and embankments, to name a few. Proper analysis anticipates both natural and manmade slopes and failure of foundations and retaining walls. This blog covers the necessity of slope stability analysis, how to conduct the analysis and the role of ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • What the Build America Bureau Means for Geosynthetics

    The Geosynthetic Materials Association anticipates higher demand for geosynthetics on the heels of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST act, and the recent addition of the Build America Bureau. The new group was created to support the $305 billion FAST Act, which provides long-term funding for U.S. infrastructure planning and ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Q&A with Karan Jalota, Application Specialist - Roads & Rail

    In 2004, Dr. J.P. Giroud and Dr. Jie Han advanced the field of geosynthetics when they published their methodology for applying geosynthetics in unpaved structures in the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. The methodology has since been adopted by the Federal Highway Administration in 2008, and is considered at the forefront among industry professionals. Karan Jalota, ...


    By Nilex

  • Millstone Manor Parking Lot Stabilization - Case Study

    Shallow utilities won’t get in the way of our high strength woven geotextile’s ability to stabilize this parking lot. Millstone Manor, an apartment complex located right next to the Ogden River at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, had been having difficulty stabilizing their parking areas for years. Due to its proximity to a water source and resulting soil types, the CBR ...


    By Nilex

  • Designing A Better Alternative for Post-Closure Care

    After a landfill has reached the end of its service phase, federal law requires owners to install a final soil cover and maintain it over the next 30 years. This is the traditional strategy that most landfill owners employ and represents a significant cost of business. When all the layers are tallied together, the capping and post-closure period can cost up to $400,000 for a small, 100-acre ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Watch your Language! Geosynthetics vs Traditional Materials

    During GeoAmericas 2016, Dr. Neil Dixon’s sustainability keynote touched upon many topics for the future of geosynthetics. While sustainability drove most of the lecture, a few of his ideas simply approached how the field positioned itself in the marketplace. He suggested, for example, moving the field away from isolating language like “versus traditional materials.” ...


    By Nilex

  • The Lighter Side of Geomembranes

    Geomembrane installations often cover substantial areas. Landfill cells pose enormous footprints. Oil and gas pits, industrial processing ponds, and wastewater containment ponds are large installations too, and each year they tend to be built a little larger. The scaling up of these facilities is not just a matter of achieving better operational economics for the ...


    By Nilex

  • Landfill Liners Vary by Application

    It was in 1991 that the Environmental Protection Agency promulgated its Criteria for Municipal Waste Landfills that set location restrictions, design and operating standards, groundwater monitoring requirements, corrective actions, closure requirements, and more for landfills. It was these rules that mandated that landfills be lined on the sides and bottom before waste is deposited and capped on ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Closure Options for Impoundments and Landfills

    In Kentucky, a county board votes to shut down a landfill that had long been the source of odor complaints from nearby residents. In Hawaii, residents push a city council to expedite a delayed landfill closure. Outside Beirut, Lebanon, protesters try to block trucks entering a landfill they say should have been closed a week earlier. These events, while certainly newsworthy, obscure the fact that ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Interest Growing in Mining Applications for Geosynthetics

    Some 40 percent of the geosynthetics manufactured today are used by the mining industry, according to one estimate, and there are predictions that figure will increase as the industry continues to adopt mining technologies that help improve efficiency and protect the environment. Jack Caldwell, an engineer at Robertson GeoConsultants, has gone as far as to say, “We believe that ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Using Geosynthetics in Slope Stability

    The majority of slope failures within the geosynthetics industry can often be avoided with proper engineering and material selection. However, the factors that affect slope stability can be difficult to discern and measure. Soil thickness, seepage forces, seismic forces, gas uplift, geomembrane texturing, engineering and provision of reinforcing elements are only a few of the factors affecting ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • GTI cover system helps Vallejo sanitation and flood control district streamline its plant operation - case study

    Geomembrane Technologies Inc. (GTI) was selected to design and build a new retractable, structurally supported geomembrane cover system for Vallejo. This cover system consisted of a composite sheet of high-strength, coated fabric tensioned across a series of low-profile aluminum arches which span the tank opening. Intermediate aluminum walkways spanning the tank were used to divide the fabric ...

  • Crescent Duck gets its ducks in a row with GTI cover system - case study

    Crescent Duck, in coordination with its engineering consultants at Applied Technologies, Inc., contacted Geomembrane Technologies Inc. (GTI) for advice on replacing the damaged cover. As part of its research efforts, Crescent Duck visited another plant that had installed a GTI insulated gas collection cover and saw the quality and durability of the product first-hand. This site visit, combined ...

  • Road Over Sensitive Groundwater Areas - Case Study

    When constructing or extending new roads, the responsible designers and contractors are increasingly faced with the task of preventing soil contamination. Therefore, measures for the protection of the groundwater are necessary in more and more cases. The corresponding requirements and specifications for such measurements are regulated in the "guide-line for constructional measurements of roads in ...


    By NAUE GmbH & Co.KG

  • DHL logistics campus ground water protection case study

    When the massive logistics campus in Unna begins operations in the near future, it will change the face of the region. Approx. 350 people will be working in the massive 90,000 square meter hall helping two million pallets annually get to their proper destination. The facility requires proper safeguards especially with regards to chemical materials. The leading international logistics company DHL ...


    By NAUE GmbH & Co.KG

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