5th European Geosynthetics Congress (Eurogeo5)


Valencia will be the host the 5th European Geosynthetics Congress organized by the Spanish Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)

Professionals and students around the world will follow for the first time by ITAFEC’s online platform this European conference held in Spain.
From the 16th to 19th of September, 2012, Valencia will be the host of EuroGeo5, the 5th European Geosynthetics Congress organized by the Spanish Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and with the collaboration of other institutions, both public and private. Due to the success of previous congresses, this fifth congress seeks to become an international benchmark forum on recent developments in the field of Geosynthetics. Opportunities for hands-on participation by the attending technicians with respect to the communication technology contributions are expected at this event. These sessions could be followed for the first time by the ITAFEC’s online platform (Institute of Advanced Techniques for Trade Shows, Events and Conferences, by the Spanish acronym).

The first day will be exclusively devoted to imparting a series of short courses dealing with the issues related to the knowledge of geosynthetics at a very basic level for those attendees who wish to enter the field. Finally, between the 17th and 19th of September, 2012, and in parallel with the scientific lectures, the educational lectures will also be held and shall be given by internationally acclaimed industry experts like Jorge Zornberg, Jean Pierre Giroud, Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ángel Leiro y Manuel Blanco. http://www.eurogeo5.org/
The online diffusion is available in ITAFEC’s web (http://www.itafec.com/). The online inscription for all interested people who wish to assist to all programme of Auditorium 1A: the price is 250 euros (200 euros to IGS members). With this offer, the organization opens the possibility of spreading internationally and also available to the public the latest information through their social networks: Twitter (@CongresoEurogeo) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Congreso-Eurogeo5/377787792233148?ref=hl).

ITAFECInstitute of Advanced Techniques for Trade ShowsEvents and Conferencesis a young initiative focused on the development of new communication technologies, primarily in online formatfor use in conferences, seminars, fairs and specialized. The online betting retransmission Eurogeo5 Congress by the Spanish Chapter of International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) emphasizes its informative purpose of this sector, which takes place through actions such as conferences and symposia and technical and policy information.


Shopping mall roof garden drainage system


Laying geocomposite drainage sheets at the roof garden of a shopping mall construction. Special attention should be given to to direction of overlap considereng the backfill direction.

Announcement: LEISTER-New U.S. Headquarters and New Geo Tool

Leister Makes Firm Commitment to the US Geo Industry Swiss Manufacturer Announces New U.S. Headquarters and New Geo Tool

CHICAGO - October 17, 2011 - Leister Process Technologies, the worldwide leader in plastic welding and hot air equipment announces the opening of its expanded U.S. headquarters outside of Chicago. The new, centrally located facility quadruples Leister's capabilities in North America. Among the new services offered:

. Complete inventory of Geosynthetic tools for instant availability
. Complete spare parts inventory for overnight parts shipping
. Complete new service and repair facility
. Complete new training & demonstration space

"The expansion of Leister USA is paramount in our effort to better service the U.S. Market," stated Jerry Zybko, general manager, Leister USA. "This is the first step in our commitment to the U.S. Geo industry," reports Steve Hobbs, business development manager of Leister USA's Geosynthetics Division. "We're ramping up our customer service and support network to assure a positive experience from start to finish with Leister tools," explained Hobbs.

In addition, Leister continues to expand and refine its Geosynthetics tool offerings. The newest addition is the FUSION 3 extrusion welder with 5 mm rod feed, an inexpensive solution to medium output extrusion welding.

Stay tuned for additional news about Leister's exciting growth in the U.S. Geo market. For details, contact your Leister distributor toll-free: 855-Leister (855-534-7839); via email: geosynthetics@leisterusa.com; or visit their website: www.leisterusa.com.

About Leister Process Technologies

Leister Process Technologies (www.Leister.com) has been the worldwide leader in plastic welding and hot air equipment for more than 60 years. The Swiss manufacturer's plastic welding products are used in roof-sealing systems, floor coverings, plastic sheeting, earthworks, hydraulic and tunnel engineering, process-equipment manufacturing and vehicle repair.

Leister, with headquarters in Kägiswil, Switzerland, and sales and service centers in more than 90 countries, is ISO 9001 certified. To guarantee maximum quality, Leister develops and produces all its products and accessories (more than 10,000 items) on its own state-of-the-art manufacturing premises.

About Leister USA

Leister USA (www.LeisterUSA.com), located outside Chicago, is a business unit of Leister Process Technologies and is the primary U.S. sales and service support center for Leister's full line of products including process heat and plastic welding equipment, lasersystems and microsystems. Leister USA boasts a wide network of distribution partners across the United States and Canada.

2011 GEOSYNTHETICS Middle East Conference


Abu Dhabi, October- Under the Patronage of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, the “2011 GEOSYNTHETICS Middle East Conference” will be launched with more commitment to a sustainable and environment friendly infrastructure in line with the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision. Organized by SKZ the German Plastics Centre in cooperation with its local partner BMC Gulf LLC, the conference is taking place on 25th and 26th October – Park Rotana Hotel with the collaboration of AHK the German Chamber of Commerce.
The Patronage of ADM for this prime event, which is considered the largest in the field of Geosynthetics across the Middle East, reflects the Municipality’s attention to promoting the strategic partnerships in support of the comprehensive development projects and sustainability.
Attracting over 300 delegates from 25 countries in 2010, the conference has turned out to be the leading event on geosynthetics throughout the Middle East and marked Abu Dhabi on the world map as an excellent meeting place for geotechnical and environment specialists to exchange knowledge, conduct business and build strategic partnerships.
With a focus on the regions infrastructure projects and environmental applications, the Geosynthetics Middle East 2011 will once again contribute to the quality of the construction projects throughout the region, increasing their value and considerably extending their service life.
One of the major topics which ADM is concentrating in this conference is the ability to develop more sustainably which will determine the speed and degree of climate change experienced. While some climate change is inevitable due to past greenhouse gas emissions, the need to reduce future GHG emissions is increasing to better manage the future impacts of climate change on the environment, economy, and society.
Eng. Abdulla Al Shamsi, Executive Director of Infrastructure and Municipal Assets at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City said: “Such Conferences will be a venue for the recent developments and future opportunities for geosynthetics in infrastructure will primarily focus on environmentally friendly materials that can be used in the construction industry”.
Al Shamsi added that ADM is pursuing a leading role in adopting sustainable development policies, and drawing up strategic plans based on a methodology closely integrated between projects undertaken and services delivered
Key industry experts will present applications & case studies on geosynthetics used in: Railways, Roads, Airports, Seaports, Bridges, Tunnels, Landfills, Environmental Protection, and other related topics.
The conference will be associated with a technical exhibition, where national and international companies are showcasing their products and Services.
For more information: http://www.geosyntheticsme.com

Anchorage of wickdrains


During the installation of prefabricated wick drains (Prefabricated vertical drains) for soil consolidation you need some materials under the mandrel (lance) to hold the drain in the soil when you pull the mandril back.
So you have to use anchor plates or anchor rods.
Both is OK depending on site conditions.
I find the plate more easy to use.
When the mandril is pushed in the soil the plate holds the drain in the soil.
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