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Stabilization and construction of a new arterial roadway in using MIRAFI

june 2024

Effective stabilization of fine-grained subgrade soils and the implementation of MIRAFI RS580i led to a new roadway that exceeded performance expectations.

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The completed roadway, designed with Solmax’s software, shows excellent performance

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Subgrade stabilization of a railway with MIRAFI HMi

Discover the Kayseri Boğazköprü project's transformative approach to railway subgrade stabilization using MIRAFI HMi for subgrade stabilization. 

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Stabilizing embankments under challenging conditions with MIRAGRID

Exploring the Kuzmin-Sremska Raca project, a key infrastructure initiative aimed at enhancing Serbia-Bosnia connectivity through strategic construction.

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Overcoming soft soil challenges with MIRAFI

Utilizing MIRAFI RS580i for stable construction, the East Lake Sammamish Trail overcame soft soil challenges, reducing costs and material waste effectively.

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Transforming Shanghai's waste management with a double layer landfill

Shanghai's first double-layer rigid structure landfill overcame challenges of material supply and competition, to ensure successful completion and extended the landfill's service life with GSE HD geomembranes.

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Stabilizing unpaved access roads on a solar farm

The solar photovoltaic farm project near Almendralejo, Spain, optimized unpaved internal roads using geosynthetics to address low bearing capacity and challenging subgrade conditions. Despite unexpected rains, the use of MIRAFI® HMi ensured stability and durability.

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Building a parking lot over soft soils with MIRAFI HMi

The Lidl parking lot project in Teterow used MIRAFI HMi to address poor soil conditions, achieving enhanced structural integrity. Completed on time, the project set new benchmarks in geotechnical engineering.

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Improved connectivity and resilience for the Chiang Rai bypass road project

MIRAGRID® GX geogrids transformed Chiang Rai's infrastructure, boosting safety and efficiency as well as seismic resilience.

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Urban water management improves water quality and wildlife

Ishøj Lake transformed using tube GEOTUBE dewatering to improve water quality and support wildlife.

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Enhancing frac pond liner integrity with the GSE Leak Location Suite

The GSE Leak Location Suite, including the S-100 Spark Tester, was successfully implemented at a frac pond project in Laredo, Texas, ensuring leak-free installation and quick identification of punctures in the liner.

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Coastal defence solution safeguards wind energy infrastructure

Innovative project connects wind farms to the grid, using a massive sand-based platform to prevent flooding and ensure energy transition.

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Meeting subgrade stabilization challenges with MIRAFI

Utilizing MIRAFI RS380i geotextile fabric, this project overcame poor subgrade conditions to construct four commercial buildings with stable platforms for parking lots and loading docks.

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Biogas cover turns palm oil waste into fuel in Malaysia

Cenergi transforms POME into renewable biogas in Malaysia, using GSE geomembranes. This project reduced GHG and the approach highlights innovation in waste recycling and contribution to renewable energy goals.

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Beach enhancement at Marina of Portimão

The Marina of Portimão project, led by Solmax and Geosin, innovatively created a beach with reduced wave action, using underwater GEOTUBE® systems, enhancing attractiveness and reducing maintenance costs.

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Enhancing coastal resilience at La Croisette Beach, Cannes

GEOTUBE systems played a crucial role in coastal protection for Cannes' iconic La Croisette beach, ensuring resilience and uninterrupted beachside experiences.

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Transforming a historic railway into a cycle path with MIRAGRID

Austria's Haager Lies became its first barrier-free cycle path, transforming a historical railway through strategic engineering and materials to boost the regional cycle network. 

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Impermeable heap leach pads for gold mine

In a West African gold mine, tailored geomembrane solutions improved environmental safety and resource recovery, adapting to specific site needs.

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Contaminated water management at Europe's largest nickel mine

Europe’s largest nickel mine faced environmental challenges from water contamination due to rainfall, mining activities, and a tailings pond leak, requiring an innovative GEOTUBE technology solution.

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Meeting stringent CCR regulations with BENTOLINER

Xcel Energy successfully closed Sherco Pond No.1 and constructed Sherco Pond No.2 using BENTOLINER to meet stringent CCR regulations, ensuring minimal environmental impact and continuous service.

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IMAX parking lot's innovative stormwater system with MIRAFI

In 2012, Mississauga's IMAX parking lot implemented a low impact development system to manage stormwater, enhancing water quality and maintaining pavement integrity.

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Enhancing road resilience in Alaska with MIRAFI

Alaska's Dalton Highway demonstrated the effectiveness of MIRAFI H2Ri in enhancing road durability and reducing maintenance in extreme environments. 

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Protection of the beach of Hotel Oceana Club in Moudania, Greece.

In Greece, a hotel enhanced its beach experience by installing submerged GEOTUBE breakwaters, reducing wave intensity and maintenance.

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How Impact Solar Farm overcame road stabilization challenges with MIRAFI

MIRAFI RS280i was used at Impact Solar Farm in Texas for efficient road stabilization, offering environmental benefits and cost savings.

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Sewage lagoon upgrade using geosynthetic clay liners

Discover how Conquest's sewage lagoon upgrade using a geosynthetic clay liner overcame groundwater challenges, enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.

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Lining canals for mega Port Said aquaculture project

Egypt's mega aquaculture project in East Port Said completed phase two, using GSE HD geomembrane for water containment in a 20,000-acre fish and shrimp farm.

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Increasing roadway design life with MIRAFI

116th Ave in Grande Prairie was reconstructed using MIRAFI H2Ri, overcoming failures from heavy traffic and challenging soil, improving road longevity and performance.

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Conquering extreme conditions with a high-temperature liner solution

Saskatchewan's first new potash mine in 40 years features advanced GSE HDH liners in its brine ponds, overcoming extreme temperatures and chemical exposure.

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Oyster Lake outfall improvement

Oyster Lake's outfall, strained by storms and urban growth, was reinforced using PROPEX Armormax for erosion control. It withstood Hurricane Michael, protecting the area.

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Murrieta Creek stabilization

Murrieta Creek's flood control project uses PROPEX Armormax for erosion protection and environmental restoration, ensuring safety and water quality for 75 years.

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Kaneohe Stream bank restoration

Hawaii's Kaneohe Stream stabilization project used PROPEX Pyrawall, a natural, vegetated solution, to protect properties and prevent flooding for up to 75 years.

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Harvey Ditch erosion protection with PROPEX

BKDD used PROPEX Scourlok for durable, environmentally-friendly erosion protection along a drainage channel in Texas, replacing gabion baskets with a long-lasting solution.

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GSE Leak Location Conductive liner 24 years later

At the Florence Copper mine in Arizona, a pond built in 1997 with GSE Leak Location liner, operated for 24 years. Initially underutilized, its expansion required inspection of the exposed geomembrane.

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Improving waste management with GSE HD

To meet the growing needs of a rapidly expanding resources industry, Pilbara Regional Waste Managment used GSE geomembranes at their new waste management facility.

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Anchorage regional landfill-expansion project

In 2020, Anchorage expanded its landfill with a new cell, installing a composite liner system that included BENTOLINER, GSE HD liner, and HDPE piping.

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Providing long term stabilization for drainage channel

PROPEX Armormax and PROPEX Pyramattress, an engineered mattress system that uses PROPEX Pyramat 75 HPTRM to construct a geosynthetic/soil/rock composite for protection of channels, slopes, and spillways.

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Steep slope stabilization at SR-11 KYTC DISTRICT 10

The PROPEX Armormax system helped KYTC meet their goal of providing a safe, efficient, environmentally sound and fiscally responsible option to repair the slope while also ensuring access to the state park and economic growth in the surrounding area.

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Providing levee resilience and durability

Full scale installation of the EEAS began in 2015 and has since been installed on over 100 miles of earthen levees in the New Orleans area. Since installation, multiple levees have experienced overtopping from major hurricanes, but have not breeched.

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Preventing flooding from arid creeks

PROPEX Armormax helped to decrease sedimentation and pollutants and encourages infiltration of water back into the ground water table.

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Restoring stream bank while promoting vegetation

Since the completion of the project, the stream has naturally restored itself to its original channel depth.

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Channel stabilization protects against floods

The end goal of the project is to carry water from future 100-year floods through the city in the channel and eliminate flooding in Randolph.

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Flood protection and erosion control with PROPEX Pyramat

PROPEX Pyramat is a High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mat (HPTRM) that protects the ground surface from erosion while promoting natural vegetation.

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Reinforcing slopes in parking lot

Eight, one foot, PROPEX Pyrawall lifts were constructed to raise the grade for the new parking lot.

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Stabilizing the Des Moines River with PROPEX

The west fork of the Des Moines River in Palo Alto County, had experienced years of erosion and flooding. From 2006 to 2019, the riverbank had receded up to 215 feet in the middle of the bend.

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Enhancing runway durability with Petromat Enviro

The Altoona-Blair County Airport, a regional airport in central PA, faced a safety concern with one of its runways. Reflective cracking had occurred due to harsh freeze/thaw conditions during winter months.

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GEOTUBE dewatering and containment of gypsum wastes at a titanium dioxide plant

Industrial waste, often in slurry form and containing contaminants, needs to be managed and disposed of properly to protect the environment.

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GEOTUBE directs fly ash slurry flow in tailings storage facility closure

GEOTUBE dewatering technology is a cost-effective method for removing water from industrial and mineral slurries and sludges.

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GEOTUBE breakwaters: shoreline protection at Sigandu Beach

The breakwater structure constructed with the GEOTUBE system at Sigandu Beach proved to be a cost-effective solution compared to conventional methods such as rock armor.

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Maximizing mineral recovery with dewatering for a remote gold mine in Indonesia

A remote gold mine located on an Indonesian island required the dredging of heavily silted settling ponds. These ponds contained valuable gold deposits that needed to be recovered and reprocessed.

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Recovering fertilizer from palm oil mill effluent (POME) with GEOTUBE dewatering technology

GEOTUBE units are used to dewater the POME sludge. The units retain the solid particles within the tube, while the liquid can be recycled back through the plant or discharged through the polishing ponds.

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GEOTUBE solution for rare earth waste containment and dewatering

Processing and refining rare earth minerals generates a waste stream that must be managed and stored in an environmentally secure manner.

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Overcoming workspace constraints in urban municipal wastewater treatment plant

The project involved upgrading an old, aerated sewage lagoon into a modern enclosed underground sewage treatment facility.

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Mine wastewater management at MMG Rosebery Gold Mine

The MMG Rosebery mine in Tasmania has been a successful underground mining operation for over 80 years, producing gold, zinc, copper, and lead concentrates.

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Transforming coal mine settling ponds with GEOTUBE dewatering

A large Indonesian mining corporation faced a challenge in dewatering silt sediments from their settling ponds in South Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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Durable GEOTUBE solution for Clark Airport waterway revetment

The GEOTUBE SFM serves as revetment for the entire waterway network at the new Clark Airport Terminal.

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GEOTUBE dewatering: Innovative submerged sediment removal at Brisbane River

In a groundbreaking project in Australia, a specially designed remote-controlled underwater dredger was used to clear and clean a blocked stormwater drain that discharged into the Brisbane River.

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Asia's longest dewatering GEOTUBE in Indonesia's Kalimantan region

This project holds the distinction of being Asia's longest GEOTUBE dewatering project.

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Revitalizing Tianjin Eco-City: Sustainable wastewater cleanup and transformation

The GEOTUBE dewatering containers were used to contain the dredged slurry and remove water from the material, achieving a consistency similar to compacted borrowed material.

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Geocontainment solutions for riverbank protection in Tanjung Manis, Malaysia

The OGC jetty expansion project aims to construct two berths, each 200 m (656 feet) long with a 12m (39 feet) draught, to accommodate larger vessels. The project also involves bank protection works.

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Subgrade stabilization for stormwater management

Geosynthetics, such as MIRAFI HP380a geotextile, have proven to be effective in enhancing the performance of roads and load support structures.

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Riverbank erosion protection with woven geobags in Sungai Choh, Malaysia

The housing developments near Sg. Choh in Selangor, Malaysia experiences high surface runoff, causing a significant increase in the river's water volume. This has led to severe erosion along approximately 200 m of the riverbank, posing a risk of collapse.

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Enhancing soft soil embankments with MIRAFI

A 2 km (1.2 mi) causeway had to be constructed through a river estuary as part of the services corridor. The estuarine mud foundation in the river estuary was soft to firm, posing challenges for construction.

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Strengthening steep slopes with geocomposite reinforcement

To make the project cost-effective and efficient in terms of logistics, a reinforced soil system utilizing the available on-site earth was chosen. The excavated residual soil, which has a high fines content, could be used as backfill material.

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Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex: Basal reinforced embankment solution

The access road plays a vital role in reducing transportation distance and time. To create the road network, a series of basal reinforced embankments were designed based on the existing ground terrain.

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Enhancing embankment stability on soft soil for Navi Mumbai Coastal Road

MIRAFI PET 800/50, a high strength polyester woven geotextile with a tensile strength of 800kN/m (45.4 lb/ft), was employed to ensure embankment stability within the specified criteria.

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Road base reinforcement at NAIA Expressway, Paranaque City, Philippines

The NAIA Expressway is a 1.6 km (1 mile) elevated expressway in Metro Manila, Philippines. It connects the Metro Manila Skyway to Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Entertainment City, serving as the first airport expressway in the country. 

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Protecting Langkawi's Meritus Pelangi Beach with GEOTUBE

The installation process involved deploying scour aprons and filling anchor tubes prior to placing the GEOTUBE unit. The targeted shoreline area was trimmed back before laying the filled Geobags in an overlapping shingle style from the embankment's base.

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Slope failure repair using MIRAFI Polyfelt PEC: Langkawi, Malaysia

The reinforced soil structure consisted of a 30m-high (98 ft) slope reinforced from the toe of the failed embankment. The facing system used involved wrapping a net around bags filled with fine-grained soil.

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Road embankment slope repair with MIRAGRID GX

The road connecting Khun Tan and Lampoon in Northern Thailand is vital for their economic link. Unfortunately, the embankment at KM 11 failed, causing significant traffic disruptions and posing risks to road users.

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The longest sea-crossing bridge constructed with GEOTUBE

Over 27 km (16.8 miles) of geotextile tubes were installed for the construction of the Lach Huyen Bridge in Vietnam.

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Enhancing road infrastructure with a reinforced soil wall

After careful analysis, it was determined that a segmental retaining wall using MIRAFI Polyfelt PEC was the most suitable option compared to alternatives such as building a bridge or excavating the hill.

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Geotextile solution for seafloor pipeline laying in Jamnagar, Gujarat

The Jamnagar refinery, located in northwest India, is a crude oil refinery with a production capacity of 661,000 barrels per day.

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Constructing an artificial island with GEOTUBE

For constructing the edge levees that formed the temporary platform, GEOTUBE GT1000 was chosen.

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Basal reinforcement with MIRAFI PET geotextiles

MIRAFI PET reinforced geotextiles proved to be the most economical solution for addressing the localized failure of the road embankment.

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Stable subgrade solution for container yard in Malaysia

Infrastructure developments in Southeast Asia often involve construction on soft soils, which present significant challenges.

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Boracay Island: Slope erosion protection and revegetation project

The PROPEX Envirocell’s purpose is to retain sufficient topsoil on the steep slope and promote the growth of grass and other vegetation.

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Almacen river improvement: Flood mitigation with GEOTUBE GT750M

The construction involves the placement of GEOTUBE GT750M, scouring apron, and protection geotextiles.

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Expansion of Xinfeng Landfill with reinforced soil containment bund

Guangzhou, the third largest city in China, is a major manufacturing and commercial center with over 10 million residents.

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Installation of customized PET reinforcement panels in harbor seawall construction

Shute Harbor, an important gateway to Whitsunday Island hotels and the Great Barrier Reef, was severely damaged by Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

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MIRAFI PET reinforcement bridging soft coal fines, tailings storage closure

MIRAFI PET reinforcement geotextiles are widely used globally in civil ground improvement and the capping of tailings storage facilities (TSF) before placing cover material.

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Efficient bridge abutment with a mechanically stabilized earth wall using MIRAFI

The NLEX-Ciudad de Victoria Interchange project aimed to improve mobility and accessibility in Bulacan, connecting Bocaue, Sta. Maria, Pandi, Norzagaray, Angat, and nearby towns.

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Effective sediment control for dredging with GEOTUBE

Manila Bay’s environment is rapidly deteriorating due to high pollution levels from various sources such as marine, domestic, industrial, and commercial waste. This

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Segmental block wall: Davao coastal road, Bago-Aplaya section

In the Bago-Aplaya Section facing Davao Gulf towards Talomo, an elevated highway with a 90-degree vertical slope on both sides, the contractor needed to stabilize and reinforce the embankments effectively.

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Accelerated soft foundation consolidation with Alidrain PVD, Region III, Philippines

The Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEx) is currently being constructed in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines.

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Safer roads with geosynthetic reinforced slopes

Due to increased traffic loadings and seepage problems, a section of the B115 highway in the mountains of Styria, Austria, was showing considerable distress and was in danger of failure.

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Enhancing runway safety and longevity with MIRAGRID PGM-G at Pula airport

Airport runways must meet strict quality and safety standards. Cracks and uneven surfaces can create hazardous conditions for take-off and landing. The surface of Pula airport had deteriorated after many years of use.

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Advanced asphalt interlayer solution for Prague airport's runway

Advanced asphalt interlayer solution for Prague airport's runway

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Revitalizing road surfaces using MIRAGRID PGM 14 for asphalt cracking

In collaboration with our partner ESHA Infrasolutions, Solmax provided the perfect solution for the Dongeradeel community in the Netherlands.

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Geotextile reinforcement provides stable road construction

Bad Wünnenberg is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located on the river Aabach, approximately 20 km (12.4 mi) south of Paderborn.

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Protecting Alpine resources from avalanches with geogrids

In Austria alone, approximately 8,000 avalanche corridors experience countless avalanches each year. With climate change exacerbating the situation, the threat of avalanches to inhabited areas is ever-present in the Alpine regions.

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Making roads more durable with MIRAGRID PGM G

The A617 is a primary A-road in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (East Midlands) in England. Over time, cracks appeared on the road, and rehabilitation was needed.

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Drainage behind a concrete wall Mauritius Island

The Government of Mauritius, through the Road Development Authority, initiated the construction of the A1-M1 Link Road to create an effective and efficient road network that supports socio-economic development.

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Expanding landfills safely with geosynthetics

Attica’s 66 municipalities and four million inhabitants depend on a single landfill – Fili. First established in 2003, the Fili landfill was expanded in 2006 and continues to grow.

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Geomembranes protecting the environment at a stack pond in China

Phosphate mining is an important economic activity in the inland Chinese province of Hubei, which boasts large reserves of valuable phosphates.

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Preventing potash waste contamination with Solmax geomembranes

K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH Werra plant, operates a tailings heap at their Hattorf site for depositing the residue produced during crude salt processing.

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Geosynthetic lining system for potassium nitrate evaporation ponds

Solmax's innovative liners met client's requirements, protecting environment and communities from pollution and facilitating safe wastewater removal.

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Protecting shorelines from erosion in Lake McConaughy, Nebraska

GEOTUBE TC1200MB units were selected to provide erosion control because they can be filled using on site materials, making them a more efficient solution than importing stone.

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Containment for hazardous waste disposal at Jinchang City

Solmax was chosen to supply a high-grade, multi-layer solution comprised of 1.00 mm GSE HD and 2.00 mm GSE HD conductive geomembrane, each spanning an area of 25,700 m² (276,600 f²).

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Lining a tailings facility on the roof of the world

Solmax geomembranes were used to line the tailings facilities of the recently expanded Yulong Copper Mine. The mine located in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, on one of the largest copper deposits in China, is important to the economy of the region.

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Increasing wastewater treatment capacity to serve a growing town

The Municipality of Tweed is located in central-eastern Ontario. In 2019, the Municipality identified that the existing wastewater treatment system was nearing its rated capacity.

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Quick installation in challenging geographies at Bornhausen landfill

Bornhausen Landfill is in Seesen, a town in the district of Goslar, in lower Saxony, Germany.