May 17, 2016 04:32
A carpenter from Isle of Palms, South Carolina, has come up with a new solution to protect beachfront property from erosion. Deron Nettles has the idea of a plastic wall that absorbs wave energy but allows water and sand to pass through. ...
March 16, 2016 12:37
For many contractors, geosynthetics are so integral to their work, that they can’t imagine how they could live without them. These geowebs, meshes, cells and textiles are the fabrics of their lives, and it seems like there’s more of them every day. Rather than sorting them by type, it may be easier to consider geosynthetics by their applications....
Jan. 19, 2016 03:36
Let’s play word association. When you hear the word ‘fungus,’ what do you think of? Mushroom pizza? That time you had athlete’s foot? If we played this game with a soil scientist, he would probably smile, because to him, the word ‘fungus’ means healthy, green, growing plants....
Jan. 18, 2016 03:36
USGS geologist Joel Sankey and his colleagues used computer models to simulate wildfires across the West over the first half of the 21st century. “The simulations are based on three different climate and wildfire scenarios, and we also used three different erosion models,” said Sankey....
Nov. 17, 2015 10:43
By adjusting the application rate, Soiltac can be effective for up to several years. After it is applied, it dries and cures the soil, resulting in a durable surface crust of solid mass. The treated soil prevents dust, aggregate and particulates from moving around....
Sept. 15, 2015 09:00
That’s so tacky!” When people say that, they usually don’t mean, “That’s so sticky!” Aside from the slang usage, the words ‘tacky’ and ‘tackiness’ don’t really refer to the tastefulness of the pink flamingoes on someone’s lawn, or the bad match of plaids and stripes that someone’s wearing....
Sept. 17, 2015 10:20
The earth is covered with soil, forming a living, breathing environment. One of its purposes is to help support plant growth. When the soil is disturbed either by construction or natural causes, and is left open to the elements, that’s when the damage occurs....
March 21, 2011 04:57
With increasingly tighter government regulations on soil erosion control, “get it covered, get it growing and get it stable” has become the mantra of construction site crews nationwide. The goal is not only finding a fast, efficient, and economical way to meet the challenge of preventing the ground from moving after the soil has been disturbed, but keeping it secure long after the project has ...
Sept. 20, 2010 05:11
A local developer in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been cited by the city’s director of community planning and development for failing to protect residential property from an unstable slope while he was developing an adjacent commercial property....

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In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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