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GeoTalk is the podcast of Geosynthetica, an international geotechnical engineering publication dedicated to geosynthetics, sustainability, infrastructure, and innovation: www.geosynthetica.com.

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GeoTalk is the podcast of Geosynthetica, an international geotechnical engineering publication dedicated to geosynthetics, sustainability, infrastructure, and innovation: www.geosynthetica.com.

    Career Paths and Coal Ash: Ryan Kamp on Growth, the State of CCR Projects, and the Entrepreneurial Fire

    Career Paths and Coal Ash: Ryan Kamp on Growth, the State of CCR Projects, and the Entrepreneurial Fire

    Ryan Kamp's story in geosynthetics, which began at the bottom of a containment cell and finds him today atop one of the most successful installation companies in the world, is an exemplary tale of hard work and the value of creating opportunity for the people around you. Here, he talks with Tamara Tuttle about careers, the state of coal ash containment, and how to listen to the voice within when the desire to grow in business strikes. 

    • 42 min
    Environmental Protection, Aggressive Environment, and GCLs

    Environmental Protection, Aggressive Environment, and GCLs

    Geosynthetic clay liners have a tremendous record as hydraulic barriers in engineered lining and capping systems. Still, they are not well understood by the larger geotechnical design community. They require knowledge not only of geosynthetics but of sodium bentonite types, behavior, and suitability in certain applications. Dr. Craig Benson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, is one of the most versed researchers in the world on GCLs and bentonite-polymer composites. These composite materials are changing the way we view GCLs and how they can be used beneficially and most effectively in aggressive environments requiring barrier support.

    • 16 min
    CEO Jean-Louis Vangeluwe on Merging Corporate Cultures, Corporate Responsibility, and Sustainability

    CEO Jean-Louis Vangeluwe on Merging Corporate Cultures, Corporate Responsibility, and Sustainability

    Tamara Tuttle returns to the hosting duties and interviews Jean-Louis Vangeluwe, CEO of Solmax, the world’s largest producer of geosynthetic materials. It’s a fascinating discussion of the business side of infrastructure, of material selection and company acquisitions, of sustainability, corporate culture, corporate responsibility, and what we owe to the earth. JLV also questions whether the geotechnical should continue using the word "geosynthetics."

    • 46 min
    Ocean Health, Sustainability & Geosynthetics - An Interview with Boyd Ramsey

    Ocean Health, Sustainability & Geosynthetics - An Interview with Boyd Ramsey

    The swelling volume of microplastics in the ocean has caused significant concern across governments and industries. Some argue for "no plastics on beaches." These arguments are generally in relation to litter, but typically encompass all types of plastic and functions, such as plastics used in infrastructure. Are all these plastics the same, from the perspective of the environment? In how they degrade? In how they contribute to microplastic concerns? Boyd Ramsey, an environmental barriers expert and the co-chair of the International Geosynthetics Society's Sustainability Committee, discusses properly understanding plastics and the many things we all need to be better at--including within plastics industries.

    • 25 min
    The Latin American Infrastructure Market & Its Opportunities

    The Latin American Infrastructure Market & Its Opportunities

    The Latin American infrastructure market is as diverse as the region's people and terrain. Francisco Pizarro shares his insight into the challenges and opportunities from the Mexico/US border to the tip of Chile. He and Tamara Tuttle identify how geosynthetic companies enter into and expand new markets, how different countries support development (such as in oil and gas, mining, transportation, and the use of public-private partnerships), and how geosynthetics serve some of the major needs: project economy, efficiency, and sustainability. Francisco also shares what it's like to doing business in Peru with a famous name.

    • 33 min
    100% Biodegradable Materials for Infrastructure

    100% Biodegradable Materials for Infrastructure

    Geosynthetic materials are renowned for sustainability properties. Today, we are finding more manufacturers with expertise in synthetics applying their knowledge to biodegradable, including 100% biodegradable materials for infrastructure, as NAUE has. We talk online the company's Kent von Maubeuge and Dr. Helge Hoyme about the new green materials.
    We are happy to feature Ikson's song "Last Summer" in the intro and outro music for this podcast. Listen to more at www.iksonmusic.com.

    • 21 min

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