Date: Monday, 17 September 2018 - 4:45pm
Category: General

Geofabrics was announced the winner of the 2018 Governor of Victoria Export Award for Environmental Solutions at a ceremony at Government House on Friday 14 September 2018.

Date: Monday, 10 September 2018 - 3:15pm
Category: Latest Projects

Rail in NZ runs over a prepared subgrade with adequate subsoil drainage installed parallel to the line, this is then topped with a typical AP100mm broken face hard ballast rock.

Date: Tuesday, 21 August 2018 - 10:30am
Category: Latest Projects

National Parks and Wildlife Service(NPWS) in NSW has a long coastline with developed infrastructure that is subject to storms eroding the foreshore and ultimately the infrastructure. The beach front erosion caused the popular Bonnie Vale Campground to be reduced in size.

Date: Wednesday, 8 August 2018 - 4:45pm
Category: Latest Projects

The Saptashrungi gad is located in the East-West range of Shyadri mountains, approximately 65 km from Nashik. It is one of the most visited religious sites for pilgrims coming from neighbouring states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat.

Date: Tuesday, 7 August 2018 - 10:15am
Category: General

Australian Landfill Regulatory Guidelines place the world’s most stringent controls on geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) manufacturing and quality control from site. Recent specifications were written to build on the Geosynthetic Research Institute-GCL guidelines that were ideal for their time (achieving consensus alone is a remarkable result) but could simply not foresee the demands on GCL design that have arisen in the past decade. Recognizing this, regulatory bodies in the Australian landfill space engaged with key industry expertise to introduce performance requirements that reveal much more about GCLs than basic index testing standards, driven by modern demands in our challenging climate with complex leachates. This has resulted in GCL types in Australia that have different levels of quality when compared to products supplied in overseas markets.

Date: Monday, 30 July 2018 - 12:45pm
Category: Latest Projects

In January of 2018 Concrete Canvas was used by Cowra Council in New South Wales to rectify a failed open drain following 
a substantial rainfall event.  The heavy rainfall event led to undercutting and eventual failure of the existing corrugated steel drain.

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - 3:00pm
Category: General

In December 2017 it was announced to Geofabrics’ staff and suppliers that after almost 30 years of service Chris Brockliss would retire from Geofabrics NZ Ltd at the end of June 2018.

Chris has been a pioneer for geosynthetics in New Zealand, starting the New Zealand arm of Geofabrics (then known as Maccaferri) in October 1988. During his early years with the company he dedicated himself to introducing the engineering community to the solutions geosynthetics could offer for a wide range of engineering problems. It is without irony that it can be said that Chris is one of the founding fathers of the geosynthetics industry in the region.

Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 1:00pm
Category: Latest Projects

The Yancoal Australia Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) is a multi-pit open-cut mine producing more than 13 million tonnes of thermal coal and semi-soft coking coal using dragline truck and shovel methodology.

Date: Tuesday, 19 June 2018 - 3:30pm
Category: Latest Projects

Traditional theories suggest that water ingress into soils under a pavement will over wet the natural subgrade to its soaked CBR state and therefore induce heaving or create a softened support for the pavement.

Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - 2:00pm
Category: Latest Projects

In the case of SR27a and SR30, south of Kaikoura, there was very little space between the cliff face and the rail and road corridor, meaning a rockfall protection solution had to be able to provide sufficient protection with very little runoff area. 

Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - 1:45pm
Category: Latest Projects

Kaikoura is a coastal town in the North Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is a popular tourist destination known for its abundant wildlife and its year round sperm whale population. The region was badly affected by an earthquake in the November 2016.  At the P1A site, the first of ten major slips north of Kaikoura, there was sufficient space to install a low maintenance landslide and rockfall protection solution in the form of a rockfilled face Green Terramesh Bund.

Date: Friday, 25 May 2018 - 4:00pm
Category: Latest Projects

As part of this new residential development an overland flow path, stormwater basin and wetland area had to be protected against erosion as part of the development’s resource consents.

Date: Friday, 25 May 2018 - 8:30am
Category: Latest Projects

A gabion lined water course / wetland flow path was required for 1 in 100-year storm events for this new residential development. The channel is designed to cope with high water flow in heavy rain events hence the need for protection of the channels side walls using genuine Maccaferri gabion baskets.

Date: Monday, 30 April 2018 - 11:15am
Category: General

The design and build of a Modular Rockfall Protection Wall (MRPW) for the Kaikoura Earthquake Response project was a team effort driven by the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR); including Fulton HoganStahlton Engineered Concrete and Geofabrics.

Date: Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 1:45pm
Category: Latest Projects
Kaikoura Rockfall/ Shallow Slips Protection

The region was badly affected by an earthquake on November 2016. The magnitude 7.8(Mw) earthquake caused landslides and rockfall along the coastal road of State Highway, SH1. The state highway links the town north of Kaikoura to Blenheim and south to Christchurch and at the same time serves as a major tourist route with its scenic view along the coast. Rail corridor also sits along the side of the SH1 responsible as a major transportation mode to bring goods in from Picton.

Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 3:00pm
Category: Latest Projects

QR and Civil Engineers throughout the country face difficult engineering problems daily, but when they can partner with trusted experts in geosynthetics, solutions which were not possible 20 years ago can now be realised.

Date: Friday, 9 March 2018 - 4:00pm
Category: General

Worldwide, it is estimated that there are an average of two tailings dam failures every year[i]. In Australia, the regulatory environment has made it extremely difficult to build a new dam. These are indications that current practice is not working to the level required. Not only can tailings storage work better, but it can also be done economically.

Date: Monday, 4 December 2017 - 9:45am
Category: Latest Projects

The new 11 storey Ei8ht Apartment building on South Esplanade on the Glenelg Foreshore created a unique engineering problem for the project team.

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - 11:15am
Category: General

It’s a problem that’s plagued coal miners for generations: loose rock falling from the roof, a hazard requiring constant attention.

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - 9:15am
Category: General

During the past 20 years there has been a great deal of interest in obsoleting the use of welded wire mesh for underground secondary roof support applications.

Welded wire mesh has inherent issues with material handling, related to unusable material loss, personal injuries and installed longevity.  Mines report that for every ten welded wire panels transported underground, one cannot be installed.  Injuries associated with welded wire mesh installation range from shoulder and back sprains to hand and facial punctures.

Date: Monday, 13 November 2017 - 11:00am
Category: Events

Geofabrics New Zealand Ltd were proud to be awarded the Images Award at the Civil Contractors Federation Hawkes Bay 23rd Annual Dinner and Awards on Friday night which was attended by an excess of 130 people. Congratulations, to Robert Fris who accepted the award for Geofabrics and Annie as

Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 9:00am
Category: Latest Projects

In April 2017 a consultant enquired about the use of a GCCM (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite mat) in rehabilitating an eroding drainage channel for a local government authority, which they thought would be an economical solution to their problem. The channel was to be 3.2 m wide crest to crest and 100 m long. The objective was for the channel to be installed up stream of a new guardrail installation and to protect the new guardrail footings from being scoured in the event of a heavy rainfall event.

Date: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 5:30pm
Category: Latest Projects

Our client manufactures superphosphate at an Australian plant. 

Date: Friday, 27 October 2017 - 1:00pm
Category: Latest Projects

Fluid storage tanks have many applications within the mining industry including at well heads and fluid processing facilities, for irrigation water storage, dust suppression water storage, construction water, potable water and grey water at camps. They are also suitable for wash down bays.

Our client used bidim C Range conductive geotextile as part of its lining containment system on two double lined brine water storage tanks to deliver significant savings in design time, construction time, expenditure and environmental impacts compared with traditional regulated dam construction. 

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 11:00am
Category: Events
Geofabrics CPB Family Day

Geofabrics staff were cooking up a storm at the CPB Family Day held on Saturday 7 October with a sausage sizzle and prize draws!

Date: Thursday, 5 October 2017 - 5:30pm
Category: Latest Projects

Appointed by the Western Australian State Government under a PPP  design, build, maintain contract the EduWest Project Co are tasked with delivering four new primary schools and two new high schools in and around Perth.

Date: Monday, 2 October 2017 - 11:00am
Category: Latest Projects

A forestry access harvest road was required into a private block in Glengarry, Hawkes Bay.

Date: Monday, 2 October 2017 - 11:00am
Category: Latest Projects

Gisborne is one of the regions in New Zealand that relies heavily on forestry as its main export via the Port of Gisborne.

Date: Friday, 29 September 2017 - 2:30pm
Category: General

Woven mesh gabions and Reno Mattresses® are used for a range of solutions in both geotechnical and hydraulic disciplines.

Date: Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 5:45pm
Category: General

WT Partnership’s report, Track Formation Rehabilitation Options (Geofabrics) – Cost Options and Whole of Life Comparisons (June 2016), was carried out comparing a range of different scenarios using Geosynthetics and comparing them to conventional track formation practices which do not utilise Geosynthetic solutions.

The study investigated a 200 metre long section of track renewal over a 40 year life span and made conservative assumptions around total replacement costs. The study investigated three capital works life span replacement intervals: 15, 20 and 25 years. These intervals can be considered conservative as geosynthetics have proven to contribute to the performance of rail lines for intervals in excess of these time frames.

Date: Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 5:45pm
Category: General

WT Partnership’s report, Track Formation Rehabilitation Options (Geofabrics) – Cost Options and Whole of Life Comparisons (June 2016), was carried out comparing a range of different scenarios using Geosynthetics and comparing them to conventional track formation practices which do not utilise Geosynthetic solutions.

The study investigated a 200 metre long section of track renewal over a 40 year life span and made conservative assumptions around total replacement costs. The study investigated three capital works life span replacement intervals: 15, 20 and 25 years. These intervals can be considered conservative as geosynthetics have proven to contribute to the performance of rail lines for intervals in excess of these time frames.

Date: Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 5:30pm
Category: General

Geotextile sand containers have been used for the protection of Australian coast and river shorelines for nearly 25 years.

Date: Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 2:00pm
Category: General

It turns out that Geotube dewatering is much more cost effective than using the most common mechanical dewatering systems based on data published by the US EPA. How can this be? Operation and maintenance costs alone for a belt filter press costs between AU$140 to AU$350 per dry ton of solids. Operation and maintenance for a centrifuge system can range from AU$110 to AU$370 per dry ton of solids. Add in capital depreciation and the required polymer flocculent costs for both systems and the cost can easily double.

Date: Thursday, 7 September 2017 - 10:15am
Category: General

I love looking back to see how things have converged together to create a different present day.  Step back just five years ago and how we lived our daily life was slightly different.  Step back ten years, and it was much different.  However the fun part is always looking at the things happening today and trying to envision (and then create) a different future.  After all, to be viewed as a market leader, one must lead.

Historically we have seen our geosynthetic products as performing specific functions, whether it be separation, reinforcement or containment. Some of the more versatile products can perform several functions.

For the future, our vision is to take our “dumb products” and turn them into “smart geosynthetics” using the inherent properties of graphene. That is, move from products that perform a function (or functions) and allow them to also act as a sensor to collect data. 

Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 5:00pm
Category: General

Whole of life cost on rail track has become increasingly important as rail asset owners and operators look for ways to maximise their maintenance budgets whilst maintaining safety and serviceability.

Date: Monday, 21 August 2017 - 9:15am
Category: Latest Projects

This suburban NSW Wastewater Treatment Plant has a capacity of up to 18 mega Litres per day servicing up to approximately 75,000 people.  For normal operations, the plant makes use of 2 belt filter presses to dewater biosolids to 14-17 percent solids.  The biosolids are removed by truck daily to be sent to land crops and sugar cane farms.

Date: Friday, 28 July 2017 - 9:00am
Category: Latest Projects

In April 2015, Concrete Canvas GCCM was used to line a ditch next to the new Bexhill to Hastings link road.

Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 2:30pm
Category: Latest Projects

South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) and Adelaide City Council recently collaborated on the redevelopment of Narnungga (Park 25) which will include a new multi-purpose sports pavilion to replace the existing sporting clubhouses, improved cricket and football fields and a floodlit beach sports facility.

One of the biggest issues historically with the football/cricket field had been its undulating surface and poor drainage. This was in part due to the clay type soils typical of this region coupled with poor natural drainage. Therefore one of the most important aspects of the project was ensuring that the drainage was significantly improved to ensure excellent ongoing playing conditions during the wet and dry season for both SACA and the local South Australian Amateur Football league.

Date: Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 5:00pm
Category: General
Drinking Water

Thomas Malthus, author of An Essay on the Principle of Population, is often ignored or derided today.  The general commentary on Malthus goes something like this: “oh yeah, isn’t he that guy that predicted we were all going to starve because the population was increasing faster than the rate of food production… what a fool to not predict all the technology that allows us to keep growing”. Indeed, the world population at the time of publication, 1798, was about 1 billion and today the estimated population is 7.5 billion. What an achievement!

Date: Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 3:30pm
Category: General
Lining Cushion

Polyethylene geomembranes are used in dams, landfills and tailings dams as the primary hydraulic barrier to separate contaminants from groundwater. Logic would suggest liner design would therefore include hydraulic or permeability values for these products, but these are not seen in project specifications. The explanation is that if you ensure that the geomembrane PE formulation meets site conditions, and ensure that certain basic mechanical properties are met with emphasis on thickness (1.5–2.0 mm+), then permeability through the liner can be assumed to be extremely low. It is design analysis of potential holes and liner stress post placement that determines hydraulic performance and good design requires an understanding of these potential damage mechanisms.

Date: Friday, 26 May 2017 - 12:00pm
Category: Latest Projects
The existing rail formation is removed and excavated to 300 mm deep

Geofabrics was approached by Coleman Rail to assist on Steamranger, a historic train society in South Australia running trains on the Victor Harbor railway line.

Date: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 - 12:45pm
Category: General
NZTA Approved Geofabrics Products

Geofabrics New Zealand Ltd are pleased to announce the completion of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) approval process for all our Geosynthetic Reinforcing products which meet clause 6.8.1 of the Bridge Manual 3rd edition of the NZ Transport Agency’s Bridge Manual.

Date: Thursday, 23 March 2017 - 6:30pm
Category: General

Not all geotextiles are created equal when it comes to cushioning performance and it is important to consider this when specifying these products.

Date: Monday, 27 February 2017 - 1:30pm
Category: General

Geofabrics Australasia Pty Ltd (Geofabrics), the Australasian leader in geosynthetics, today entered into a distributor agreement with Concrete Canvas Ltd (Concrete Canvas), the inventors of the innovative Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM).

Date: Friday, 28 October 2016 - 1:30pm
Category: General

Approved by Network Rail in the UK and national rail authorities across the world, Tensar TriAx geogrid is specifically designed for use in track beds.

Date: Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 12:30am
Category: General

In 2014/15 over $1 billion was spent by Australian rail asset owners and operators on track maintenance works. However, a recent report prepared by industry leading cost consultants, WT Partnership, has shown that a reduction in maintenance costs can be achieved if asset owners and operators embraced innovative geosynthetic solutions to reduce whole of life costs.

Date: Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 12:30am
Category: General

BIS Shrapnel’s Engineering Construction in Australia 2016 – 2030 September 2016 update highlighted two significant events in the Australian Engineering Construction sector: Transition of the mining and resources segment from Capex to Opex and a move by state and federal governments to invest in road and rail transport infrastructure following the 2011 to 2015 trough in public sector investment. 

Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 6:45pm
Category: General

Gabion structures have been around for well over 100 years and in the 21st century Maccaferri gabions have been used to build structures over 70 m high. Double twist (DT) mesh gabions can be used in many applications from architectural to structurally sensitive projects.

Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 1:30pm
Category: General

Anyone who uses the road infrastructure in Australia also makes a small contribution to what are known as road-deposited sediments (RDS). The contribution of one individual is insignificant but the net effect of all of our combined road use results in a significant amount of waste material. What are road-deposited sediments? Road-Deposited Sediments are small particulates that accumulate around our road infrastructure.

Date: Tuesday, 6 September 2016 - 8:00am
Category: General

The ferocious storms which pounded the NSW and Southern Queensland coasts last weekend brought into focus the Climate Council's 2014 report Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding.

The report predicts that more than $226 billion in commercial, industrial, road and rail, and residential assets around Australian coasts are potentially at risk by 2100 due to rising sea levels and climate change. The report also calculates that 52% of Australia's coastline is susceptible to recession due to climate change, rising sea levels and storm surges.

In two instances along the coast Council and landowners have worked to proactively protect their beachfront from the effects of climate change; protecting their beaches from the impact of last weekend’s storms.

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016 - 6:15pm
Category: General

Geofabrics has been awarded Australian Manufacturer of the Year at the 2016 Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Awards in the Industrial Products category for our Trinet® and Flownet® geonet geocomposite drainage systems.