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October 3rd, 2023
The urgency to transition to renewable energy sources has intensified as global energy demands continue to rise. Wind farms are gaining momentum as an effective solution to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions. However, constructing wind farms in remote areas with poor soil conditions poses significant challenges. Wind energy projects require careful considerations such […]
August 31st, 2023
Propex is a leading innovator, developer, and supplier of geosynthetics worldwide. Their products are used in a variety of applications, including erosion control, drainage, and reinforcement. Propex erosion control products are designed to be cost-effective, technically proven, and permanent solutions to erosion problems. They are also environmentally sensitive alternatives to hard armour solutions. Propex erosion […]
August 21st, 2023
At Global Synthetics, we are excited to share ground-breaking news in the field of geotextile sand containers. Naue, a leading supplier of geo-construction materials, has recently obtained a patent for a revolutionary closing technology that will transform the construction industry. Geotextile sand containers have gained popularity due to their efficiency, safety and sustainability compared to […]
July 7th, 2023
Geogrid reinforcement and stabilisation is used in roadways in two major applications: base reinforcement/stabilisation and subgrade stabilisation. In base reinforcement/stabilisation, the geogrid is placed within or at the bottom of a pavement system to improve the load-carrying capacity and reduce the deformation of the pavement under repeated traffic as well as helps control expansive subgrade […]
June 30th, 2023
Ongoing management of landfill sites involves complex environmental challenges and requires strict compliance with certain guidelines. Managing issues such as leachate, runoff, gases, and other by-products of the waste management process have traditionally been managed by lining and capping cells with clay. Geosynthetic Clay Liners however offer an alternative to traditional clay lining of landfill […]
May 22nd, 2023
In this blog, we explore the significant efforts undertaken by Global Synthetics and our partners to minimise the carbon footprint caused by the manufacturing processes, products, and the installation in civil engineering projects. By comparing our innovative geosynthetic solutions to traditional methods, we shed light on the remarkable carbon savings achievable with our products, showcasing […]
March 3rd, 2023
Global Synthetics is a leading supplier of geosynthetics and environmental products, providing innovative and sustainable solutions for various infrastructure projects. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are proud to announce our certification as a member of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC). Infrastructure is the backbone of society, providing the basic physical and organisational […]
December 7th, 2022
What is the Problem Is reflective cracking in your asphalt road pavements keeping you up at night? Road pavements are constantly under stress from heavy vehicle loads, temperature fluctuations and environmental movements. These types of influences are the leading causes to the occurrence of cracks appearing on your asphalt surfaces. In turn, water will find […]
October 14th, 2022
Stability and erosion control using geosynthetics is critical to ensuring the long-term performance of slopes. As Eastern Australia has seen in recent months, continued heavy rainfall can play havoc with soil stability, causing catastrophic slope failure due to increased shear stress and a multitude of other factors. Systems that provide insurance against sliding slope failure […]
September 16th, 2022
A Guide To Successful Geosynthetic Reinforced Asphalt Overlays Roads and pavements are constantly under stress from heavy vehicles and increasing traffic volumes as our cities become more congested. When this stress combines with temperature fluctuations and environmental movements, reflective cracking can begin to occur in asphalt surfaces. In turn, water finds its way into these […]
September 8th, 2022
Combigrid® is a combination of geosynthetic material and geogrid that delivers reinforcement, filtration, separation and drainage in one composite material. These geogrids are used mainly in conjunction with soft and low CBR soils where soil reinforcement in combination with separation and filtration is needed, such as in base reinforcement. Combigrid®, with its high torsional rigidity […]
August 25th, 2022
Using Geofirma Non-Woven Geotextiles Geofirma® is a proprietary non-woven geotextile that is available in a wide range of variants for different applications. This geotextile is manufactured from the extrusion of fibres which are laid on a manufacturing ‘bed’ and then needle punched to entangle the fibres, creating a dimensionally stable product. With the addition of […]
August 17th, 2022
What is a geosynthetic clay liner (GCL)? Geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) are wide width rolls of bentonite clay sandwiched between layers of geotextile. GCLs are an engineered replacement for traditional clay lining of containment structures, offering a neater, easier and more robust way to cap landfill cells, enclose contaminated soil, and contain water for environmental […]
July 26th, 2022
GEOSYNTHETICS PROVIDE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL PERFORMANCE Geosynthetics have been successfully used in the construction of roads and railways for decades. They fulfil all the classic functions of drainage, filtration, separation, reinforcement, retaining and erosion control, allowing engineers and civil contractors to deliver strong, reliable solutions that will last for many years. Global Synthetics supplies a range of […]
July 11th, 2022
DRAINTUBE™ is a range of multi-linear drainage geocomposites, designed for high performance drainage applications in the civil construction, landfill and mining sectors. DRAINTUBE® CONDUCTIVE is part of this range and adds the extra benefit of electrical leak detection in addition to the drainage, filtration and mechanical protection offered by DRAINTUBE™. DRAINTUBE® CONDUCTIVE adds a conductive […]
May 30th, 2022
What is the problem? An expansive subgrade consists of a highly plastic soil or clay that is prone to volume changes (i.e. expansion or shrinkage) due directly to variations in water content. Expansive soils swell when exposed to large amounts of water and shrink when the water evaporates away. Because of this endless cycle of […]
May 23rd, 2022
With an increasing focus on the whole-of-life impact of building materials on the environment, the European Commission undertook a consultation on microplastic pollution and how to reduce the effect on the environment. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has recently responded to a European Commission public consultation on ‘Microplastics pollution – measures to reduce its impact […]
May 5th, 2022
DRAINTUBE™ is a horizontal drainage solution that provides all the benefits of a drain as well as the cushioning effect of a geotextile – all in one installation. The system comprises perforated PP mini-pipes, geotextile layers and specific connection kits and is paired with dedicated design software. Ideal for high-performance playing fields For over 15 […]
April 1st, 2022
Almost all sliding of soil masses are due to the combination of increased shear stress acting on the soil, along with reduced shear strength of the soil itself. Identifying the sole reason for a sliding slope failure is practically impossible, as multiple factors can cause increased stress and reduced soil strength which leads to […]
March 10th, 2022
Reviewing different types of reinforced wall failures around the world. Main reasons for geogrid reinforced wall failures. Design and construction considerations to avoid geogrid reinforced wall failure. Typical failures of Retaining Walls, causes and how we can prevent them
February 28th, 2022
An ideal solution to help prevent scour. What is PyramatⓇ 25? Pyramat® 25 is a High-Performance Turf Reinforcement Mats (HPTRM) that offers a permanent engineered solution against erosion, primarily through providing a layer of permanent reinforcement to the soil until vegetation is fully established. HPTRMs are typically used in situations where water flows are strong, […]
February 23rd, 2022
With the constant release of new geosynthetic products, and best practices that are frequently revised and updated, you need to keep your skills sharp to make sure you land the most lucrative projects. CPD programs for professionals working with geosynthetics Whether you are an engineer, contractor, designer or project manager, keeping up to date with […]
January 28th, 2022
How geosynthetic sand containers are slowing erosion and protecting communities from storm surges The challenges faced by island communities While most mainland Australians are familiar with the present and ongoing risks of climate change, for the people who live and work in the Torres Strait Islands off the coast of far North Queensland, climate change […]
November 19th, 2021
Global Synthetics has been recognised for its effective geosynthetic solution for one of the largest reinforced earth embankment in the southern hemisphere.
November 18th, 2021
Global Synthetics are proud to be a gold sponsor of the inaugural GEOANZ Conference
November 1st, 2021
Reducing the impact of your civil construction projects through the smart use of geosynthetics Increased awareness of the environmental impact of civil engineering processes is leading engineers to seek out more eco-friendly alternatives. Reducing the carbon footprint of your project is simple when you choose high-quality geosynthetics such as Bentofix® and Secudrain®. Plus – it […]
October 18th, 2021
Q: Is there some information available on the durability of the scourlok baskets, vs say a typical polymer coated gabion basket wire type solution. The reason for asking is that if the baskets do eventually disintegrate the gabion rocks and geotextile behind would remain, whereas with scourlok the soil will eventually wash away and the […]
October 6th, 2021
Bentofix® geosynthetic clay liners (GCL) are a shining example of how geosynthetics perform best: by interacting with natural elements to create something stronger.
September 6th, 2021
How to select geosynthetics for wind farms? As energy demands continue to rise throughout the world, renewable energy projects such as wind farms are taking off both locally and globally. The 2021 IPCC report states that “global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C will be exceeded during the 21st century unless deep reductions in carbon dioxide […]
August 30th, 2021
Global Synthetics is committed to helping you reduce your carbon footprint through well-designed geosynthetics solutions. As cities continue to grow throughout the world, new infrastructure needs to be built and older roads, buildings and transport links upgraded or rebuilt to serve the growing needs of the population. There are many facets to construction projects that […]
August 10th, 2021
Q: With the tubes what do you do with the slurry after the water has drained? A: Thank you for the question. This will vary depending on the slurry material that has been pumped into the ProTube® product and how it can be used. If you are able to provide further information to: email@example.com and […]
May 3rd, 2021
Q: How about shape factors for bearing capacity? Is it considered in the modified method? Is your model and software limited to cohesive subgrades, or could cover granular subgrade too? A: The shape factor for the rectangular load under the tracks are used as defined in BR470: sc = 1 + 0.2 (W/L) Sg = […]
March 22nd, 2021
Tailings dams need regular maintenance and monitoring to ensure that there is sufficient drainage and the dam is strong enough to contain the mining waste. With the increase in the size of mining sites and the depth of tailing dams, geosynthetics are increasingly playing a vital role in the containment and erosion control of the basal lining of these facilities.
February 8th, 2021
The installation of asphalt reinforcement geosynthetic products is very important in their performance.
December 17th, 2020
SURFICIAL SLOPE STABILITY WITH ENGINEERED EARTH AMOURING SYSTEM PART 2 Q and A transcript from webinar held on 2 December 2020.
November 11th, 2020
Webinar Q & A Transcript - Surficial Slope Stability Part 1 October 2020
October 15th, 2020
Coir products (also known as coconut fibre products) and Jute are natural and biodegradable solutions suited to combat erosion control in any environmentally sensitive location. Constructed from coconut fibres, coir erosion control products provide natural temporary support systems until vegetation is able to establish. Coconut fibres, best known for their high strength and biodegradable nature, making them a great choice for wetlands, protected areas, and shorelines. Whereas Jute is made from jute yarn.
September 21st, 2020
Q: In order to avoid water condensation in the GCL, can we open holes in the upslope for the gases to escape?? A: This is not effective nor practical. The evaporated moisture is encapsulated under the geomembrane wrinkle. Wrinkles are connected to each other and don’t have a regular pattern and may not necessarily go […]
June 24th, 2020
Erosion control solutions are by far offering the greatest environmental benefits and maintaining a minimal carbon footprint, by promoting growth of vegetation and improving water quality. Our erosion control products, sourced from renowned international manufacturer Propex, offer more than just a natural visual appearance. Propex products, combined with sustainable design, are excellent erosion control alternatives to hard armour approaches. Propex can replace rock riprap, concrete channels, rock mattress or interlocking concrete block systems, groundwater recharge, and sediment containment, resulting in an overall cost reduction.
May 19th, 2020
The studies continue to show that the use of geosynthetics prove to have some major benefits in rail construction.
April 14th, 2020
Geogrid Aperture Stability is also known as the ‘Geogrid In-Plane Torsional Rigidity’, it relates to the stiffness of the geogrid and its ability to interlock with the aggregate particles of the gravel material placed on the geogrid.
March 25th, 2020
Having multiple degree-qualified engineers with diverse knowledge and high levels of expertise, Global Synthetics offers support ranging from project design, to analysis, to product research to meet the customer's individual requirements.
March 4th, 2020
Reinforcement alone is not always enough. Additional engineering functions may be required in the reinforcement layer, such as separation, filtration and drainage. Combigrid® combines all of these requirements in a single product. This composite product combines a Secugrid® geogrid with a needle-punched Secutex® nonwoven geotextile.
March 2nd, 2020
Unlike some Australian made GCLs, Bentofix requires no polymer/chemical additives and is not classed a carcinogenic hazardous material. Safety and performance drive selection of product.
July 4th, 2019
Geonets are rapidly becoming one of the most commonly used drainage materials in the leachate collection and removal systems of landfills. This is because they are a cost-effective and easy to install alternative to traditional stone or aggregate drainage collection systems.
May 7th, 2019
ProTank is a unique modular subsurface drainage system designed to collect water at its source. ProTank has the flexibility to infiltrate, attenuate, detain or harvest water for re-use.
April 10th, 2019
Townsville Council in northern Queensland is dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for its precinct, by placing importance on the protection and enhancement of its unique, natural and built environment and is committed to reducing impacts on these systems. Rehabilitation is a staged process and takes time to ensure it is undertaken properly and in accordance with industry guidelines.
March 26th, 2019
During an upgrade of the Hume Highway the consortium tasked for the design and construction of this project encountered a number of environmentally sensitive areas through which clean water open drains had to be constructed. The original design called for traditional concrete drains and rock beaching. This proved difficult to construct, very expensive and posed […]
March 8th, 2019
There were many challenges facing the development site prior to construction. With the construction site being located adjacent to the Brisbane River, it was ascertained that the existing sandy subgrade would prove to be problematic as it did not have the required bearing capacity. Thus, if left as it was it would not be able to withstand the proposed 370kPa piling rig pressures to be applied during operations and construction.
October 22nd, 2018
Over time, new research allows practitioners to better understand the limits and push the boundaries of geosynthetics to solve real-world engineering problems. As a result, design and test standards need to be updated
June 6th, 2018
Geotextile, when used as a protection layer acts as a cushioning barrier between a geosynthetic lining system such as in a dam or landfill cell.
March 28th, 2018
Geosynthetics are mainly used in stabilisation applications to facilitate the construction work. Even if the finished pavement can be supported by the subgrade, it may be difficult or sometimes impossible for the initial construction work to be started without some sort of stabilisation in the beginning. Geosynthetics offer a cost-effective alternative to other expensive stabilisation […]
February 22nd, 2018
The most commonly used metallic coating for the corrosion protection of steel wire, sheet and structural products is Zinc. Zinc coating offers a good combination of galvanic and barrier protection. However, to discover even better and more suited products for end users and the environment, researchers attempted to develop superior steel coatings. The outcome was […]
January 31st, 2018
UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF GEOGRIDS The selection of the appropriate geogrid is a function of the application. So many people forget the basics and get confused by manufacturers quoting properties of irrelevance. 1.Application can generally be thought about in terms of time of duration of loading. Stabilisation and reinforcement for paved roads is a short […]
December 7th, 2017
Lets firstly look at what is a geotextile? Geotextiles are a permeable synthetic textile material, made from either polypropylene or polyester. Geotextiles have had a long history of use in filtration, drainage, separation and protection applications in a range of civil, coastal and environmental engineering structures. When used in several different applications, mainly associated with […]
October 16th, 2017
Geosynthetics are predominately plastic products made from polymeric materials that are helping us conserve resources and protect the environment. These important products include geotextiles, geogrids, geomembranes (liners). They also offer the most energy efficient and cost effective way of constructing infrastructure projects while concurrently creating systems which help protect the environment. Geosynthetics are a good […]
July 19th, 2017
One of the most naturally occurring processes on soil surfaces is soil erosion. The word “erosion” is derived from the Latin “erosio“, meaning to “gnaw away“. The main agents of soil erosion are wind, water and gravity, each contributing to a substantial amount of soil loss every year. It is of concern that soil erosion […]
June 15th, 2017
HOW TO OPTIMISE YOUR LAND SPACE- using retaining walls to expand the buildable area . From the early days, man has been layering rows of stones to keep soil out of their campsites – the retaining wall was born and we have been keeping soil at bay ever since. Over the last 20 years, retaining […]
May 2nd, 2017
Australia is the driest continent in the world. Water is a precious commodity. Some reasons for harvesting rainwater include: • An alternative source for household use such as laundry and toilet use • Supplementing the watering of commercial and domestic garden areas. • Cost effectiveness- using less water from a service provider and hence significant […]
April 11th, 2017
Meeting Today’s Environmental Challenge Synthetic soil saver blankets and mats have become a popular and sensible choice for cost effective, technically proven, permanent solutions to promote stabilisation and control erosion. When selecting what to use there are a number of features and attributes to consider, not to mention the design aspects of the project as […]
March 13th, 2017
Lets begin by having a look at the fundamentals in Landfill Design which make it perfect for the use of this unique product . The aim of a landfill is to ensure that there is no contamination of the environment from waste. Contamination entails the movement of chemical compounds in solid, liquid or gaseous form […]
March 2nd, 2017
“I am really confused and tired… Every supplier says something different… Which one finally performs better?”… Are you confused as well? Biaxial geogrids have a long history in the reinforcement of pavements and ballast and/or capping layers in road and railway projects. Some years ago, a new concept of triangular aperture was introduced to the […]
February 20th, 2017
After 10 years of offering ground improvement products from its original warehouse, our Perth office is taking things to the next level. We are excited to announce that Global Synthetics, Perth warehouse and office, has relocated to larger premises in Welshpool. This means that we are able to stock a wider range of geosynthetic products, […]
October 24th, 2016
The 2700 hectare Brisbane Airport precinct sits on an old river delta which contains an abundance of soft and waterlogged soil. Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) was looking for an economical yet technically and environmentally compatible solution to improve the bearing capacity of the very soft subgrade to build the new parallel runway. As the biggest aviation […]
September 13th, 2016
Secugrid – Geogrid Reinforcement Solutions Secugrid® geogrids provide tensile reinforcement for base courses in railway and highway foundation engineering, steep-sided soil embankments and retaining walls, foundation reinforcement of earth embankments, load transfer of overlying soil masses, spanning voids and sinkholes, sludge lagoon closures, trench covers and beds. With the available tensile strengths, Secugrid® is suitable […]
August 9th, 2016
Ten years ago Global Synthetics made its foray into the Ground Improvement Industry, and from its humble beginnings it has grown into one of Australia’s leading geosynthetic suppliers. Starting from a small conservative warehouse in Girraween with two staff, Global Synthetics now runs 5 office and warehouse locations in major capital cities around Australia, […]
March 21st, 2016
Pavement Base Course Reinforced with Combigrid®
December 16th, 2014
Global Synthetics is pleased to annouce the addition of a South Australian office to its growing national presence.
November 3rd, 2014
8,000,000 liner meters of Global Synthetics supplied Wick Drain has been installed in Brisbane's New Parallel Runway Project.
November 1st, 2014
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