Planning for the upcoming conference Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014 is well advanced. As the above news items attest, there is great interest in geosynthetics and this conference will focus on the use of geosynthetics in mining. We have many fine sponsors and a great slate of papers—with more still on their way. Please to be able to tell that Mike O’Kane and his folk at O’Kane Consultants have promised two great papers on the use of geosynthetics in the covers of closed mine waste disposal facilities.
Prompted by review of papers and conference planning I here describe a few new things about geosynthetics in general and in mining. At least these are things new to me. In an industry that is moving incredibly fast.
Just found a discussion group on Linkedin called simply Geosynthetics. The site includes a mix of news about geosynthetics, requests for information, job seekers, and comments on the properties of geosynthetics. You will need plenty of time to follow all the threads of discussion.
Then there is another site called Geosynthetic Experts. Seems to be a mirror of the first site I mention above although with a different emphasis, mainly on jobs. Hard to judge as it is replete with typos and strange grammar. But an occasional gem or nugget of information and insight. Patience in wading through the many postings is required.
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The point is what better way than coming to the conference is there if you want to quickly and efficiently come up to speed on new and innovative geosynthetics and their applications in mining.