Geocells for soil reinforcement
Strata Systems, Inc., added Neoweb to its line of soil reinforcement and composite geosynthetic products. Neoweb is a honeycombed, cellular confinement system (geocell) that when filled with soil, stabilizes soft soils, reinforces pavement structures, and provides a durable reinforcement solution. Applications include paved and unpaved roads, railways, slope reinforcement, earth stabilization, channel erosion protection, retention projects, landfills, and reservoirs. According to the company, Neoweb is particularly suitable for roadway projects built on weak soils in which load capacity, aggregates, durability, and cost containment are critical. Neoweb meets ISO 9001:2000, CE, and other international quality standards for materials, workmanship, and all manufacturing processes. Cell heights range from 3 to 8 inches.
Strata Systems, Inc. — www.geogrid.com
Decentralized wastewater treatment
Oldcastle Precast signed an exclusive agreement with Algaewheel Technologies, LLC, to sell Algaewheel technology as part of its decentralized wastewater treatment systems in the United States. Oldcastle has already been marketing the Algaehwheel Bacpac system, which, according to the company, is a low-energy (uses solar energy) and low-maintenance pretreatment system for commercial subsurface disposal applications. Oldcastle’s systems will be applicable for cluster housing, commercial, educational, institutional, and other applications where connecting to a central sanitary sewer is not possible or is too expensive. The company will be launching a larger system using Algaewheel technology, called Maxpac, for secondary and tertiary treatment applications.
Oldcastle Precast — www.oldcastleprecastonsite.com
Online access to municipal codes
General Code introduced its eCode360 Library Subscription Service to help research professionals, including civil engineers, access more than 1,100 municipal codes. According to the company, the service provides sophisticated search options and unique access to the most current ordinances when supplied by the municipalities. Additionally, users can search a single code or perform multiple-code searches with segmenting capability. They can view recent updates as they are available to ensure they have the most current information, compare laws and ordinances, and access public annotations and information related to local laws. Other features available to subscribers include Email Notification to alert users to changes within the code, and Basic View, which enables users to access codes from a handheld device while in the field.
General Code — www.generalcode.com
Website for specifying rolled erosion control products
The Erosion Control Technology Council’s Quality Data Oversight and Review (QDOR) program launched a new website at www.qdor.org with information for specifiers, government regulators, and manufacturers of rolled erosion control products. The website offers the QDOR Guidance Manual, suggestions for how to incorporate QDOR into specifications, and a list of frequently asked questions about the program. QDOR was developed to assist users of erosion control products in specifying and using the proper type of erosion/sediment control product on their jobs. Three times per year manufacturers may apply to have their products reviewed for placement on the QDOR list.
Erosion Control Technology Council — www.qdor.org
Geosynthetic aggregate system for drainfields
Infiltrator Systems, Inc., acquired Ring Industrial Group, L.P., the manufacturer of EZflow brand expanded polystyrene drainfield systems. The EZflow geosynthetic aggregate system, manufactured from recycled materials and installed in more than 30 states and Canadian provinces, is free from fines and engineered for optimal absorption efficiency. Modular bundled configurations make for fast, easy installations in septic drainfields and drainage applications.
Infiltrator Systems, Inc. — www.infiltratorsystems.com
Interactive pen for GIS
The Wacom DTZ-2100 interactive pen display combines Wacom’s proprietary pen input technology with a high-performance LCD monitor. According to the company, the recent introduction of new ArcGIS 9.4 features will leverage the benefits of pen input technology, providing ArcGIS 9.4 users with a more streamlined workflow, increased accuracy, and enhanced comfort. With Wacom’s interactive pen display, GIS professionals use a patented, battery-free pen to work, draw, and navigate directly on the monitor’s 21.3-inch LCD surface. Pen input further extends natural navigational control, allowing users to create features by drawing directly on screen. In addition, red-lining and reviewing with a Wacom pen broadens access to GIS data across the organization and reduces work cycle times, the company said.
Wacom — www.wacom.com