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Plastic Netting Handbook

Conwed, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, launched its 2016 IDEA Book, a digital catalog that outlines the company’s capabilities, core products, and technologies. This new digital magazine includes a step-by-step description of how Conwed netting — used in filtration, landscape, and erosion control applications, as well as many industrial and consumer products — is made, the netting characteristics that can be customized, and how netting can be incorporated with other materials and substrates in diverse production processes. The Conwed IDEA Book was conceived as an e-handbook to guide prospects and customers when evaluating new materials.


BioD-Mat® woven bristle coir blankets

RoLanka’s BioD-Mat® blankets are woven from machine-spun bristle coir (coconut fiber) twines. Coir fiber is a renewal natural resource, a by-product from the coconut industry.  These semi-permanent 100% biodegradable, strong and durable bristle coir woven blankets provide higher resistance upon installation while supporting growth and development of vegetation. These blankets allow designers and specifiers to go beyond the design limits of other types of organic erosion control blankets.



No-wall fabric building

ClearSpan Fabric Structures’ Pavilion Building features no end walls or sidewalls, creating a covered, outdoor atmosphere that can be used for any construction need. The Pavilion Building is covered by ClearSpan’s 12.5- ounce, 24-mil rip-stop polyethylene fabric that allows natural light to filter through. The UV-resistant fabric covers come in four color options. The truss frame is triple galvanized for corrosion resistance. When paired with the ClearSpan Helical Anchoring System, the Pavilion Building can be built with minimal foundation requirements, the company said. Pavilion Buildings can be constructed 75 feet or 85 feet wide, and feature 13-foot-high eaves.



Upgraded workstations for VR

Dell announced upgrades to its Dell Precision Tower Workstations with increased performance, graphics, and memory for virtual reality (VR) content creation. The Dell Precision Tower 5810, 7810, and 7910 Workstations and Rack 7910 have been upgraded with new Intel Broadwell EP Processors that have more cores and performance for multithreaded applications that are ideal for professional modeling, analysis, and calculations. Additional upgrades include the latest professional graphics technology from AMD and NVIDIA, Dell Precision Ultra-Speed PCle drives with up to 4x-faster performance than traditional SATA SSD storage, and up to 1TB of DDR4 Memory running at 2400MHz speed.



Mobile app for PVC pipe standards

The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association released a mobile app that provides the most current PVC pipe products available meeting both AWWA and ASTM standards. The app is a useful reference tool to ensure that the most appropriate PVC pipes are specified for pipe projects. Included are PVC pipes in sizes from 4 to 60 inches for water mains, gravity sewers, sewer force mains, reclaimed water lines, storm sewers, and trenchless applications. The app provides available size ranges, joining systems, and applicable standards for each application; outside-diameter regimens for pressure pipes; and cross-section information and pipe stiffness values for sewer pipe.



Reinforced Earth®   MSE Retaining Wall System

Reinforced Earth® MSE retaining structures are an economical way to meet ordinary and extraordinary earth retention and load support needs for highways and bridges, railroads and mass transit systems, waterfronts, airports, loading docks, industrial and mining facilities and commercial and residential developments.  Each wall is a coherent gravity structure, custom-engineered by The Reinforced Earth Company to project-specific requirements including applied loading, foundation conditions, and aesthetics. The key components of a Reinforced Earth wall are galvanized steel high adherence reinforcing strips or reinforcing ladders, granular backfill and precast concrete facing panels.  The frictional bond between the backfill and the reinforcements is permanent and predictable and there is a reliable mechanical connection between reinforcements and facing panels.



Updated structural design software

SCIA released SCIA Engineer 16 with more   than 350 updates and new features including enhancements in concrete and steel design. Some of the new tools and features include improved design of concrete beams and columns; a concrete shear wall and frame module that includes Pushover; improved concrete slab and shell design; steel composite floor members improvements; cold-formed steel design; bi-axial steel connection design; extensions to 3D results and general plasticity; triangular finite elements during meshing for membrane elements; automatic mesh refinement supports multiple load cases; export to Tekla v21.1; and more.


Structural modeling, design, and analysis

Trimble introduced three software versions of its Building Information Modeling (BIM) and analysis and design solutions — Tekla Structures 2016, Tekla Structural Designer 2016, and Tekla Tedds 2016. According to Trimble, Tekla Structures provides more efficient modeling of any steel or concrete structure and introduces more efficient utilization of model information. Tekla Structural Designer is an engineering tool for analyzing and designing buildings and has expanded seismic design capabilities. Tekla Tedds automates repetitive structural calculations and has new options for analysis and design of retaining walls, foundations, and steel and concrete beams.




Presto Geosystems, the leader in geocell technology, introduces its newest innovation – the ATRA® Tendon Clip, a high strength load transfer device designed to transfer slope gravitational forces from the GEOWEB® cell wall to tendons.  The device incorporates the same “turn and lock” capability of Presto’s ATRA® key through GEOWEB® cell wall slots delivering connection certainty and a guarantee that the clip will bear against the cell wall for maximum performance.



High-capacity hydrodynamic separator

Hydro International said its First Defense High Capacity hydrodynamic separator for stormwater treatment has been certified for 80 percent Total Suspended Solids removal by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection — at the highest treatment loading rate in the industry. First Defense High Capacity works with large pipes, multiple inlet pipes, inlet grates, and now contains a high-capacity internal bypass for conveying large peak flows. Systems are available in the following sizes and approved flow rates: 4 feet, approved for up to 1.50 cfs; 6 feet, approved for up to 3.38 cfs; and 8 feet, approved for up to 6.00 cfs.


Impact Resistant fiberglass reinforced HDPE Storm Rax

Impact resistant structural plastic has a cellular core surrounded by integral skins forming a totally integrated structure.  Structural molded parts made from fiberglass reinforced HDPE have a high strength-to-weight ratio and have 3 to 4 times greater rigidity than solid parts of the same material of equal weight. Storm Rax are designed to withstand the conditions of pond structures – rough handling, high/low temperatures and long term weather exposure.



A1085 HSS Made Every 30 Days

Don’t know if you can get A1085 HSS for your project? Don’t worry. Atlas Tube manufactures it in various sizes every 30 days. Spec A1085 HSS, and we’ll deliver — anytime, anywhere. With great performance, ready availability and the industry’s widest size range from Atlas Tube, there’s no reason not to spec A1085 HSS. Learn more about ASTM A1085 and how it makes designing with HSS easier with Atlas Tube’s design aids and videos.


Expansion Joint Covers APF System

CS Expansion Joint Covers’ APF system is a unique interlocking cover design that allows for horizontal movement, as well as some vertical deflection. It is designed to withstand heavy and frequent rolling loads. This system is ideal for areas where significant foot traffic is expected and is considered extremely low maintenance. The interlocking cover assembly utilizes precision gaskets to eliminate any metal-to-metal noise and to prevent the infiltration of liquids.



Field controller

Topcon Positioning Group announced the latest addition to its line of data controllers — the FC-5000. The 7-inch sunlight-readable display field controller is compatible with all Topcon GNSS receivers and total stations, operating MAGNET Field, Site and Layout software. It has two built-in cameras — an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash for field photography and a 2 MP camera on the front for video meetings — and 64 GB of flash storage. Additional features include an optional 4G LTE cellular modem, internal GPS navigation, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and a battery life of more than 10 hours.



Advantages of Specifying Fiberglass Water Storage Tanks

Xerxes manufactures underground and aboveground fiberglass tanks in a wide range of models and sizes, designed to meet the needs of a growing number of water applications. When storage tanks are required for a project, specifiers have a choice in tank materials. Fiberglass storage tanks are increasingly the preferred choice when compared to concrete, steel and polyethylene tanks, especially where corrosion is a concern. To learn about the advantages of fiberglass storage tanks, visit our website.