TenCate Wins IFIA Award

November 8, 2011 • Filed under: News — Joel Bailey

The Industrial Fabrics Association International just wrapped up its 2011 Expo Americas event in Balitmore after announcing that TenCate Geosynthetics, a partner in several AUTC projects, won its International Achievement Award of Excellence.

The award came from a project in which Tencate used a geotextile reinforced soil retaining wall at a mine near Hong Kong. The company’s innovations in this area have made it an important go-to partner in current and past AUTC projects involving similar technologies.

With AUTC, the company is currently partnering with Geo-Watersheds Scientific and the UAF College of Engineering and Mines on two U.S. Department of Transportation sponsored projects developing the “Use of Mirafi Nylon Wicking Fabric to Help Prevent Frost Boils in the Dalton Highway Beaver Slide Area, Alaska,” (AUTC #RR10.02 and AUTC #510020). Led by UAF’s Xiong Zhang, the project is utilizing new industrial fabric technology to help combat road degradation associated with spring thaw and downslope running of shallow groundwater on Alaska’s Dalton Highway.

On another project with Dr. Zhang (AUTC #MISC6), Tencate’s fabrics were installed under pavement on the Dalton in an attempt to reduce or eliminate “soft spots”—water pools underneath the pavement that cause rapid degradation and potholes.

AUTC’s partnerships with private sector innovators like Tencate and Geo-Watersheds helps advance collaborative solutions to many of Alaska’s unique cold-weather challenges.