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GSE Environmental
www.gseworld.com / Jeffrey Nigh, executive VP of global operations: "We can customize our
manufacturing process to add more texture to a liner, depending on the client's slope and frictional requirements."

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improvement success stems from its
constant collaboration with clients.
"Our sales teams speak with clients to
understand what they need to run
their businesses more profitably and
safer," Nigh says. "The salespeople, in
turn, collaborate with our R&D people to develop better solutions
through improving existing products
or creating new products."

Leak Detection

gse has found success in
continuous improvement
through ongoing
collaboration with clients.

Making History
gse environmental is proud to pioneer the manufacture
of geosynthetic liner systems. by barbara mchatton
It isn't enough to be the industry
leader in geosynthetic liner systems.
GSE Environmental plans on continually paving the way to create new and
improved products for the industries it
serves, as well as for the environment.
Since 1972, the Houston-based
manufacturer has been developing
liner systems to prevent contaminants from leaking into groundwater
or to contain water in ponds or canals.
GSE's products are used in applications such as solid and hazardous
waste disposal, coal ash containment,
retention ponds, roadway construction, water storage and agricultural
containment, as well as mining operations. The firm serves clients around
the globe with manufacturing facilities in Egypt, Thailand, Germany and
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Chile, as well as a new greenfield factory in China scheduled to begin
operations in late 2013.
"Geosynthetics take the place of
natural soil materials as barrier and
drainage systems," explains Jeffrey
Nigh, executive vice president of
global operations. In addition to
being more economical and less cumbersome, he claims that GSE lining
systems perform "six orders of magnitude better than clay." In addition
to geomembranes, the company manufactures geosynthetic clay liners
(GCLs), geonets and composites,
geotextiles, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) concrete protection
products, and other specialty geosynthetic products.
Much of the company's continual

One of the more notable improvements created from these collaborations is that clients are able to test for
leaks in GSE's products after installation. "One of our customers' chief
complaints was that they were discovering leaks after the geomembranes had been covered with soil,"
Nigh says. "Considering these are
typically pretty large installations, it
was also important that clients could
pinpoint the location of the leaks."
GSE's leak location liners feature
an electrically conductive bottom
layer. This allows leak testing to be
performed on both exposed and covered applications. In addition, this
feature enables leak detection in less
than ideal conditions because the
conductivity is built in to the product
and does not rely on the conductivity
of the underlying soil. "This quality is
built into the material," Nigh says. "If
a leak is suspected 20 years from now,
they can re-test the liner system and
detect the leak within a few inches of
its location."

Applied Technology
GSE developed liner systems for a
nuclear power facility in Arizona.
Being the only facility of its kind that
wasn't located near a body of water
that is needed for cooling, the challenge was to source a sufficient
amount of water that was readily
available. "The client built hundreds
of acres of ponds to store and maintain water," Nigh says. "The client utilized two layers of GSE's leak location


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