Hallaton Receives 2017 IAGI Innovative Project Award

Hallaton is the proud recipient of the prestigious 2017 IAGI Innovative Project Award. Our work at the Pearce Creek Dredge Disposal Facility was showcased as being among the best in Geosynthetics Installation.

IAGI Awards Recognize the Best in Geosynthetics Installation

IAGI (International Association of Geosynthetic Installers) presented three Installation Awards at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, FL. The awards recognize exceptional work by geosynthetic installers.

“The IAGI Installation Awards recognize those IAGI members who make significant contributions to the field of geosynthetics installation. So often the installer gets forgotten in the discussion of a project,” commented Laurie Honnigford, managing director of IAGI. “In reality a project is a set of plans on a piece of paper until the installer gets involved. The installer can make or break a project and we need to recognize those who improve and advance our industry.”

Innovative Project Award

IAGI had two award categories, Innovative and Extreme. Hallaton received the Innovative Project Award for its exceptional work at the Pearce Creek Dredge Disposal Facility in Cecil County, MD.

Pearce Creek Dredge Disposal Facility

The 260-acre Pearce Creek placement site, owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, received dredged material from the C&D Canal’s approach channels at various times between 1937 and 1993. The Corps plans to reactivate the site for the placement of dredged material from the federal navigation channel.

However, in 2013 the US Geological Survey found that a missing or thin layer of clay beneath the site contributed to the entry of degraded water into the underlying aquifers. Migration of this groundwater, which moves very slowly, had gradually impacted water quality in some residential wells.

Project Constraints

  • Expedited construction schedule
  • Local and national regulations
  • Stringent safety concerns
  • Ground water impacts
  • Neighboring residents

  • 3:1 Slopes
  • 16 oz Protective Geotextile
  • 40 mil HDPE Geomembrane
  • 16 oz Protective Geotextile

Hallaton was contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers to install a geosynthetic liner covering the entire Pearce Creek dredged material placement site. When the Pearce Creek site is reactivated, substantial safeguards will be in place to protect and monitor surface water and groundwater quality. The geosynthetic liner installed by Hallaton will prevent any further impacts from dredged material by preventing it from entering the groundwater system.