On Tuesday, February 26, 2020, Commerce Department at the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine and Tensar International Corporation conducted the “Mechanical Stabilization – Innovative Solutions for Reliable, Long-Lasting, Sustainable Roads and Other Applications” presentation at the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. Tensar is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine organizes such presentations for U.S. companies in various industries to promote advanced U.S. technologies to potential customers and partners in Ukraine.

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) cooperated with the U.S. Embassy, Tensar and Uniprom LLC, a USUBC member and the local partner for Tensar, in making this presentation available to USUBC member companies and other potential clients from Ukraine’s public and private sectors.

At the event, the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Pennington brought welcome remarks.

Ilona Shtrom, Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy to Ukraine, made introductory remarks with special focus on the safety, long useful life and the quality of various civil engineering structures developed with the Tensar technology.

Introduction to the Tensar International Corporation was made by Konstantin Vachnadze, General Director of Tensar Innovative Solutions.

The main presentation was made by Ms. Yuli (Chaido) Doulala-Rigby, Business Development & Chief Civil Engineer, Tensar International Limited, who has been working in geotechnical engineering for more than 20 years. 

Ms. Doulala-Rigby focused on innovating technology of mechanical stabilization of the soil with geosynthetic products, gave numerous examples of projects implemented by Tensar worldwide in different applications:  airports, sea ports, roads, railways, civil infrastructure objects, and the defense sector, among which a number of projects had challenging geological and hydrological conditions. Backed by the extensive research and thoroughly tested, Tensar’s world-renowned geogrid products have set the industry standard, helped engineers, contractors and business owners use geogrid to achieve more cost-effective, reliable solutions for soil stabilization, earth reinforcement, and other site development challenges.

Peter Aizman, Director of Uniprom LLC, shared his company’s experience in implementing in Ukraine several projects based on Tensar technology at Lviv, Kharkiv, Zhuliany airports, at Kyiv-Chop, Kyiv-Kharkiv, Kyiv-Odesa highways, Odesa-Reni road, construction of сargo terminals at Odesa and Chernomorsk sea ports etc.  

During the discussion, participants of the seminar admitted that in Ukraine the intensive trucking causes a significant road surface load increase and many Ukrainian highways and roads are being damaged due to poor construction technology and materials. Additionally, extending the useful lifetime of infrastructure structures would bode well for the owners’ budgets, but a longer term budgeting is required for adequate tender documentation and competition.

Michael Datsenko, Director and Member Programs, USUBC was the moderator of this event which was attended by over 60 interested parties including representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, state agencies, members of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, heads of different trade associations, airports, ports, scientists, design, maintenance and service companies.

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Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Tensar International Corporation, a manufacturer of proven geosynthetic products and full provider of engineering services, is a world leader and expert in technology driven solutions for soil reinforcement and ground stabilization. 

Tensar supplies geosynthetic products and provides proven practical solutions for poor soil conditions affecting the cost of roads, railways and paved areas. The company also offers products for earth retaining walls and slopes, subgrade improvement and stabilization, foundations, reinforcement of asphalt to extend pavement life and erosion protection products for soil slopes and waterways.

With over 30 years of experience in developing, manufacturing and designing innovative, sustainable construction solutions as an alternative to traditional methods, Tensar geogrid and geotextile products and systems have been rigorously tested and studied by leading universities, independent laboratories and national authorities.

Tensar’s high performance solutions have been used in many thousands of civil engineering projects all across the globe, including:  roads,  runways, embankment-foundations, working platforms, railways, ports, housing , retail and commercial developments, mining, erosion prevention, waste industry applications (www.tensarinternational.com ).  

Uniprom LLC, a private Ukrainian company, works in the area of infrastructure, civil engineering and other construction. Uniprom applies geosynthetic materials in hydro-technical installations, civil engineering and road construction for strengthening road surface, retaining/supporting walls construction with soil reinforcement with geogrids, water slopes and embankments reinforcement, as well as well as supplying their partners with dry construction mixes and laboratory and test equipment for quality control of road surface construction and repairs. 

Launched in 1993, Uniprom is an official representative and distributor of several U.S. and international companies working in this industry and has implemented over 200 projects in Ukrainian market.

Uniprom is a leader in promoting and implementing innovative state-of-art technologies in Ukraine’s infrastructure development which is also a priority area of cooperation between the U.S. and Ukraine (www.uniprom.com.ua).