CQA Training and Certification, November 2017

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TRI will host three geosynthetics CQA training short courses and two certification opportunities November 27 – December 1 in Austin, Texas The next CQA Week will present multiple opportunities for high-level CQA training and certification. Construction Quality Assurance experts in projects utilizing geosynthetics, such as in waste management and mining, ensure the effectiveness of the materi... »

April Events: Geosynthetics CQA Training and Certification

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CQA training and certification events during CQA Week highlight how important Construction Quality Assurance is to geosynthetics–and, by extension, to infrastructure sectors such as waste management and mining. CQA activities ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term service lives and economical performance for infrastructure. Essentially, the work perfo... »

Geosynthetics CQA Week Events, April 24 – 28

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CQA Week events highlight how important Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) is to geosynthetics. CQA activities ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term service lives and economical performance for infrastructure. Essentially, the work performed by CQA professionals helps facilities go into service in as ideal a condition as possible. Held twice annually, th... »

Geosynthetics CQA Workshop at Australian Landfill Conference

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During the 7th Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations Conference, a one-day CQA workshop will be held with a focus on construction quality assurance (CQA) for geosynthetic liners. These barrier systems are vital to the long-term performance and environmental security of waste management installations. The CQA conducted on site ensures that these systems go into operation in ideal condition to b... »

CQA Week Adds Half-Day Leak Location Primer

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Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) Week returns to Austin, Texas 6 – 9 December 2016. This time around, the multi-day geosynthetics professional development includes a half-day primer on electrical leak location (ELL) technologies. The shorter, significantly discounted primer offers a welcomed option to focus only on geosynthetic lining system leak location methods and how to properly specify th... »

GCLs and a Flood Dam Monitoring System

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By NAUE – The need to mitigate the impact of flooding has intensified as floods have become more frequent and serious. All types of dams are being reassessed. Their “impermeability” during emergencies, which is deeply connected to their integrity and overall safety, is of paramount importance. But how can these structures be monitored for better assurance of performance? NAUE was invol... »

How Cable Ties Can Cost a Geosynthetics Project Millions

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Construction quality assurance expert Glen Toepfer (CQA Solutions) takes on the topic of cable ties in his latest video post from his Uncontained blog. In the 3.5-minute video, he shares notes from the field, including the impact of geonet yield, thermal expansion, safety, and testing speed. “Not a lot of attention seems to be paid to them in the specifications,” he says. “How ma... »

Imagine IM Wins Innovation Award, Signs MOU with TenCate

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October is turning out to be a month of substantially good news for Imagine IM. The Australia-based producer of graphene has just been recognized with an Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) Victorian Innovation Award. It has also announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with TenCate Geosynthetics to develop and demonstrate a modified imgne® X3 graphene coating for polypro... »

Geosynthetic Protection and Covering Lecture at MoDNR

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Mark Sieracke of Weaver Consultants Group will provide a special keynote lecture focused on Geosynthetic Protection and Covering on Thursday, September 8. The talk is part of CQA Week professional development events in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) is hosting this round of CQA Week engineering training 7 – 9 September 2016. The program is open to th... »

Missouri DNR Adds Inspectors Certification to CQA Week

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The Geosynthetic Certification Institute – Inspectors Certification Program (GCI – ICP) exam has been added to the next CQA Week. To be held 7 – 9 September 2016 in Jefferson City, Missouri and hosted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR), the three-day training offers multiple engineering courses under a single, reduced-cost registration. The program is open to the g... »

MoDNR to Host September CQA Week Courses

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) will host CQA Week 7 – 9 September 2016 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Three courses will be offered as a single registration package. The education targets construction quality assurance and electrical leak location (ELL) in landfill and containment engineering applications. The program is open to the general engineering, construction, and enviro... »

The Geosynthetics CQA Pyramid of Success

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In his latest Uncontained posting, geosynthetics CQA expert Glen Toepfer writes on the ways in which project partners work together. He writes about achievement in the field as a project and CQA pyramid, with layers of support and involvement bringing projects to their highest point of success. He writes: When you stop and think about the advancements in the waste containment/geosynthetics industr... »

Panelists Sought for Liner Installation Session

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During EuroGeo 6 (25 – 28 September 2016) in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Ian D. Peggs will moderate a panel discussion on “Managing Wrinkles, Bridging, and Ballasting during Geomembrane Liner Installation.” Interested contributors are encouraged to contact Dr. Peggs. The format for the session will involve six 5-minute presentations followed by an hour of group discussion with the audience. ... »

5 Ways Today to Improve Civil Engineering Tomorrow

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In his latest post from the Uncontained series, construction quality assurance (CQA) expert Glen Toepfer writes on 5 things we in the geosynthetics and affiliated geotechnical and civil engineering fields can do to improve our practices. Toepfer’s columns come for a unique place of experience. He has been at the forefront of the “zero leaks” approach to CQA with geosynthetic cont... »

CQA Week Events, April 25 – 29

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CQA Week events highlight how important Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) is to geosynthetics. CQA activities ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term service lives and economical performance for infrastructure. Essentially, the work performed by CQA professionals helps facilities go into service in as ideal a condition as possible. Held twice annually, th... »

VIDEO: CQA and Extrusion Separation of Geomembranes

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CQA Solutions’ Glen Toepfer has made a name in the field through elevating construction quality assurance not just on site but in conference discussions and in publications. On Uncontained, a column and video-driven content site produced as an offshoot of his main CQA Solutions company website, he takes up a wide range of issues, such as extrusion separation of welded geomembranes. Of extrusion se... »

INTERVIEW: An Insurance Policy for Geosynthetic Installations

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CQA Solutions (CQAS) has built a strong reputation in the geosynthetics field for its approach to quality assurance on geosynthetic installations. This has included pioneering work on the “zero leak” strategy at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, which is now in its seventh leak-free year. Beyond the company’s impressive site work, CQAS has developed software to improve documentation (Supe... »

Register Now for CQA Training Courses in Geosynthetics

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The field of geosynthetics has greatly improved the long-term economics, durability, and service of infrastructure. Beyond manufacturing advances, one of the primary ways in which this geotechnical sector has improved the large civil engineering field is through increased expertise in construction quality assurance (CQA). Many opportunities exist for engineering firms, agencies, and other stakehol... »

Geosynthetics Middle East Drawing Strong Interest

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Now in its 7th edition, SKZ’s Geosynthetics Middle East (GeoME 2015) continues to develop as the region’s biggest conference dedicated to geosynthetic engineering. More than 400 participants attended the previous iteration, and another strong showing is expected for the 16 – 17 November 2015 event in Abu Dhabi. The organizers report that the limited exhibit space has sold quickly, with 75% of the ... »

Geosynthetics CQA Week Short Course Schedule

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Geosynthetics CQA is a key component to the effectiveness of the materials and their role in long-term service lives and the economical performance of infrastructure. CQA, like manufacturing quality controls and expert installation, ensures that facilities go into service in as ideal a condition as possible. CQA practices have even created zero-leak installations (e.g., the massive Palo Verde Nucl... »

Geosynthetics Middle East 2015 Extends Speaker Deadline

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2015 until September 30. The event is the biggest geosynthetics conference in its region and this 7th edition will once again be held under the Patronage of Abu Dhabi City Municipality. The international conference takes place 16-17 November 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. VISIT THE EVENT WEBSITE SUBMIT SPEAKING ABSTRACT The conference seeks: Application Case Studies New Materials New Des... »

CQA Week Course Dates: November 2 – 6

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CQA Week delivers courses on performing liner integrity surveys (electrical leak location), CQC/CQA of geosynthetic installation, and CQC/CQA of geosynthetic clay liner and compacted clay liner installation. The week also offers multiple certification opportunities, such as the Level 2 ELIS exam for liner surveys and two CQA certifications from the Geosynthetic Certification Institute. The short c... »

Call for Speakers: 7th Geosynthetics Middle East

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SKZ is holding open its call for speakers for the 7th edition of Geosynthetics Middle East (GEOME 2015) for one more week. The event is the biggest geosynthetics conference in its region. It has steadily attracted support and will once again be held under the Patronage of Abu Dhabi City Municipality. The international conference will take place 16-17 November 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate... »

CQA Solutions Adds Partner from Palo Verde Work

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The high-level geomembrane installation at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (2009 – 2013) has been well documented, particularly for its “Zero Leaks” approach. Glen Toepfer of CQA Solutions, Ltd. was instrumental on the CQA side of meeting that enormous goal. His company has now announced the addition of Mr. Shabbir Pittalwala as a consulting partner. Pittalwala was also closely involved ... »

Toepfer Publishes Book on CQA and Geosynthetics Installation

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Glen Toepfer’s years in construction quality assurance (CQA) have brought him to a diverse range of geosynthetics installation sites. From conventional landfill and pond liner projects to the massive, multi-layer “zero leak” strategy of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Toepfer has seen the good, bad, and ugly that geotechnical engineering works can offer. His field insights have be... »