GSI Webinar: MSE Wall Back Drainage Design

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The Geosynthetic Institute will host its next GSI Webinar on 25 October 2017. The topic is MSE Wall Back Drainage Design. GSI Webinars are 80-minute sessions (with Q&A time added to the end) on the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am (EDT). Participants may be eligible to receive 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs) with completion of a 10-question multiple choice test following t... »

GSI Online Course: QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities

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The Geosynthetic Institute’s Drs. Bob Koerner and George Koerner will lead a special online short course 3 – 5 October 2017 on QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities. Worth 8 PDHs, the course will take place in two 90-minute blocks on each day (11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00 – 3:30 pm. QA/QC OF GEOSYNTHETICS IN WASTE CONTAINMENT FACILITIES GSI writes: This online course is focused on... »

GSI Webinar on Geosynthetics in Erosion Control to Address Landslides

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The Next GSI Webinar from the Geosynthetic Institute will focus on “Geosynthetics in Erosion Control.” This high-quality professional development opportunity will be held on 13 September 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT). One of the major topics within this is the relationship between erosion and landslides. WEBINAR COST: GSI Members – USD $200 Non GSI Members – $250 For more information an... »

Geosynthetic Institute Awards 11 with 2017 – 2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute has announced 11 recipients for the 2017 – 2018 Fellowships. These annually awarded GSI research grants are given out, in consultation with the GSI Board of Directors, to master’s and doctoral level applicants studying geosynthetics. GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each worth up to USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-t... »

PODCAST: George Koerner on Exposed Geomembrane Performance

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George Koerner, Director of the Geosynthetic Institute, had the honor this year of delivering the first Koerner Lecture—a series named in honor of his father Dr. Robert Koerner, who is internationally recognized as one of the godfathers of geosynthetics and who continues his work as Director Emeritus at GSI. Last year, I had the pleasure to see both Koerners at an ASCE’s GeoChicago conference and ... »

MSE Wall Failures vis-à-vis the Lack of Geotechnical Filters

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By Dr. Robert M. Koerner – Since 2001, the Geosynthetic Institute has accumulated data on failures of geosynthetic-reinforced mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls. Our MSE wall failures database presently has 301 cases, of which 191 (63%) have been caused in whole or part by water within, or adjacent to, the reinforced soil zone. We sincerely hope that our past writings and webinars... »

Congratulations, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan

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Two of the geosynthetics field’s most respected figures, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan, were honored on Thursday, June 15, at the ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics meetings in Toronto. JOEL SPRAGUE TRI Environmental‘s Senior Engineer Joel Sprague received the ASTM Award of Merit, a prestigious honor that earns him the title of Fellow. In a release from ASTM, Committee D3... »

Engineering Professors: Educate the Educators Applications Due June 1

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The deadline for engineering professors to apply for a seat in the International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program (4 – 5 December 2017, Kingston, Ontario) is approaching. All interested engineering professors must submit their application by June 1 to IGS North America. APPLY ONLINE The two-day geosynthetics training program delivers practical engineering... »

IGS North America Selects Kingston for Educate the Educators Event

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The International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program was created in the 1990s to address the knowledge gap about geosynthetics in civil engineering practice. The program used a short course format to deliver practical geosynthetics engineering information to professors, who returned to their colleges with strategies for incorporating geosynthetics into their less... »

GSI Issues Graduate Student RFP for 2017-2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2017-2018 fellowships for graduate students. Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per r... »

SWANApalooza Includes Geosynthetics Panel on Failure and Value

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At the open of promotional video for the March 28 geosynthetics panel discussion on failure and project value, the narrator quotes renowned investor Warren Buffet: Price is what you pay; value is what you get. This is an especially apt comment for geosynthetics, where the decline of a simple quality assurance service can lead to millions of dollars of litigation, clean up, and repair due to failur... »

Geosynthetic Institute Ups Webinar Offerings in 2017

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has run a highly successful series of monthly webinars over the past few years. The webinar offerings will increase in 2017, with two sessions per month from January through June followed by one per month from July through December. With January 4, GSI’s webinars will shift their traditional schedule. Instead of hosting a monthly session on the second Wednesday of ... »

A Primer on Soil and Geotextile Filter Design for MSE Walls

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Drs. Robert and George Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) are no strangers to tackling challenging topics—subjects which are either difficult to motivate discussion on (e.g., failures) or difficult to document (e.g., developing and monitoring long-term studies). One of the information-sharing vehicles they’ve utilized over the years to keep information flowing has been to release influent... »

Live and On-Demand Engineering Webinars in December

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As the calendar year winds down, professional development opportunities such as engineering webinars are utilized more. For some, these sessions provide needed PDHs. For others, it is simply the best time of the year for them to take time for the education. In December, multiple live and on-demand sessions are available. GEO-U ENGINEERING WEBINARS The Geosynthetic Institute’s Dr. Robert Koerner ha... »

GSI Webinar: MSE Wall Remediation and Monitoring

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a strong background in providing education and resources on all types of geosynthetics; but GSI is particularly versed in retaining wall-related education. The monthly GSI Webinars are presented on the second Wednesday of a month. The next offering (November 9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EST)) will focus on “MSE Wall Remediation and Monitoring.” This particular webina... »

October 12 Webinar: MSE Wall Back Drainage Design

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The Geosynthetic Institute will host its next GSI Webinar on 12 October 2016. The topic is MSE Wall Back Drainage Design.  GSI offers these 75-minute sessions (with Q&A time added to the end) on the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am (EDT). Participants may be eligible to receive 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs) with completion of a 10-question multiple choice test following ... »

Geosynthetics Prove Key to GeoChicago 2016 Success

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Geosynthetics were a prominent part of ASCE Geo-Institute‘s GeoChicago 2016 conference, which was held August 14 – 18 at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Chicago. The riverfront location, just off Lake Michigan, gave attendees a vibrant urban area for social events and, with the substantial ongoing river walk, greenspace, and bridge network redevelopment, more than ample opportunity for observ... »

GeoChicago 2016: Koerner Symposium Speakers

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ASCE Geo-Institute‘s GeoChicago 2016 conference opens next week. Program co-chairs Dr. Krishna R. Reddy, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Dr. Nazli Yesiller, A.M.ASCE (Global Waste Research Institute) have helped line up an extraordinary plan, which includes two high-level sessions honoring pioneers in the field: Dr. Robert Koerner and Dr. David Daniel. Also of note... »

Lifetime Predictions of Geosynthetics Webinar

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Interest in the topic of lifetime predictions for geosynthetics has grown substantially as project records extend beyond 40 years. Research projects on material service life continue to be tracked. And, test methods on geosynthetic durability are enhanced each year. The  Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) makes this topic–lifetime predictions–the subject its next GSI Webinar, to be held Augu... »

WINFAB Earns GAI-LAP Accreditation

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Willacoochee Industrial Fabrics (WINFAB), a manufacturer of geotextiles and erosion control materials, has earned accreditation from the Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute – Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI-LAP). The program is highly respected in the international geosynthetics manufacturing and testing fields. George Koerner of the Geosyntietic Institute (GSI) conducted the GAI-LAP audit ... »

Geosynthetic Institute Announces 2016 – 2017 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has announced the winners of the 2016 – 2017 GSI Fellowships. The annually awarded research grants are giving out, in consultation with the GSI Board of Directors, to master’s and doctoral level applicants studying geosynthetics. GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each of USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-term res... »

GRI-GM30 Delivers a Woven-Coated Geomembrane Spec

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On May 24, Interwrap’s Jimmie Eloff was discussing a canal lining option with an engineer in Idaho. The next morning, Eloff contacted the engineer with a woven-coated geomembrane specification from the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI). The engineer told him he’d looked for that very type of standard specification from GRI but had been unable to find one. GRI had just officially approved... »

GSI Launches Online Designing With Geosynthetics Course

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) continues to push geosynthetics education and professional development in forward-thinking ways. In 2012, GSI Director Emeritus Dr. Robert Koerner acquired full publishing rights to his seminal Designing with Geosynthetics textbook and released its 6th edition with a two-volume electronic option (e.g., Amazon Kindle) available for less than $4 per volume. The Insti... »

Interview: Koerner on Lifetime Predictions for Geosynthetics

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Dr. Russell Jones, President of the International Geosynthetics Society, sat down with the Geosynthetic Institute‘s Dr. Robert Koerner to discuss GSI’s 12-year study on the long-term performance and aging of geotextiles and geomembranes, with a focus on the applicability of the research for lifetime predictions. The interview took place in April in Miami during GeoAmericas 2016, the 3r... »

20 Landfill Failures in Next GSI Live Webinar

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On Wednesday, March 9, the Geosynthetic Institute will hold a live webinar on “Behavior and Analysis of 20 Solid Waste Landfill Failures.” The session will begin at 11:30 am (EST) promptly and last for approximately 75 minutes. Question time will be available at the end. Participants may earn 1.5 PDHs, with successful completion of a 10-question multiple choice test. Register online Co... »