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... »

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... »

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... »

CQA Solutions Adds John Beeman as Head of Business Development

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Big announcements keep coming for CQA Solutions. The company has added veteran John Beeman as its Head of Business Development. This announcement follows last month’s release of a new, multi-tiered certification program for geosynthetics installation and construction quality assurance personnel. Beeman brings to his new post more than 25 years of experience in the geosynthetics field. He mos... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

PERUMIN 2015 Welcomes Two Big Geosynthetics Presentations

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In September 2014, Geosynthetica and its publisher, Minerva, began discussions with the organizers of the world’s largest mining event, PERUMIN 2015, on getting geosynthetics content into its technical program. Geosynthetics have traditionally been overlooked in mining conferences, despite the enormous presence of the materials in and impact they have on the sector. Geosynthetica proposed 8 topics... »

CQA’s SuperTek Earns Microsoft Gold Certification

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CQA Solutions, creator of the SuperTek software validation system for construction quality assurance work in geosynthetics, has earned Microsoft Gold Certification for the product’s developer, NextSphere Technologies. The recognition is a top-tier app development certification from Microsoft. SuperTek provides real-time data collection and validation, such as for tracking geomembrane panel install... »

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... »

Uncontained: Glen Toepfer Opens Up on CQA

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Glen Toepfer has brought an extraordinary amount of CQA experience to complicated geosynthetic projects, such as the “zero leak” strategy he helped implement at a revered nuclear facility installation. He’s also shared his professional experience through short courses, which he and his CQA Solutions colleagues hold every year at their corporate headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. Now, he’s hitting publi... »