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 ... »

SWANA Publishes Alternative Final Cover Report

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“The utilization of alternative final cover systems is an area of growing interest among landfill owners who want to avoid the problems that are associated with traditional final cover systems,” writes the Solid Waste Association of North America. “The acceptance of state regulators of these alternative systems is a key issue in their future consideration and deployment.” In a new report, SWANA of... »

Solmax USA Open and Manufacturing Geomembranes in Houston

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Two months ago, the 35-year-old international geosynthetics company Solmax Inc. announced that would for the first time begin manufacturing geomembranes in the United States. The company had acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. Now, after spending weeks upgrading equipment and instituting its own quality control programs, Solmax USA is officially open for business and manu... »

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... »

Solmax Establishes Solmax USA in Houston

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One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geomembranes, Solmax Inc., is after 35 years of cross-border work establishing a physical presence in the United States. The company has acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. in Houston, Texas. A new company has been incorporated: Solmax USA LLC. “[The facility] must undergo a major upgrade in the months ahead,” writes the company... »

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... »

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... »

13-Year Study of Exposed, Green Geomembrane Cover

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By Boyd Ramsey – In the summer of 2001, a 60- mil high-density polyethylene (HDPE) green geomembrane was installed as a cap at the Polk County Florida solid waste disposal facility (The North Central Sanitary Landfill Class 1 Disposal Area). This cap covers approximately 4 hectares (16 acres) of surface area on a mass of waste with a relatively flat top surface and benched side slopes with an angl... »

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... »

Celebrating 10 Years and Looking More Like a Titan Each Day

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As Titan Environmental Containment celebrates its 10th anniversary, Geosynthetica’s editor caught up with Brett Burkard, co-founder and CEO. The interview and story are part of an ongoing project from Geosynthetica to profile geosynthetics industry companies, technologies, and historical developments. – Chris Kelsey, Editor ** Brett Burkard, founder and part owner of Titan Environmenta... »

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... »

Geodesic Domes, Geosynthetics, and a New Partnership

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In addition to its large geosynthetics supply and installation business, Titan Environmental Containment has a well-established construction side. The company’s construction experience led it to build one of Canada’s largest aluminum geodesic domes. The company’s construction work has often been in regards to large tanks, such as for agricultural applications or bulk liquid storage. In Alber... »

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... »

The Growing US Market of Titan Environmental

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Company newsletters can be excellent sources not just for tracking current projects and technology updates but for gauging how various regional markets are developing. The Titan Times, published by Titan Environmental Containment, is providing that sort of look with its November 2015 edition. It also shows how the company’s international development includes a fast-growing US market presence... »

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 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... »

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... »

Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) Week Returns, April 13 – 17

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Ten years ago, TRI Environmental held its first liner integrity survey training course. Today, the educational arm of the Austin, Texas-based independent testing services company has grown substantially, offering courses in multiple countries on geomembrane surveys, construction quality assurance (CQA) for geosynthetic and compact clay installations, certifications, and more. CQA Week, a twice-yea... »