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... »

Sprague Earns ASTM Award of Merit for Geosynthetics Work

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ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics will present its highest honor, the ASTM Award of Merit, to C. Joel Sprague, senior engineer for TRI Environmental. The Award of Merit will be presented on Thursday, June 15 as part of the D35 Committee Meeting Week in Toronto. The prestigious award bestows upon him the honorary title of fellow. It is the standards organization’s highest recognit... »

SOBRATEMA Summit 2017 Includes Geosynthetics Module

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From June 7 to 9, professionals in construction, engineering, and equipment will gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the co-located events of BW Expo 2017, Construction Expo 2017 (International Fair of Buildings and Infrastructure Works), M & T Parts and Services 2017 (Congress of Technology and Management of Equipment for Construction and Mining), and the SOBRATEMA Summit 2017. The multi-event gat... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Kuhn to Lead TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division

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TRI Environmental, Inc. (TRI) has announced the expansion of Jeffery Kuhn’s role. Effective May 23, Jeffrey Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. will be the new Director of the TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division, which provides interface friction testing, a wide variety of soils and rock testing services, and interaction tests, including pull-out, direct shear and large-scale connection testing. Dr. Kuhn ... »

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... »

Advances and Trends in Containment Technologies

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On April 10, GeoAmericas 2016 will feature a half-day short course on Current Advances and Trends in Containment Technologies. The session will be led by Dr. Timothy D. Stark (University of Illinois), who will be joined by Allan Breitenbach (AB Engineering), Gary Zych (AEP), Andrew Mills (Layfield), Sam Allen (TRI/Environmental), and Daren Laine (Leak Location Services). GeoAmericas 2016 is the 3r... »

Geotechnical Engineering Conference Tours DDRF

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) hosted the 46th Annual Southeastern Transportation Geotechnical Engineering Conference (STGEC) 19 – 23 October 2015 in Greenville. Among the highlights of the event was a field trip to the Denver Downs Research Facility (DDRF) in Anderson, South Carolina, where attendees saw up-close how geosynthetics, plastic pipe, and erosion and sediment c... »

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... »

Last Day to Register for Plastic Pipe Short Courses in Texas

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The extended registration period for the corrugated and solid wall plastic pipe training courses in Austin, Texas comes to a close on October 2. The two 1.5-day sessions, which are part of Pipe Week professional development activities, will feature expert instruction on pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performa... »

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... »

Plastic Pipe Training Courses Include PPI Experts

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Pipe Week returns with two 1.5-day plastic pipe training courses. The events will be held at TRI Environmental’s Austin, Texas campus. Both corrugated (October 6 – 7) and solid wall plastic pipe (October 8 – 9) will be addressed. Major topics include pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performanc... »

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... »

Pipe Week Courses, October 6 – 9

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Pipe Week returns with two 1.5-day short courses to be held at TRI Environmental’s Austin, Texas campus. Both corrugated (October 6 – 7) and solid-wall plastic pipe (October 8 – 9) will be addressed. Major topics include pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performance, long-term hydrostatic stren... »

Denver Downs to Host IECA Southeast Field Day, September 24

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The International Erosion Control Association Southeast Chapter (IECA Southeast) will host its annual Field Day on 24 September 2015 at the Denver Downs Research Facility (DDRF) in Anderson, South Carolina. The full-day event includes up to 6.5 professional development hour (PDH) credits. REGISTER ONLINE DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER (PDF) DDRF is an outdoor laboratory that enables full-scale, standardized... »

SLIDESHOW: Brazil Workshop on Geomembrane Installation Quality

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – On June 9, a two-day workshop on Geomembrane Installation Quality convened in São Paulo, Brazil. Organized and promoted by Geosynthetica and its sister publication Geosynthetica.net.br (a Portuguese-language online magazine), the workshop was held at the Engineering Institute. Expert instruction for “Qualidade na Instalação de Geomembranas” was provi... »

Geosynthetics Installation Workshop in Brazil

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Geosynthetica’s partner publication in Brazil—Geosynthetica.net.br—has organized a two-day training session on geosynthetic installation. “Qualidade Na Instalação De Geomembranas” will take place 9 – 10 June 2015 in São Paulo and feature expert instruction from Luduik Rosales, Indiara Giugni, and Julio Ferreira. DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLYER (PDF – Portuguese) The opportunity has already drawn nu... »

Electrical Leak Location Sensitivity Explored

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By Abigail Beck, P.E. – Electrical Leak Location (ELL) survey success is directly related to the sensitivity that can be achieved by the method employed.  Method sensitivity is one of the most widely misunderstood aspects of ELL surveys, since it is largely a function of site conditions and less a function of survey equipment and methodology.  Some adjustments in ELL equipment and survey methodolo... »

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... »