Slope Stability and Leak Location Highlight Early May Short Courses

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In the United States, geotechnical engineering short courses often take place just ahead of the warmer months during which so much work takes place. This gives engineering firms and their personnel a chance to enhance skills and strategies for immediate implementation and better long-term planning for business and career growth. In early May, the short course calendar is highlighted by two two-day... »

Slope Stability Short Course Added to May 7 – 11 Training Week Offerings

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Short Course Training Week (May 7 – 11) is coming to Austin, Texas, where TRI Environmental will host four courses and two certification opportunities for professionals involved in CQA, waste management, lined facility design and management, and affiliated sectors. Of note, this year’s spring gathering includes a new course: Slope Stability of Containment Systems. The May 7 – 8 slope stability cou... »

TRI Expands Testing Capabilities and Enhances Services for 2018

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The annual letter from TRI Environmental to its clients and the general geosynthetics community merits review for a number of its highlights. The company notes the considerable expansion testing capabilities, both through the addition of key equipment and through the re-location of its outdoor, large-scale testing facility for trafficking studies and erosion and sediment control testing. Furthermo... »

Maximizing Electrical Leak Location Effectiveness with Covered Geomembranes

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By Abigail Gilson-Beck and Julio Ferreira – Designers of geomembrane-lined containment facilities commonly assume two to five leaks per hectare, with each leak of the size or diameter of a few millimeters. A leak is any damage that fully penetrates a geomembrane panel or seam (e.g. hole, perforation, tear, crack or puncture). Typical leaks caused by equipment placing cover material can be orders o... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

TRI Announces Plastic Pipe Short Course for April

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Mario Paredes, P.E., spent nearly 20 years working for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). His career there included a 6-year post as Florida’s State Corrosion Engineer, which included a broad level of responsibility for oversight of material durability, such as in plastic pipe applications. He’s now joined TRI Environmental as a Senior Engineer, and on April 22 and 23 he̵... »

In Memoriam: Dr. Joseph Scott Thornton, Jr.

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One of the behind-the-scenes luminaries of geosynthetics has passed. Dr. Joseph Scott Thornton, Jr. died peacefully at his home on 23 November 2014 in Austin, Texas at the age of 78. Scott, as he preferred simply to be known even in professional endeavors, is survived by sons Joseph Scott Thornton III, Christopher Pearson Thornton, and Chris’ wife Tiffany, as well as by two beloved grandchil... »