Calendar

The Geosynthetics Industry Calendar hosts information regarding a variety of international events: conferences, workshops, meetings, symposia, webinars and other gatherings and training opportunities of interest to work with or intersecting geosynthetics. The editors welcome your event submissions.

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Sep
27
Wed
2017
The Flood Expo 2017 @ ExCeL London
Sep 27 – Sep 28 all-day

The Flood Expo 2017 (September 27 – 28, London) brings together thousands of flood professionals to educate and source the latest technologies for flood management, response, and planning. Features 80 speakers, 200 suppliers, and thousands of attendees.

VISIT THE EVENT WEBSITE
(and look for the button for free tickets)

Flood Expo 2017 logo and water image

Furthermore, the Flood Expo is co-located with the Contamination Expo Series 2017 and the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo. This gives attendees extraordinary opportunities to network with professionals from these critical engineering sectors, view the latest materials for advancing infrastructure, and discover new services.

Companies participating across these events include Bonar, Cofra, Concrete Canvas, Gripple, Huesker, Propex, TenCate, Terram, Thrace Group, and many others with geosynthetics expertise.

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Oct
1
Sun
2017
GeoOttawa 2017 @ Shaw Centre
Oct 1 – Oct 4 all-day

GeoOttawa 2017The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) in collaboration with the Canadian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-CNC) will hold GeoOttawa 2017, the 70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 12th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference 1 – 4 October 2017. The conference will be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Geotechnical Themes

  • Soil Mechanics and Foundations
  • Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology
  • Landslides
  • Mining Geotechnics and Hydrogeology
  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Transportation Geotechnics
  • Geosynthetics
  • Cold Regions
  • Sustainable Geotechnics
  • Professional Practice
  • Special Themes
    • Tunnelling and Deep Excavations
    • Geohazards in Linear Infrastructure
    • Remote Sensing
    • Innovative Foundation Systems
    • Foundations for Renewable Energy
    • Trenchless Technology
    • Risk Management in Geotechnical Projects
    • Reliability Analysis for Geotechnical Design
    • Radioactive Waste Management
    • Shallow Geothermal Energy Exchange
    • Seismicity and Sensitive Clay

Hydrogeological Themes

  • Groundwater Resources
    • General Hydrogeology
    • Source Water Protection (including implementation of policy)
    • Groundwater and the Ecosystem
    • Groundwater and Climate Change
    • Groundwater Resources and Management
    • Shallow Geothermal Energy Exchange
  • Bedrock Hydrogeology
    • Fractured Rock
    • Hydraulic Fracturing
    • Application of Geophysics to Hydrogeology in Fractured Rock
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology
    • Mining
    • Quantitative Assessment and Performance of Contaminant Remediation
    • Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes and Related Groundwater Studies
  • Groundwater and the Public
    • Professional Practice
    • Public Consultation of Groundwater Issues

Visit the event website:
http://www.geoottawa2017.ca/

Visit the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) website:
http://www.cgs.ca/

Oct
8
Sun
2017
GeoAfrica 2017 – International Geosynthetics Society @ Kenzi Farah Hotel
Oct 8 – Oct 11 all-day

GeoAfrica 2017 - IGSGeoAfrica 2017 will be held between 08-11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. This major event marks the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. To be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and hosted and organized by the IGS Moroccan Chapter, the event offers an exceptional opportunity for geosynthetics-related engineering and construction professionals to interact with the African continent’s growing infrastructure.

The previous editions of GeoAfrica featured a vibrant influx of attendees from throughout the Africa, eager to exchange knowledge, and do business. It is an engineering event like no other—one that needs to be experienced.

The location (Marrakech) will draw conference participants from all African countries and heavy participation from other world regions, as Marrakech is strategically accessible through its international airport. Furthermore, the conference and accommodations are all in one place for easy access to sessions and great networking.

Visit the event website for more information:
www.geoafrica2017.com

Oct
18
Wed
2017
Geosynthetics 2017 @ Hotel Grand Hyatt
Oct 18 – Oct 20 all-day

Geosynthetics 2017 will be held 18 – 20 October 2017 Hotel Grand Hyatt in Santiago, Chile. The main sectors for Geosynthetics 2017 include mining, civil works, hydraulic engineering, agriculture, construction, pulp and paper, oil and gas, road works, transportation, and others.

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Geosynthetics 2017 Issues Calls for Abstracts

GEOSYNTHETICS 2017 TOPICS

The organizing committee of Geosynthetics 2017 includes directing members from key engineering entities in the region:  Martín Colil (Environmental Manager, Gold Fields, Chile), Jerry Perkins (Operation and Development Vice-President, Exeter Resources, Chile), and Eduardo Medina (Senior Geotechnical Manager South America, Barrick, Peru). The advisory committee includes representatives from Solmax, HUESKER, SAGEOS, and other companies in the geosynthetics field.

Research and Development

  • Geosyntetics modeling and design
  • Direct and life-cycle cost savings
  • Environmental benefits and sustainability
  • Geosynthetics testing and material properties
  • Monitoring and durability
  • Physical and numerical modeling
  • Quality control and quality assurance
  • Geosynthetics as formwork
  • Lightweight construction
  • Innovations and new developments

Geosynthetics 2017 Issues Calls for Abstracts

Application Areas

  • Heap leach pads, tailings dams, and mining process pools
  • Dams, channels, ponds
  • Civil works and seismic applications
  • Geosynthetic clay liners and geomembranes
  • Road works, maritime and coastal works, railroads, airports
  • Storage of waste and potable water
  • Waterproofing, drainage, filtration
  • Soil reinforcement and erosion control
  • Embankments on soft soils
  • Reinforced walls and slopes
  • Tunnels and underground structures

Sponsors for the event represent a broad international influence, with companies such as TenCate Geosynthetics, Thrace Group, GSE Environmental, Colentanche, Fibertex, Geotexan, Platipus Anchors, and others.

The conference is organized by Gecamin.

Learn more about the event at https://gecamin.com/geosynthetics.

Oct
27
Fri
2017
FGI – Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications Short Course @ The Ohio Union
Oct 27 all-day

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) has organized a one-day short course on Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications. The event will take place 27 October 2017 in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University. The course will cover valuable information pertinent the proper design, specification and construction of a variety of civil engineering applications such as water resources, containment, dams, roadways, landfills, coal combustion residuals and more.

FGI Announces Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications Short Course

Dr. Timothy D. Stark will lead the course and act as moderator. Scheduled topics and speakers include:

  • Importance and Scarcity of Water Resources – Allison MacKay, Ohio State University
  • Permitting and Emerging Issues with Surface Water – Mark Stump, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Storm Water Permitting & Management – Jason Fyffe, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Permitting Geosynthetic Liner Systems for Water Resource Projects – Doug Evans, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Geosynthetics in Water Containment & Conveyance: Materials & Selection Criteria – Boyd Ramsey, Ramsey Consulting
  • Columbus Reservoir Project – Joe Troxell, S&ME
  • Welding Demonstration – Dave McLaury, Demtech
  • Geosynthetics in Ohio Roadway Projects – Chris Merklin, Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Containment for Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) – Gary Zych, AEP
  • Geomembrane Wrinkles & Leak Location Surveys – Brian Queen, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Elevated Temperate in Containment Applications – Tim Stark, University of Illinois
  • Use of MSE Walls Backfilled with Lightweight Cellular – Daniel Pradel, Ohio State of University

ALSO: On the evening of October 26, Owens Corning will conduct a tour of its Innovation Laboratory. A reception and dinner are included in the registration fee. Attendees will pick up a shuttle bus at the Ohio EPA office.

Learn more and register:
https://fgi-columbus-2017.eventbrite.com

 

Nov
5
Sun
2017
Tailings and Mine Waste ’17 @ Banff Springs Hotel
Nov 5 – Nov 8 all-day

Tailings and Mine Waste ’17 brings together mine waste managers, engineers involved with tailings management and reclamation, regulators and researchers. The event will be held 5 – 8 November 2017 in Banff Springs. Conference participants will have opportunities to present ideas, learn of new developments and technologies, make professional contacts and discuss issues related to the impact of mine wastes on the environment. The program will include sessions by practitioners and experts on the general themes of the conference.

Mining Engineering with Geomembranes

Photo by Mike Sadlier

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The following general topics and themes are within the scope of the conference:

Tailings and Mine Waste Management

  • Case Histories
  • Co-disposal
  • Geosynthetics
  • Heap-leach pad /design/construction
  • Impoundments- construction, operations
  • Liner/barrier design and installation
  • Mine backfill
  • Mine waste planning
  • Paste technology
  • Site characterization/assessment
  • Tailings management / transport / deposition / dewatering
  • Tailings/mine waste reprocessing
  • Water balance/management

Mine Closure & Rehabilitation

  • Abandonment
  • Acid drainage
  • Air quality
  • Case histories
  • Cover systems, re-vegetation
  • Geochemical transport and fate
  • Groundwater remediation
  • Monitoring
  • Reclamation/tailings ponds/waste dumps/mined
  • Lands
  • Risk assessment
  • Water quality/surface/groundwater
  • Wetlands remediation/restoration

Learn more and register at the event website.

Nov
12
Sun
2017
PanAm-UNSAT 2017 – 2nd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils @ Intercontinental Dallas
Nov 12 – Nov 15 all-day

PanAm-UNSAT 2017 - The Second Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated SoilsThe Geo-Institute (G-I) of ASCE will hold PanAm-UNSAT 2017 in Dallas, Texas 12 – 15 November 2017. This is the Second Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils (Unsaturated Soil Mechanics for Sustainable Geotechnics).

PanAm-UNSAT 2017 Topics

  • A00/ Stress State Quantification
  • B00/ Experimental Laboratory and In Situ Testing
  • C00/ Unsaturated Rock Behavior
  • D00/ Unsaturated Permafrost Behavior
  • Fundamentals (select a sub-topic):
    • E01/ Flow Processes
    • E02/ Shear Strength
    • E03/ Stiffness and Dynamic Response
    • E04/ Volume Change
  • Numerical and Constitutive Modeling in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Applications (select a sub-topic):
    • F01/ Cohesive-Frictional Soils
    • F02/ Collapsible Soils
    • F03/ Expansive Soils
    • F04/ Slope Stability
    • F05/ Landfills
    • F06/ Pavements
    • F07/ Foundations
  • G00/ Energy Geotechnics
  • H00/ Sustainability
  • I00/ Other Unsaturated Soil Subjects

Learn more at:
http://www.geoinstitute.org/event/2017-pan-am-unsat/

Dec
4
Mon
2017
American Exploration & Mining Association Annual Meeting 2017 @ Nugget Casino Resort
Dec 4 – Dec 8 all-day

The American Exploration & Mining Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, held the first week of December, is the preeminent and second-largest annual mining convention in the United States. AMEA’s convention consists of short courses, technical, legislative and policy sessions, and a 250 booth trade exposition. Sessions emphasize mineral deposits, exploration and development, operations, business and finance, environmental technology, regulation and policy and legislative affairs. The meeting has been held every year since 1895, and attracts more than 2,500 attendees from all over the world.

Learn more: www.miningamerica.org

Exhibit hall image from American Exploration & Mining Association Annual Meeting

Feb
6
Tue
2018
Middle East & North Africa Nonwovens Symposium and Exhibition @ Park Hyatt Hotel Dubai
Feb 6 – Feb 7 all-day

The 2-day Middle East & North Africa Nonwovens Symposium and Exhibition will be held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai 6 – 7 February 2018. Geotextiles figure prominently in the program, with one of the primary sessions being moderated by International Geosynthetics Society Past President Daniele Cazzuffi (CESI, Italy).

Learn more and register at the event website

Middle East & North Africa Nonwovens Symposium and Exhibition

NONWOVENS SYMPOSIUM – GEOTEXTILE PROGRAM

The geotextile program will feature:

“Geotextiles in the Geosynthetics world: reinforcement, filtration and mechanical protection functions and applications” – Daniele Cazzuffi (CESI)

“The use of geosystems in coastline protection: a case-history in Algeria” – Edwin Zengerink, TenCate

“Ground stabilization with geogrids and geotextiles: the Rabab Harweel integrated project case study” – Puthiya Veettil Jayakrishnan, Maccaferri Middle East (UAE)

“Nonwovens Controlled Permeability Formwork liners for durable concrete” – Mikael Møller, Fibertex Nonwovens

“Use of nonwoven geotextile for the protection of geomembrane in basement construction and roofing: different construction projects in UAE” – Arcangelo Mariano, Edilfloor

ADDITIONAL CONTENT

Organized by Edana, the MENA nonwovens symposium engages businesses from throughout the region, transfers technology, and supports the harmonization of trade and regulatory activities within these markets. International companies are invited and encouraged to participate, both to learn from and contribute to the beneficial development of the Middle East & North Africa markets for geotextiles and other nonwoven materials.

Program content will address nonwovens for:

  • Construction
  • Geotextiles
  • Filtration
  • Sustainability
  • Industrial applications
  • And more

Additional topiocs include trends in raw materials, consumer and market insights, and the state of regulations, trade, and customs.

Learn more and register at the event website

Feb
11
Sun
2018
Environmental Connection 2018
Feb 11 – Feb 14 all-day

Environmental Connection 2018 (IECA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo) will be held 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California.

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Global Waste Management Symposium 2018 @ Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Feb 11 – Feb 14 all-day

The biennial Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) offers international, comprehensive, critical content and research. Topics for the Global Waste Management Symposium 2018 include:

  • Enhanced Landfill Temperature
  • Leachate / Condensate Management
  • Landfill Gas / Landfill Gas Management
  • Gas Collection & System Managment
  • Leachate Treatment: Strategies, Case Studies
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Landfill Operations
  • Coal Combustion Residuals
  • Emergency Regulatory Issues for MSW Landfills

Logo: Global Waste Management Symposium 2018

GWMS services the needs of landfill owners and operators, their engineers, and the consultants and vendors within the waste management communities. Participating stakeholders include:

  • Facility Owners and Operators
  • Local / State / Federal Agencies
  • Researchers
  • Waste Service Companies
  • Vendors / Suppliers
  • Trade Organizations
  • Solid Waste Generators
  • Students

Conference Co-Chairs:
Morton A. Barlaz, North Carolina State University;
Craig H. Benson, University of Virginia; and
Bryan F. Staley, Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Learn more about the Global Waste Management Symposium 2018 opportunities, program, social events, and registration at www.wastesymposium.com.

 

Mar
5
Mon
2018
IFCEE 2018 @ Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
Mar 5 – Mar 10 all-day

IFCEE 2018IFCEE 2018: ADSC (International Association of Foundation Drilling), DFI (Deep Foundations Institute), G-I (Geo-Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers), and PDCA (Pile Driving Contractors Association) have joined forces again for the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo, 5 – 10 March 2018. The 2018 event will be held at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, Florida.

IFCEE 2018 is a technical conference and equipment show dedicated to the design and construction of foundation systems, using the latest geo-engineering and geo-construction technologies and practices. This one of a kind event will attract attendees from around the world, who will have access to various technical education programs and the world’s largest equipment exposition dedicated solely to the deep foundations industry.

Learn more at the conference website

Apr
24
Tue
2018
ELL Seminar Series – The Dipole Method (Webinar) @ Online Webinar
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The ELL Seminar Series continues! The International Geosynthetics Society North America chapter’s next webinar offering is April 24, when Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. delivers Part 2 of the Electrical Leak Location Seminar Series. Topic: “The Dipole Method (ASTM D7007): Advantages, Technique, and Necessary Site Conditions.”

Gilson is Director of TRI Environmental’s Liner Integrity Services. Part 1 of the ELL series—An Overview of ELL Methods and Application—was presented in November 2017. Each installment is a standalone presentation. No part serves as a prerequisite for learning from another.

IGS North America ELL Seminar Series Continues with Dipole Webinar

DATE & TIME: April 24, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT (includes Q&A time)
COST: USD $20 IGS North America Members*; $80 Non-Members.
PDHs: 1

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 (PDF)

* All IGS North America members are given one coupon for a free webinar in the calendar year upon paying annual chapter dues.

ELL SEMINAR SERIES – DIPOLE METHOD

All geomembrane-lined containment facilities should be tested for leaks before going into service. Early detection of leaks allows for swift and effective repair pre-service, protecting the engineer, contractor, owner and in many cases the environment. The IGS North America ELL Seminar Series is providing a comprehensive view of the various approaches, proper application, needs for the field, etc.

The dipole method for electrical leak location certainly merits its own session. Among the various types of ELL methodologies used to evaluate geosynthetic lining systems in the field, the dipole method has a unique distinction: it is the only ASTM standardized ELL practice that can locate damage to geomembranes caused during or after cover material placement.

RELATED: Maximizing Electrical Leak Location Effectiveness with Covered Geomembranes

Dipole technology can locate very small damage points, such as pinholes or knife slices, under several feet of earthen material. It can even be applied to filled impoundments that are actively in service. As such, dipole surveys are a powerful tool for lined facility validation and protection; but, like any ELL methodology, it can be rendered ineffective if site boundary conditions are poor.

In this webinar, Abigail Gilson, one of the leading experts on ELL, explains ASTM D7007 standardized procedures, including leak detection distance testing and the various methods of data analysis. The importance of good site boundary conditions is detailed with case studies.

Key topics include:

  1. ASTM procedures for both soil and water-covered geomembrane leak surveys
  2. Leak detection distance testing
  3. Methods of data analysis for the dipole method
  4. How site conditions affect leak detection sensitivity
  5. How to write better specifications for covered geomembrane surveys

The Electrical Leak Location Seminar Series is ideal for design engineers, CQA firms, site owners, and regulators interested in specifying and employing this service.

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 (PDF)

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May
7
Mon
2018
Liner Integrity Survey / Assessment Training @ TRI Environmental
May 7 – May 8 all-day

TRI Environmental’s Short Course Training Week in Austin, Texas (7 – 11 May 2018) includes a two-day course on electrical leak location (liner integrity survey) for geosynthetic-lined facilities May 7 – 8. TRI’s Director of Liner Integrity Services Abigail Gilson will lead the education. Jeffrey Blum, a Senior Project Manager for Weaver Consultants Group and a seasoned graduate of the liner integrity survey training program, will also be on hand to work with participants.

Industries of interest: waste management, water resource conservation, lined tanks, mining, and more.

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Liner integrity survey training at TRI Environmental

Abigail Gilson, P.E., discusses soil-covered geomembrane surveys during a liner integrity survey training session.

LINER INTEGRITY SURVEY TRAINING

The Liner Integrity Survey / Assessment course will focus on leak location methodologies, design parameters, equipment options, and how to enhance or add this skill within a participant’s business. Simulation of ELL surveys is included. Participants have the option to advance to a Level 2 ELIS certification through TRI Environmental. The exam for that follows the conclusion of the professional development on May 8.

RELATED: Maximizing Electrical Leak Location Effectiveness with Covered Geomembranes

The multi-part certification process has been designed for survey performers. Graduates of this program:

  • Understand the basis of geo-electrical leak testing
  • Select the most appropriate LISA methodology under a variety of site circumstances
  • Are able to perform each LISA method
  • Know how to generate LISA reports
  • Have on-going access to the resources of TRI as they begin to perform surveys for clients

Double dipole liner integrity survey

TRI TRAINING WEEK SCHEDULE

The course and certification schedule:

Instructors for the CQA Week events include:

  • Sam Allen – Vice President and Division Manager, TRI
  • Jeffrey Blum – Project Manager, Weaver Consultants Group
  • Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. – Senior Engineer for TRI/Environmental
  • Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E. – Director of TRI Geotechnical Laboratory
  • Mark Sieracke, P.E. – Landfill Design and CQA Consultant

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DOWNLOAD TRAINING WEEK BROCHURE (PDF)

Slope Stability of Containment Systems – Short Course @ TRI Environmental
May 7 – May 8 all-day

Slope Stability of Containment Systems is part of TRI Environmental’s Short Course Training Week in Austin, Texas (7 – 11 May 2018). Led by Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E. and Dr. Ranjiv Gupta, P.E., the course provides insight from the independent testing and geoenvironmental consulting & owner’s perspectives on a wide range of containment structures (e.g., municipal and hazardous waste landfills, coal ash surface impoundments, heap leach pads). These facilities are constructed using multiple layers of geosynthetic materials such as geomembranes, geotextiles, geonets, geocomposites, and geosynthetic clay liners (GCL). The design of a containment structure not only requires an understanding of the properties of each individual geosynthetic material but also the ability to comprehend the interaction mechanism (friction) between various geosynthetic layer interfaces. This understanding of interface friction between various geosynthetic layers becomes even more challenging as the interface governing the stability of slopes within a containment structure may change depending on if the project is in a construction phase, a waste filling phase, or being closed with a final cover system.

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New Short Course: Slope Stability of Containment Systems

SLOPE STABILITY OF CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS

This course will be presented in two parts, each of which complements the other, to provide maximum benefit to the attendees. The first part will focus on slope stability of containment structures including an overview of sources of interface strength, the difference between peak and large displacement strength for design, the relation between normal stress and failure envelopes, and slope stability calculations.

The second part will provide an explanation of ASTM D5321, including detailed discussion of test parameters. Procedural implications of specimen anchorage, normal stress application, machine friction and calibration, rate of shear, and reporting mechanisms will be discussed. In addition, limitations of the ASTM D5321 test will be explored, with explanation of alternative tests including torsional shear, tilt table, and double interface shear. Special emphasis will be placed on specifying a meaningful shear test that will best serve the user’s project requirements. The forensic analysis of several slope failure case studies will be presented to help relate the material presented during the course with real-world applications.

New Short Course: Slope Stability of Containment Systems

TRI TRAINING WEEK SCHEDULE

The course and certification schedule:

Instructors for the CQA Week events include:

  • Sam Allen – Vice President and Division Manager, TRI
  • Jeffrey Blum – Project Manager, Weaver Consultants Group
  • Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. – Senior Engineer for TRI/Environmental
  • Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E. – Director of TRI Geotechnical Laboratory
  • Mark Sieracke, P.E. – Landfill Design and CQA Consultant

REGISTER ONLINE
DOWNLOAD TRAINING WEEK BROCHURE (PDF)

May
9
Wed
2018
5th International Conference on Geofoam Blocks in Construction Applications (EPS’18) @ Elexus Hotel Resort & Spa
May 9 – May 11 all-day

The 5th International Conference on Geofoam Blocks in Construction Applications (EPS’18) which will be held in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus on May 09 – 11, 2018.

Geofoam researchers, consultants, molders, contractors and practitioners from all around the world will be meeting in Kyrenia to discuss the recent developments and future trends of the expanded polystyrene (EPS)-block geofoam technology and its construction applications. EPS’18 will continue to contribute to the development of the geofoam applications after successful Oslo (1985), Tokyo (1996), Salt Lake City (2001) and Oslo (2011) conferences.

We are honored to dedicate the proceedings of EPS’18 to Mr. Tor Erik Frydenlund and Mr. Geir Refsdal who were the pioneers of the development of geofoam technology. They have implemented the use of geofoam as a lightweight fill material in Norway and also involve in the dissemination of the technology to other countries.

The conference program will be a combination of technical papers and group discussions regarding the use, new development and implementation of geofoam technology. The conference theme will cover but not limited to the present use of geofoam, design specifications, applications, new concepts, material properties, modeling and special topics of geofoam blocks in construction applications.

Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations – Short Course @ TRI Environmental
May 9 all-day

Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations is the first of two field CQA/CQC short courses offered by TRI Environmental during Short Course Training Week in Austin, Texas (7 – 11 May 2018). This May 9 course can be taken as a standalone course or be paired with the May 10 short course, Construction QA/QC for Compacted Clay Liner and GCL Installation. The content of the two courses complement one another.

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Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations - Short Course

CONSTRUCTION QA/QC FOR GEOSYNTHETIC INSTALLATIONS

This course is designed specifically for those who need a detailed understanding of proper CQC and CQA procedures at waste containment facilities. Key professionals who benefit from the training include third-party inspectors, specifying/certifying engineers, project managers, installers, contractors, CQA personnel, and regulators. The content focuses on the installation of geomembranes, geotextiles, geocomposites, geogrids, and geo-appurtenances. It includes demonstrations of geomembrane seaming and seam peel and shear testing.

Led by TRI’s Sam Allen and veteran geosynthetics installation and CQA professional Mark Sieracke, P.E., Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations gives participants a comprehensive understanding of preparing and reviewing CQC/CQA plans; performing CQC/CQA observations and tests; and reviewing field CQC/CQA procedures.

It is also an ideal preparation for those who seek Geosynthetic Certification Institute – Inspectors Certification Program (GCI-ICP) credentials. Those wishing to sit for the GCI-ICP exam (May 11) can learn more in the Short Course Training Week brochure, including the requirement to pre-register with the Geosynthetic Institute, which oversees the certification program.

Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations - Short Course

TRI TRAINING WEEK SCHEDULE

The course and certification schedule:

Instructors for the CQA Week events include:

  • Sam Allen – Vice President and Division Manager, TRI
  • Jeffrey Blum – Project Manager, Weaver Consultants Group
  • Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. – Senior Engineer for TRI/Environmental
  • Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E. – Director of TRI Geotechnical Laboratory
  • Mark Sieracke, P.E. – Landfill Design and CQA Consultant

REGISTER ONLINE
DOWNLOAD TRAINING WEEK BROCHURE (PDF)

 

 

May
10
Thu
2018
Construction QA/QC of Compacted Clay Liner and GCL Installations @ TRI Environmental
May 10 all-day

Construction QA/QC for Compacted Clay Liner and GCL Installation is the second of two field CQA/CQC short courses offered by TRI Environmental during Short Course Training Week in Austin, Texas (7 – 11 May 2018). This May 10 course can be taken as a standalone course or be paired with the May 9 short course, Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations. The content of the two courses complement one another.

REGISTER ONLINE
DOWNLOAD TRAINING WEEK BROCHURE (PDF)

GCLs vs compacted clay liner

Image of geosynthetic clay liner being installed from “GCLs and a Flood Dam Monitoring System.” Photo by NAUE.

COMPACTED CLAY LINER & GCL INSTALLATIONS

This course is designed specifically for those who need a detailed understanding of proper CQC and CQA procedures at waste containment facilities. Key professionals who benefit from the training include third-party inspectors, specifying/certifying engineers, project managers, installers, contractors, CQA personnel, and regulators. The content focuses on the installation of compacted clay liners (CCLs) and geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). Special emphasis will be given to establishing rationale and standard operating procedures for field inspections, documentation of test and visual observations, and implementation of CQA plans. A broad appreciation for the
manufacture and installation of containment facility materials will be provided. Additionally, a tour of TRI’s Geosynthetic Testing and Research Laboratories will support class curriculum through test demonstrations, details on some TRI internal R&D projects, and discussion of other relevant topics.

TRI Geotechnical Laboratory Director, Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, serves as lead instructor. He brings insight not only from the lab but from his years as a consulting engineer, such as through his work on the design and installation of the Circuit of the Americas Formula One Race Track over expansive clays with tight differential movement criteria.

Like its May 9 companion course, Construction QA/QC of Compacted Clay Liner and GCL Installations gives participants a comprehensive understanding of preparing and reviewing CQC/CQA plans; performing CQC/CQA observations and tests; and reviewing field CQC/CQA procedures.

It is also an ideal preparation for those who seek Geosynthetic Certification Institute – Inspectors Certification Program (GCI-ICP) credentials. Those wishing to sit for the GCI-ICP exam (May 11) can learn more in the Short Course Training Week brochure, including the requirement to pre-register with the Geosynthetic Institute, which oversees the certification program.

CQA Week - Dirty Boots - Compacted clay and GCLs

TRI TRAINING WEEK SCHEDULE

The course and certification schedule:

Instructors for the CQA Week events include:

  • Sam Allen – Vice President and Division Manager, TRI
  • Jeffrey Blum – Project Manager, Weaver Consultants Group
  • Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. – Senior Engineer for TRI/Environmental
  • Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E. – Director of TRI Geotechnical Laboratory
  • Mark Sieracke, P.E. – Landfill Design and CQA Consultant

REGISTER ONLINE
DOWNLOAD TRAINING WEEK BROCHURE (PDF)

May
21
Mon
2018
Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater (MS4) Conference @ Chattanooga, Tennessee
May 21 – May 23 all-day

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Southeast Chapter will co-host, along with EPA Region 4, the 5th Annual Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater (MS4) Conference. The event will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee 21 – 23 May 2018.

5th Annual Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater (MS4) Conference

Topics for the MS4 conference include:

  • Underground stormwater management
  • Climate change
  • Shoreline stabilization and sea level rise
  • Dam safety
  • Stream monitoring and TMDL alternative plans
  • Stormwater runoff reduction
  • Developing good housekeeping programs for MS4s that really work
  • Case studies for innovative BMPs
  • Post construction stormwater
  • BMP long term operation and maintenance strategies
  • Using risk based asset management strategies to maintain stormwater systems

Learn more at the event website.

Jun
4
Mon
2018
IGS GeoReinforcement & GeoBarriers Workshops @ Munich Workstyle
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day

IGS GeoReinforcement & GeoBarriers Workshops

igs-workshops-june2018IGS GeoReinforcement & GeoBarriers Workshops
4 – 7 June 2018 | Munich Workstyle | Landwehrstraße 61 | 80336 München, Germany

GeoReinforcement Workshop | 4 – 5 June 2018 | GeoBarrier Workshop | 6 – 7 June 2018

The International Geosynthetics Society will host two high-level, two-day geotechnical engineering workshops 4 – 7 June 2018 in Munich, Germany. These events, with their international speakers, attendees, and engineering issues, will provide the most advanced IGS Technical Committee-led workshops to date.

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Schedule Details & More – Register Today!

Both workshops will be held at Munich Workstyle, a conference and office center located across from Munich’s main train station. It is also located close to the Best Western Atrium Hotel, where the IGS has organized a room block. For best rates, book by 3 April 2018. Reservations for the IGS allotment can only be made by Phone: +49 (0) 89 51 41 90, or by Email: info@atrium-hotel.de. Mention “IGS” when booking.

GeoReinforcement Workshop Cost: 180€/person
GeoBarrier Workshop Cost: 180€/person

Hotel Cost: 114€/night (includes breakfast) when reserved by 3 April 2018

The IGS welcomes the world’s civil and geotechnical engineers to this unique gathering. Share your project experience, learn from some of the most-renowned researchers and engineers in the global geosynthetics field, and network with colleagues who influence diverse sectors such as mining, coal ash, transportation engineering, MSE design, waste management, and more.

INTERACTIVE FORMAT: AUDIENCE PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSION
Each workshop will be divided into major topics and will focus on very recent technical developments and emerging technical issues. This format means that presenters will not prepare written contributions to be compiled in proceedings; instead they will share presentation slides with attendees. Time may be allocated in each section for attendees to share short statements (single-slide presentations) from the floor. An emphasis is placed on discussion. This interactivity will help propel conversation among colleagues, enhance the topical depth of the gathering, and ensure that region-specific concerns can be addressed. The format will make the overall workshops’ knowledge more ready to implement and foster stronger connections for attendees.

Attendees interested in contributing to the open forum portion should consult the workshop details for applicable deadlines for supplying a slide (optional) and informing a session’s moderator or a workshop organizer of your interest in contributing. Download the PDF brochure for full program information and session moderator and workshop organizer contact details.

Schedule Details & More – Register Today!

Jun
25
Mon
2018
WEDA Dredging Summit & Expo 2018 @ Hilton Norfolk The Main Hotel
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day

The Western Dredging Association’s WEDA Dredging Summit & Expo 2018 will be held 25 – 28 June 2018 in Norfolk, Virginia. This technical conference promotes the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction. It provides a forum for improvement of communications, technology transfer, and cooperation among associations & societies, while emphasizing the importance of understanding and development of solutions for problems related to the protection and enhancement of the marine environment.

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Logo for WEDA Dredging Summit & Expo 2018

The broad range of topics, such as sediment management and beneficial reuse, port development, and environmental considerations, include geosynthetic solutions (e.g., geotextile tubes, scour protection, etc.).

Dredging Summit & Expo ’18 attendees include:

  • Contractors working in:
    • dredging
    • navigation
    • coastal and inland flood protection
    • deep-sea mining
    • offshore wind energy
    • oil and gas production fields
    • marine engineers
    • manufacturers
    • dredging technology providers
    • harbour & port representatives
  • Consultants
  • Port engineers
  • Hydrographic surveyors / geologists
  • Environmental managers
  • Infrastructure managers
  • Public authorities
  • Suppliers
  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Civil engineers
  • Geotechnical engineers

Learn more at the Dredging Summit & Expo ’18 website:
https://dredging-expo.com/

Sep
16
Sun
2018
11 ICG – International Conference on Geosynthetics @ Coex Convention and Exhibition Center
Sep 16 – Sep 21 all-day

Geosynthetics Events: 11 ICGThe 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11 ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2016 in Seoul, Korea at the new COEX (Conference and Exhibition Center) in the city’s renowned Gangnam District. Conference  theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.”

Key topics include:

  • Sustainability and Green Technology with Geosynthetics
  • Geosynthetic Barriers
  • Geosynthetics in Filtration, Drainage and Erosion Control
  • Reinforced Walls and Slopes
  • Ground Improvement Using Geosynthetics
  • Roads, Railways and Other Transportation Applications
  • Soil-Geosynthetic Interaction
  • Hydraulic Applications
  • Innovative Uses and New Developments
  • Cases Histories
  • Durability and Long Term Performance
  • Physical and Numerical Analysis
  • Geosynthetics Properties and Testing
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Design Approaches and Other Applications

Extended versions of selected papers of 11 ICG will be published in a special issue of Geotextiles and Geomembranes, an official Journal of the International Geosynthetics Society.

ABOUT 11 ICG

The International Conference on Geosynthetics is held every four years. It is the global gathering point for members of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The conference was last held in Berlin, Germany in September 2014. In 2018, the Korean Geosynthetics Society (KGSS)—a chapter of the IGS—will host 11 ICG.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available.

Learn more about the conference at www.11icg-seoul.org.

Learn more about the IGS at www.geosyntheticssociety.org.

Oct
3
Wed
2018
Geosynthetics 2018 @ Hotel Santiago
Oct 3 – Oct 5 all-day

Geosynthetics 2018 will provide an important international forum to meet and discuss the application areas and most recent and relevant research and innovations regarding geosynthetics. The previous version, in 2017, gathered over 160 professionals from 18 countries.

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Geosynthetics 2018

ENGINEERING SECTORS AT GEOSYNTHETICS 2018

Geosynthetics 2018 will feature a deep program that addresses engineering challenges that speak to the global field. This sectors of focus include mining, civil, hydraulics, agriculture, construction, pulp and paper, oil and gas, road works, transportation, and many others.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

  • Geosynthetics modeling and design
  • Direct and life-cycle cost savings
  • Environmental benefits and sustainability
  • Testing and properties
  • Monitoring and durability
  • Physical and numerical models
  • Quality control and quality assurance
  • Geosynthetics as formwork
  • Innovations and new developments

APPLICATION AREAS

  • Heap leaching pads, tailings dams, and mining process ponds
  • Dams, channels, ponds and drinking water storage
  • Civil works and seismic applications
  • Polymeric and clay geosynthetic barriers
  • Roadworks, maritimes and coastals, railroads, airport
  • Storage of waste water and landfills
  • Waterproofing, drainage, filtration
  • Soil reinforcement and erosion control
  • Embankments and soft soils
  • Reinforced walls and slopes
  • Tunnels and undergrounds

Learn more at https://gecamin.com/geosynthetics.

Nov
5
Mon
2018
Waterproof Membranes 2018 @ Maritim Hotel
Nov 5 – Nov 7 all-day
Waterproof Membranes 2018 @ Maritim Hotel | Düsseldorf | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

Waterproof Membranes 2018, the 12th installment in the annual series, will be held 5 – 7 November 2018 at the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany. The international conference is organized by AMI and focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, and the manufacture, installation, and performance of membranes (e.g., geomembranes, roofing systems).

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WATERPROOF MEMBRANES 2018 TOPICS

The Waterproof Membranes 2018 Call for Presentations invites topics such as:

  • Market trends worldwide or region specific
  • Environmental or regulatory factors affecting materials selection
  • Design and selection of waterproofing for roofing, basements, geomembranes, and other construction or civil engineering applications
  • Case studies
  • Materials and component performance and development including: bitumen, thermoplastic, elastomeric or liquid systems; raw material, reinforcement, additives, or pigments
  • Membrane structure developments & multi-functional membranes
  • Manufacturing process improvements
  • Installation technology, adhesion, sealing and joints
  • Performance: weathering, fire resistance, wind lift, chemical and root resistance, durability
  • Quality control, testing and certification, lifetime prediction and monitoring “green” aspects such as renewable energy integration, cooling, reflectiveness, recycling, roof gardens, and sustainability
  • Technical and economic issues in the industry

SEE THE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS


On the event web page, the organziers write:

The building and civil engineering industries face challenges relating to climate change and the demand for energy and water conservation. However, they also seek to introduce new designs and applications.  To meet these challenges, they often require innovative waterproofing solutions offering not only better waterproofing durability but also an improved environmental footprint together with competitive new solutions for the speed, efficiency and cost of installation.  Waterproof Membranes 2018 will provide a global forum for open discussion of the latest solutions, technology, performance and market trends within bitumen, polymeric and liquid membranes across all waterproofing applications.

Learn more on the Waterproof Membranes 2018 website.

Nov
24
Sat
2018
GeoMEast 2018 International Congress and Exhibition @ MENA House Hotel
Nov 24 – Nov 28 all-day

The GeoMEast 2018 International Congress and Exhibition is one of the leading Geosynthetics and Geotechnical Congresses in the Middle East. The event will be held to be held 24 – 28 November 2018 at the MENA House Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Geosynthetics has a major role in the technical program. Theme: “Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Structural Integrity.”

Hundreds of presentations will be offered and the well-attended congress will enable networking among engineers, agency officials, and other stakeholders from the still rapidly advancing Middle East infrastructure sector. Significant international support is present, with organizations such as the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the Deep Foundations Institute, the Canadian Geotechnical Society, the German Geotechnical Society, and many others involved.

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GeoMEast 2018 abstracts call

International Geosynthetics Society Vice President Dr. Chungsik Yoo delivered a plenary lecture at GeoMEast 2017.

Multiple workshops will be offered too, one of which is “Introduction to Geotechnical Design using Geosynthetics.” That workshop will be led by Dr. Mohamed A. Meguid, PEng, M.ASCE, Professor of Civil Engineering and Geo-Group Leader at McGill University.

Read about the Call for Abstracts

Geotechnical topics:

  • Geotechnical, Geoenvironmental and Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
  • Soil and Rock Mechanics, Geomechanics, Mining, and Geological engineering
  • Geosynthetics and Reinforced Soil Retaining Structures
  • Behavior, Identification and In-situ Test Methods for Site Characterization of Soils, and Lateritic, Problematic, Collapsible, Swelling, Soft, Sabkha and Uncommon Soils
  • Design and Quality Control of Earth Structures and Subgrades
  • Soil Stability and Landslide, Ground improvement and Seismic Hazards
  • Soil-Structure Interaction, Advanced Analysis of Shallow and Deep Foundations, Foundation Failure and Repair, and MicroPiles and its innovative applications
  • Computational Mechanics, Innovative Soil Models, Discrete Element and Boundary Element Modelling, Mesoscale Modeling,  and Advanced Numerical and Analytical Analyses
  • Physical Modelling in Geotechnics
  • Saturated and Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
  • Oil and Gas, and Petroleum Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geosciences, Geomatics, Geoinformatics, Geophysics and Global Hazards.