Reflections on the IGS Technical Committee Workshops in Munich

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Dr. George Koerner, Director of the Geosynthetic Institute, published a very nice report from the International Geosynthetics Society’s IGS Technical Committee Workshops. The gathering, which included workshops organized by the IGS Technical Committees on Soil Reinforcement (TC-R) and the IGS Technical Committee on Barriers (TC-B) was held in June. We reprint here by permission George Koerner’s re... »

REMINDER: Register Now for IGS June Workshops in Munich

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The International Geosynthetics Society has two exceptional, standalone events being held back-to-back in Munich. The June workshops kick off with the 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop, June 4 – 5. Then, on June 6 – 7, the 1st GeoBarrier Workshop takes place. Each of the June workshops has a separate registration, but both registrations may be made at the events’ shared online regist... »

Register for FGI Short Course on Containment and Welding

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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute is presenting a one-day course on “Current Advances & Trends in Containment & Welding Technologies.” The February 21 FGI short course will be held at TRI Environmental’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. Expert speakers from geosynthetics manufacturers, fabricators, installers, research and academia, and government agencies will be on han... »

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... »

Miller Weldmaster Promotes Benefits of Moduline System for the Geo Industry

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As the “First Choice Globally”, Miller Weldmaster strives to serve customers in the industrial fabrics industry with state-of-the-art fabric welding equipment and world-class customer service and support. Among the company’s customers worldwide are manufacturers in the Geo industry. For optimized production outcomes, Miller Weldmaster offers these manufacturers the Moduline System, a machine model... »

Miller Weldmaster Increasing Production Capabilities of Geo Industry as Global Geosynthetics Demand Rises

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A report recently published by The Freedonia Group projects that global demand for geosynthetics will reach 5.2 billion squares in 2017. The market research firm predicts that the growth will be tied to improved conditions for road- and structure-building, as well as “growing concerns regarding environmental protection and greater awareness of the performance advantages of these products in a vari... »

Video – Miller Weldmaster Geosynthetic Welding Equipment

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Miller Weldmaster is a manufacturer and innovator of rotary hot air and hot wedge welding machines for the industrial fabric and thermoplastic industries. Specializing in geomembrane liner welding equipment, this video tells the family-owned and -operated company’s story of innovation, customer support and technology development. »

Film Tearing Bond (FTB): Going, Going, But Not Quite Gone

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The term "Film Tearing Bond (FTB)" for qualifying welded geomembrane seams essentially disappeared from the waste containment sector several years ago, but it still remains in the potable water sector. Ian Peggs, I-CORP INTERNATIONAL, authors a tech note proposing "that we forever banish FTB." »

Geomembrane Spark Testing and Difficult Installation Points

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"When asked what voltage setting was used to perform spark testing on a pipe penetration weld the operator said “Dunno, I just turned it to the max as stated in the instructions”! This is just the right way to miss leaks, as happened..." Ian Peggs of I-CORP INTERNATIONAL takes a look at what is occurring during spark testing. »