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Short Course Scheduled for Salt Lake City, September 16, 2015: Current Advances & Trends in Containment Technology

The FGI, in conjunction with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, is offering a Short Course on the Current Advances and Trends in Containment Technology.

Date:  Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Time:  7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location:  Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, Utah  84114

Earn 7.0 PDH

Eventbrite - Current Advances and Trends in Containment Technology

Attendees will gain a broad knowledge of the advantages of fabricated geomembranes, what is required to properly design, specify, test, and construct fabricated geomembranes for the following applications:  (1) coal combustion, (2) mining, (3) oil related projects, (4) wastewater ponds, (5) floating covers for reservoirs, (6) water canals, (7) secondary containment, and (8) decorative ponds.


7:30–8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast Willoughby & Stark
8:00–8:05 Greeting & Introductions Otis Willoughby (Utah DSHW) & T. Stark(U of Illinois)
8:05–8:15 Recent & Emerging Regulatory Issues O. Willoughby (Utah DSHW)
8:15–9:00 Containment Technologies for Mining Applications Justin Knudesn (Tierra Group Int’l)
9:00–9:30 Containment for Water Reservoirs – Columbus Ron Frobel (R.K. Frobel & Assoc)
9:30–9:50 Morning Break and Networking
9:50–10:40 Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals Gary Zych (AEP)
10:40–11:20 Configuration & Stability of Geosynthetic Liner Systems T. Stark (U. of Illinois)
11:20–12:00 Recent Research on Shale Oil-Gas Development Ilija (Eli) Miskovic (U. Utah)
12:00–12:30 Cafe Rio Catered Lunch and Networking
12:30–1:00 Geomembrane Welding/Testing Equipment TBD
1:00–1:45 Geomembrane Fabrication, Installation, & Testing John Heap (CLI)
1:45–2:15 Geomembrane Cover System Performance G. Dutson (Energy  Solutions)
2:15–2:30 Afternoon Break and Networking
2:30–3:00 Geomembrane Leak Location Surveys Daren Laine (Leak Location Services)
3:00–3:30 Exposed Geomembrane Applications & Durability S. Allen (TRI/Environmental)
3:30–4:00 Research on Geofoam and Geomembrane Applications S. Bartlett (U. Utah)
4:00–4:15 Soil Liquefaction and Vertical Drains K. Rollins (Brigham Young U.)
4:15–4:45 Research on Seepage Control Barriers & Geosynthetics J. Rice (Utah State U.)
4:45–5:00 Summary and Questions T. Stark (U. of Illinois)


FGI Creates Air Lance Testing Guidelines

Industry professionals interested in a practice oriented guideline for conducting air lance tests on field geomembrane seams can download it here.

FGI Short Course Addresses Coal Combustion Residuals in Ohio

“FGI Short Course addresses Coal Combustion Residuals in Ohio”


The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) offered a short course in Columbus, Ohio on 25 June 2015 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Capitol Square. The Columbus, Ohio short course was organized by the FGI and was offered in collaboration with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The course was attended by approximately sixty-five (65) attendees. Figure 1(a) shows the early start of the short course in the beautiful Holiday Inn conference room in which the short course took place.

Click on the link above or below to view the short course article Short Course Article.

Figure 1(a)

Figure 1(b)