Member Spotlight: July

MOCON, Inc. is an international manufacturing company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with operations in Texas, Colorado, Germany and China. While working as a research physicist for General Mills in Minneapolis, Les Demorest saw a need for moisture measurement instrumentation. In 1966, he founded Modern Controls, Inc., and began manufacturing this instrumentation. In 1999, the company name changed to MOCON, Inc. MOCON has expanded its product lines over the years to include a wide variety of specialized instruments to test plastics, papers and composites used in the food, pharmaceutical, packaging and construction industries. MOCON designs, manufactures and sells products for gas detection, diffusion measurement and odor and aroma characterization. In the field of Geo-textiles MOCON specializes in the test and measurement of the barrier properties of geo-membranes for moisture vapor, hydrocarbon emissions, inert gases and volatile organic compounds. For more information on MOCON, please visit or contact Anthony Ahmed at or directly at (317) 997-3360.


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
8:00–8:10 Greeting & Introductions Otis Willoughby (Utah DSHW) & T. Stark(U of Illinois)
8:10–8:20 FGI Introduction, Activities, and Current Research T. Stark (U of Illinois)
8:20–8:40 Recent & Emerging Regulatory  Issues Otis Willoughby (Utah DSHW)
8:40–9:30 Containment Technologies for Mining Applications tbd
9:30–9:40 Morning Break and Networking
9:40–10:30 Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals Gary Zych (AEP)
10:30–10:45 Containment for Water Reservoirs – Columbus Ron Frobel (R.K. Frobel & Assoc.)
10:45–11:15 Configuration & Stability of Geosynthethic Liner Systems T. Stark (U. of Illinois)
11:15–12:00 Recent Research on Shale Oil-Gas Development Liija (Eli) Miskovic (U. Utah)
12:00–12:45 Lunch and Networking
12:45–1:15 Liner System Construction and Performance G. Dutson (Energy Solutions)
1:15–2:00 Geomembrane Fabrication, Installation, & Testing John Heap (CLI)
2:00–2:30 Geomembrane Welding/Testing Presentation Steve Hobbs (Leister)
2:30–2:45 Afternoon Break and Networking
2:45–3:30 Geomembrane Leak Location Surveys Daren Laine (Leak Location Services)
3:30–4:00 Research on Geofoam and Geomembrane Applications S. Bartlett (U. Utah)
4:00–4:20 Research on Soil Liquefaction and Vertical Drains K. Rollins (Brigham Young)
4:20–4:45 Research on Seepage Control Barriers & Geosynthetics J. Rice (Utah State U.)
4:45–5:00 Summary and Questions T. Stark (U. of Illinois)

FGI 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)

FGI Welcomes New Fabricator/Installer Member

The FGI is pleased to welcome its newest fabricator/installer member, Western Environmental Liner (  Western Environmental Liner is based in Tolleson, Arizona, with factories, in Tolleson, Arizona, Great Bend, Kansas, and Romulus, New York.  Western Environmental Liner specializes in the manufacture and fabrication of geoembrane liners for containment applications.  Western Environmental Liner’s FGI liaison is Shane Carter, President, who can be reached at or at (623) 414-4432.  Please help us welcome Western Environmental Liner to the FGI!!!!