Member Spotlight: March

Lange Containment Systems, Inc. (LCSI) is a premier custom fabricator and installer of geomembrane and geosynthetic products. LCSI was founded in 1994 and is centrally located in Denver, Colorado. LCSI has fabricated and installed more than 145,000,000 square feet of liner systems in the USA, South America, Central America, Asia, and even Antarctica. Their field technicians are certified in geomembrane installation, industry safety standards and many have more than 20 years experience. LCSI utilizes the highest quality materials including PVC, Hypalon, XR-5, Polypropylene, Urethanes and a variety of coated fabrics. LCSI specializes in detail oriented custom fabrications; applications range from floating covers, drop-in tank liners for primary and secondary containment, decorative ponds and more. Prefabricated pipe boot seals, corners and sumps as well as a variety of mechanical attachment systems are all part of our product line. From concept to completion, LCSI’s experienced and competent staff can provide assistance, quality products and workmanship. For more information on LCSI, please contact Ryan Heese at or visit


FGI Announces New Officers and Board of Directors

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new Officers and a new Board of Directors during their biennial membership meeting in Portland, Oregon on February 18, 2015.

The recently elected FGI Officers will serve a two-year term (2015-2017) and are: President – Andrew Mills (Layfield Group, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada); Vice President – Kent Metzger (Brawler Industries, Midland, Texas); Treasurer – Patrick Elliott (Colorado Lining International, Parker, Colorado); and Secretary – Jeremiah Boorsma (Accugeo, Bakersfield, California).

The recently elected FGI Board of Directors will serve a two-year term (2015-2017) and are listed below in alphabetical order: Pat Bradley (Inland Tarp & Liner), Steve Hobbs (Leister), Gary Kolbasuk (Raven Industries), Dave McLaury (DemTech), Jeff Pankonie (Firestone), Ray Peebles (Cooley Group), and Duff Simbeck (Simbeck & Associates).

FGI Holds Biennial Membership Meeting

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) held its biennial membership meeting on February 18, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. The meeting was attended by 37 people and held in conjunction with the Geosynthetics – 2015 conference, sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Tim Stark, Technical Director of the FGI and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provided an introduction to the mission of the FGI, including a review of the advantages of factory fabrication of geomembranes. Andrew Mills, President of the FGI, reviewed the history and growth of the FGI, as well as the future directives during his presidential address. The past accomplishments of the FGI, including: increased FGI membership, publishing several articles and technical papers, hosting short courses throughout the United States, establishing industry guidelines, as well as improving the FGI website, were reviewed by Tim Stark and Laurie Honnigford. Kent Metzger, Treasurer of the FGI, reviewed the FGI’s excellent financial position. The newly elected officers and board of directors were announced, and the outgoing officers and board members were recognized. Finally, the meeting concluded with a lively open discussion by current and prospective FGI members.

Article: Reconstructing and Relining Nottingham Lake in the Rockies

FGI Member, Simbeck & Associates, worked with Ewing Trucking & Construction, to install a new pond liner to Nottingham Lake, which is nestled high in the Rocky Mountains in Avon, Colorado.,  This man-made lake was built more than 32 years ago. It was originally PVC-lined with an expected 20-year life span. The geomembrane liner worked longer than expected; however, by 2012 the city’s engineering department was struggling to keep the leaking lake full.

The liner had been repaired twice and in the course of those repairs, it was discovered that the liner had significantly deteriorated. Other changes made to the lake during its 32-year history further degraded the geomembrane liner, including installation of irrigation piping and construction work for the pumphouse dock and fishing pier. During special events, buoys were placed in the lake. Sediment removal, soil erosion, and exposure to sunlight also contributed to the liner’s deterioration.

Installing a new pond liner would not normally pose a challenge for experienced geomembrane contractors. On this project, however, the contractors were not allowed to use any park area surrounding the lake to stage equipment and materials.

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