Member Spotlight: December

Field Lining Systems, Inc. (FLSI) is a 33 year-old privately held Arizona Corporation founded in 1983 to provide specialty lining systems to industrial, governmental, public utility, and private corporate clients. FLSI fabricates, distributes and installs geosynthetic membrane linings, including LLDPE, GCL, GEONET, Geotextile, PVC, RPP, Hypalon, EPDM, RPE, Rigid Plastics, HDPE and other geomembranes. FLSI has successfully installed over 200 million SF of geosynthetic products. FLSI fabricates both primary and secondary liners for many applications, including: plating, potable water storage, hazardous materials, pits, ponds, berms, oil, sumps, bladders, and floating covers. FLSI builds custom, applications specific projects. They have cultivated relationships with major plastic suppliers and manufacturers and work closely with their experts to make sure the products they build are constructed from the best materials for the application. Field Lining uses only materials with a proven record of compatibility with each constituent being contained. With their 30,000 SF fabrication facility situated on six acres in Avondale, Arizona, FLSI has the space to build the largest projects, as well as welcome the small ones. FLSI uses state-of-the-art equipment to fabricate all of their tanks. Their equipment includes a Wegener Bender, Wegener Butt Fusion Welder, CNC Water-jet, CNC Router, Hot Gas Welders, and custom built Extrusion Welders. Field Lining Systems is a certified woman owned, minority business with all the necessary safety, insurance and bonding capability to meet the most demanding project. For more information on FLSI, please visit or contact Ron Gutierrez at


Register Now for Fabricated Geomembrane Containment Applications Short Course

The FGI, in conjunction with TRI/Environmental, is offering a Short Course on Fabricated Geomembranes for Containment Applications:  Coal Combustion, Shale Oil and Gas, Floating Covers, Aquaculture, Potable Water, Agriculture, and more

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location:  TRI/Environmental
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX  78733

Earn 8.0 PDH

Visit to register today.

Instructors:  Gary Zych (AEP), Dr. Timothy D. Stark (University of Illinois),  Sam Allan & Abigail Beck (TRI/Environmental), Andrew Mills (Layfield), Pat Elliott (Colorado Lining Int’l), Cherie Lafleur (Texas NRCS), Gary Kolbasuk (Raven), Laura Storey (Plastatech), Ray Peebles, (Cooley), Steve Hobbs (Leister) and Wayne Leger (DemTech)

Course Description:

Attendees will learn current advances and trends in containment and welding technologies for a range of applications including: (1) landfills, (2) cover systems, (3) leak location surveys, (4) coal combustion residuals, (4) exposed geomembrane applications and  more.  Course attendees will learn how to design, specify, install, and test geomembranes for these applications.  Course attendees will earn eight (8) PDHs.

7:30–8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:10 Greeting & Introduction S. Allen (TRI) & T. Stark (U of Illinois)
8:10–8:30 FGI Introduction, Activities, and Current Research T. Stark (U of Illinois)
8:30–9:00 Durability for Capping of Landfills S. Allen (TRI)
9:00–9:30 Overview of Geomembrane Materials & Manufacturing G. Kolbasuk (Raven)
9:30-10:00 Geomembrane Fabrication, Installation, & Testing P. Elliott (CLI)
10:00-10:15 Morning Break and Networking
10:15-11:00 Floating Cover Systems A. Mills (Layfield)
11:00–11:30 Fabricated Geomembrane Applications & Demonstration S. Allen (TRI)
11:30–12:00 Welding Demo and Testing  P. Elliott (CLI), W. Leger (DemTech) & S. Hobbs (Leister)
12:00–12:45 Lunch and Networking
12:45–1:00 Configuration & Stability of Geosynthethic Liner Systems T. Stark (U of Illinois)
1:00–1:30 Large Scale Friction Testing Demonstration S. Allen (TRI)
1:30-2:15 Fabricated Liner Integrity System Assessment & Demos A. Beck (TRI)
2:15–3:00 Containment for Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) G. Zych (AEP)
3:00–3:15 Afternoon Break and Networking
3:15–3:45 USDA NRCS and Agricultural Waste Containment C. Lafleur (Texas NRCS)
3:45–4:05 Secondary Containment R. Peebles (Cooley Group)
4:05-4:20 Shale Oil and Gas T. Stark (U of Illinois)
4:20-4:35 Columbus Reservoir Project T. Stark (U of Illinois)
4:35–4:45 PVC in Aquaculture L. Storey (Plastatech)
4:45–5:00 Summary and Questions T. Stark (U. of Illinois)

Congratulations Colorado Lining, Int’l and Burke Industries on Article Published in Geosynthetics Magazine

Reviving the Palos Verdes Reservoir

California is home to one of the most active water resource infrastructure sectors. Geosynthetics can play an enormous role with the creation and rehabilitation of these water resources.

The 76-year-old Palos Verdes Reservoir in Los Angeles County provides an exemplary case (Photo A). The 360-million-gallon cell is currently undergoing an update that will greatly extend its service life. In this special three-part series for Geosynthetics magazine, the project team will highlight the work as it happens.

In Part 1, the project is described, with the prep, manufacturing, and fabrication stages highlighted. In Part 2, installation, testing, and quality assurance on-site will be covered. Finally, Part 3 will follow the facility as it goes into operation.

To view full Part 1 (of 3 part series) article, visit Geosynthetics Magazine Part 1

The Palos Verdes Reservoir before demolition began in early 2016. Photo courtesy of Colorado Lining.

Moving a finished panel to the storage area. Photo courtesy of Colorado Lining.

FGI Welcomes Newest Manufacturer Member: Owens Corning

New FGI Manufacturer Member, Owens Corning (OC), recently acquired another FGI Manufacturer Member, InterWrap Industrial Fabrics.  OC is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, with additional manufacturing facilities around the globe.  OC- will continue to manufacture the Rhino branded geomembrane woven coated products, available in 30-40 mil thicknesses.  OC- has recently begun constructing a world class geosynthetics research facility, as part of the current Owens Corning Science & Technology Center, located in Granville, OH.  Opening of the new facility is scheduled for 2017.  The FGI liaisons for OC are Jimmie Eloff, who can be reached at (800) 438-7465 or, and Andy Durham, P.E., at (740) 321-6133 or  Please help us welcome Owen Corning to the FGI!!

Andy Durham (second from left) and Jesse Gadley (third from left), both engineers at Owens Corning, visited Tim Stark (left) and Jen Miller (right) at the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on 20 September, 2016