Member Spotlight: February

Owens Corning (OC) is head quartered in Toledo, Ohio, with additional manufacturing facilities around the Globe. In 2016, the Owens Corning Components division acquired InterWrap Industrial Fabrics. In addition to continuing to manufacture the Rhino branded product line in protective packaging and roofing underlayment, OC will place a major focus on the newly formed Geosynethics business. The geomembrane product mix ranges from 12mil – 40mil with several proprietary technologies including the RhinoMat product line. Owens Corning has recently begun constructing a world class geosynthetics research facility, as part of the current Science & Technology Center, located in Granville, OH. Opening of the new facility is scheduled for Fall, 2017. The FGI liaisons for OC are North American Sales Manager Jimmie Eloff ( and Geosynthetics Engineer Andy Durham (


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 Presentation   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 Electrical Leak Location for Installed Geomembranes 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)


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