Member Spotlight: May

Nortène began its activities in Brazil in 1981, pioneering the supply of plastic polyethylene screens, tarps for construction industry, and agricultural films. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Nortène has expanded and strengthened its share on Brazilian market. The company commercializes its products throughout Brazil and abroad and it is experiencing a period of continuous growth, by increasing its products portfolio and modernizing its quality laboratory. Nortene manufactures products for the following markets: construction, infrastructure, environmental engineering, industry, agribusiness, irrigation, mining, sugar/ethanol, warehousing and silage. Nortene produces HDPE or LLDPE geomembranes in blow or flat die machines, according with the project specifications. Its laboratories are accredited by GAI LAP and all the customers receive a complete quality certificate with technical information from each roll delivered. For more information on Nortene, please contact Mrs. Lima at or visit


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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