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 (jimmie.eloff@owenscorning.com) and Geosynthetics Engineer Andy Durham (andy.durham@owenscorning.com).

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Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement of the FGI:

The mission of the FGI is to develop and transfer knowledge, assess and critique fabricated geomembranes, and provide relevant services to member organizations. The FGI and its member companies research and develop opportunities for fabricated geomembranes in environmental, geotechnical, transportation and hydraulic engineering applications, such as:

  • Recreational Lakes
  • Floating Pond/Reservoir Covers
  • Landfills
  • Golf Course Lakes, Ponds, and Water Features
  • Wastewater Treatment Ponds
  • Industrial Waste Ponds and Landfills
  • Canals
  • Heap Leach Mining Pads

Goals of the FGI:

The main goal of the FGI is to advance the use of fabricated geomembranes through education, research, and technology transfer. As a result, the main objective of the FGI and this website is be to the sole informational source for the design, construction, and performance of fabricated geomembranes. To achieve this goal, FGI activities will include, but are not limited to, the following specific tasks:

  • Conduct applied research on the engineering, design, and performance of fabricated geomembranes.
  • Develop test methods, standards of practice and standard guides for design and construction of fabricated geomembranes.
  • Provide training and tutorial services to member organizations and their employees.
  • Develop and provide short courses, conferences, symposia, workshops and training sessions on fabricated geomembranes.
  • Provide a fabricated geomembrane information retrieval services.
  • Provide publications in the form of newsletters, books, manuals, reports, journals, papers, articles, columns, notes, and memos.
  • Develop a library of case histories involving fabricated geomembranes and their behavior.
  • Develop and maintain a website that is the source for fabricated geomembrane news including new products, companies, employees, projects, design ideas, guidance documents, etc.
  • Collaborate with other geosynthetics organizations, such as, the GMA, IFAI, ECTC, IAGI, to increase the use of fabricated geomembranes.
  • Provide input to legislation related to geosynthetics and in particular fabricated geomembranes.
  • Introduce fabricated geomembranes to more engineers and students.
  • Involve other universities in FGI activities and research.

Updated March, 2014