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


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