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Short Courses in Texas – Shale Oil and Gas

“FGI Short Course addresses Shale Oil and Gas Development in Texas”


The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) held back-to-back short courses in Texas this month.  The first short course was offered in Dallas, Texas on 11 September 2013 at the Dallas Omni and Convention Center, followed by a second offering on 12 September 2013 at the Cook Center at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.  The Dallas, Texas short course was offered as part of the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Centennial Celebration Conference.  The short courses were organized by the FGI with the outstanding assistance of Sean Merrell and Brad Hernandez of the Texas ASCE and Cassandra Dillon of Navarro College.  The courses were attended by approximately ninety (90) attendees.  Figure 1(a) shows the early start of the short course in the beautiful Dallas Omni Convention Center conference room in which the short course took place.  Figure 1(b) shows the newly constructed Cook Education Center at Navarro College, which was the setting for the second short course.

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Figure 1(a)

Figure 1(b)

Dr. Stark Visits New Layfield Complex in Edmonton

On 23 August 2013 during a trip to Calgary, Alberta, Tim Stark visited the new Layfield Group fabrication and distribution facility in Edmonton, Alberta at 17720 129 Avenue NW that opened in June, 2013. Tim met with Andrew Mills, Director of Research and Development of the Layfield Group and current President of the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), to discuss current and future FGI activities, including the upcoming FGI short courses on oil and gas applications in the Dallas area, preparing the 2013 FGI Market Survey spreadsheet, and the current University of Illinois research on geomembrane interface strengths and hydrostatic resistance testing. Tim also met with other Layfield employees and toured Layfield’s new geomembrane fabrication facilities. Andrew showed Tim some current fabrication projects and new fabrication capabilities including the ability to factory fabricate and roll large geomembrane panels. Tim Starchuk, Marketing Manager at Layfield, took the following photographs of Andrew and Tim in front of the new 100,000 ft2 Layfield complex in Edmonton.

Dr. Stark hopes to visit the facilities of all FGI members to better understand each member’s business and how the FGI can provide additional benefit to them. The FGI is an exciting advancement in the geomembrane industry and allows the Institute to focus on all geomembranes that can be factory fabricated.

Tim Stark (left) and Andrew Mills of Layfield Group (right) at new Layfield Office in Edmonton

New Layfield Office in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Environmental Protection Seminar Held at the Cook Center

Navarro College employees and participants gathered at the Cook Center on September 12, 2013 to interact with designers, regulators, and companies involved with the ASCE, Geo-Institute, and Shale Oil and Gas Development.
The Environmental Protection in Shale Oil and Gas Development seminar included the latest information on applicable regulations, best development practices, techniques to ensure environmental protection during the process, and construction materials and techniques to facilitate shale oil and gas development.

Representatives of Navarro College at the FGI Short Course

Tim Stark presenting at the Environmental Protection in Shale Oil and Gas Development Short Course at Navarro College