The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is pleased to welcome its newest Government/Regulatory Agency Member, State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute’s College of Engineering. SUNY Poly serves as a world wide resource for pioneering education, research and development, technology deployment, and commercialization. It is anchored by two academic locations in Utica and Albany, New York. With approximately 3,000 students currently enrolled, SUNY Poly recognizes that a strong, student-centered educational program is the foundation for baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral education. The mission of SUNY Poly’s College of Engineering is to provide the knowledge necessary to design and manufacture state-of-the-art products and systems needed to meet the current and future needs of society. The FGI Liaison is Dr. Asif Ahmed, P.E., Assistant Professor. He can be reached at email@example.com. Please help us welcome SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s College of Engineering to the FGI!!!!
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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is pleased to welcome its newest manufacturer member, Sioen Industries. Sioen is a producer of yarns, woven and nonwoven fabrics, technical textiles, fine chemicals and protective clothing. Sioen has the entire production process under one roof, from the yarn, raw fabric and pigment pastes, to the coating and production of technical apparel. Sioen prides itself on its ability to find imaginative solutions to the challenges and ever-changing concerns and demands of our customers, the marketplace and all our stakeholders. The company headquarters are located in Belgium, with factories throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia and their FGI liaison is Greg Roscoe, General Manager, who can be reached at Greg.Roscoe@sioen.com or www.sioen.com. Please help us welcome Sioen Industries to the FGI!!!!
The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is pleased to welcome its newest Associate Member, Alphard Group (Alphard). Alphard is a Canadian consulting engineering firm specializing in industrial projects, construction management, and environmental performance. Incorporated in 2010,Alphard has built a team of engineers, environmental technicians and specialists, as well as a network of collaborators and strategic partners in the industry to offer a wide range of solutions and specialized services.
Alphard is also known for its leak location expertise participating in projects all over the world, and it has developed its own technology in-house for the past 10 years.
Their FGI liaison is Marina Villarroel, Director of International Projects, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us welcome Alphard Group to the FGI!!!!
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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute(FGI) is pleased to welcome its newest College/University Member, Prairie View A&M University, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Prairie View A&M University is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state of Texas. It is an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) consisting of nine colleges and schools and 70-degreeprograms. The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. The Roy G. Perry College of Engineering offers a Master of Science in Engineering degree with concentrations in Civil Engineering as well as Environmental Engineering. The Civil& Environmental Engineering faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service to the university and its constituents. The FGI Liaison is Dr. Jobair Bin Alam, PE, Assistant Professor. He can be reached at email@example.com. Please help us welcome Prairie View A&M University’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering to the FGI!!!!
The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) held its biennial membership meeting on 24 February 2021 during the Geosynthetics 2021 Conference. The meeting was attended by 26 people and held in conjunction with the Industrial Fabrics Association International organized conference. During the membership meeting, the newly elected FGI Officers and Board of Directors were introduced for their two (2) year term.
Before introducing the new Officers and Directors, Timothy D. Stark, FGI Technical Director and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, acknowledged the service of the outgoing Officers and Board Members: Greg Scales (Titan Environmental), Bill Shehane (Seaman Corporation), and Ed Silva (E Squared). Tim also acknowledged the recent retirement of John Heap from Colorado Lining International. John served as President of the PVC Geomembrane Institute(PGI) for four (4) years and was instrumental in expanding the PGI to the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute. The newly elected FGI Officers will serve a two-year term (2021-2023) and are:
The following newly elected FGI Board of Directors also will serve a two-year term (2021-2023) and are listed below in alphabetical order:
Other topics on the FGI’s Biennial Meeting agenda included: current and future research activities, accomplishments since the last membership meeting at Geosynthetics 2019, and the future direction and goals of the FGI.
The following research topics are being pursued by the FGI at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
· fPP Case History
· fPP Air Channel Seam Testing
· PVC Specification for Desert Applications
· Reinforced Geomembrane Thermal/Wrinkle Testing
Other accomplishments of the FGI over the last two years include:
· Publication of several technical articles and papers
· Hosted short courses in Bogota, Colombia and Charlotte, North Carolina
· Publication of three new geomembrane calculators for cost comparisons, leakage rates, and panel weight shipping
· Publication of Installation Details and Drawings
· Created Geo-Engineering Audio and Video Podcast Series
· Created Geo-Engineering Pop Quiz Series
· Hosted 23 live webinars, averaging 250 attendees and 450 registrants per webinar
· Created on-line PDH Certificate Program with about 500 people receiving a PDH Certificate for downloading and listening to a webinar
· Created Women in Geosynthetics Program – hosting two successful Round Table Discussions and quarterly virtual meetings
The final portion of the FGI Biennial Membership Meeting was dedicated to a lively discussion on the future direction and goals of the FGI by its members. The FGI has five membership classifications: manufacturers, fabricators and Installers, Installer Only, Associate, and Government/Regulatory Agency. The FGI’s membership spans four continents: North America, South America, Australia, and Europe.
The FGI is dedicated to advancing the use of fabricated geomembranes through education, research, and technology transfer. The FGI is a consortium of manufacturers, fabricators/installers, designers, regulators, and material suppliers of fabricated geomembranes. For more information on the FGI, please visit www.fabricatedgeomembrane.com.
February 25, 2021, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Moderators: Jordan Wiechmann, Intertape Polymer Group and Jen Miller, Fabricated Geomembrane Institute
The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute at the University of Illinois has created a group titled, “Women in Geosynthetics (WIG)” in order to promote the advancement of women in the geosynthetics industry through education, networking and mentoring opportunities. Audience participation is the focus of this highly interactive discussion
The discussion will include, but is not limited to the following points of interest:
– How can we recruit MORE women into the Geosynthetic Industry?
– How can we create more opportunities in the industry for women?
– What types of educational opportunities are out there to educate women throughout the industry?
– Mentorship Opportunities
Tonya Switalski (Titan Environmental)
Kasia Zamara (Tensar)
Katie Hill (Owens Corning)
Lisa Simms (East Coast Erosion)
The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) presented a short course in Charlotte, North Carolina on 6 November 2019 at the Center City Building to a sold out crowd. The short course was organized by the FGI and was offered in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).
The excellent and timely presentations focused on the regulations, placement, and management of CCRs, with an emphasis on using geosynthetics. The morning portion of the short course focused on regulatory issues, containment applications, CCR static properties,and seismic behavior of CCRs. For example, a presentation by JR Register of Consumers Energy, focused on the current and emerging CCR regulatory issues, while Evan Andrews of Duke Energy provided insight into using geosynthetics to manage, cover, and contain CCRs. Gary Zych of American Electric Power (AEP)reviewed containment applications for CCRs for AEP facilities. Vincent Ogunro of UNCC followed with an informative presentation on the static material properties and treatment of CCRs. Lastly, Professor Bill Wolfe of The Ohio State University described the seismic behaviors of CCRs and conducting liquefaction analyses for CCRs to wrap up the morning portion.
The afternoon presentations focused on the practical applications of geosynthetics for CCR management, closure, and containment. For example, Allen Bullock of Leister and Matthew Roy of DemTech provided a demonstration of geomembrane seaming, patching, and testing. Timothy D. Stark of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reviewed the importance of geomembrane wrinkles in leakage rates and leak location surveys. Ken Daly of Wood PLC gave an informative presentation on local practices for managing CCRs. Sam Allen of TRI Environmental provided insight on leak location surveys. Finally, Joe Troxell of S&ME described the largest fabricated geomembrane project in the world, i.e.,Columbus, Ohio Upground Water Reservoir.
Many attendee questions, comments, and experiences made the course a greatsuccess. The topics andspeakers from the successful shortcourseare shown below:
Current &Emerging CCR Regulatory Issues - J.R. Register (Consumers Energy)
Geosynthetics in Challenging RegulatoryEnvironments - E. Andrews (Duke Energy)
Containment for CCRs- G. Zych (American Electric Power)
Static Properties andInnovations in CCR - V. Ogunro (UNCC)
Dynamic behavior ofCCRs - B. Wolfe (OSU)
Importance of Geomembrane Wrinkles - T.Stark (U of Illinois)
Local PracticeManaging CCRs - K. Daly (Wood)
Leak Location Surveys - S. Allen (TRI)
Case Study: Largest Fabricated Geomembrane Project -J. Troxell (S&ME)
The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is pleased to welcome its newest Associate Member, GeoTesting Express (GTX). GTX provides state-of-the-art laboratory testing facilities to measure the mechanical and physical properties of soil, rock, geosynthetics, aggregate, concreate, and other geo-materials. GTX also prides itself for its best practices and advanced testing equipment to provide fast, accurate results. GTX offers a combination of field expertise and knowledge, backed by supervising engineers and full-service, quick responding testing laboratories to provide value to project teams. GTX’s testing laboratory is headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, with an additional lab located in Atlanta, Georgia and their FGI liaison is Anna Kotas, Geotechnical Engineer, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us welcome GeoTesting Express to the FGI!!!!