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March 30, 2023
FGI Webinar: Geomembrane Damage During Oil and Gas Operations

March 30, 2023 at Noon CDT (Live)

March 31, 2023 at Noon AEST (Pre-recorded - Australia)

March 31, 2023 at Noon CAT (Pre-recorded - South Africa)

April 3, 2023 at 5 p.m. JST (Pre-recorded - Japan)

This webinar will discuss a case study involving damage to a 40 mil linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) geomembrane (GM) installed in a below ground impoundment at a natural gas well site. Numerous defects were found in the LLDPE GM, including holes, scratches, indentations, and linear tears or slits, after the impoundment was drained (see photo above). The GM defects allowed leakage from the impoundment, which eventually was detected in nearby groundwater monitoring wells. An investigation of the GM, subgrade conditions, and pond operations was conducted to determine the cause and timing of the GM defects. This webinar will present the results of the investigation and the most likely cause(s) of the GM damage. 1.0 PDH

April 1, 2023
FGI CQA Online Course & Certification Exam (On-Demand April, 2023)

The FGI is now offering our 4-Part Online CQA Course and Certification Exam Monthly in an On-Demand Format

April, 2023 On-Demand Course includes:
Part 1: Manufacturing MQA & MQC - available on-demand April 1-23, 2023
Part 2: Factory CQA & CQC - available on-demand April 1-23, 2023
Part 3: Field CQA & CQC - available on-demand April 1-23, 2023
Part 4: Post Installation Maintenance & Leak Location - available on-demand April 1-23, 2023
University of Illinois-FGI CQA Online Certification Exam: available April 23 - 30, 2023

Cost: $500 per person
The $500 registration fee includes the four online course sessions and one sitting for the online certification exam. A University of Illinois - FGI CQA Certificate will be issued to those who successfully pass the online certification exam. For those who do not pass the exam on the first attempt, there is a $100 fee each time you register to re-take the online exam. Links to Parts 2, 3, and 4 will be sent automatically after registration for Part 1 is completed.


Salt Lake City, 9-16-15

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MN DNR, 10-26-17

Thursday, October 26, 2017

GeoAmericas 2016, Miam… 4-10-16

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Miami, FL

Dallas-Navarro, 9-11-13

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CCR - Columbus, OH, 6-25-15

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Columbus, OH

Austin-TRI, 2-21-17

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ASCE - Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, July 21, 2014

Civil Eng. Apps - Columbus, OH, 10-26-17

Short Course - Attendees Can Earn Up To 8.5 PDH's

The FGI, in conjunction with The Ohio State University, Owens Corning Science and Technology, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, is offering a Short Course on Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications: water resources, containment, dams and conveyance, roadways, landfills, coal combustion residuals, MSE walls, and more.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
2790 Columbus Rd, Granville, OH 43023

5:30 PM  Shuttle Bus  Arrive at Owens Corning    

5:45 PM  Welcome / Opening  Remarks  S. Thaxton (O.C.)  & T. Stark (U of Illinois) 

6:30 PM  Innovative  Geomembrane Liner and Cover Solutions  A. Durham /J. Eloff  (O.C.) 

6:30 PM  O.C. Innovation  Laboratory Tour  S. Thaxton (O.C.) 

7:00 PM  Dinner / Reception    

8:30 PM  Shuttle Bus Leaves Owens Corning (to OEPA)   

Friday, October 27, 2017
The Ohio State University - The Ohio Staters Traditions Room - 2070 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH

7:30–8:00   Registration/Continental  Breakfast    

8:00–8:15  Greeting &  Introductions  Daniel Pradel (OSU)  & Tim Stark (U of Illinois) 

8:15–8:45  Importance and  Scarcity of Water Resources  Allison MacKay (Ohio  State U.) 

8:45–9:15  Permitting and  Emerging Issues with Surface Water  Mark Stump (Ohio EPA) 

9:15-10:00  Permitting  Geosynthetic Liner Systems for Water Resource Projects  Doug Evans (Ohio DNR)  

10:00-10:15  Morning Break and  Networking     

10:15–11:00  Geosynthetics in  Water Containment & conveyance: Materials & Selection Criteria  Boyd Ramsey (Ramsey  Consulting)  

11:00-11:45  Columbus Reservoir  Project  Joe Troxell  (S&ME)       

11:45–12:15  Lunch and Networking     

12:15-12:45  Welding Demonstration  Dave McLaury  (DemTech)  

12:45–1:30  Geosynthetics in Ohio  Roadway Projects  Chris Merklin (Ohio  DOT)  

1:30–2:15  Containment for Coal  Combustion Residuals (CCRs)  Gary Zych (AEP)  

2:15–3:00  Geomembrane Wrinkles  and Leak Location Surveys  Brian Queen (Ohio  EPA)  

3:00-3:15  Afternoon Break and  Networking     

3:15–3:45  Elevated Temperatures  in Containment Applications  Tim Stark (U of  Illinois)  

3:45-4:15  Use of MSE Walls  Backfilled with Lightweight Cellular  Daniel Pradel (OSU)  

4:15–4:30  Summary and Questions