Construction of this 67 meter high RSS was completed in December 2006. After seven years in-service, a tension crack was observed at the top of the slope. In March 2015 this RSS structure catastrophically collapsed. This RSS structure collapsed in a compound failure mode; as the failure plane passed beneath, partially behind, and partially through the reinforced soil mass. The RSS collapse occurred after 8.3 years in-service as the shear strength along the shale-claystone foundation interface decreased and approached the fully softened strength. This webinar will cover the forensic investigation performed, the causes of the failure and lessons learned.
Jim Collin, Ph.D., P.E., & Ryan Berg, P.E., D.GE.
Dr. Kerry Rowe
Harold (J.R.) Register, P.E.
Andrew Bittner, P.E.
Dr. Timothy D. Stark
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.
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)
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