Dedicated to advancing the use of fabricated geomembranes through education, research, and technology transfer.

WHY?
Factory fabrication reduces field welding, reduces installation time and costs, allows modular construction and provides consistent seam and liner quality.

February 4, 2021
FGI Webinar: Geomembrane Attachment and Penetration Design and Installation
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Thursday, February 4, 2021

11 a.m. CST

1.0 PDH

Presenters:

Patrick Elliott (Raven Industries), Brendan Simbeck & Duff Simbeck (Simbeck & Associates)

This webinar will provide an overview of industry norms for sealing and attaching of geomembrane liners to pipe penetrations and structures, including design considerations and variations, materials and installation methods, quality testing, common problems, and key components for a successful project.

Don’t let this be your project- Learn how to design and execute geomembrane pipe penetrations and attachments for success.

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February 24, 2021
FGI at Geosynthetics 2021 Virtual Conference
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Special Session 3: Constructing with Factory Fabricated Geosynthetics 1

February 24, 2021, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

February 24, 2021
FGI at Geosynthetics 2021 Virtual Conference
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Special Session 4: Constructing with Factory Fabricated Geosynthetics 2

February 24, 2021, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

February 24, 2021
FGI at Geosynethetics 2021 Virtual Conference - Panel Discussion
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Selecting and Specifying the Appropriate Geomembrane
Moderator: Timothy D. Stark, Ph.D., FGI

February 24, 2021, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

This Panel Discussion will assemble five (5) industry leaders (3 engineers, 1 geomembrane fabricator, and 1 geosynthetics installer) to discuss the factors that should be considered in selecting and then specifying a geomembrane for a particular application. The moderator, Timothy D. Stark, will present photographs of different applications, e.g., potable water, mining, waste or liquid containment, etc., and ask the panelists to discuss some of the factors that should be considered in the design and specification of the geosynthetics for that application. The audience will be encouraged to submit questions on each application/photograph. The factors that could be considered for each application include: chemical resistance, exposed v. unexposed application, intimate contact, differential settlement, site location, e.g., remote v. accessible, weather, e.g., UV exposure, wind, and temperature, physical properties, e.g., puncture resistance and elongation, static and seismic slope stability, geosynthetic interface shear strengths, construction logistics, e.g., timeframe, vehicle access, and deployment ease, warranty, repairability, and desired color. This should result in a lively debate about designing, selecting, specifying, testing, and installing geomembranes and geosynthetics for a range of applications.  

Confirmed Panelists:
Fabricator: Brian Fraser, Layfield Group, Inc., Edmonton, Alberta
Installer:   Patrick Elliott, Raven/CLIConstruction, Inc., Denver, Colorado
Engineer:   Douglas Hilts, Hilts Consulting Group, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Engineer: Joseph Troxell, TetraTech, Columbus, Ohio
Engineer: Jonathan Shamrock, Tonkin + Taylor, Aukland, New Zealand

February 25, 2021
Women in Geosynthetics Round Table at Geosynthetics 2021 Virtual Conference
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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

Panelists:

Tonya Switalski (Titan Environmental)

Kasia Zamara (Tensar)

Katie Hill (Owens Corning)

Lisa Simms (East Coast Erosion)

March 23, 2021
FGI Webinar: Design and Performance of Hazardous and LLRW Landfills: A 20-Year Case Study
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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Noon CST

1.0 PDH

The design, construction, and performance of hazardous waste and low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) landfills will be presented in the context of the U.S. Department of Energy On-site Disposal Facility in Fernald, Ohio. The 56-acre (lined area) OSDF is fully constructed, filled with waste, and closed. The facility was operated from November 1997 until October 2006, with operational data available from January 2000 to the present, a period of roughly 20 years. The webinar will review OSDF regulatory requirements, conceptual and detailed design (design criteria, calculations, plans, and specifications), pre-design studies (chemical compatibility, direct shear, and sealed double-ring infiltrometer testing), and construction. Available performance data for the OSDF’s leachate collection system, leakage detection system, and horizontal-well vadose zone monitoring system are presented and evaluated. The data indicate that the OSDF is performing well and is not impacting groundwater or surface water at the site.

Presenter:

Rudy Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E.

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April 13, 2021
FGI Webinar: Static and Seismic Veneer Stability Calculations
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

11 a.m. CST

1.0 PDH

In this webinar, Dr. Matasovic will explain general principles and methods for design of landfill and Superfund sites covers.  He will explain how to properly account for seismic, seepage, and landfill gas-induced forces, and how to develop interface testing requirements for composite covers.  The presentation will also include explanation of the basic principles of seismic design, relevant seismic design methods and their limitations, and regulatory aspects of cover design.  Two case histories will also be presented.  The first case history relates to recorded and observed seismic performance of five composite covers in Nisqually, WA, earthquake, including pre-event interface testing and performance-based calculations.  The second case history illustrates the current state-of-practice.  It deals with design evaluations, including advanced numerical modeling (FLAC and D-MOD), which were performed under the oversight of an expert panel for a Superfund site in an area of very high seismicity (1g+).

Presenter:

Neven Matasovic, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.

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May 6, 2021
FGI Webinar: Deep Water Leak Location Surveys - Highly Sensitive and Very Effective
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Noon CST

1.0 PDH

Presenter:

Matthew Kemnitz (Leak Location Services)

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June 3, 2021
FGI Webinar: Geomembrane Texturing - Importance, Quantifying, and Specification
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Thursday, June 3, 2021

11 a.m. CDT

1.0 PDH

Presenters:

Rob Swan, Ph.D., P.E.

Zehong Yuan, P.E.

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July 22, 2021
FGI Webinar: Live Panel Discussion on Geomembrane Installation
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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Noon CDT

1.0 PDH

Presenters:

TBD

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August 12, 2021
FGI Webinar: Leachate Collection Systems: Design, Specifications, and Construction
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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Noon CDT

1.0 PDH

Presenter:

Bob Mackey, P.E.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
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GeoAmericas 2016, Miam… 4-10-16

Sunday, April 10, 2016
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Dallas-Navarro, 9-11-13

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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CCR - Columbus, OH, 6-25-15

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Columbus, OH
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Austin-TRI, 2-21-17

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Monday, July 21, 2014
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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
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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
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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   

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