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

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

October 24, 2019
FGI Webinar: Accepting Special Wastes & Maintaining Stability

Frequently facilities accept special wastes from cleanup projects, sludge generators, and/or stabilization processes. The shear strength of the special wastes must be estimated and included in stability analyses to ensure slope stability. This webinar will present recommendations for shear strength testing, specimen preparation, and strength criteria for characterizing special wastes, conducting stability analyses, and landfill handling, placement, and operations to promote slope stability.

November 5, 2019
FGI Members Only Workshop

The FGI is hosting a workshop for its members to discuss the marketing and promotion of fabricated geomembranes and the future of the FGI.  This workshop will focus on these two (2) topics in a round table type of discussion:

Marketing & Promoting Fabricated Geomembranes

- Why modular construction

- How to improve the fabricated message/industry

- Why is factory fabrication better

- Fabrication saves money

- Different labor rates

- Geomembrane wrinkles and thermal expansion– no leak location, stress cracking, tears duringcover soil

- Reinforced GMs – construction, operation, filling, cleaning, tensile stresses

- Chemical Resistance – Subtitle D

Future of the FGI

- More research

- More webinars

- More members

- Topics/Content – moretesting videos, short courses, summer internships


Center City Building
November 6, 2019
Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs): Current Regulations and Solutions

Attendees will gain a broad knowledge of current and emerging CCR regulations, local experience managing CCRs, and the advantages of using geosynthetics to manage and dispose of CCRs.  Course attendees will earn seven (7.0) PDHs. Lunch and break refreshments will be provided.

Center City Building, University of North Carolina Charlotte
December 10, 2019
FGI Webinar: Factory Fabrication, Installation, and Testing of Geomembranes

This webinar will discuss how and the types of geomembranes that can be primarily factory fabricated and transported to the field for installation and testing. Factory fabrication results in shorter construction time (and costs), more modular construction, higher quality seams (data will be presented), less patches, and a better completed liner system than field fabricated geomembranes.  The types of geomembranes that are suited for factory fabrication and folding also are less susceptible to wrinkling after installation and before soil covering, which facilitates leak location surveys and cover soil placement.  This webinar will focus on factory and field quality assurance and control testing, e.g., seam air channel testing as well as seam shear and peel strength testing.  The use of leak location surveys prior to and/or after soil covering also will be discussed.


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