On 8 August 2022 during atrip to San Diego, Tim Stark visited the offices and factory fabrication facility of Simbeck and Associates in Mancos (Main-Kiss), Colorado. Tim met with Duff Simbeck, Vice President of Simbeck & Associates (see Figure 1) to discuss current and future FGI activities, including the new operation and maintenance guideline for water reservoirs that Duff helped write, upcoming FGI webinars, MQA and CQA training, welder certification, and current University of Illinois research on action leakage rates, and carbon footprint calculator. Duff showed Tim some current factory fabrication projects and new fabrication capabilities for mainly public projects throughout the United States. Mancos, Colorado is the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park, which Tim toured the following day. Mancos can be accessed via Colorado Route-160, which is beautiful drive through the southern Rocky Mountains and includes the Wolf Creek Summit at Elevation 11,904 feet. If you are looking for a beautiful mountain drive or planning to visit nearby national parks, please stop by Simbeck & Associates at 38256 US-160 in Mancos and visit with the team at Simbeck & Associates.
Dr. Stark hopes to visit the facilities of all FGI members to better understand each member’s business and how the FGI can provide additional benefit to them. The FGI is an exciting advancement in the geomembrane industry and allows the Institute to focus on all geomembranes that can be factory fabricated.