GSI - Geosynthetic Institute

Geosynthetic InstituteThe Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has opened registration for its next geosynthetics training sessions. To be held at the Folsom, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) headquarters of GSI, the following courses will be offered:

  • QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities – Thursday, 19 June 2014
  • Construction Inspection of MSE Walls, Berms and Slopes – Friday, 20 June 2014

All GSI one-day courses carry with them eight (8) professional development hours (PDH’s) which are acceptable in all states including New York and Florida.
LINK: Full Course Details and Registration/Cost Information
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QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities

CQA Training
This very well subscribed one-day course is focused on the quality assurance and quality control of geosynthetics as placed in permanent and/or critical applications.  Specifications and testing are emphasized and demonstrated accordingly.  It focuses on both the manufactured geosynthetics and on the installation processes.  Applications are mainly in the waste containment area, i.e., landfills and surface impoundments, but applicability to surface impoundments, shale gas plays, coal combustion residuals, heap leach pads, etc., are also addressed.  Included are the following geosynthetics:

  •  Geomembranes
  •  Geosynthetic clay liners
  •  Geosynthetic drainage systems (geotextiles and geocomposites)
  •  Vertical cutoff walls
  •  Ancillary materials and appurtenances

The course provides the latest information on manufacturing and installation of all types of geosynthetics.  It follows closely the U.S. EPA Technical Guidance Document (EPA/600R-93/18) of the same title as this course.  Included are manufacturing QA and QC, as well as construction QA and QC.  The course is very descriptive with numerous example situations, case histories and test methods/procedures.  Course notes as well as lunch and breaks are provided.

Construction Inspection of MSE Walls, Berms and Slopes

MSE WallThis one-day course is focused on the inspection, monitoring and maintenance of MSE walls, berms and slopes reinforced with geogrids and geotextiles. It is felt to be necessary due to the number of failures (excessive deformation and collapse) that have occurred. It focuses on all aspects of such situations.

  • Introduction and overview
  • Responsibilities before construction
  • Responsibilities during construction
  • Responsibilities after construction
  • Long-term monitoring
  • Remediation of MSE structures

This newest of the GSI courses provides detailed construction aspects of MSE walls, berms and slopes with emphasis on inspection of all phases of the operation. Step-by-step construction aspects will be presented along with idiosyncrasies of the various geosynthetics and soil types used in the construction process. Monitoring during and after construction as well as long-term maintenance procedures will be addressed as well. Laboratory demonstrations of geosynthetic and soil test procedures will be interspersed during the day-long course. Course notes as well as lunch and breaks are also provided.
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