CQA Week Events, 25 - 29 April 2016 in Austin, Texas CQA Week - Leak Location, Geosynthetics InstallationConstruction Quality Assurance (CQA) Week returns to Austin, Texas 6 – 9 December 2016. This time around, the multi-day geosynthetics professional development includes a half-day primer on electrical leak location (ELL) technologies.
The shorter, significantly discounted primer offers a welcomed option to focus only on geosynthetic lining system leak location methods and how to properly specify them. Previous CQA Weeks have generally combined full-day classroom and full-day field training. Not all specifiers of this important CQA tool are going to actively perform surveys, though. With a half-day primer on electrical leak location–also known as Liner Integrity Survey/Assessments (LISA)–these professionals get the training they seek in a highly efficient classroom format.
It also enables the participants of the primer course to take another CQA course or two on succeeding days. Where previously participation in all three sessions required a four-day committment, the December CQA Week allows attendees to do the same in just 2.5 days.
The week concludes with an opportunity for participants to seek certification through the independent Geosynthetic Certification Institute – Inspectors Certification Program (GCI – ICP) exam.
Download December 2016 CQA Week flyer (PDF)


December 6
Liner Integrity Survey/Assessment (LISA) Primer
1:00 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Abigail Gilson

A Liner Integrity Survey (Electrical Leak Location) is a state-of-the-art, nondestructive method of locating leaks in installed geomembranes. LIS equipment, rooted in geophysical measurement techniques, tests exposed and soil or water-covered geomembranes. TRI’s training course disseminates the theoretical and practical knowledge required to employ and specify the quality of LIS methods and equipment.

December 7
Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sam Allen, Mark Sieracke, P.E.

This course may be taken singly or paired with the December 8 course. The December 7 session focuses on installation of geomembranes, geotextiles, geocomposites, geogrids, and geo-appurtenances. It includes demonstrations of geomembrane seaming and seam peel and shear testing.

December 8
Construction QA/QC for Compacted Clay Liner & Geosynthetic Clay Liner Installation
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E.

This CQA course may be taken singly or paired with the December 7 session. The day-long December 8 course GCL/CCL installation CQA course focuses on the installation of compacted clay and geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). Special emphasis will be given to establishing rationale and standard operating procedures for field inspections, documentation of test and visual observations, and implementation of CQA plans. A broad appreciation for the manufacture and installation of containment facility materials will be provided. Additionally, a tour of TRI’s Geosynthetic Testing and Research Laboratories will support class curriculum through test demonstrations, details on some TRI internal R&D projects, and discussion of other relevant topics.

December 9
Geosynthetic Certification Institute – Inspectors Certification Program (GCI-ICP) exam

8:00 – 10:00 am: Geosynthetic exam
10:30 – 11:30 am: Compacted Clay Liner (CCL) exam

NOTE: Participating attendees may sit for one or both exam. All GCI-ICP exam takers must pay CQA Week host TRI Environmental an exam proctoring fee with their CQA Week registration; and, exam takes must also pre-register with the Geosynthetic Institute and pay its fee. TRI does not collect on behalf of the Institute.


All activities for the December 2016 CQA week, including post-training networking dinners, will be held at TRI Environmental’s headquarters.
CQA Week began in 2004 and is held two to three times per year, most often at the Austin, Texas headquarters of TRI Environmental. The most recent CQA Week was held in September 2016 in Jefferson City, Missouri, and hosted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR). Other CQA Weeks have been held in New York state, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Brazil.
Download December 2016 CQA Week flyer (PDF)
Learn more about TRI Environmental’s education services, independent testing services, and more at www.geosyntheticstesting.com.