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TRI to conduct CQC/CQA courses and mini trade show in Australia

News | August 9, 2010 | By:

TRI Geosynthetics Services will conduct a Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) Training Week, 4-6 Nov., 2010, at Monash University and Extension in Melbourne, Australia.

Schedule of events

  • Thursday, 4 Nov., 2010
    “CQA of Geosynthetics” (including geomembranes, geotextiles, geocomposites, geogrids, geoappurtenances). Following this CQA training, a “mini trade show” will be held in the evening in conjunction with a reception.
  • Friday, 5 Nov., 2010
    “CQA of Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs) and Compacted Clay Liners (CCLs)”
  • Saturday, 6 Nov., 2010
    Geosynthetic Certification Institute (GCI) CQA-ICP Certification Exam(s) offered

About the courses, mini trade show and certification exam

Courses, Nov. 4-5

Construction quality control (CQC) and construction quality assurance (CQA) are widely recognized as critically important factors in overall quality management for waste containment facilities and geosynthetic lining applications. The best of designs and regulatory requirements do not necessarily translate to successful and compliant waste containment facilities or containment applications unless the systems are properly constructed.

These two 1-day courses—“CQA of Geosynthetics” and “CQA of GCLs and CCLs”—have been specifically targeted to those persons who have a need for a detailed understanding of proper CQC and CQA procedures for waste containment facilities, lined ponds and cover systems and are preparing for the Geosynthetic Certification Institute’s certification exam. This course is intended to aid those who are preparing CQC/CQA plans, reviewing CQC/CQA plans, performing CQC/CQA observations and tests, and reviewing field CQC/CQA procedures.

Both courses present the materials in two parts, each complementing the other to provide maximum benefit. The first day focuses on installation of geomembranes, geotextiles, geocomposites, geogrids and geoappurtenances. A geomembrane seaming demonstration will be provided to all students with detailed explanation and demonstration of seam peel and shear testing. The second day focuses on the installation of compacted clay and geosynthetic clay liner (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 based appreciation for the manufacturing and installation of waste containment facility materials will be provided.

Mini trade show

The trade show and happy hour are on the first day of training activities and will bring attendees and vendors together for refreshment, interaction, and discussion. All vendors are welcome, but with limited space, vendor participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees’ and vendors’ expertise may include: specifying/certifying engineers, construction/quality assurance project managers, installers/contractors, third-party inspectors, regulators, and manufacturers.

GCI CQA Certification Exam, Nov. 6

Each CQA course student will be allowed to sit for the Construction Quality Assurance-Inspectors Certification Program (CQA-ICP) exams immediately following the CQA courses if they meet requirements and have applied to take the test with GCI. The GCI exam itself is part of the GCI CQA technician certification program. Thus, one must register with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and pay the required certification fee to take this exam. TRI does not collect this fee as it must be paid directly to the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI, phone: +1 610 522 8440 or

More information about these opportunities in Australia and TRI’s activities and services around the world are available at:


TRI Geosynthetics Services
Chris Perez
+1 512 263 2101
Fax: +1 512 263 2558

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