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South Africa geosynthetics, waste management groups present ‘Landfill2013’

July 24th, 2013 / By: / Industry News

George Koerner to keynote and also conducts a one-day short course.

The Geosynthetic Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA) and Landfill Interest Group (LIG) of the Institute of Waste Management of South Africa (IWMSA) Central Branch are co-hosting Landfill2013 Oct. 16–17 at the Misty Hills Conference Centre in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, S.A.

The theme of the conference is “Effective environmental protection from the residues of modern civilization.” This theme includes general waste, hazardous waste, industrial waste, coal ash, and mining residues.

George Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), based in Folsom, Pa., USA, will give the keynote address at the conference—“Geosynthetics in containment: Past, present, and future.” He will also give a one-hour presentation, “Landfill Failures,” on the second day, Oct. 17.

Other papers presented within the overall theme focus on barrier design, including case studies; policy and planning; and leachate, effluent, and gas management.

Following the Oct. 16–17 presentations, a one-day course, “Geosynthetic Barriers” is offered on Oct. 18, also at the Misty Hills facility, and conducted by Dr. Koerner.
Topics included in the one-day course include: overview and introduction to geosynthetics, geosynthetics in waste containment, coal ash residue facility barriers, surface impoundment barriers, use of GCLs in barriers, and large-scale direct shear box testing—interpretation of results, and slope stability analysis.

Registration for both Landfill2013 and the one-day course are now open. Attendance costs are R2000 (about $205 USD) per person for Landfill2013 and R1500 (about $155 USD) per person for the one-day course (ex VAT).
The cost for all three days is R3000 per person (about $310 USD), (ex VAT).

See website for terms and conditions.
A number of tabletop exhibition stands are still available.
Both Landfill2013 and the Geosynthetic Barriers short course are CPD accredited.

Sources: GIGSA, IWMSA

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