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GSI offers online course on QA/QC of geosynthetics in waste containment

News | December 12, 2017 | By:

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer an online course entitled “Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities,” on Jan. 30 and 31, 2018, and Feb. 1, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

This online course focuses on the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of geosynthetics as placed in permanent and/or critical applications. Specifications and testing are emphasized and demonstrated. 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 ponds/reservoirs, canals, shale gas plays, coal combustion residual ponds, heap leach pads, etc., are also addressed. The course includes the following presentations:

  • Waste issues, regulations and geosynthetics
  • Geomembrane manufacturing, specifications and testing
  • Geomembrane placement and field testing
  • Geosynthetic clay liners
  • Geosynthetic drainage systems
  • Ancillary geosynthetics, clay liners and documentation

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/QC and construction QA/QC. The course is descriptive with numerous example situations, case histories and test methods/procedures. Powerpoint slides of the entire course are provided to participants.

This online course automatically warrants 8 PDHs.

This course is appropriate for quality control and quality assurance organizations, design and specification engineering firms and geosynthetics manufacturers; installation contractors; owners of facilities; engineering consultants; federal, state and regional agency personnel (both environmental and transportation); and private developers.

The online course will be taught by Dr. Robert M. Koerner, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Drexel University and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute, and Dr. George Koerner, director of the Geosynthetic Institute.

The online course costs $750.00 for GSI members and $1,000.00 for nonmembers.

If certification under the Geosynthetic Certification Institute-Inspectors Certification Program (GCI-ICP) is desired, a separate registration and examination is required. For more information on GCI-ICP, see or contact Jamie Koerner at

For more information or to register, visit

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