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GSI offers webinar on geosynthetics in hydraulics

News | January 3, 2018 | By:

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar entitled “Geosynthetics in Hydraulic Applications,” on Jan. 10, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.

By 2040 it is estimated that two billion people (25% of the world’s population) in 60 countries will have inadequate freshwater. This alarming prediction suggests that water must be hydraulically transferred from locations of excess to areas in need. This webinar will emphasize that geosynthetics (primarily geomembranes) will play a pivotal role in such hydraulic applications. From waterproofing dams to lining canals, from reservoir liners and covers to tunnels and then pipes, the webinar discusses the many hydraulic uses of geosynthetics.

Each specific application is explained and illustrated, featuring the latest technology. Bold new initiatives of freshwater transport by sea in megageomembrane bags will be illustrated.

Participants will learn about waterproofing of existing and new dams as well as parallel applications with canals, reservoir liners, reservoir covers, tunnels, and pipelines. The current status of these myriad applications will be presented from the perspectives of market penetration, obstacles to use, incentives and level of acceptance.

The webinar will be helpful for public and private owners of dams, canals, reservoirs, tunnels and pipelines; federal, state and regional hydraulic, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers; engineers from municipal districts and townships; private and municipal land developers; consulting civil engineers; testing laboratories servicing these organizations; representatives of geosynthetic manufacturers; contractors and installers of geosynthetic materials; academic and research groups; and others desiring technically related information on this important aspect of our hydraulic infrastructure.

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

Webinars cost $200.00 for GSI members and $250.00 for nonmembers. Successful completion of a multiple-choice test after the webinar carries 1.5 professional development units.

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