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‘Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics’ is focus of free all-day live-streaming short course

GMA News, News | July 20, 2018 | By:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in partnership with the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), will live-stream an all-day short course on “Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics,” Aug. 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. CDT. The short course is free to geosynthetics industry professionals.

Photograph courtesy of Owens Corning

Designed as a series of webinars, participants can login for the entire course or any of the individual topics. Attendees will learn current advances and trends in geosynthetics for a variety of civil engineering applications, including landfills, coal combustion residuals (CCRs), CQA procedures, geomembrane durability and service life, wrinkles, and more. Course attendees can earn up to 6 professional development hours (PDH).

Each presentation will last approximately one hour (40–45 minutes for the presentation and 10–15 minutes for questions and answers).


Presentation Schedule (all times CDT)


  Presentation Topic SPEAKER
8:45–9:00 a.m. FGI & GMA Introduction Andy Durham,

Owens Corning

9:00–9:55 Service Life of Geomembranes Kerry Rowe,

Queens Univ.

10:00–10:55 CQA Testing Procedures Glen Toepfer,

CQA Solutions

11:00–11:55 Effect of Wrinkles on Geomembrane Performance Kerry Rowe,

Queens Univ.

12:00–12:55 p.m. Break  
1:00–1:55 Best Practices for Zero Leak Containment Sam Allen,

TRI Environmental

2:00–2:55 Containment for Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) Gary Zych,


3:00–3:55 Elevated Temperatures in containment Applications Tim Stark,

Univ. of Illinois




For more information and to register, visit


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