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GSI to host webinar on stability designs for landfill covers, GMA members get discounted rates

GSI News, News | November 29, 2018 | By:

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar “Stability Designs of Landfill Cover Soils,” on December 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations.

This webinar focuses on the stability design of relatively thin soil layers over geosynthetics as in typical landfill liners and covers. They are often called veneer cover soils. After illustrating several failures (actually, cover soil slides) the geotechnical basis of design are presented. Obviously, direct shear testing of geosynthetics and soil are included in the necessary input values. They are described accordingly.

Computational details of a veneer cover soil’s stability are generated resulting in a quadratic equation solution. This solution to a standard example is presented. It is then numerically extended insofar as gravitational forces, construction equipment, seepage forces and seismic forces are concerned. Each decreases the FS-value of the standard example. Alternatively, the emphasis is then changed to actions which increase the FS-values of the standard example. They are toe (or buttress) berms, tapered cover soils, intentional reinforcement and nonintentional reinforcement. This set of nine discrete numeric examples is summarized and commented upon, and is followed with conclusions and recommendations.

Participants will learn the analytic methodology of calculating FS values for veneer soil stability as exemplified in landfill liner and cover soils. The process utilizes limit equilibrium techniques common to geotechnical engineering. Its adaptations to geosynthetic engineering will be seen to be straightforward. The ultimate objective is a safe and secure veneer cover soil system in landfill applications. The technique also appropriate in solving many transportation and infrastructure situations as well.

This webinar will be beneficial for public and private owners/operators of landfills, heap leach mining operations, combustion coal residuals and related solid waste facilities; consultants and designers in the public and private sector; regulators and agency personnel at the federal, state and local levels; geosynthetic manufacturers; geotechnical and geosynthetic testing organization personnel; contractors and installers of liner and cover systems; academic and research groups; and others desiring technically related information on this important aspect of our constructed environment.

The webinar’s instructor, Dr. Robert M. Koerner, is professor emeritus of civil engineering at Drexel University, and founder and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute.

Webinars cost $200.00 for GSI and Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) members, and $250.00 for nonmembers. Successful completion of a multiple-choice test after the webinar carries 1.5 professional development hours (PDH).

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