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GSI to host webinar on hydraulic applications

Events | April 17, 2019 | By:

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Geosynthetics in Hydraulic Applications,” on April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations.

By 2040 it is estimated that two billion people (25% of the world’s population) in 60 countries will have inadequate fresh water. This alarming prediction suggests that water must be hydraulically transferred from locations of excess to those in need. This webinar will make the point that geosynthetics (primarily geomembranes) will play a pivotal role in this regard. From waterproofing dams, to canals, to reservoir liners and covers, to tunnels and then pipes, the webinar proceeds in like manner.

Each specific application is explained and illustrated insofar as the latest technology is concerned. Even bold new initiatives of fresh water being transported by sea in mega-geomembrane bags will be illustrated.

Each section of the webinar has its own summary leaving a conclusions and recommendation section for the end. Here the state-of-the-practice will be presented along with the suggested “key to acceptance” status being mentioned.

Since everyone is aware of the inadequacy of fresh water in many areas, along with an abundance in other areas, the distribution/transportation of it over long distances without leakage becomes critical. This webinar focuses directly on the geosynthetic options that are involved.

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.

This webinar will be beneficial to public and private owners of dams, canals, reservoirs, tunnels and pipelines insofar as our hydraulic infrastructure is concerned; federal, state and regional hydraulic, geotechnical, and geoenvironmental engineers; engineers from municipal districts and townships; private and municipal land developers; general civil consulting engineers; testing laboratories servicing these organizations; manufacturers of geosynthetic materials; 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’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 GMA members, and $250.00 for nonmembers. Successful completion of a multiple-choice test after the webinar carries 1.5 professional development hours (PDH).

For more information or to register, click here.

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