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Geosynthetics Conference 2023 short course lineup announced

ATA Events | April 1, 2022 | By: Barbara J. Connett

Jie Han speaking at GeoNashville 2021. Many great speakers are in the Geosynthetics Conference 2023 short course lineup.
Jie Han, the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Kansas, delivers the Dr. Robert M. Koerner Lecture at GeoNashville in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 4, 2021. Photograph courtesy of Mark Skalny/Mark Skalny Photography

The Geosynthetics Conference 2023, Feb. 5–8, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo., will host six half-day short courses on Sunday, Feb. 5. These in-depth courses feature detailed instruction in a small group setting. All short courses are included with full registration at no extra cost.

AASHTO 2020: Three Acceptable Design Methods of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls

Dov Leshchinsky, University of Delaware and ADAMA Engineering Inc., and Daniel Alzamora, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center

This short course will detail three basically unrelated methods for the design of geosynthetic-reinforced walls allowed in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing, 40th ed. (2020).  

Fundamentals of Geosynthetics: Types, Functions, Selection and Performance

Kerry Petrasic and Andrew J. Smithmyer, Gannett Fleming Inc.

This short course will provide an overview of geosynthetics and is intended for individuals with a desire to explore the use of geosynthetic materials in design and construction applications or who have a need to gain broad fundamental knowledge of the various geosynthetic types, materials and applications. 

Construction on Soft Soil Using Geosynthetics

Lilma Schimmel, AECOM, and Alex Potter-Weight, Menard Group USA

This short course will focus on the use of geosynthetics for construction on poor soil conditions. Commonly used and innovative techniques will be discussed at an introductory level.  

Designing for a Zero-Leak Containment Facility

Abigail Gilson, TRI/Environmental Inc.; Jeff Blum, Weaver Consultants Group; Richard Brachman, Queen’s University 

All leaks in lining systems have a direct cause, including accidents, installation issues, poor craftsmanship, inadequate material testing and poor design decisions. This short course will take a holistic approach to leakage, addressing both short- and long-term sources of leakage. 

Geosynthetics in Erosion and Sediment Control and Erosion-Resistant Hydraulic Structures

Joel Sprague, TRI/Environmental Inc.; Markus Wilke, HUESKER Synthetic GmbH

This short course will include geosynthetic-enhanced erosion and sediment control systems that are now used routinely in temporary construction sites and other applications. Presenters will assert that geosynthetic-enhanced rolled erosion control products (RECPs) and sediment retention devices (SRDs) have become essential to pollution prevention plans for a construction site. 

Landslide Remediation/Erosion Control with Geogrids, Geocells and Soil Anchors

Stephan Gale and Nathan Lichty, Gale-Tec Engineering Inc.

Through a series of case histories, the presenters will review design and constructed solutions for road and river/streambank instability ranging from hard-armored riprap and sheet-pile walls to vegetated geogrid-reinforced soil slopes with various erosion-resistant faces to shallow soil anchors and grouted hollow bar reinforcement.

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