Geosynthetics 2013 featured full-day short courses on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Introduction to Geosynthetics
Instructor: David J. Elton, P.E., Ph.D., S.M.
For non-engineers that deal with geotechnical/geosynthetic engineers.
Familiarize yourself with the basics of geosynthetics, what they are, how they’re used, how they’re tested, and many applications basics, including: filtration, drainage, soft soil (subgrade) stabilization, erosion control, landfills, reinforced walls and steepened slopes, and others. Project managers, staff, specifiers, construction personnel, technicians and inspectors, architects, public works professionals and inspectors are encouraged to attend.
Design of Geosynthetic-reinforced Unpaved and Paved Roads
Instructors: J.P Giroud, Ph.D. and Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E.
Immerse yourself in the design of geosynthetics for subgrade improvement and base reinforcement in roadway applications. The course examines the mechanisms and benefits of using geotextiles, geogrids and geocells in unpaved and paved roads and provides step-by-step design procedures to quantify the benefits of geosynthetic reinforcement for roadway applications.
Geosynthetic Test Procedures and Material Specifications
Main Instructor: Bob Mackey
Instructors to include:
Mr. Sam Allen, Past-Chairman Committee D35
Mr. David Suits, Subcommitee Chair, Hydraulics
Dr. Joel Sprague, Subcommittee Chair, Mechanical Properties
Mr. Gary Kolbalsuk, Subcommitee Chair, Geomembranes
Mr. J.P. Kline, Subcommittee Chair, GCLs
Dr. George Koerner, Subcommitee Chair, Durabilty
Mr. Jeff Denton, Subcommittee Chair, Erosion Control
Gain an in-depth understanding of geosynthetic material specification test procedures, including proper test usage, common misconceptions and challenges and testing equipment and techniques. Discover which test procedures, industry specifications and materials are commonly used, built upon a statistical review of test population. Understand the differences and similarities of ASTM standards to other international standards. Absorb the efforts of 28 years of the ASTM Committee D35 as they present geosynthetic measurement standardizations; discuss their current work efforts and liaison projects.
How to Specify a Planar Drainage Geocomposite
Instructor: Dr. Tim Bauters
Get focused on the essentials of properly specifying, designing, testing and constructing planar drainage geocomposites in environmental applications for landfills, leach pads, tailings ponds, containment, stability, ponds and other environmental related applications.
Design and Construction of Bottom Liner and Cover Systems
Instructor: Richard Thiel, P.E.
Get exposed to technologies and materials used to design and construct bottom liner and cover systems for containment facilities such as landfills, heap leach pads and ponds, including geomembrane barriers as well as composite barriers involving CCLs or GCLs. Grasp the applicable design principles including materials selection and construction issues, leakage and contaminant transport, lateral drainage layer design strategies, anchor trench design, exposed geomembrane design, slope stability, ponds, design details and geoelectric survey methods.