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NAGS Announces 2nd Presentation of Its 2014 Webinar Series

Bob MackeyEvent: NAGS 2014 Webinar Series: Presentation #2
Date: Wednesday July 9, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Location: Online Webinar

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NAGS is very pleased to announce the 2014 Webinar Series:Presentation #2:
“Composite Drainage Nets – Design and Testing”

Presented by:
Bob Mackey, P.E., BCEE
S2L, Incorporated
Maitland, Florida, USA

DATE: Wednesday July 9, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

ABSTRACT: The development of composite drainage nets (CDNs) (a.k.a. “geocomposites”) has advanced from the initial biaxial nets to tri-axial nets to the current composite drainage products of various geosynthetic materials and structures. The use of CDNs requires a fundamental knowledge of the CDN components and the specifications for those materials.

This North American Geosynthetics Society webinar will address the various design, testing and installation issues one must consider with composite drainage nets. Issues include:

  • Various CDNs and their components
  • Ply adhesion (geotextile/geonet)
  • Flow pattern considerations
  • Reduction factors
  • Creep reduction estimates and testing
  • Transmissivity testing
  • Design specifications (cap and leachate collection)
  • Installation issues
  • Construction and historical issues

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Mr. Mackey is a civil/environmental engineer with 28+ years of experience in the solid waste management field. Bob is currently president of the North American Geosynthetic Society and Chairman of the ASTM International Committee D35on Geosynthetics. Mr. Mackey is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, former co-instructor for the ASCE continuing education course “Design of Waste Containment Liner and Closure Systems,” and a member of ASCE’s Body of Knowledge Committee, 2nd Edition. Bob has received ASTM’s Award of Merit (the association’s highest award), and he has been honored with the designation of Fellow by ASTM, ASCE and the Florida Engineering Society.

PRESENTATION #2 REGISTRATION FEE:
$100 – Presentation #2 MEMBER Fee: NAGS / CGS / IGS
$300 – Presentation #2 NON-MEMBER Fee ( Save money and become a member of NAGS today! )
$25 – Presentation #2 NAGS Student Member Rate ( Students may apply to NAGS at no charge for membership! )

PDHs: Professional development credit will be available for each participant paying a registration fee.

GROUPS: Small groups of up to five people are welcome to participate for one registration fee. Groups larger than five must pay a second registration fee.

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NOTES: All fees are in USD. Why not join NAGS for $75 USD? Please see www.nags-igs.org for details.

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NAGS Announces 1st Presentation of Its 2014 Webinar Series

rowe_picEvent: NAGS 2014 Webinar Series: Presentation #1
Date: Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1 – 2 pm EDT
Location: Online Webinar

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NAGS is very pleased to announce the 2014 Webinar Series:Presentation #1:
“Recent insights on the performance of GCLs in bottom liners and covers”

Presented by:
R. Kerry Rowe
GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC
Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

DATE: Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1-2 pm EST

ABSTRACT: The available evidence suggests that both geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) and composite liners with a geomembrane (GMB) over a clay liner have performed extremely well at controlling leakage in field applications for a couple of decades. However there have also been some problems reported and recent research has allowed us to have a much better understanding of the key design and construction factors affecting good and poor performance. This lecture examines some of these issues affecting GCL performance such as the water retention curve of GCLs, subgrade grain size and initial water content, GCL water content and normal stress on the GCL, the effect of daily thermal cycles on hydration, GCL panel shrinkage, and cation exchange. Factors affecting composite liner performance examined include the potential for desiccation of the clay liner under a sustained thermal gradient, GMB/GCL interface transmissivity, wrinkles in the GMB when the ballast layer is placed over the composite liner, and the potential interaction between wrinkles and GCL panel overlaps. Recent insights regarding leakage through composite liners are discussed. Although a number of potential issues with liner performance are discussed, it is concluded that all can be addressed by appropriate design, material selection, construction, and operation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Professor Rowe holds the Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at Queen’s University. He is an author of 300 journal papers, 3 books, 18 book chapters, and 290 full conference papers. He has presented many prestigious lectures including the Giroud Lecture (2002), Rankine Lecture (2005), and Casagrande Lecture (2011). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society. He is past president of the International Geosynthetics Society, Canadian Geotechnical Society, and Engineering Institute of Canada.

PRESENTATION #1 REGISTRATION FEE:
$100 – Presentation #1 MEMBER Fee: NAGS / CGS / IGS
$300 – Presentation #1 NON-MEMBER Fee ( Save money and become a member of NAGS today! )
$25 – Presentation #1 NAGS Student Member Rate ( Students may apply to NAGS at no charge for membership! )

PDHs: Professional development credit will be available for each participant paying a registration fee.

GROUPS: Small groups of up to five people are welcome to participate for one registration fee.
Groups larger than five would be required to pay a second registration fee.

NOTES: All fees are in USD. Why not join NAGS for $75 USD? Please see www.nags-igs.org for details.

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Co-sponsored by the Geosynthetics Division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)

NAGS – Providing leadership in advancing the education and research of geosynthetics

Geosynthetics 2015 ‘Call For Abstracts’

Geo2015

Online Abstracts are now being accepted for Geosynthetics 2015, a geosynthetics conference coming February 15–18 to Portland, Oregon in 2015.

Event: Geosynthetics 2015
Date: February 15–18
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon

GEOSYNTHETICS: ADVANCES AND INNOVATION
The theme of Geosynthetics 2015 is Advances and Innovation. The conference will feature four days of technical programming, including short courses, panel discussions and papers. For the first time ever, Geosynthetics will be co-locating with International Erosion Control Agency’s Environmental Connections 2015 conference. The conferences will feature a shared exhibit floor while maintaining separate technical programs.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
This Call for Abstracts is issued to create a comprehensive, varied, and exciting Technical Paper Program. Submit your 200-300 word abstract by April 15 and become part of Geosynthetics 2015. Abstracts are being accepted on any topic relevant to the event. Please click here for the current list of proposed sessions and general topics.

All submissions will be peer reviewed at each step including the abstract, first draft and final paper submissions. At least one author from each accepted final paper must register and present the paper during the conference.

Abstract Submission Timeline
Abstracts due: April 15, 2014
Acceptance notification: May 15, 2014

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We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Technical Program Co-Chairs:

James McKelvey III, P.E.
Earth Engineering Inc.
JayM@EarthEngineering.com

John McCartney Ph.D., P.E.
University of Colorado at Boulder
john.mccartney@colorado.edu

Secretary General: Barbara Connett
Geosynthetics 2015
651 225 6914 * 800 486 3980
bjconnett@ifai.com

Geosynthetics 2015 is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), and supported by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS).

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Geosynthetics 2015 ‘Call for Proposals’

Geo2015

Online proposals are now being accepted for Geosynthetics 2015, a geosynthetics conference coming February 15–18 to Portland, Oregon in 2015.

Event: Geosynthetics 2015
Date: February 15–18
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon

CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
The Call for Session Proposals is your opportunity to be a Session Chair for the topic of your choice during Geosynthetics 2015.

Session formats include technical paper sessions, invited paper sessions and panel discussions. All technical paper sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Multiple sessions with a related theme are possible. Submission should include a description of the proposed topic, and any plans outside of the call for abstracts for soliciting papers.

All abstracts and papers (including invited papers) are subject to the official Geosynthetics 2015 review process.

Submit your Session Proposal online by Jan 31, 2013 and become a part of Geosynthetics 2015.
Session Proposal Submission Timeline
Proposals due: January 31, 2014
Acceptance notification: February 15, 2014

CALL FOR SHORT COURSES PROPOSALS
Geosynthetics 2015 is committed to providing continuing education opportunities for participants. Short Courses can be a half day to a full day long and will be held prior to Geosynthetics 2015.

Proposals should include the course title, a description of the course with a summary of its learning objectives and a list of instructors.

Submit Short Course Proposals online by Feb. 28, 2014.
Short Course Proposal Submission Timeline
Proposals due: February 28, 2014
Acceptance notification: March 31, 2014

CALL FOR PRACTICAL LEARNING WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
One of the goals of Geosynthetics 2015 is to reach out to industry landscape architects, engineers, installers, specifiers and others that are not familiar with the use of Geosynthetics. To that end we will be offering special sessions focusing on the “basics” of geosynthetics and practical “how -to” techniques that include planning, design, and /or construction. These sessions will be held during the conference and should be 2 – 4 hours in length. Where appropriate these workshops may be repeated during the program.

Proposals should include the workshop title, a description of the course with a summary of its learning objectives and a list of instructors.

Submit Practical Learning Workshop Proposals online by Feb. 28, 2014.
Practical Learning Workshop Proposal Submission Timeline
Proposals due: February 28, 2014
Acceptance notification: March 31, 2014

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We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Technical Program Co-Chairs:

James McKelvey III, P.E.
Earth Engineering Inc.
JayM@EarthEngineering.com

John McCartney Ph.D., P.E.
University of Colorado at Boulder
john.mccartney@colorado.edu

Secretary General: Barbara Connett
Geosynthetics 2015
651 225 6914 * 800 486 3980
bjconnett@ifai.com

Geosynthetics 2015 is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), and supported by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS).

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L. David Suits Receives ASTM International Johnson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Soil and Rock Standards

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.,October 23, 2013

NAGS Managing Director - David Suits

L. David Suits

L. David Suits, executive director of the North American Geosynthetic Society, Albany, N.Y., has received the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award from ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. This award is presented to a member whose efforts have produced a particular outstanding result orsignificant contribution to the work of the committee.

ASTM logoA dedicated ASTM International member for more than 35 years, Suits works on several subcommittees within Committees D18 and D35 on Geosynthetics. He is a founding member and past chairman of D35 and currently leads Subcommittee D35.03 on Permeability and Filtration as well as the D18 group on the Geotechnical Testing Journal, where he serves as a co-editor. Suits is also a member of Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials and has served terms on the ASTM Standing Committees on Publications and Technical Committee Operations. He has received several standards development and service awards from D18 and D35, and was honored with the ASTM International Award of Merit and title of Fellow, ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities, in 1986.

Suits specializes in soils and geosynthetics testing. He was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation for 37 years, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility, including assistant soils engineer and soil mechanics laboratory supervisor, where he over saw the performance of all foundation design testing done in conjunction with the department’s $1 billion design and construction program. In 2005, he retired from NYSDOT and became executive and managing director of the North American Geosynthetics Society, a group that provides leadership for the advancement of education and research ingeosynthetics.

Outside ASTM International, Suits is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Institute and the International Geosynthetics Society. He has authored or co-authored more than 28 articles and papers on geosynthetics. Suits holds a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam. N.Y.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

GeoMontreal 2013 – Conference Report by Richard Bathurst

GeoMontreal - Dr. Richard Bathurst & Dr. Michael Heibaum GeoMontreal was held 29 September to 3 October 2013 in beautiful downtown Montreal. The conference was a joint conference of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) and the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.

The conference attracted over 875 delegates and 57 exhibitors. A total of 348 oral presentations were given in 7 parallel sessions over three days. Another 30 papers were delivered in a poster session. The technical program was very broad as a result of the three-society partnership.

Dr. Michael Heibaum gave the Mercer Lecture at the morning Plenary Session on the second day of the conference. His talk was titled “Geosynthetics for Waterways and Flood Protection Structures – Controlling the Interaction of Water and Soil”. There were four geosynthetics sessions: Wall Reinforcement; Landfills and Mining Operations; Environmental and Transportation, and Drainage and Filtration – for a total of 27 papers.

One of the social highlights of the conferences was “Colour Night” which was a heavenly experience as can be seen in the photograph.

Shown on the left is Dr. Michael Heibaum the Mercer Lecturer and joining him is Dr. Richard Bathurst, a past Mercer Lecturer and past-President of NAGS and IGS, and currently President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society.

New NAGS / GMA Short Course: Geosynthetics in Roadways

Short Course

Event: Geosynthetics in Roadways Short Course
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Course Summary:
The 1 day (6PDHs) short course “Geosynthetics in Roadways” provides training on the appropriate, cost-effective utilization of geosynthetics in roadway applications. The course examines the use of geotextiles, geogrids, and edge drains in pavement structures. Applications of filtration, drainage, roadway separation, roadway reinforcement, roadway subgrade improvement, and pavement overlays are addressed.

Who should attend:
The workshop is intended for engineers or technical staff who design roadways and would like to gain a greater understanding of the use of geosynthetics in roadway applications.

About the instructors:

  • Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E. is an independent geotechnical engineering consultant specializing in reinforced soil and other ground improvement technologies, geosynthetic application and design, and geotechnical/geosynthetic testing and instrumentation.
  • L. David Suits, MSCE, has over 35 years of experience in geosynthetics and geosynthetics testing.Mr. Suits is currently the Executive Director of the North American Geosynthetics Society.

 

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Registration Open for International Symposium on Design and Practice of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures

Event: International Symposium on Design and Practice of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures
Dates: 14–16 October, 2013
Location: Bologna, Italy

Registration is open for the International Symposium on Design and Practice of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures.

Seats are limited so register today!

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D35 30th Anniversary Celebration

ASTM logoEvent: D35 30th Anniversary Celebration
Dates: Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Thursday, January 30, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency Houston; Houston, TX US

Committee D35 on Geosynthetics will be celebrating their 30th anniversary at the January 2014 ASTM Committee Week, January 29th thru 31st in Houston, Texas. The Committee will be acknowledging those members who have contributed greatly to the development of high quality geosynthetic standards.

A 30th Anniversary Dinner is being held at Vincent’s Restaurant on Thursday, January 30th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. (The restaurant is located approximately 1.7 miles west of the D35 meeting host hotel.) The cost of this event is $60.00 per person. Sponsorship is also being solicited to defray the cost of this event.

Pre-registration requested to attend this meeting.

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Recipients of the 2013–2014 Academic Year GSI Fellowship Awards

gsi_logoThe GSI Board of Directors has made their selections for this year’s GSI Fellowship awards from a number of proposals from universities around the world. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students studying geosynthetics. Requests for proposals (RFP’s) for the upcoming seventh year of the program will be announced this winter. In order to be eligible, students must focus on a geosynthetic topic, have passed their candidacy examination, and be recommended by their advisor. The recipients for the 2013–2014 GSI Fellowship Awards are as follows:

  • Class 6(a) — 1st Year Funding at $10,000 per Student

    No.: 1-13

    Name: Jongwan Eun

    University: University of Wisconsin

    Advisor: Craig Benson

    Topic: Transport Parameters in Coextruded Geomembrane Containing Ethylene Vinyl-Alcohol

     

    No.: 2-13

    Name: Yu Qian

    University: University of Illinois

    Advisor: Erol Tutumluer

    Topic: Geogrid-Ballast Interaction and Geogrid Application in Railroad Reinforcement using Image-aided Discrete Element Method

  • Class 5(b) — 2nd Year Funding at $5,000 per Student

    No.: 2-12

    Name: Xunchang Fei

    University: University of Michigan

    Advisor: Dimitrios Zekkos

    Topic: Impact of Municipal Solid Waste Biodegradation on Separator Geotextile

  • Class 4(c) — 3rd Year Funding at $5000 per Student

    No.: 3-11

    Name: Felix Jacobs

    University: RWTH Aachen University

    Advisor: Martin Ziegler

    Topic: Large Scale Biaxial Compression Testing of Geogrid Reinforced Soil

 

Please contact Jamie Koerner at jrkoerner@verizon.net for additional information on the students and their respective projects or go to www.geosynthetic-institute.org/gsifellows.htm for a complete history of the fellowship program.