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Educational Services

To assist our clients in maintaining their awareness of continual industry developments, TRI staff routinely provide lectures, workshops and short courses designed to focus on various aspects of geosynthetic materials, testing, specifications and field services. Professional Development Hours (PDH) are offered for most course offerings.

TRI offers these standard courses and can create custom classes upon request:

  • The Testing and Specification of Geomembranes
  • Slope Stability and Interface Friction Testing
  • The Performance of Electrical Resistivity Testing/Liner Integrity Surveys
  • The Design, Testing and Specification of Geocomposite Drains
  • GSI CQA Technician Certification – Exam Preparation Course
  • Certification for Liner Integrity Surveys
  • Green Engineering Using Rolled Erosion Control Products
  • Understanding & Executing Geomembrane Installation 

Professionals who participate in TRI courses include:

  • Specifying/Certifying Engineers
  • Construction/Quality Assurance
  • Project Managers
  • Installers/Contractors
  • Third-Party Inspectors
  • Regulators

TRI Course Calendar

Thursday September 28th, 2017
IECA SOUTHEAST CHAPTER – SOUTH CAROLINA EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL TRAINING AND FIELD DAY
Location: TRI/Environmental’s Denver Downs Research Facility, Anderson, SC

For Event and Registration questions, please contact Joel Sprague, Phone: +1 864 346 3107

For technical issues relating to online registration, please contact Heidi Hanson.


November 27–December 1, 2017
TRI CQA TRAINING WEEK
Location: TRI Austin Campus, 9063 Bee Caves Rd., Austin, TX 78733 

For Event and Registration questions, please contact Sam Allen, Phone: +1 512 263 2101

For technical issues relating to online registration, please contact Heidi Hanson.

Exceptional Professional Development

LISA training and CQA of geosynthetics complement and expand opportunities for engineering consulting and design practice. CQA Week participants will be provided a certificate of course completion, suitable for use in proposals and statements of qualifications for CQC/CQA work. These unique programs provide professional growth and exceptional business development opportunities.

LISA training and CQA Details

LINER INTEGRITY SURVEYS/ASSESSMENTS (LISA)
A Liner Integrity Survey (Electrical Leak Location) is a state-of-the-art, nondestructive method of locating leaks in installed geomembranes. LISA equipment, rooted in geophysical measurement techniques, tests exposed and soil or water-covered geomembranes. TRI’s training course disseminates the theoretical and practical knowledge required to employ and specify the quality of LISA methods and equipment.

The course includes a classroom example of a test cell process which simulates the ELL testing process.

The Liner Integrity Surveys/Assessments (LISA) class provides the most up-to-date information on survey methods and standards (e.g., ASTM). It is ideal for design engineers, CQA firms, site owners, and regulators interested in specifying and employing this service.

A multi-part certification process has been designed for survey performers. Graduates of this program:

  • Understand the basis of geo-electrical leak testing
  • Select the most appropriate LISA methodology under a variety of site circumstances
  • Are able to perform each LISA method
  • Know how to generate LISA reports
  • Have on-going access to the resources of TRI as they begin to perform surveys for clients

The course, offered by the TRI-Corp Liner Integrity Center (T-CLIC), assists those who are interested in adding LISA to their business, as well as those who review LISA results for regulatory or client approval.

A proctored Level 2 ELL Certification Exam will be offered for interested participants.

CONSTRUCTION QA/QC FOR GEOSYNTHETIC INSTALLATIONS

This Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations course focuses on installation of geomembranes, geotextiles, geocomposites, geogrids, and geo-appurtenances. It includes demonstrations of geomembrane seaming and seam peel and shear testing. This 1-day course that may be taken singly or as a package with another 1-day course on Construction QA/QC for Compacted Clay Liner & GCL Installation. Each course presents material that complements the other. They are designed specifically for those who need a detailed understanding of proper CQC and CQA procedures at waste containment facilities.

Special emphasis will be given to establishing rationale and standard operating procedures for field inspections, documentation of test and visual observations, and implementation of CQA plans. A broad appreciation for the manufacture and installation of containment facility materials will be provided. Additionally, a tour of TRI’s Geosynthetic Testing and Research Laboratories will support class curriculum through test demonstrations, details on some TRI internal R&D projects, and discussion of other relevant topics. The courses provide ideal preparation for the Geosynthetic Certification Institute’s Inspectors Certification Program (GCI-ICP) exam.

Gain comprehensive understanding of:

  • Preparing CQC/CQA plans
  • Reviewing CQC/CQA plans
  • Performing CQC/CQA observations and tests
  • Reviewing field CQC/CQA procedures

CONSTRUCTION QA/QC FOR COMPACTED CLAY LINER & GCL INSTALLATION

This Construction QA/QC for Compacted Clay Liner & GCL Installation focuses on the installation of compacted clay and geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). This 1-day course that may be taken singly or as a package with another 1-day course on Construction QA/QC for Geosynthetic Installations. Each course presents material that complements the other. They are designed specifically for those who need a detailed understanding of proper CQC and CQA procedures at waste containment facilities.

Special emphasis will be given to establishing rationale and standard operating procedures for field inspections, documentation of test and visual observations, and implementation of CQA plans. A broad appreciation for the manufacture and installation of containment facility materials will be provided. Additionally, a tour of TRI’s Geosynthetic Testing and Research Laboratories will support class curriculum through test demonstrations, details on some TRI internal R&D projects, and discussion of other relevant topics.

The courses provide ideal preparation for the Geosynthetic Certification Institute’s Inspectors Certification
Program (GCI-ICP) exam.

Gain comprehensive understanding of:

  • Preparing CQC/CQA plans
  • Reviewing CQC/CQA plans
  • Performing CQC/CQA observations and tests
  • Reviewing field CQC/CQA procedures

GEOSYNTHETIC CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE – INSPECTORS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (GCI-ICP) EXAM

CQA course students will be allowed to sit for the Geosynthetic Certification Institute-Inspectors Certification Program (GCI-ICP) exams immediately following the CQA courses. All exam-interested students MUST REGISTER with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and pay GSI’s certification fee before the
test. TRI does NOT collect this fee. Contact GSI (+1 610 522 8440) for more information.

LISA CERTIFICATION EXAM – LEVEL 2 ELIS

A proctored Level 2 ELIS Certification Exam will be offered.


Last Quarter 2017
EDUCATION: TWO-DAY SHORT COURSE
SLOPE STABILITY OF CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS
Understanding Issues Related to Design and Interface Friction Testing

Location: TRI Austin Campus, 9063 Bee Caves Rd., Austin, TX 78733

For Event and Registration questions, please contact TRI Environmental, Phone: +1 512 263 2101

For technical issues relating to online registration, please contact Heidi Hanson.

This course, worth 8 PDHs, is specifically targeted to those persons who have a need to understand and specify interface friction and direct shear tests—and who use these results in subsequent design, construction, and monitoring performance of containment structures. Participants include:

TRI offers these standard courses and can create custom classes upon request:

  • Design, Consulting and Certifying Engineers
  • Construction and Quality Assurance Managers
  • Manufacturers

Professionals who participate in TRI courses include:

  • Installers and Contractors
  • Third-Party Inspectors
  • Regulators

Course Details

WHY THIS COURSE?

Modern waste containment structures (municipal and hazardous waste landfills, coal ash surface impoundments, heap leach pads) are constructed using multiple layers of geosynthetic materials such as geomembranes, geotextiles, geonets, geocomposites, and geosynthetic clay liners (GCL). The design of a containment structure not only requires an understanding of the properties of each individual geosynthetic material but also the ability to comprehend the interaction mechanism (friction) between various geosynthetic layer interfaces. This understanding of interface friction between various geosynthetic layers becomes even more challenging as the interface governing slope stability of the containment structure may change depending on if the project is in a construction phase, a waste filling phase, or being closed with a final cover system.

The standard test method for the evaluation of friction between one geosynthetic and another or between soil and a geosynthetic is ASTM D5321 (large-scale direct shear test for geosynthetics) and ASTM D6243 (determining internal and interface shear strength of GCLs). While these tests are simple in concept, the generated test results are significantly affected by the test parameters and the procedures used for testing the materials. As a result, understanding the specifications for interface friction testing and how to interpret and use generated test results becomes a crucial part of an engineering project. The presenters, one from the geosynthetic testing industry and one from geoenvironmental consulting industry, will address a broad range of issues related to laboratory testing and design of containment structures. This course will be presented in two parts, each of which complements the other, to provide maximum benefit to the attendees. The first part will focus on slope stability of containment structures including an overview of sources of interface strength, the difference between peak and large displacement strength for design, the relation between normal stress and failure envelopes, and slope stability calculations.

The second part will provide an explanation of ASTM D5321, including detailed discussion of test parameters. Procedural implications of specimen anchorage, normal stress application, machine friction and calibration, rate of shear, and reporting mechanisms will be discussed. In addition, limitations of the ASTM D5321 test will be explored, with explanation of alternative tests including torsional shear, tilt table, and double interface shear. Special emphasis will be placed on specifying a meaningful shear test that will best serve the user’s project requirements. The forensic analysis of several slope failure case studies will be presented to help relate the material presented during the course with real-world applications.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS

DR. JEFFREY KUHN, PH.D., P.E.

Jeffrey A. Kuhn serves as TRI Environmental’s division director for the interaction and geotechnical laboratory. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The University of Maryland (2003) and a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin (2010). While at the University of Texas, Jeff principally worked on alternative/evapotranspirative cover design and evaluation for the EPA, performed research with expansive clays for TxDOT, and participated in the design and implementation of a centrifuge permeameter to study flow through unsaturated soils. Following his degree, Dr. Kuhn consulted for two years, during which time he worked on the design and installation of the Circuit of the Americas F1 Race Track over expansive clays with tight differential movement criteria. Dr. Kuhn has led TRI’s geotechnical laboratory since 2012 and overseen the interaction and geotechnical laboratory division since early 2016.

DR. RANJIV GUPTA, PH.D., P.E.

Ranjiv Gupta is a Project Engineer with Geosyntec Consultants in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Gupta has 12 years of academic and professional experience in geotechnical and geosynthetics engineering. His research work at The University of Texas at Austin included developing soilgeosynthetic interface models for geosyntheticreinforced pavements over expansive clays. Since joining Geosyntec (2010), Dr. Gupta has been involved with the design and permitting of
waste containments structures, including solid and hazardous waste landfills, coal combustion residual surface impoundments, and mine tailings facilities throughout the United States. Dr. Gupta is the member of ASCE’s Geo-Institute Technical Committees on Sustainability and Geoenvironmental Engineering. He currently serves as a Vice President and Treasurer on the Board of the International Geosynthetics Society’s North America chapter.


First Quarter 2018
WORKSHOP QUALIDADE NA INSTALAÇÃO DE GEOMEMBRANASY
Location: São Paulo, no Instituto de Engenharia, localizado à Rua Dr. Dante Pazzanese, 120 – Vila Mariana.

For Event and Registration questions, please contact Julio Ferreira (Brazil)  or Andre Lacerda (USA) 

Convidamos os técnicos soldadores de geomembrana, chefes de equipe de campo das empresas de instalação e de fiscalização, e profissionais de empresas contratantes de serviços de instalação de geossintéticos, para participar nos dias 18 e 19 de Abril de 2017 do 2º workshop “Qualidade na Instalação de Geomembranas”, que será realizado em São Paulo, no Instituto de Engenharia, localizado à Rua Dr. Dante Pazzanese, 120 – Vila Mariana.

Details

O objetivo deste workshop é contribuir para a melhoria da qualidade da geomembrana utilizada e dos serviços de instalação de geomembrana no Brasil, e consequentemente elevar o padrão de qualidade deste mercado, tornando a proteção do meio ambiente mais eficaz. Além disto, o objetivo é também ampliar o conhecimento técnico dos profissionais de empresas contratantes de serviços de instalação, promover um diálogo mais qualificado e transparente entre o cliente final contratante dos serviços e os instaladores, e fornecer subsídios técnicos e teóricos aos soldadores participantes para a prova de obtenção da certificação do IAGI (Associação Internacional de Instaladores de Geossintéticos) para soldadores de geomembranas de polietileno. Haverá duas categorias de inscrição: estudante soldador, que participará da parte teórica e fará o treino na parte prática; e o observador, que participará da parte teórica e apenas observará a parte prática. O número de participantes será limitado a 40, sendo 30 vagas reservadas ao soldadores.

Cada estudante da categoria soldador inscrito deverá levar seu equipamento de solda (máquinas de solda por termofusão e por extrusão).

A novidade deste 2º workshop será o campeonato de solda, no qual os estudantes soldadores que apresentarem as soldas com os resultados dos ensaios destrutivos mais próximos, porém não
menor que os valores recomendados pela especificação GRI-GM19 serão vencedores e ganharão um brinde.