Short courses

GSI offers geosynthetics short courses online

MSE wall in Franklin, Tennessee. Photo courtesy of Pinnacle Design/Build Group Inc.

The Geosynthetics Institute (GSI) is running three online on-demand short courses. GSI and Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI short course registrations.

Course 1: Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities

Recording available

Instructors: Bob Koerner and George Koerner

This online course focuses on quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of geosynthetics placed in permanent or critical applications. Specifications and tests are highlighted and demonstrated accordingly. It focuses on both the manufacture of geosynthetics and the installation processes. Applications are primarily in the waste containment area, i.e. landfills and surface impoundments, but the applicability to ponds/reservoirs, canals, shale gas fields, combustion tailings of coal, heap leach, etc., is also covered. The following presentations are included:

  • Waste, regulations and geosynthetics
  • Manufacturing, specifications and testing of geomembranes
  • Geomembrane placement and field testing
  • Geosynthetic clay liners
  • Geosynthetic drainage systems
  • Auxiliary geosynthetics, clay liners and documentation

The course provides the latest information on the fabrication and installation of all types of geosynthetics. It closely follows the US EPA Technical Guidance Document (EPA/600R-93/18) with the same title as this course. Manufacturing QA/QC is included, as well as construction QA/QC. The course is very descriptive with many example situations, case histories and testing methods/procedures. PowerPoint slides of the entire course are provided.

This online course automatically guarantees 8 PDH.

This course will be of most benefit to Quality Control and Quality Assurance organizations; design and specification engineering firms; manufacturers of geosynthetic materials; installation contractors; facility owners; consulting engineers; federal, state, and regional agency personnel (both environmental and transportation); and private developers.

Course registration fees

GSI and GMA Members: $750.00

Non-members: $1,000.00

Course 2: Construction Inspection of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls, Berms and Slopes

Recording available

Instructors: Bob Koerner and George Koerner

This online course focuses on the inspection, monitoring and maintenance of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls, berms and slopes reinforced with geogrids and geotextiles. It is felt to be necessary because of the number of failures (excessive deformation and collapse) that have occurred. It focuses on all aspects of such situations. The following presentations are included:

  • Database of 236 failed MSE walls
  • Introduction and Overview of Wall Inspection
  • Responsibility before construction
  • Responsibility during construction
  • Responsibility after construction
  • Monitoring and remediation

This online course provides detailed aspects of the construction of MSE walls, berms and slopes with an emphasis on inspecting all phases of the operation. Aspects of step-by-step construction will be presented along with the idiosyncrasies of the different geosynthetics and soil types used in the construction process. Monitoring during and after construction and long-term maintenance procedures will be addressed. Laboratory testing of geosynthetics and soil testing procedures will be described accordingly. PowerPoint slides of the entire course are also provided.

This online course automatically guarantees 8 PDH.

This course will be of most benefit to federal, state, and regional transportation engineers and related personnel; municipal district and township engineers; private and municipal property developers, consulting engineers and testing laboratories serving these organizations and providing forensic services; manufacturers of geosynthetic materials; geosynthetic material contractors and installers; academic and research groups; and others seeking technical information on this important aspect of transportation, geotechnical and geosynthetic systems.

Course registration fees

GSI and GMA Members: $750.00

Non-members: $1,000.00

Course 3: Designing with geosynthetics

Available on demand

Paid participants have access for six months

Instructor: Bob Koerner

This online course focuses on the entirety of geosynthetic materials and their myriad applications. It precisely follows the 914 pages, 6and ed., manual, Designing with geosynthetics, written by Professor. Every figure, graph, table, example and more are reproduced but now with a voiceover to further emphasize the points made in the book. Included are 1,540 slides with approximately 18 hours of voiceovers in total. Content is best enjoyed when synced with a two-volume copy of the book ($5.98 eBooks, $48 softcovers, and $70 hardbacks, plus shipping and handling), to follow along with PowerPoint slides and voiceovers. All three formats are available through Xlibris (the publisher), Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and GSI (physical books only). Visit https://geosynthetic-institute.org/publications.htm buy from GSI.

The online package includes the following:

Designing with geosynthetics (DwG) by Robert M. Koerner

This on-demand online course represents a full academic year’s worth of geosynthetics instruction, which the instructor had presented at Drexel University since the release of the 1st edition of the book in 1984. Access to the course is six months after payment of the fees, and content may be shared with colleagues or others within an organization/company. The course is especially beneficial for graduate students entering geosynthetics and all new employees of geosynthetics-related organizations/companies. It also serves as a primer for those wishing to become certified as geosynthetic designers.

This online course automatically guarantees 18 PDH.

This online course will be of most benefit to those employed in the field of geosynthetics from all points of view; facility owners; federal, state, and regional transportation engineers and related personnel; municipal district and township engineers; private and municipal real estate developers; consulting engineers and testing laboratories serving these organizations and providing forensic services; manufacturers of geosynthetic materials; geosynthetic material contractors and installers; academic and research groups; and others desiring a holistic view of geosynthetic information on critical aspects of transportation, geotechnical, mining, and geosynthetic engineering systems.

Course registration fees

GSI and GMA members: $1,000.00 for six months access

Non-members: $3,000.00 for six months access

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If certification under the Geosynthetics Certification Institute’s Designer Certification Program (GCI-DCP) is desired for any of these courses, separate registration and examination is required. Visit www.geosynthetic-institute.org/gdcpappl.htm or contact Jamie Koerner at jamie@geosynthetic-institute.org for more details.

For more information on any of the courses, contact Jamie Koerner at jamie@geosynthetic-institute.org.

To register for classes, visit https://geosynthetic-institute.org/courses.htm.