Littleton, Colo. — A course on Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications, sponsored by the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), is planned for October 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio, at The Ohio State University. This day-long course will be taught by industry professionals from academia, contractors, engineers, installers and third-party testing personnel. This course will cover valuable information pertinent the proper design, specification and construction of a variety of civil engineering applications such as water resources, containment, dams, roadways, landfills, coal combustion residuals and more.

Dr. Timothy D. Stark will lead the course and act as moderator. There will be an extensive network of industry professionals from which participants can draw knowledge and experience. The day will be packed with practical information that attendees can implement into their projects immediately.

The following are the topics and speakers for the short course.

  • Importance and Scarcity of Water Resources — Allison MacKay, Ohio State University
  • Permitting and Emerging Issues with Surface Water — Mark Stump, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Storm Water Permitting & Management — Jason Fyffe, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Permitting Geosynthetic Liner Systems for Water Resource Projects — Doug Evans, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Geosynthetics in Water Containment & Conveyance: Materials & Selection Criteria — Boyd Ramsey, Ramsey Consulting
  • Columbus Reservoir Project — Joe Troxell, S&ME
  • Welding Demonstration — Dave McLaury, Demtech
  • Geosynthetics in Ohio Roadway Projects — Chris Merklin, Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Containment for Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) — Gary Zych, AEP
  • Geomembrane Wrinkles & Leak Location Surveys — Brian Queen, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Elevated Temperate in Containment Applications — Tim Stark, University of Illinois
  • Use of MSE Walls Backfilled with Lightweight Cellular — Daniel Pradel, Ohio State of University

On the evening of Thursday, October 26, 2017, Owens Corning will conduct a tour of their Innovation Laboratory. A reception and dinner are included in the registration fee. Attendees will pick up a shuttle bus at the Ohio EPA office.

A complete list of speakers and the entire schedule is available at

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is sponsoring this event. Registration for Industry Professionals is $49 until October 13, 2017, and government employees and students are welcome free of charge. The course will be held at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Participants are eligible for eight (8) professional development hours.

To register for this event, go to