Barriers & Containment Track

Barriers & Containment

Short Courses

  • Geosynthetics 101
  • Geosinteticos 101
  • Advances in Geosynthetics for Heap Leach: A Design Course
  • Current Advances & Trends in Containment Technologies
  • Geomembrane Seams: Key Factors to Obtaining High-Quality Geomembrane Welds
  • Slope Stability and Interface Friction Using Geosynthetics


Dr. Robert Koerner | Monday 8:30 – 10:00 am
Lifetime Predictions of Exposed Geotextiles and Geomembranes
While we are committed to keeping this schedule the same, rooms and times may be subject to change please check the final schedule on site.

Room: Royal Poinciana 1

Session Chair: Ian Peggs | Co-Chair: Robert Wallace

  • Performance of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) geomembranes for the containment of organic solvents versus traditional geomembranesEdgard Chow
  • Effect of Geomembrane thickness on Diffusion of VOCsVanessa Di Battista
  • Effect of Compatibilizing Agent on the Mechanical, Thermal and Barrier Performance of HDPE Nanocomposite Membranes for Application as a GeomembranePatricia Dolez
  • Antioxidant depletion from HDPE and LLDPE Geomembranes in chlorinated waterMohamed Morsy
  • Geomembrane stress cracking resistance using various polymersJose Miguel Muñoz
  • Antioxidant depletion of HDPE geomembrane with sand protection layerKerry Rowe
  • Diffusion of phenolic compounds in geomembranesNathalie Touze-Foltz

Room: Royal Poinciana 1

Speaker: Prof. Edward Kavazanjian, P.E., NAE

Edward KavazanjianFactors that must be considered in seismic design of geosynthetic waste containment systems include the seismic performance objectives, the potential of detection and repair of earthquake-induced damage, modification of earthquake ground motions by the waste mass and by interaction between the waste mass and geosynthetic elements of the containment system, and the fragility of those geosynthetic elements. Unconditional stability may be a difficult performance objective to satisfy in areas of high seismicity. While repairable damage may be considered acceptable performance, damage may be difficult to detect and repair, mandating a higher performance standard than if damage is easily detected and repaired. Furthermore, the allowable strain in a geosynthetic containment system designed to resist an earthquake with no damage may be significantly less than the geosynthetics yield strain.

Learning Objectives
Participants of this course will learn how to:

  • Establish rational seismic performance objectives for geosynthetic containment system elements
  • Identify when pseudo-static limit equilibrium and Newmark-type seismic performance analyses are appropriate for use in design
  • Recognize containment system details particularly susceptible to earthquake-induced damage
  • Implement measures that mitigate the potential for earthquake-induced damage togeosynthetic containment system elements

Room: Royal Poinciana 1

Session Chair: John Heap | Co-Chair: Tim Stark

  • Properties and Applications for Unconventional Thermal Conditions GeomembranesMathieu Cornellier
  • HDPE Daily Degradation Cycle Due to Ultraviolet and Thermal OxidationChris Richgels
  • A Case History for Subtitle D Closure Utilizing an Engineered Synthetic Turf System as Final Closure and Subgrade for 1MW PV Solar ArrayChris Eichelberger
  • Repairing of a Geomembrane Lining System (GLS) used for Raft Waterproofing of Civil Engineering buildingsClémence Haquet
  • Biogas Whales in Liners and Covers of Anaerobic DigestersIan Peggs
  • Trends in Exposed Geomembrane Cover Systems and Introduction of the New Wind Defender Ballast SystemElliot Pugh
  • Underwater Geomembranes -Two Installations a World ApartFelon Wilson

Room: Royal Poinciana 1

Speaker: Boyd Ramsey

Boyd RamseyThis special session has been developed by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Technical Committee on Barriers.

Geosynthetics have demonstrated excellent performance as barrier materials in multiple applications around the world. In nearly every case, geosynthetics constructions offer four primary benefits:

  • Durability: The materials have excellent demonstrated lifespan and strong scientific projections of future lifespan.
  • Consistency: The materials are less variable than traditional construction materials (sand, soils, clay, gravel, etc.) and there are established methodologies for manufacturing quality control.
  • Barrier Performance: Geosynthetics offer improved barrier performance, shorter construction times and allow for designs and systems that simply could not be created with traditional materials.
  • Sustainability: In addition to the improved barrier and direct environmental benefits, geosynthetics offer reduced environmental impact, energy consumption, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, reductions in transportation operations, reduced insurance health and safety burdens

Session includes case histories and examples of best practices, with particular attention to projects, papers and applications that combine all four of these principle attributes.

Room: Royal Poinciana 1

Session Chair: Kent von Maubeuge | Co-Chair: Richard Brachman

  • Use of BGM in landfill waterproofingBernard Breul
  • Hydraulic Compatibility Testing of Geosynthetic Clay Liners with Mining LeachatesMichael Donovan
  • Interface shear and hydraulic barrier performances of overlap section of various GCLsToru Inui
  • Geosynthetic Clay Liner (GCL) Shrinkage Under Outdoor ExposureGeorge Koerner
  • Self-healing of GCLs under simulated field conditions with applied stressTikang Li
  • Some considerations with respect to the long-term performance of coated GCLsKerry Rowe
  • Mass Flux of Condensation Runoff Observed Underneath a Geomembrane in Physical Model TestsAndy Take

Room: Cowrie 1

Session Chair: Gary Torosian | Co-Chair: Cora Queja

  • Best Practices for Groundwater ProtectionAbigail Beck
  • A Comparison of Geomembrane Wrinkles for nine field casesMelissa Chappel
  • Case Study on Electrical Leak Location Using Both Water Puddle and Dipole Methods on a Mining Waste Cap Totalling 255,000 m² of HDPE GeomembraneCarl Charpentier
  • The “zero leakage” approach for landfill liner systemsWerner Mueller
  • Pivotal Project Management Control Points: Timeline, Construction & ROIGlen Toepfer

Room: Royal Poinciana 1

Speaker: Prof. R. Kerry Rowe, P.E.

Kerry RoweThere is now 20+ years’ experience with the use of geosynthetic clay liners (GCL) either alone or in combination with a geomembrane in caps/covers and base liners. However, there have also been problems. This lecture seeks to help the engineer design and construct liners that will give good long-term performance. The lecture begins with basic concepts of what makes these liners effective. It discusses factors that affect the performance of GCLs, including: the effect of method of GCL manufacture and how this affects GCL performance in different applications; designing to deal with cation exchange; interaction between the fluid to be retained and the GCL; internal erosion; what makes for good GCL overlaps/seams; effect of subgrade on GCL performance; minimizing leakage through GCL and composite liners, and effects of leaving composite liners exposed. The lecture illustrates points with reference to field performance at a number of well-documented cases where GCLs were used either alone or as part of a composite liner. The lecture will benefit everyone from the new engineer to the most-experienced practitioners by starting with the basics (no assumed knowledge) and building logically and clearly through what we have learnt over the past 25 years. The lecture will present some of the latest findings and advances in understanding on the topic and lessons learnt.

About the Lecturer
Dr. Rowe is a leading geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineer and lecturer with 25 years’ experience and extensive publications relating to the topic of the lecture.

Room: Cowrie 1

Session Chair: Abigail Beck | Co-Chair: Werner Mueller

  • Case Study on Quality Control and Leak Location Performed on a Bituminous Liner Mine Closure Project Near the Arctic Circle in NWT, CanadaJean-Francois Belanger
  • 2014 Statistics on ELL Surveys Compared to the Total Installed Geomembrane Surface Area in the Province of QuebecCarl Charpentier
  • Seepage Flow Rates in Lined Ponds – Capacity vs RiskFred Gassner
  • Quantified impact of wrinkles on leakage through geomembrane linersJP Giroud
  • Use of Analytical Estimates and Water Balance Components to Estimate Leakage Rates Through Cover Systems Utilizing a GeomembraneGreg Meiers