Short Courses

All full and half-day short courses at GeoAmericas 2016 will take place on Sunday April 10 at the conference site, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Course offerings include English and Spanish-language offerings. Some English-language courses will have Spanish-supporting instructors. Click on course names for full descriptions and instructor bios.

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Pricing Information: All courses are priced as marked. Any attendee purchasing (2) ½ day short courses will receive a $50 discount on the combined purchase.

 

SHORT COURSES – APRIL 10

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.


circle-e Richard BrachmanInstructor: Dr. Richard Brachman (Queen’s University, Canada)

Course Description: This day-long course is designed to equip engineers, contractors and manufacturers new to geosynthetics with fundamental knowledge on the types, functions and properties of geosynthetics. In an interactive learning environment, geosynthetic design by function will be emphasized with a focus on key engineering properties. Fundamentals of soil reinforcement, filtration and environmental protection with geosynthetics will be discussed in greater detail.

Level 1-3
8 hrs
USD $300

circle-s Augusto AlzaInstructor: Augusto Alza (Grupo TDM)

Course Description: Este curso de un día de duración está dedicado a ingenieros que desean aprender sobre usos y aplicaciones de los geosintéticos, la variedad de los materiales, sus funciones y los mecanismos de interacción con el suelo y agua, las propiedades de ingeniería responsables de su comportamiento. Se estudiará el diseño por función de geotextiles, geomallas y georredes (y/o geocompuestos de drenaje) para separación, filtración, refuerzo y drenaje.Objetivos del curso: Al término del curso, el participante será capaz de: 1) identificar los diferentes geosintéticos, sus principales aplicaciones y las funciones que desempeña; 2) conocer la normativa AASHTO para geotextiles y diseñar geotextiles para funciones de filtración y separación; 3) diseñar geomallas de refuerzo de vías pavimentadas y no pavimentadas; y, 4) diseñar georredes para el drenaje de líquidos.

Level 1-3
8 hrs
USD $300

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George KoernerRobert Koerner

Instructors: Dr. George Koerner, P.E. and Dr. Robert Koerner, P.E. (Geosynthetic Institute)

Course Description: The occurrence of field failures of MSE walls is far too common. The Geosynthetics Institute has a data base of 250 such failures which are subdivided into excessive deformation and actual collapses. The short course discusses the major causes of this poor performance including: poor or no field inspection, silt and/or clay backfill soils, utilities in the reinforced zone, internal and external stability issues (both soil and water related).

Level 3-6
8 hrs
USD $500

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Mark SmithDenys ParraAbigail Beck

Instructors: Mark Smith, M.Sc., P.E., D.GE (RRD International); Denys Parra M.Sc., P.E. (Anddes Associados), Abigail Beck, M.Sc., P.E. (TRI Environmental)

The mining industry is one of the world’s biggest single users of geosynthetics, with as much as 40% of all geomembranes produced being utilized in mining operations. Heap leaching is the biggest driver of this usage. Just in the past 15 years, heap leaching has extended to chalcopyrite copper, uranium, and rare earths. Raincoat covers are being used. New geomembrane formulations are increasing heap leach yield. Previously thought “impossible” heap leach designs are achieved every couple years.

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Geosynthetics are enabling this rapid growth in heap leaching, but mining engineers must better understand how and why geosynthetics and their various types succeed or are not appropriate for site-specific situations in mining.

Smith, Parra, and Beck will deliver a high-level course focused on:

  • Geotechnical behavior (e.g., soil-geomembrane interface, seismic-induced deformation, performance with high loads, steep slopes, valley fills)
  • Special considerations (e.g., bioleaching and nickel, high operating temperatures, cold weather leaching, evaporative covers, cost benchmarking for leach pads)
  • Performance monitoring of heaps (e.g., geotechnical instrumentation, design vs. as-built, operational issues, variability in geosynthetic quality)
  • Quality of installed facilities (e.g., electrical leak location surveys, zero-leakage designs, construction quality control, cost/benefit analysis)
  • Risk management and project de-risking (e.g., avoiding the “silo” effect, drained shell concept, coupling geomechanics, hydrogeology, and geochemistry)

Nota: este curso será dictado en Inglés, sin embargo, los instructores podrán responder las preguntas en Español y Portugués durante las discusiones con la audiencia.

Level 3-6
8 hrs
USD $500

MORNING

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Michael AdamsJennifer Nicks

Instructors: Michael Adams, P.E. and Dr. Jennifer Nicks, P.E. (FHWA)

Course Description: This workshop will provide attendees with historical background on GRS technology, the development of the IBS, and how it differs from other conventional abutments. Supporting information to demonstrate performance, its applicability to bridges, and advantages/limitations of the GRS-IBS within the ABC toolbox will also be presented. Additionally, the workshop will include an overview on site selection, material specifications, and design and construction procedures for the IBS per FHWA guidance.  The presentation will conclude with a perspective on IBS projects and deployment activities across the country. NOTE: Purchase an afternoon course in addition to this one and save $50

Level 6-8
4 hrs
USD $175

 


 

AFTERNOON

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Daniel AlzamoraGordon Keller

USO Y DISEÑO DE GEOSINTÉTICOS EN CAMINOS DE BAJO VOLUMEN SIN Y CON PAVIMENTACIÓN

Instructors: Daniel Alzamora, P.E. (FHWA) and Gordon Keller, P.E. (Consultant)

Course Description: El principal objetivo de este Curso es discutir las diversas aplicaciones de los geosintéticos utilizados en carreteras de bajo volumen pavimentadas y sin pavimentar. Caminos de bajo volumen por lo general no reciben la cantidad de la ingeniería y la atención que reciben las carreteras de alto estándar, por lo que se benefician enormemente de la versatilidad de los geosintéticos. Los resultados de aprendizaje del curso incluyen: reconociendo las varias formas creativas, útiles y rentables geosintéticos pueden ser utilizados en las carreteras de bajo volumen; aprendizaje acerca de las herramientas útiles y métodos de diseño con geosintéticos; la comprensión de las especificaciones y los tipos de materiales utilizados para las funciones específicas de diseño; al ver ejemplos de campo de geosintéticos utiliza en el diseño y construcción de caminos; y sabiduría sobre referencias disponibles utilizados para el diseño y construcción con geosintéticos. NOTE: purchase an afternoon course as well and save $50. NOTA: Una tarde de compra así como de clase y guardar $50

Daniel AlzamoraJorge Zornberg

GEOSINTÉTICOS INTEGRADO SISTEMA DE PUENTE DE TIERRA REFORZADA (GRS-IBS) – PARA ACCELERAR LA CONSTRUCCION DE PUENTES

Instructors: Daniel Alzamora, P.E. (FHWA) and Dr. Jorge Zornberg (University of Texas at Austin, IGS Immediate Past President)

Course Description: Este taller proporcionará a los asistentes con el fondo histórico en la tecnología GRS, el desarrollo de la IBS, y cómo difiere de otros estribos convencionales. Información para demostrar el comportamiento, su aplicabilidad a los puentes, ventajas, y limitaciones.  El taller incluirá un resumen en la selección del sitio, especificaciones de materiales, procedimientos de diseño, y método de construcción.  La presentación concluirá con una perspectiva de IBS proyectos y actividades de implementación en los Estados Unidos NOTA: Compre un curso por la mañana y así como ahorrar $50

Level 3-6
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Level 6-8
Both Classes 4 hrs total
USD $175

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Gordon KellerJeb Tingle

Instructors: Gordon Keller, P.E. (Consultant) and Jeb Tingle, P.E. (USACE)

Course Description: The principle objective of this Short Course is to discuss the various applications of geosynthetics used in paved and unpaved low-volume roads. Low-volume roads do not typically receive the amount of engineering and attention that high standard roads receive, thus they benefit greatly from the versatility of geosynthetics. Course learning outcomes include: recognizing the many creative, useful, and cost-effective ways geosynthetics can be used in low-volume roads; learning about useful tools and design methods for geosynthetics use; understanding specifications and types of materials used for specific design functions; seeing field examples of geosynthetics uses in road design and construction; and knowing of available references used for design and construction with geosynthetics. NOTE: purchase a morning course as well and save $50

Level 3-6
4 hrs
USD $175

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Bob Mackey

Instructor: Bob Mackey, P.E. (S2Li)

Course Description: This short course will present the body of work achieved by ASTM Committee D35 during the last 30 years of standardization work. The course will present geosynthetic measurement procedures in such a way to foster an understanding of the test procedure, associated equipment and technique, proper use of the test and common misconceptions/ challenges associated with its use. A comparison of ASTM standards to other international standards will be presented to foster an appreciation for differences and similarities. The use of test procedures in geosynthetic material specifications will be presented via a review of industry specifications and common material requirements built upon statistical review of test populations. Finally, a look at the current work efforts and liaison projects within ASTM Committee D35 will be reviewed.

Level 3-6
4 hrs
USD $175

circle-e John AllenInstructor: John Allen, P.E. (TRI Environmental)

Course Description: This half-day short course will explore the use of geosynthetics in slope stability design of containment systems for ponds, landfills and heap leach pads.  We will discuss conceptualization and analysis for a variety of complex and modern conditions.   Course attendees will learn how to prescribe a testing program that models site conditions while recognizing common assumptions. We will also cover the interpretation of data and the limitations of using historical data.  Discussions will include specialized topics such as traditional and polymer-amended geosynthetic clay liners, oversize particles, multi-layer testing, high stress conditions, shear-induced geomembrane damage, interlocking due to settlement, ash and gypsum stability, temperature dependent testing and a probabilistic model setup for acceptance of conforming material expansion design and testing.

Level 6-8
4 hrs
USD $175

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Tim StarkSam AllenDaren Laine

Instructors: Dr. Timothy D. Stark (University of Illinois), Allan Breitenbach (AB Engineering), Gary Zych (AEP), Sam Allen (TRI/Environmental) and Daren Laine (Leak Location Services)

Course Description: Attendees will learn current advances and trends in containment technologies for a range of applications including: (1) mining, (2) coal combustion residual management, (3) water reservoirs and canals, (4) floating cover systems, (5) leak location surveys, and (6) exposed geomembrane applications. Course attendees will learn how to design, specify, install, and test geomembranes for these applications. For example, this short course will inform attendees on how to overcome the following mining and coal combustion residual design issues: base liner system configurations, anchor trenches and slope benches, overfilling, differential settlement, slope stability, liner system protection, final cover systems, and containment ponds. Short course attendees will also learn the best floating cover practices, including: simple covers, floating pan, cable tensioned, defined sump and evaporation control, modular insulated, and gas collection covers. Finally, this course will discuss issues related to exposed geomembrane design issues, such as: runoff, chaffing and other mechanical abrasion, penetrations, wind, anchorage, and durability. Course attendees will earn four (4) PDHs.

Level 3-6
4 hrs
USD $175

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