IAGI Installation Awards Entries Solicited

Four years ago the IAGI Board set up the IAGI Installation Awards program. Excellent projects have been submitted the past two cycles and IAGI is looking forward to getting a wide range of projects. Only open to member installed projects, the awards help installers raise their profile on their vital role in engineering and construction. For waste management, mining, environmental protection and other applications, the experience and quality of geosynthetic installers has an enormous impact on whether designs are executed properly and installations begin their service lives in optimal condition.

The biennial IAGI Installation Awards program is soliciting entries for the Geotechnical Frontiers conference, March 12 -1 5, 2016 in Orlando, FL. Applicants must provide an application (see below), a description of the project and a minimum of 5 photos that tell the story of the installation.

IAGI honors those members who install extreme projects, innovative projects and specialized small projects.The following links will provide detailed information on this program.

The deadline for entry submission is 31 January 2017.

The winners of the awards will be announced during the Geotechnical Frontiers conference in Orlando, FL. If you have questions about this program, contact Laurie Honnigford at

Description of Award Categories

I2 Awards Application

Tips for taking great photos

For a complete I2 Awards package


GSI Courses Offered

The Geosynthetic Research Institute holds online courses pertinent to the geosynthetics industry. The next classes coming up are:

GSI - W19 Wave (or Wrinkle) Management [For Proper Deployment of Geomembranes]

February 8, 2017  -  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time USA)

An intrinsic property of all exposed geomembranes is that they expand and contract depending upon the ambient temperature. During times of high temperature this is evidenced by the appearance of waves (also called wrinkles) in installed geomembranes before they are backfilled or otherwise covered. The thicker and stiffer the geomembrane, the more the phenomenon is evidenced. This webinar will show that such waves when backfilled will not disappear. Laboratory and field exhumations indicate that the waves squash forming creases in the subsequent installed material.

GSI Members - $200.00 (USD)

Non GSI Members - $250 (USD)

For more information on GSI Webinars for 2017, click here.

WS-W20 - Geosynthetic Drainage Materials: Applications, Design, Installation and Performance   

February 22, 2017  -  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time USA)

Geosynthetic drainage materials consist of a drainage core (geonet or geospacer) with geotextiles bonded to one or both surfaces. Their in-plane flow capacity is equivalent to 300 mm (12 in.) of sand with permeability of 0.01 cm/sec or higher. The associated cost of these materials and their installation greatly favors this type of geosynthetics alternative on myriad application. For example, solid waste liner and cover applications, plaza decks and green roofs, retaining walls and slopes, tunnel linings, etc. all have successful history in this regard. Design considerations will be described and focus on flow rates and compressive behavior, both being standardized ASTM/ISO test methods.

 For more information on this course and others GSI offers, click here.

IAGI Give Back Program

More than two years ago, the IAGI Board began discussing ways to give back to society. The IAGI Board members considered numerous ideas for a give back program.

John Heap, Colorado Lining International, met Philemon Konditi on a job site in Colorado and Philemon mentioned that he has been funding an orphanage in Kenya out of his wages as a Quality Assurance Technician.  The orphanage is located in Onjinyo, Kenya near Homa Bay and the shores of Lake Victoria. This area has the highest concentration of AIS and HIV in the world. The current generation of children is losing their parents and family members. These orphans are now living with either their grandparent or guardians. The KEGO orphanage has been supporting approximately 170 children by providing education and food. Many of these kids rely on KEGO to provide food. They may not have enough to eat if they don't attend school.  
John Heap and his wife Suzi have made two trips to the orphanage in Kenya. These kids are bright and have a desire to learn and better themselves. They need a “hand up” to thrive.

During GeoAmericas 2016 John Heap presented this program to the IAGI members at the General Assembly. This program was enthusiastically supported by the IAGI members present. IAGI’s not for profit status does not allow for IAGI to collect funds for a charity. John Heap has led the initiative to set up a non-profit that can raise the funds and provide support to the kids in the KEGO Orphanage. The Rippling Waters Charity will be able to collect money that will be used to feed these children.

Once the children’s basic needs are met, Rippling Waters plans to work with the orphanage to create water systems that can provide clean water, healthy food, power and an opportunity to create a sub-economy in their region. The goal is that we can develop rainwater catchment, storage systems, simple water cleaning systems and aquaponic gardens to provide clean water and food sources for their village and the community. The longer term goal is to allow the children to develop the technical talent and the entrepreneurial vision to take this technology and train other villages in their region how to build and maintain these sustainable systems.  This initiative will allow the children to have technical skills once they leave school.

To learn more, click here.

To make a donation, go to Rippling Waters Charity website at

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