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IAGI Has a New Address:

IAGI's mailing address has changed. Please update your records.
International Association of Geosynthetic Installers
8601 West Cross Drive, Suite F5, #220
Littleton, CO  80123
USA

Our phone number and email remains the same.

 

Geosynthetics Conference 2019

10-13 February, 2019 |  Marriott Marquis Houston  |  Houston, Texas, USA

Geosynthetics Conference 2019 is a must-attend event featuring more than 1,300 geotechnical practitioners, designers, regulators, contractors, and installers come together at this highly respected trade show event to learn the latest research, materials, applications, and case studies.

www.geosyntheticsconference.com

 

IAGI's Give Back Program

We have accomplished many things since this program launched in 2015 and now we are on to our largest project to date. The next project is to build an aquaponics training center and begin production of tilapia and fresh vegetables to train the children on the system.  The educational value items are noted below:

  • Construction – How to build a functioning aquaponics system from the ground up.
  • Measuring basics – elevations and proper foundations – water flows.
  • Water biology and fish rearing the inter-related systems of nature.
  • Photosynthesis and vegetable production – Watch the magic and learn.
  • Economics of the system as it relates to their existing economy.   How do we find market pricing for boutique lettuce and tomatoes grown in our system (sell higher quality produce to Hotels and markets), understand the local market pricing and variances in the local Lake Victoria economy?

We have partnered with Colorado Aquaponics and will be working hand in hand to develop the Bill of Materials and will work on establishing the best plan forward for getting the hoop building built (to protect and house the aquaponics systems) and installing a fully operational aquaponics training and production facility with controlled entry and health and safety measures included.  

For more information or to make a donation, www.ripplingwaterscharity.org.

 

GSI Announces Webinars

"Lifetime Predictions of Covered and Exposed Geosynthetics"

9 May 2018 / 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) USA

A most frequently asked question regarding all types of geosynthetics is, “How long will they last?” This webinar answers the question for exposed geotextiles and geomembranes assuming that they were properly designed and installed. Furthermore, it compares these new results to earlier lifetime prediction results on a covered geomembrane.

GSI Members - $200.00 (USD)

Non GSI Members - $250.00 (USD)

For more information and registration - http://www.geosynthetic-institute.org/webinar.htm

 

 Award Winners Showcase the best in Geosynthetics Installation

IAGI presented three awards at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. Members of the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) recently announced its winners of the 2017 IAGI Installation Awards. 

 The awards presented during Geosynthetics 2017 in Orlando, FL recognize exceptional work by geosynthetic installers. There were two award categories, Innovative and Extreme. The entry that got the greatest number of votes from the judges is the Award of Excellence winner. 

 “The IAGI Installation Awards recognize those IAGI members who make significant contributions to the field of geosynthetics installation. So often the installer gets forgotten in the discussion of a project,” commented Laurie Honnigford, managing director of IAGI. “In reality a project is a set of plans on a piece of paper until the installer gets involved. The installer can make or break a project and we need to recognize those who improve and advance our industry.”

 The 2017 IAGI Award Winners:

  • Award of Excellence – Simbeck and Associates (Mancos, CO, USA) for the Blue River Restoration project. The Blue River, which feeds Award of Excellence ProjectDillon Reservoir and eventually connects with the Colorado River, is one of several tributaries heavily affected by mining operations in Summit County, Colorado.  From the late 1800s to the 1940s, dredging was the preeminent method of extracting gold in the area.  In this process of extraction, the valley floor was turned upside down as 70-90 feet of cobble was brought to the surface and exposed. The practice was repeated up and down the valley - decimating the river and meadows that were once home to an abundance of wild flowers and animals. The project involved reconstruction and restoration of approximately 3000 linear feet the Blue River, just north of Breckenridge, Colorado. Work included rechanneling the river, earthwork to reshape the original corridor, installation of river liner, backfilling and restoring the river corridor. The lining was comprised of installing 27 prefabricated 30 mil PVC blankets totaling 255,798 square feet.

  • Extreme Project Award – G.E. Environmental Solutions Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada for the Cell #2 Expansion. Extreme Award Winner Eric LamontagneThe Cell #2 Expansion was awarded the extreme award for the number of obstacles the installer had to overcome while completing this project under a compressed time frame. The start of the project was delayed due to rain and this pushed this project into the cold weather installation, specifically mid-November in Northern Alberta, Canada. In addition to the sleet, snow and rain, the installer was spent extensive time educating the general contractor about the need for maintaining quality installation. Further, no light plants were available so the time for installation was limited to daylight hours. In mid-November in Northern Alberta there is approximately eight hours of sunlight to work with.  Another challenge was the irregular shape of Cell #2. Within 24 working days, G.E. Environmental had to install 522,000 ft2 geocomposite, 495,000 ft2 geomembrane, 366,000 ft2 geosynthetic clay liner, 64,500 ft2 geonet and 64,500 ft2 geotextile.

 

  •  Innovative project Award – Hallaton Environmental Linings, Sparks, Maryland, USA for Pearce Creek Dredge Disposal Facility.  The Pearce Creek placement site, owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers, received dredged material from the C&D Canal’s approach channels at various times between 1937 and 1993. The Corps plans to reactivate the site for the placement of dredged material from the federal navigation channel. However, in 2013 the US Geological Survey found that a missing or thin layer of clay beneath the site contributed to the entry of degraded water into the underlying aquifers. Migration of this groundwater, which moves very slowly, had gradually impacted water quality in some residential wells. When the Pearce Creek site was reactivated, substantial safeguards will be in place to protect and monitor surface water and groundwater quality. The geosynthetic liner will prevent any further impacts from dredged material by preventing it from entering the groundwater system. 

 

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 www.ripplingwaterscharity.org.

 
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