2019 Registration is Now Open!

Crown Plaza | Syracuse, NY

July 16 – 17, 2019

The objective of this third in a series of landfill design seminars is to provide attendees with an enhanced working knowledge of the current state of practice, and standard of care, relating to the proper design, construction, and CQA of double-lined landfills that provide for environmentally sound disposal of solid waste. Participants will be provided with an overview of the appropriate project considerations in the context of current national practice that are relevant for both natural and geosynthetic construction materials used in the design and construction of waste containment systems. It is important that professionals in the field be aware of how the latest technical understandings are integrated into the state-of-the-practice for waste containment system design, material specification and construction. This seminar was developed to present concise, yet comprehensive coverage of the latest critical understandings of technologies and methods used to design, construct, and close waste containment facilities.


Participants will be provided with the latest information relative to New York State’s recently revised landfill regulations, 6 NYCRR Part 363 Landfills, and will be given an overview of the recent regulatory initiatives being considered by the State relative to landfill regulation.

Participants will be provided with latest views on the state-of-practice, and standard-of-care related to design, construction, and CQA consideration of waste containment facilities. As research and industry experience within the waste containment field continues to shed light on the design performance of these engineered facilities, there are important lessons for practitioners to be aware of so they can incorporate them into their project executions. This seminar will provide attendees with some of the latest information on geosynthetic materials being manufactured for waste containment systems, as well as trends in construction and CQA practices not only for large expansive containment projects such as new landfill cells and covers, but also construction details that occur in smaller projects, such as, secondary containment systems around tank farms. Special emphasis will be given to the pragmatic aspects of slope stability considerations that begin in the design stage, require verification during the construction stage, and must be observed during the operational stage of landfill development. The slope stability discussion will also highlight the sensitivity of final covers and veneer systems to very small changes in effective normal stresses, and design methods used to best address those situations will be reviewed. In closing, a practical discussion on reliability analyses, and perspectives on the holistic performance of landfill liner systems will be given.

Participants will be presented with a summary of recent lessons learned since the requirement for Electrical Resistivity Testing for defect location has been added to New York State’s Landfill regulations. Emphasis will be given as to how to design a landfill’s liner system to enhance the performance of dipole testing for defects, stressing the importance of tie-in testing and how on-site conditions can affect survey preparations. The new ASTM standard for electrical leak location surveys on covered geomembranes will also be detailed.

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April 17, 2018 8 am–5:30 pm
April 18, 2018 8 am–1:15 pm

Crown Plaza | Syracuse, NY

Crowne Plaza | Syracuse, NY
Please identify yourself as an attendee of this seminar by April 3, 2018 to receive the Government room rate of $103 per night.
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Jessica Kivilarvi
+1 651 225 6981

or contact David Suits, LDS Geosynthetic Consulting Services at geosyntheticsguy@gmail.com or 518 869 2917


The objective of this training is to identify how vertical expansions of landfills can raise a number of legitimate engineering concerns that must be evaluated with via proper assessment of both the original land ll design as well as the new proposal.
Proper design and specification of landfill primary and secondary leachate collection and removal systems to meet New York State’s newly revised landfill requirements.
The latest updates on methods for conducting electrical resistivity liner integrity testing and leak location. NYS’s regulations now require testing to be done on both the upper and lower liners as part of the landfills CQA program.
Participants will learn how to specify electrical resistivity liner integrity testing to meet the new regulatory requirements and to help minimize construction schedule disruptions.


Principal Instructor, Dr. George Koerner’s interest in geosynthetics spans his entire professional life from undergraduate work in the 1980’s to the present. George’s master thesis was on direct shear testing of geosynthetic interfaces and his doctoral dissertation was on land ll leachate clogging of soil and geosynthetic filters. Both are regularly cited to this day. Beginning as a research assistant, then research associate in the Geosynthetic Research Institute his task segued into Assistant Director, Associate Director, Director Designate and Director of the Geosynthetic Institute.

Instructor Abigail Gilson, Senior Engineer has over seventeen years of diverse civil engineering experience and is a registered Civil Engineer in multiple states including New York, where she resides. She spent the first part of her career as a containment facility design engineer and joined TRI in 2012 to focus solely on the implementation and innovation of electrical leak location technologies. She has over fourteen years and 160 million square feet of electrical leak location experience. Her contribution to the field of electrical leak location includes numerous published technical papers, educational seminars, presentations world-wide, and chairing the ASTM committee for the recent revisions and additions to the ASTM Standard Guide and Practices.

Regulatory Instructor, Robert Phaneuf, P.E., is the Assistant Director of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Materials Management and has worked in the field of solid waste management in a regulatory oversight role for over 38 years. Bob’s primary duties have included: formulation of statewide solid and hazardous waste management policy and regulation including supervision of technical and administrative evaluations of applications to construct and operate solid and hazardous waste management facilities throughout New York State. Since 1988, Bob has been a key member of the Division’s rule-making team for the State’s solid waste management regulations.

Landfill design engineers, construction supervisors, landfill owners and operators, regulatory agency staff, and public works and municipal engineers will benefit from this Seminar.

To register by phone please contact Jessica Kivijarvi at 651-225-6981.

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Please Note: The deadline to register is April 12, 2018. Seating is limited and attendance will be based on first come first served basis and maximum attendance will likely be achieved prior to the April 12th deadline.

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), is the central resource for information on geosynthetics. GMA provides a forum for consistent and accurate information to increase acceptance and promote the correct use of
geosynthetics. GMA actively identifies, assesses, analyzes and acts upon market growth opportunities and issues that affect its member companies. Activities center on five areas: engineering support, business development, education, government relations and industry recognition.


Please Note: Seating is limited and attendance will be based on first come first served basis and maximum attendance will likely be achieved prior to the registrations March 18th deadline.