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Geosynthetics in Stormwater Controls and Hydraulic Engineering

APRIL 6 – 7

Man-made changes to the environment including unrestricted development, overtaxed resources, removal of surface cover, paving, poor stewardship, and climate change impact on water levels and storm severity expose soils to greater erosive forces. These processes substantially accelerate the rate of erosion to everything from construction sites to shorelines. Historically, materials such as straw and rock or hard armor systems of various sizes and designs have been used to resist erosion and retain sediments. However, the overuse of these approaches has revealed limited long-term performance. The incorporation of geosynthetic -enhanced systems is helping achieve greater balance temporary and long-term and applications.

This short course will provide detailed guidance on the relative performance, design, and installation of the full range of geosynthetic-enhanced erosion and sediment control systems being used. Additionally, geosynthetic-based stormwater control measures being used for infiltration and pollutant removal will be introduced.

Topics include permanent post-construction stormwater management, steep slope stabilization, shoreline and coastal erosion protection, geosynthetic-enhanced rolled erosion control products (G-RECPs), sediment retention devices (G-SRDs), use of these materials in pollution prevention plans, porous plastic chambers beneath pavements, geotextile filters, use of geocells, fabric-formed revetments, and much more.

The course is best suited for engineering and design professionals who specify and work with erosion and sediment control materials. It is also relevant to contractors, regulatory and enforcement personnel, public works directors, utility companies, mining and ski area construction managers, foresters, landfill operators, and consultants.

April 8

Optional Certification Exam: FREE

*Course Pricing

$750 – Commercial Rate
$350 – Government Rate
$295 – Marketing Course (April 8, Half Day)
NOTE: The marketing course is held at same time as the optional certification exam for this course.

PRICING: USD $750.    Government Rate: $350

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Joel Sprague, P.E.

is a Senior Engineer and Technical Director with TRI Environmental’s South Carolina laboratories in Anderson and Greenville, SC. Through leadership roles in the global standards body ASTM International, Joel has originated or contributed to major revisions to over 20 international standards on geosynthetics and erosion/sediment control. Additionally, he has been an instructor of numerous short courses and authored more than 50 articles and technical papers on the development, testing, and application of geosynthetics and erosion/sediment control systems. Joel has been recognized for his pioneering work in full-scale performance testing of civil engineering systems. He led the establishment of TRI’s unique laboratories for the full-scale evaluation of innovative technologies, including the Denver Downs Research Facility (DDRF) in Anderson and the Roads to Rivers Research Institute (3RI) in Greenville.

Nathalia Castro, Geosynthetics

Nathalia Castro

joined TenCate Geosynthetics in 2015 and in 2019 became the engineering business manager for the Environmental Infrastructure Group. She has a BSCE degree in civil engineering and a Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering. Her Master’s program included research on geosynthetic functions and applications, and her thesis was about the state of the art of the geotextile tube technology. Nathalia’s professional career has also included 15 years of design experience and installations with geosynthetics and geotextile tubes as technical sales manager, and as a senior geotechnical engineer. Nathalia gives technical support to engineers on design, testing and installation all over her territory, which includes all the Americas.

Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

brings more than 40 years of experience in geosynthetics to GeoU. His career has included developing new geosynthetic products, applications, and markets. In addition, he has served in a corporate level for strategic planning and business development in North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Stephens has served on industry organizations such as ASTM and IFAI. He received his BBA in Business Management form Angelo State University. He currently works with the TenCate Environmental Infrastructure Group and lives with his wife Becky in Bedford, Virginia.

Drew Loizeaux

Drew Loizeaux graduated at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga with a B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering. Loizeaux’s career started at Propex as a Civil Applications Engineer, progressing to the Erosion Control Engineering Specialist, and is currently the Director of Civil Engineering and Construction Solutions. Loizeaux lead the redesign of Propex’s erosion control design application, EC Design®, as well as development of geotechnical applications for design and configuration of PYRAWALL® and SCOURLOK® and is a licensed engineer in the state of Tennessee. Propex’s Civil Engineering and Construction department leads the industry in slope stability analysis and design, erosion control analysis and design, as well as testing and field support for erosion control and geosynthetic solutions.

GEOSYNTHETIC THEMED COURSES

April 6 – 7

$750

April 8 Optional Certification Exam: GCI-ICP $50

Instructors: Mark Sieracke, P.E., Sam Allen, and Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E.

April 6 – 7

$750

April 8 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

Instructors: Dr. George Koerner, P.E. and Abigail Gilson, MS, P.E.

April 6 – 7

$750

April 8 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

Instructors: Michael Bernardi, P.E., Ashley Perry-MacMillan, P.E., Dr. Erol Tutumluer, and Dr. Jorge Zornberg, P.E.

April 6 – 7

$750

April 8 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

Instructors: C. Joel Sprague, P.E., Nathalia Castro, M.Sc., Tom Stephens, and Drew Loizeaux, P.E.

April 8

$295

The Marketing Course is held at the same time on April 8 as the optional certification exams for the April 6-7 courses.

Instructors: Sam Allen and Tamara Tuttle