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Geosynthetics in Stormwater Controls and Hydraulic Engineering

APRIL 20 – 21

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 22

Optional Certification Exam: FREE

*Course Pricing

Early Bird (through February 16)
$350 – Government
$750 – Commercial, Single Registrant
$725 – Commercial, 2 Registrants
$700 – Commercial, 3+ Registrants
$295 – Marketing Course (November 19, Half Day)
$75 – GCI-ICP Exam Fee, Single Registrant
$35 – GCI-ICP Exam Fee, 2+ Registrants

After February 16
$350 – Government
$850 – Commercial, Single Registrant
$825 – Commercial, 2 Registrants
$800 – Commercial, 3+ Registrants
$350 – Marketing Course (November 19, Half Day)
$75 – GCI-ICP Exam Fee, Single Registrant
$35 – GCI-ICP Exam Fee, 2+ Registrants

PRICING: $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.

Markus Wilke

is an engineer and business development manager with HUESKER, one of the world’s oldest and largest geosynthetic manufacturing and design engineering companies. Wilke brings more than a decade of stormwater controls and hydraulic engineering experience to GeoU 2020. He has published extensively on topics such as dewatering, bank stabilization, port maintenance, and waterway engineering.

GEOSYNTHETIC THEMED COURSES

April 20 – 21

$750

April 22 Optional Certification Exam: GCI-ICP $75

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

April 20 – 21

$750

April 22 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

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

April 20 – 21

$750

April 22 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

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

April 20 – 21

$750

April 22 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

Instructors: C. Joel Sprague, P.E., and Markus Wilke

April 22

$295

The Marketing Course is held at the same time on April 22 as the optional certification exams for the April 20-21 courses.

Instructors: Sam Allen and Jacque Dettman

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