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QA/QC of Geosynthetic and Compacted Clay Lining Systems

APRIL 6 – 7

This course focuses on the installation of all geosynthetics and compacted clay liners used in containment systems. The first day will focus on installation of geomembranes, geotextiles, geocomposites, geogrids, and geo-appurtenances. It includes discussion of geomembrane seaming and seam peel and shear testing. The second day will focus on the installation of compacted clay and geosynthetic clay liners. Special emphasis will be given to establishing rationale and standard operating procedures for field inspections, documentation of test and visual observations, and implementation of CQA plans. A broad appreciation for the manufacture and installation of containment facility materials will be provided.

Gain comprehensive understanding of:

  • Preparing CQC/CQA plans
  • Reviewing CQC/CQA plans
  • Performing CQC/CQA observations and tests
  • Reviewing field CQC/CQA procedures

The course is designed specifically for those who need a detailed understanding of proper CQC and CQA procedures at waste containment facilities. It serves as ideal preparation for the Geosynthetic Certification Institute’s Inspectors Certification Program (GCI-ICP) exam.

* The GCI exam is part of the GCI CQA technician certification program. Because of this, one MUST REGISTER with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and pay GSI’s required certification fee in order to take the exam. TRI does NOT collect the fee for GSI; that fee must be paid directly to GSI. The exam fee that TRI will collect is only to serve as proxy for overseeing the exam timeslot on site. Call GSI at +1 610 522 8440 for more information on the GCI-ICP program.


Optional Certification Exam: GCI-ICP (requires fee)

*Course Pricing

Early Bird (through March 14)
$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. The GCI-ICP exam requires an additional proxy fee  with the conference and registration with the Geosynthetic Institute ( in advance of taking the exam.

After March 14
$350 – Government
$850 – Commercial, Single Registrant
$350 – Marketing Course (April 8, Half Day)


PRICING: USD $750.  Government Rate: $350.  April 8: GCI Exam: $50


Mark Sieracke, P.E.

is an industry-recognized expert in the fields of landfill design and CQA. Mark serves as a Principal and Solid Waste Practice Area Manager for Weaver Consultants Group. Mark has served as a Technical Reviewer of the US EPA Technical Guidance Document: Quality Assurance and Quality Control for Waste Containment Facilities (EPA/600/R- 93/182, Sept. 1993). He has served as a hands-on CQA practitioner, certifying engineer, and consultant for 1000+ acres of geosynthetic installations. He contributes routinely to landfill failure investigations and constructability reviews for design engineers. Mark serves on the Waste Management Inc. (WMI) Geosynthetic Task Force, creating the corporate standards for CQA.

Sam Allen

is the Vice President of Texas Research International‘s (TRI) Geosynthetics Services Division. He has served as Chairman of ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI).

Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E.

is the Geotechnical Laboratory Director for TRI/Environmental, Inc. His doctoral work principally focused on alternative/evapotraspirative cover design and evaluation for the EPA, and he performed research with expansive clays for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Prior to joining TRI, he served as a consulting engineer, where he worked on the design and installation of the Circuit of the Americas Formula One Race Track over expansive clays with tight differential movement criteria. Since 2012, he’s led the expansion of TRI’s geotechnical laboratory capabilities and reach within the geotechnical community.


April 6 – 7


April 8 Optional Certification Exam: GCI-ICP $50

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

April 6 – 7


April 8 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

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

April 6 – 7


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


April 8 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

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

April 8


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