Moving The Ball

By February 11, 2015Uncategorized

Just put the ball three feet in front of you and you win. How hard could this be?

Since my last post, we have seen Christmas and New Year’s Day come and go, crowned a new Super Bowl Champion, and heard from various groundhog prognosticators about whether or not we here in the United States will suffer six more weeks of winter. And what a winter it has been; just ask the Seattle Seahawks.

Move a ball three feet is all they had to do. Well, move a ball three feet in the right direction, that is. Of course there were a few burly obstacles that tended to get in the way of the ball. But it’s only three feet!!!! It’s one yard, about a meter. Just put the ball three feet in front of you and you win. How hard could this be? They had a full season of game play, and enough practices, strategizing and special teams coaches to move a ball three feet.

Any veteran of the game can tell that the field is much worse than the Monday morning quarterbacks lead you to believe. If it was so “easy” to move the ball three feet, everyone would be doing it and nobody would be paid millions of dollars to move the ball up the field. The Seahawks are a good team that had a bad moment where the field got the better of them and it cost them the championship.

Glen's-book-with-shadowWell, I am finally dragging myself out of my winter den where I have been attempting to do my part in moving the industry ball a few feet forward. Having worked in the field most of my career, I understand how rigorous and difficult fieldwork can be and yet how easy it can seem to “off fielders.”

Since beginning this blog one year ago, I have realized the importance of sharing my field knowledge and insights with others. As such, I have taken the initiative to give back to the industry that has given so much to me. I have authored a detailed book, The Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installations, which is unlike anything previously written on the topic, comprising nearly 400 pages on geomembrane field installations.

I would love to catch up with you at the Geosynthetics 2015 Conference in Portland. I will be speaking at the three sessions below. Please feel free to check-in at the CQA Solutions Booth. Hope to see you there.


  • Extrusion Welds, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • Covering Your Assets – Construction Quality Assurance
  • The Possibility of Zero Leaks

In the meantime, let’s all do our part and keep moving the ball forward together!

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