GSI: Geosynthetics About To Be Blindsided By Construction Costs

By February 7, 2017 Uncategorized

During his February 8, 2017 GSI webinar, Dr. Robert Koerner states “I will make the irrefutable case that geomembranes of any type cannot be backfilled with waves even so small as one-half inch!”

I have promptly made this information available to you, as I believe this could be a real game changer for the entire geosynthetics industry. Each of us, from manufacturers, owners, designers, installers, quality assurance, earthwork contractors and regulatory personnel are sure to be impacted by this webinar.

As Dr. Koerner notes,

I am afraid that armed with the webinar’s information your membership will be blindsided with installation requirements that will surprise and cost them enormously!”

I personally believe that the entire industry may be blindsided and that it could be detrimental to all of us if we do not step up and work together today. The cost will not be simply upon installers – it will be to all of us.

I am anxious to participate in this webinar, and I encourage you to do so as well. Take a moment to think of what such a specification would mean to you, or your industry segment. For instance, as a manufacturer, do you have a product that can minimize wrinkle potential, or as a designer, how do you design and specify true constructibility to such a specification (anything can be put in a specification, but is it truly constructible, and if so, at what cost). I have tons of questions that I am hopeful will be answered before people start specifying projects contain zero wrinkles.


Here is the actual notice I received through the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI):

Note from Dr. Koerner

Laurie Honnigford received the following notice from Dr. Robert Koerner regarding his upcoming course entitled “Wave (or Wrinkle) Management. This webinar will be held on 8 February 2017 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A notice of this course went out in the Winter edition of the IAGI Newsletter.

Dear Laurie,
Our upcoming webinar on February 8, 2017 from 11:30 – 1:00 (Eastern Time) on “Wave (or Wrinkle) is near-and-dear to your membership. Even further, it is really “bad-news” for most of them. I will make the irrefutable case that geomembranes of any type cannot be backfilled with waves even so small as one-half inch!
That said, our webinar attendees to date are all consultants and inspectors. There is not a single installer among them. I am afraid that armed with the webinar’s information your membership will be blindsided with installation requirements that will surprise and cost them enormously!
Enough said,
Very truly yours,
Robert M. Koerner, Ph.D, P.E., NAE, D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE
Director Emeritus

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