Geotechnical Society of Edmonton

NEWS 2012

Posted January 5, 2012 (Updated January 16, 2012)

Event: February 23, 2012

GSE: 2012 Symposium - Dr. Kerry Rowe: Geosynthetics in Bottom Liners and Covers for Use in Landfill, Lagoons, Secondary Containment and Mining Applications

Location: Edmonton Petroleum Club (11110 - 108 St)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Cost (on or before Feb. 9): $195 Members, $225 Non-Members, $100 Students

Cost (after Feb. 9): $250 Members, $275 Non-Members, $100 Students

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This day-long short course is designed to provide the most recent findings from research and the state-of practice to both expert practitioners and novices in the use of geosynthetics in liner systems. Following an overall introduction (including objectives, limitations, basic concepts and example applications), the course material then focuses on geotextiles and geonets in drainage layers, geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) and geomembranes (GMBs). Important new findings on the performance of exposed GM/GCL composite liners and the durability of GMs under realistic exposure conductions will be presented. Particular attention is given to identifying factors that may impact how long these geosynthetics may perform their intended function (i.e. their service life). Emphasis is also given on the need to consider the interaction of both geosynthetic and soil components of the overall system to ensure adequate barrier performance.

Full course outline provided in the Registration Form. A binder of course notes will be prepared and distributed on the day of the course.

Prior to joining Queen’s in 2000, Professor Rowe was educated at the University of Sydney BSc(’73), BE(Hons I, ’75), PhD(’79), D.Eng (‘93). He was employed by the Australian Government Department of Construction in Sydney Australia for 8 years before immigrating to Canada where he first spent 21 years at the University of Western Ontario where he served as Head of department for 8 years and as Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research). He then moved to Queen’s University in Kingston where he served 10 years as Vice Principal (Research) being responsible for the administration of all research conducted at the university (everything from cancer research to particle astrophysics to the humanities) and where is now holds the Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.

Author of 260 refereed journal papers; 3 books; 14 book chapters; and more than 270 full conference papers, he has extensive research and consulting experience in the geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering field. His research is reflected in landfill regulations in Canada and around the world. He has been recognized by numerous awards including being a former NSERC Steacie Fellow, a Killam Prize winner, and he was selected to present the 45th Rankine Lecture in March 2005 and the 7th Casagrande lecture in 2011. He is a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as Professional Societies in Australia, Canada and USA. He is past president of the International Geosynthetics Society, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

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