GSI is delighted to show its facilities to
members and nonmembers interested in, and involved with, all aspects of
geosynthetics. We are about 4 miles (6
km) from the
That said, Bob Koerner, George Koerner and Grace Hsuan, make regular visits to members, visit universities, and attend many conferences and meetings. So as to gain a glimpse as to these outreach activities we present our major activities in addition to the regular course of events.
1st Bob Koerner presented a seminar in
2nd John Guglielmetti of DuPont aided
George and Bob with Pillow Testing of various sludges. July 13th Bob Koerner gave a
course to PaDER on pond liner design for brackhish liquids.
July 15th Pillow testing continued at GSI with John Guglielmetti of DuPont.
July 16th John Henderson of TC Geosynthetics visited us at
GSI. July 20th Joe Cavanaugh
of Tensar Intl. visited us at GSI. July
22nd Bob Koerner gave two lectures to the Corps of Engineers
Infrastructure Conference in
12th Wayne Hsieh of NPUST and GSI-Taiwan visited us at GSI. August 20th CETCO and CETCO
Contracting paid us a visit at GSI. August
25th Bob inspected a 100 ft high reinforced slope in
2nd we had visits from Archie Filshill and Tim Rafter (CETCO
Contracting and CETCO Inc.). On
September 7-8-9, Bob presented at Tensar/Netlon’s
Jubilee Conference in
October 1st we had a visit by Archie Filshill of CETCO Contracting. October 6th Bob attended an IRS Workshop for 501(c)(3) organizations like GSI. October 22nd Bob Sabanas of NTH visited discussing retaining walls. On October 23rd Kent von Maubeuge of NAUE visited us discussing geogrids, GCLs and geomembranes.
Central PA-ASCE Conference on Nov. 3-4 was very impressive (400 participants)
and Bob gave a sand drain/wick drain presentation. Helmut Zanzinger of SKZ in
started off the month with a visit from Willie Lieu and Doug Brown of Tensar on
December 1st and then went to a splendid dinner hosted by Archie
Filshill of CETCO Contracting on December 5th. Our in-house landfill design and QA/QC
courses were on December 7 and 8, 2010 followed by the certification
exams. Tim Rafter of CETCO and Archie
Filshill visited us on December 10th. Bob went to visit Carlisle Geosynthetics on
December 16th and was very impressed by their efforts in developing
solar energy. The month ended with a
year started with a Retaining Wall Course on January 6th, a visit by
Mike Monteleone and Michael Ayres on Agru’s “Closure Turk” on January 13th, and a lecture
to ASCE – Hydraulics Group on January 14th. Bob lectured to the Lehigh Valley Section of
Bob lectured at Grace’s geosynthetics class on March 1st and then Bob gave his first ASCE Webinar on the 2nd. Twenty-five companies signed up (~ 200 people) and the reviews were good. (The next one will be in November). Bob lectured to PaDNR on the 18th regarding geosynthetics spanning over Karst sinkholes. George and Bob gave three in-house courses on March 22, 23 and 31 which were all fully booked and were received nicely. We had a visit from BASF (formerly Ciba-Geigy) on March 16, 2010.
major retaining wall failure working group at GSI was well attended by twenty
GSI members. Robert Armstrong of Kuraray
and his colleagues visited us on the 6th and Archie Filshill of
CETCO Contracting on the 9th.
Bob presented ten-lectures to the Corps of Engineers in
diGullio of In-Line Plastics
visited up on May 4th, followed by PRS Mediterranean on the
following day. TenCate demonstrated its deformation
monitoring systems on May 11th.
Bob (along with wife Paula) drove about 1000 miles to a conference in
The month opened on the 3rd with a leadoff presentation for a GSE seminar in Houston. ADS visited us on the 8th and Archie Filshill of CETCO Contracting on the 10th. On the 17th a leadoff presentation for CETCO was given in their Centerville, Georgia plant. Doug Brown of Tensar visited us on the 22nd, followed by Archie Filshill on the 23rd and then Tim Rafter of CETCO on the 25th.
We gave a PaDEP presentation on the 2nd. Bob opened up another GSE seminar, this time in Walnut Creek, California, on the 22nd. We visited with Tony Eith of Waste Management at the GROWS landfill on the 29th.
Geo did several audits in the Carolinas on the 10th to 12th and then went to Ecuador for a Tensar seminar on the 23rd to 25th. John Guglielmetti of DuPont visited us on the 26th followed by a possible new member, a potential fabricator, on the 27th. Bob lectured in-house to AECOM on MSE wall failures on the 31st.
Prof. Wayne Hsieh (GSI-Taiwan) visited us on September 3rd to discuss the upcoming GSI-Asia Conference. Tim Rafter of CETCO and Archie Filshill of CETCO Contracting visited us on September 13th. Bob lectured on wall failures to NTH in Detroit on the 17th followed by the same presentation to Mannik & Smith on the 20th. George and Bob went to WMI’s GROWS landfill on the 23rd. September 29th Bob lectured to PA-DER in Harrisburg on Marcellus Shale operations involving geosynthetics on behalf of GSE. Bob and George presented geosynthetics to Delco PSPE at a GSI open house on the 30th.
Bob attended the NAE Conference in Washington, DC on October 2nd. George and Bob drove to central Pennsylvania to visit a shale gas extraction operation on the 7th. The horizontal drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale is simple awesome. Kristo Gonzalez of Carlisle visited us on the 8th. Wayne Kundenhah of Turner Constructed visited us on the 12th. A WMI commenced (Greg Cekander/Tony Eith) review of a Geosyntec/Golder MSE Berm manual was held at GSI on the 26th.
Guntar Niedermoscer of AGRU visited us on the 4th. George and Bob visited WMI on the 8th. Jim Olsta of CETCO and Jeff Fisher of Tensar visited us on the 10th. Bob and Paula drove to Albany, NY and back (~ 700 miles) on the 11th to present a conference paper for the ASCE. Tim Rafter of CETCO and Archie Filshill of CETCO Contracting visited us on the 12th. Bob presented his second ASCE Webinar (on hydraulic applications) on the 22nd. It looks like many more to come.
Bob and George presented three in-house day long courses; Wall failures and remediation on the 3rd, Solid waste facility design on the 8th, QA/QC in geosynthetics on the 9th
(these three will be repeated in February, 2011). Rennie DeLorentus and John Henry of ACF, along with Archie Filshill of CETCO Contracting visited us on the 9th. Joe Mullen of Drexel visited on the 21st.
Frank Hallowell of Fiberweb visited us on January 4th to discuss his DefenseCell product. Chris Quirk and his U.S. NAUE colleagues visited us on January 26th and Betsy Kulamer of ASCE visited us on January 31st.
Wayne Hsieh updated us on GSI-Taiwan on February 4th followed by a landfill visit on February 10th and 11th. An ASCE webinar was given on February 14th and the GSI in-house courses on the 16th and 17th.
Tony Eith of Waste Management visited us on March 3rd and then Archie Filshill of CETCO Contracting on the 4th. An ASCE webinar was given on the 7th. Archie gave us a follow-up visit on the 9th. February 14-17, 2011 saw George and Bob go to Dallas for the GeoFrontiers Conference which included GRI-24, GSI Annual Meeting, our BoD Meeting and three GSI Focus Group Meetings. We (unfortunately) had an IRS visit on the 24th and ended the busy month with a presentation on “GT Filter Failures” at the ASCE/PennDOT Conference in Hershey on the 31st.
Robert Armstrong of Kuraray visited us on the 4th. Bob conducted a slope inspection and meeting in Pittsburgh on the 6th and 7th. Jay McKelvey of Earth Reinforcement visited us on the 11th while George went to the ESD Conference in Lansing, MI on the 11th and 12th. IRS paid us another visit on the 18th. We had a “doubleheader” on the 29th with John Guglielmetti of DuPont and Archie Filshill of CETCO Contracting. John Wilkes of CARPI visited us on the 22nd and Bob Sabanas of NTH likewise on the 27th.
May 1 to 4 saw us at the annual N.Y. Federation Conference at Lake George where we organized and gave two presentations. Dov Leshchinsky of the University of Delaware visited us on the 6th. We had a GSI-BoD teleconference call on the 9th. Archie Filshill visited us on the 13th. Kevin Wier and Randy Kuhlman of Milliken & Co. visited on the 18th.
Mike Ayres of ClosureTurf Inc. visited us on the 1st. An ASCE webinar was given on the 7th and we held a QA/QC course at GSI on the 8th. Bob went to Pittsburgh on the 12th-13th and George went to Anaheim, CA for ASTM on the 15th to 18th. George went to Propex on the 20th-21st and the GROWS landfill on the 23rd. He does this on a monthly basis. Robert Armstrong of Kuraray visited on the 30th.
Joe Salas of the IRS visited again on the 1st with Archie Filshill coming on the 7th. Dave Daniel of University of Texas at Dallas visited on the 7th and 8th. Bob lectured to AECOM on the 12th and Tim Rafter of CETCO came on the 14th. Archie Filshill visited on the 20th and George presented a QA/QC course to URS in Akron, Ohio on the 28th-29th.
Bob lectured for NAGS with Dave Suits on the 11th and 12th. Randy Kohlman of Milliken visited us on the 18th. George presented to Propex on the 23rd and Archie Filshill visited us on the 26th. Wayne Hsieh of GSI-Taiwan visited on the 30th and Tim Rafter of CETCO on the 31st.
Don Diguilio and Clark West of AGRU visited on the 13th. TRI Environmental audited us on the 14th and we presented the first MSE Wall, Berm and Slope Inspection course at GSI on the 15th. Tensar (Doug Brown and Willie Liew) visited us on the 16th. An ASCE webinar was given on the 19th and another one on the 21st. George went to GROWS on the 22nd. Bob lectured to the Dam Safety Conference in Washington, DC on the 28th.
Massimo Carlos and Pietro Rimoldi of Maccaferri visited us on the 5th. Bob lectured in Pittsburgh for GSE on the 12th-13th. Bob and Paula went to the NAE Conference in Washington, DC on the 16th-18th. Tony Eith of WMI visited on the 19th. Craig Calabria visited us on the 21st.
Bob spoke at a GSE Seminar in Charlotte on the 3rd and Alberto Scuero of CARPI visited us on the 4th. Bob spoke to Pa-DER in Harrisburg on the 8th. Bob spoke at Northwestern on the 28th and George and Bob hosted a short course on MSE wall failures at GSI on the 30th.
We had our first wall certification course at GSI on the 1st and Randy Kohlman of Milliken visited us on the 2nd. George and Bob had GSI courses on the 6th and 7th. Bob gave an ASCE webinar on the 16th and we cruised into the holidays after a successful 2011 year thereafter.
Bob did an ASCE Webinar on January 10th and an in-house presentation to AECOM on the 13th. Bob and George presented Shale Gas Opportunities to DVGI on the 17th where over a hundred attended (their best ever!). We met with Maccaferri (Massimo and Pietro) on the 22nd. Another webinar was on the 25th and we had dinner with Andrew Aho and Todd Lindemann on the 25th. Wayne Hsieh of GRI-Taiwan and Doug Brown of Tensar were here on the 27th and Boyd Ramsey of GSE was here on the 30th.
George attended ASTM D-35 on February 1-3 with many meetings including one on TRM’s. Bob presented landfill failures to Golder on the 7th and a ASCE webinar on the 8th. Archie Filshill visited with us on the 10th. Bob spoke at the Dam Safety Conference of US-COLD on filter failures in Emmitsburg, MD on the 22nd.
Joe Fay and Ralph Maier of BASF met with us on the 8th. We had GSI courses on the 13th and 14th and Archie Filshill visited us on the 15th. A GSI-BoD conference call was on the 16th. Another GSI course was given on the 21st.
Boyd Ramsey of GSE and Chris Athanassopoulos of CETCO visited (separately) on the 2nd. Tim Rafter and Bob spent two days in Washington, DC with a very successful CETCO Seminar. Art Mohr and Ron Sturgeon of Carlisle visited on the 13th and Mengjia Li of GSE on the 26th.
Bob presented at the VA-Geo Conference in Williamsburg on the 1st followed by two days of courses to the VA-DEQ in Richmond on the 2nd and 3rd. Bob spoke to Dov Leshchinsky of U-Delaware class on the 7th and George had a high school student here on the 11th. Joe Hughes (the new dean of engineering at Drexel) visited on the 14th and Geo and I went to hear Dov and Ben Leshchinsky at DVGI on the 15th. Bob and Paula attended and presented at the Sagamore conference on the 21st, then to GeoComp in Acton, MA on the 22nd, then to WPI on the 23rd. Doug Brown and Willie Lieu of Tensar visited on the 30th.