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ASCE Philly DVGI - Water Barrier Systems for Flood Protection using Geosynthetics (1 PDH)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
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          JANUARY 2022 WEBINAR 
TOPIC:     Water Barrier Systems for Flood Protection using Geosynthetics 
SPEAKER:   George R. Koerner Ph.D., PE & CQA, Director, Geosynthetic Institute  
DATE:         Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – 12 PM (Noon) Presentation 
WHERE:   Webinar Format / Link Will Be Provided To All Registered  
COST:         $10 – One PDH Will Be Provided For Attendance  
***To Register Follow The Instructions At The End Of The Announcement*** 
Dams, dikes, and levees (embankments) are all water barrier systems used for flood 
protection. These systems are similar but can be used in different scenarios to effectively 
control the flow of water and serve a critical role in protecting lives and 
property.  Geosynthetics are commonly used in these structures for separation, filtration, 
drainage, reinforcement and as moisture barriers.  Such systems are constructed to confine 
streams or prevent flooding, waves or tide changes. These structures should be resistant to 
hydrostatic pressure of floods, erosion, piping failure and seepage.  By containing flows within 
embankments, impeding seasonal floodplain inundation, the floodplain area exposed to 
inundation is restricted. Since dams, dikes, and levees cannot guarantee absolute flood 
prevention, they should be designed to provide a “known” level of protection. This degree of 
protection is generally driven by economic and environmental factors which will be discussed. 
This lecture will address concerns with water barrier systems and include specific 
recommendations to be considered for improving the technology going forward. 
Participants will become familiar with details of geosynthetics used in flood protection 
systems. Case histories will illustrate (i) idiosyncrasies of flood protection systems (ii) major 
circumstances which challenge these structures over the long term (iii) various weaknesses 
of soil-geosynthetic interaction which can be overcome by proper design and testing. 
George R. Koerner is Director of the Geosynthetic Institute.  He is in 
charge of laboratory accreditation, field certification and continuing 
education at the Institute. He also manages several research projects 
and has published over 350 technical papers in his 35 year association 
with polymers used in construction.  Dr. Koerner’s Ph.D. is from Drexel 
University in Geotechnical Engineering.  He is a registered professional 
engineer and a certified quality auditor.  George has received many 
awards over the years.  The most notable being IFAI’s Environmental 
Technologies Award of Excellence 1995, ASCE’s DVGI Geotechnical 
Engineer of the year in 2004, the title of ASTM Fellow in 2013, GMA’s 
first Koerner lecturer in 2017 and the title of ASCE Fellow in 2020. 
*** Please register through DVGI at before Friday, January 14, 2022. A link to 
access the webinar will be provided by email to all registered prior to the meeting date.