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Webinar Discusses Use of Geosynthetics in Agriculture

11 December 2013

US - On 11 December, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Eastern), the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will host a webinar looking at the uses of geosynthetics in agriculture and aquaculture.

The webinar will be led by Dr Robert M. Koerner, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Drexel University and Director Emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute.

This webinar illustrates the many and varied applications of geosynthetics which can be (and have been) used in agriculture and aquaculture. The users are either focused on improved productivity or lower cost of operations, reports GeoSynthetica.

A brief explanation of geosynthetics will begin the webinar followed by specific operations. In the agriculture area, these are various farming applications, confined animal feedlots, anaerobic digesters and emerging concepts. In the aquaculture area, these are lined ponds, factory controlled systems and offshore fish pens and cages.

Exposed geomembrane lifetimes will be offered from the perspective of laboratory predictions as well as a benefit/cost method for geomembrane solution. Conclusions in both areas will also be offered.


Webinar participants will gain an overview of geosynthetics vis-à-vis various containment concepts. In the agriculture sector, specific issues of animal waste concerns (e.g., CAFOs) will be described as well as anaerobic digesters. In the aquaculture section, focus is on fish farming both on land and in water, including lakes and oceans.

Emerging concepts in agriculture such as enhancement of farming practices, geotextile capillary barriers, odor control floating covers, and odor permeable geomembranes will be presented. In aquaculture the use of geogrid enclosures will be emphasized. Exposed geomembrane lifetimes, via laboratory simulation methods, will be presented as will the benefit/cost methodology for selecting the optimum type of geomembrane.


Participants can learn about:

  • geosynthetics and their functions
  • select aspects of farming and animal waste containment
  • specific aspects about CAFO’s, anaerobic digesters, and emerging concepts insofar as geosynthetic applications are concerned
  • the three categories of fish farming insofar as fish growth and harvesting.
  • exposed geomembrane lifetime predictions based on current technology
  • how to select geomembranes based on a benefit/cost ratio analysis

Agricultural engineers and developers dealing with all aspects of farming, aquaculture specialists in the various categories of implementation, geosynthetic manufacturers and representatives, design consultants and the testing organizations that serve them, academic and research groups, government agencies dealing with the agriculture and aquaculture industries and others desiring technical related information insofar as these geosynthetic applications are concerned are among the expected attendees.


The topics that will be covered at the webinar include:

  • Geosynthetic Materials
  • Farming Operations and Containment Concepts
  • Confined Animal Feedlots and Anaerobic Digesters
  • Emerging Concepts and Applications
  • Aquaculture, aka “Fish Farms”
  • Exposed Geomembrane Lifetimes
  • Geomembrane Lifetimes and Selection Process
  • Conclusions

To register, please click here.


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