At the request and with the support of the IGS Australian chapter (ACIGS) on January 28th, 2020 I will be presenting a webinar, “Ethics in Geosynthetics” – similar content to the events and presentations I have made in South Africa and the USA, but updated for our exciting times! A link to the ACIGS registration page is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M3l070IyTeyU9Wyb-S1Opw . The presentation summarizes and presents highlights of the ethics policies of several organizations and companies within the geosynthetics industry as well as engaging with the audience on the complexity and “observer bias” of ethical dilemmas. Everyone is welcomed to attend.
In addition to my client work and other industry responsibilities, I also serve as the Secretary / Treasurer of the International Geosynthetics Society Foundation. The IGS Foundation was created in late 2019 and is a non-profit, charitable organization. The mission of the Foundation is to support and expand the activities and reach of the IGS, particularly in the areas of education and market growth. I will serve on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation until December, 2021, having been selected by the IGS Council.
The Foundation welcomes the participation and support of all, within, or outside the general geosynthetics industry. Geosynthetics make a strong contribution to a better planet and the Foundation is an important part of expanding that market and our industries’ sustainable message. A brief video with several of our Founding Donors, myself and the Board’s Chairman – Jacques Cote explains the Foundation and highlights our kickoff at GeoAmericas 2020. The video is linked here, and can also be found on the IGS Foundation website at http://www.TheIGSFoundation.com
Please contact me if you have any questions. I hope that you will “Join us”.
In the first of what I expect to be many digital events, I presented at the Australian Land and Groundwater Association 2020 EcoForum in September 2020. The ALGA website is here https://landandgroundwater.com/ and I offer my compliments as they did a good job with the changes to a digital event. My presentation focused on the use of geomembrane materials for capping of contaminated sites, particularly sites with PFAS contamination. The presentations were pre-recorded with a session group Q and A presented at scheduled times. As I am certain that more and more events will move to digital content, I think this was a great start, both for myself, ALGA and the participants.
In June, 2020 a customer/client satisfaction survey was conducted among the 60 plus clients and prospective clients of Boyd Ramsey Consulting LLC. Participation was good at over 30% and the response was overwhelmingly positive. The services provided were characterized as “reliable”, “high quality” and always meeting time commitments. I particularly value the comments and good ratings from repeat customers, who see the value of long-standing relationships. I will keep continuous improvement as an important part of my programs. I thank the participants and my clients for their feedback and support.
In March, I made a visit to the USA for client visits and to attend two events – the Mirafi University event by TenCate and the Charleston SC geosynthetics conference. The Mirafi event was very interesting and helped to validate all of the transportation lobbying that I have done. The highlight of the Charleston events were a lecture on “Ethics in Geosynthetics” sponsored by the IGS North America chapter and a GMA lecture illustrating the progress of GMA since it’s inception. The Australia trip started with a series of Workshops in Melbourne and Brisbane on geomembrane barriers. The event was sponsored by the Austrialasian IGS chapter (webpage here: https://www.acigs.org/) and detailed the current state of practice and issues relating to use of geomembranes in an extremely difficult environment(s). The workshops were completed successfully, but unfortunately, the covid-19 crisis required an early departure from Australia. However, I will remain engaged with the Australian geosynthetics market – I suppose we will all be video conferencing for a while.
An article authored by yours truly, Boyd Ramsey, was published in the February issue of ReSource magazine, a South African environmental and general interest geotechnical publication. The article is linked here https://issuu.com/glen.t/docs/resource_feb_2020/30 and reviews some of the South African successes of waste containment and geosynthetics.
ACIGS and Boyd Ramsey are pleased to announce two days of lectures focused on geomembranes. The event is held in Melbourne & Brisbane, with Boyd Ramsey as the keynote lecturer and host with other speakers and sponsor presentations. The dates are March 16/17 and 19/20 respectively. The topics will include information for the new or occasional user on day one and more detailed and product specific topics on the second day. Additional information and registration details can be found on the Australasian IGS chapter website here: https://www.acigs.org under the events tab.
On January 22-23rd, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain the second technical workshop of the IGS Technical Committee on Barriers was held. Approximately 80 attendees witnessed a two-day series of presentations and discussion periods on new developments and important topics relative to the geosynthetic barrier industry. Led by Event Chairman Kent von Maubauge, the four sessions and discussions captured the current trends and interest items within the industry, presenting cutting edge research and provided a forum for discussion and identification of future research topics. Please contact Boyd for additional information and summaries.
Boyd Ramsey presented the keynote lecture at the South Africa Landfill 2019 Conference & Exhibition held at the River Club, Western Cape, South Africa on the 6th of November 2019. The conference https://iwmsa.co.za/event/landfill-2019-conference-exhibition brought together the Landfill and Alternative Waste Treatment industries to learn about the latest techniques and developments – as well as to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. On the second day of the conference, a geosynthetics workshop was held, sponsored by the IGS GIGSA chapter focusing on geosynthetics, sustainable construction, the use of geosynthetics in constructing and managing exposed caps and covers and finally, a session on ethics in geosynthetics and civil engineering.
Boyd made a series of visits on South Africa recently visiting engineering and mining firms including Jones and Wagener, Golder, Exxaro and others. The tour included a presentation for the South African IGS chapter, GIGSA and the presentation of a paper at the 17th African Regional Conference of the ISSMGE, and IGS Council meeting was also on the agenda. One of the focuses of the tour was geosynthetic installation quality control – several firms in South Africa are leading the charge to advance the geosynthetics industry with the use of digital QC records. Boyd will return to South Africa in November 2019.
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