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Why We Care About Training

CQA is not for the faint of heart with it’s demanding work environment, never ending stream of details to document, and down right crazy schedules.
While most sane people would look for a much easier task, we run towards it and we LOVE it!
Our focus and drive has led us to build systems and programs that can enrich our industry and we would love to share them with you!

(Okay so we are a little CQA crazy, but hey, we care!)

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UPCOMING TRAINING

Auditing Training

December 9-10, 2019
Length: 2 days
Begins at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: $1,589 per student (includes all classroom materials)

CQA Solutions, Ltd (CQAS) is excited to now offer a brand new training platform designed to help you or your team perform your own audits during construction.  This class is geared specifically towards those already familiar with construction processes who want to gain peace-of-mind that their containment and geosynthethic projects are being performed properly, such as:  Site Owners, Site Managers, Regulators, Certifying Engineers, and Construction Managers.   

Why perform a site audit?  To ensure the work is being done properly in real-time so construction issues can still be mitigated in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Fixing problems after project completion is costly! Auditing provides significant long-term financial returns by alleviating problems that can cost small fortunes (not to mention bad publicity) down the road.  As an owner, you deserve a quality job and not the headaches of costly failures.

Why perform an audit now? Right now, there is a significant shortage of trained people, in both installation, and quality assurance professions (engineers and technicians).  Installation crews are filled with untrained personnel who significantly increase the risk for long-term problems and that risk is exponentially increased when untrained quality assurance personnel are overseeing the construction.

How does the audit work?

Class formats: 

  • Join us in our offices for an intensive two-day hands-on class that covers material delivery through project end.
  • Mobile Solutions will bring the training right to your door.  We can offer our standard two-day class at your offices or project locations.  Optionally, we can follow the class with actual field auditing or side-by-side auditing at the job of your choice.
  • Side-by-side audits.  This training option allows your staff the option of being trained while we do an actual audit of your project.  We will share our process and insights in real-time for a great hands-on-training program.

Topics covered in this training:

  • Earthwork Contractor – having the earthwork performed properly helps ensure that the system has the proper foundation in place, mitigates leaks, minimizes potential geosynthetics damage and gives peace-of-mind you won’t be dealing with a slope failure as the result of poorly bonded lifts.
    • Borrow Areas
    • Lift Placement
    • Lift Compaction
    • Lift Maintenance
    • Subgrade Preparation
  • Geosynthetics Installation – ensuring the geosynthetics contractor is properly performing the installation tasks is essential to the long-term viability of the system.  If not done properly, things that were seemingly done correctly may propagate into a nightmare sometime in the future.
    • Common safety
    • Daily safety/tailgate meetings
    • Inventory management and control
    • Material handling and storage methods
      • Identifying inferior material through conformance test results and visual field indicators
    • Deployment methods
      • Proper ballast
      • Minimizing the amount of both fusion seams and extrusion welding
    • Equipment set-up
    • Trial Seams
      • Identifying inferior seams and problematic seams
    • Field Seaming
      • Special concerns for leak location surveys and conductive backed sheet
    • Non-Destructive Seam Testing
      • Using the data to your benefit
    • Destructive Sampling
      • End coupons
      • Procedures and protocols for ensuring quality
      • Failure Rates
    • Repairs
      • Special concerns for leak location surveys and conductive backed sheet
    • Final Walk Thru
    • Contractor Efficiency
  • CQA Firms – probably the best investment an owner can make towards ensuring their system properly contains throughout the lifetime and post-closure periods.  Not all CQA technicians are created equally and knowing the difference can save the owner millions of dollars in the future.  If they don’t know what they are doing, they might as well not be there.
    • How to evaluate the knowledge, experience, and overall quality of the CQA firm
  • Ancillary Items
    • Communication between all parties
    • Planning/coordination between all parties
    • Deliverables – daily, weekly, monthly deliverables that should be required of all parties if they are truly doing their job

Soils Sampling & Compacted Clay Liners

January 15, 2020
10 Hours 8 AM – 6 PM
One Half hour break (Lunch provided)
$875 Each

Introduction to Engineered Fills

  • Engineered Soil Fills
    • Structural Fill vs Compacted Clay Liners
  • Introduction to Compacted Clay Liners
    • Purpose of Compacted Clay Liners – Hydraulic Barrier
    • Defining Low Permeability
    • Different types of CCL’s (material compositions)

Soil Sampling and Prequalification

  • In-Situ Soil Sampling and Classification Process
    • Components of a Soil
      • USCS Classification System
        • How a soil classification is derived
        • Summary of testing involved for classification
        • Different soil classifications
    • Soil Sampling, Test Pits, and Sampling Strategies
      • Procedures
      • Sampling Strategies based on borrow equipment
        • Vertical vs Horizontal
      • Sample Labeling
      • Proper sample preparation
      • Documentation
        • Test Pit Log and Map
        • Chain of Custody Form
        • Photo Documentation
        • Daily Field Reports
      • Inventory Control – ensuring all samples get to the laboratory
      • Safety
    • Engineering Tests and their importance
      • Sieve and Hydrometer
        • Hands-On Sieve Testing [2-3 different sieves; determining percentages of materials]
        • Soil determination exercise based on grain size
      • Atterberg Limits ASTM D4318
      • Moisture Content
        • Oven dry
      • Remolded Permeability ASTM D5084
    • Developing a Compaction Curve
      • Moisture Determination Methods
      • Standard Proctor vs Modified Proctor
        • Differences in test procedures
        • Differences in use – which one used where
        • Standard ASTM D698
        • Modified ASTM 1557

Field Construction

  • Borrow Area
    • Removal of Overburden/Preparation
    • Borrow Methods
    • Protection (grade to drain, etc.)
    • Sample Usage Tracking
    • Pre-processing Methods
    • Safety
    • Documentation
      • Borrow Maps
      • Photos
      • Daily Field Report
    • Handling of Unsuitable Materials
  • Placement Area
    • Preparation
      • Vegetation Removal
      • Grading
      • Structural Fill
      • Proof Rolling
        • Failing Area Remediation Procedures
      • Survey
      • QA Responsibilities & Documentation
    • Fill Placement
      • Tie-In’s
      • Scarification
      • Lift Thickness Control
      • Moisture Conditioning
      • Clod reduction
      • Stone removal
      • QA Responsibilities & Documentation
      • Safety
    • Compaction
      • Components Controlling Compaction Effort
      • Different Compaction Methods
      • QA Responsibilities & Documentation
        • Testing
          • Methods
            • Density
              • Nuclear Gauge [Class Demonstration]
              • Rubber Balloon
              • Drive Cylinder
              • Sand Cone [Class Demonstration]
            • Moisture
              • Oven Dry
              • Microwave
              • Speedy Moisture
            • Verification Testing
          • Frequencies/Testing Plans
          • Documentation
          • Pass/Fail Criteria
            • Single Proctor
              • Single Source
              • Combined Source
            • BFLO Curve
            • One-Point Proctor
              • Hands-On Standard Proctor Compaction
              • Hands-On Microwave Moisture Determination (in lieu of oven dry)
              • Hands-On Pass/Fail Determination
          • Test Results
            • Calculations
            • Handling Failures
          • Test Penetration Backfill
        • Daily paperwork Cross-Checking
      • Final/Top Lift Considerations for Geosynthetic Liners
      • Safety
    • Completed Lift Protection
      • Weather – preventative maintenance
      • Repairs
      • QA Responsibilities & Documentation
    • Confirmation Testing
      • In-Place Hydraulic Conductivity Testing
      • QA Responsibilities & Documentation
        • Sample Preparation and Shipping
        • Sampling Location Map
        • Penetration Backfilling
    • Survey Verification of Final Thickness
      • QA Responsibilities & Documentation
    • Certification Report
    • Test Pads
      • Purpose
      • Construction Methods
      • Compaction Testing Methods
      • In Field Permeability Testing Methods
      • QA Responsibilities & Documentation
      • Test Pad Report

Hand’s On Training

  • Sieve Testing and Data Recording/Documentation [Use of two or three different sieves]
  • One Point Proctor and Data Recording/Documentation
  • Moisture Determination (Microwave) and Data Recording/Documentation
  • 1/8” Thread Field Test

Demonstrations

  • Nuclear Gauge
  • Sand Cone

Geosynthetics For Project Managers

Not currently scheduled. 
Length: 2 days
Begins at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: $1,589 per student (includes all classroom materials)

Professional Development Hours are awarded.

This class is designed for Engineers, Project Managers, Contractors and Site Owners who want their projects to finish on time and stay in budget while maintaining high-level quality that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements.

This 2-day class covers topics such as:

  • Pre-Construction processes that ensure better projects
  • Geosynthetic Project Management & Quality Assurance – Inventory thru Final Walk-Thru
  • Field Observation Skills: Learning to quickly identify construction issues in real-time is a key to successful projects. This class teaches core skills that Project Managers can use to very quickly identify what is really happening on their projects.
  • Quick but effective documentation systems are the key to ensure billing, regulatory compliance and liability control are all properly managed.
  • Weather situations: Weather is one of the largest impacts on geosynthetic construction timelines. Properly managed construction practices can greatly reduce the impact of weather on timelines and budgets. These practices also ensure the subcontractor is fully responsible for the consequences of failing to implement proper procedures.
  • Common Preventable failures. Certain unnecessary errors are all too common which cost owners and contractors significantly over the life of a project. Learn how to prevent these errors from invading your job site.

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Case Amounts Now Available!

Having received lots of requests for case quantities of The Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installations, we’re happy to now offer the book at a special price. For a limited time, buy 20 or more copies and save! (See details below.)

Authored by Glen Toepfer of CQA Solutions, Ltd., The Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installations reveals the inner workings of geomembrane installations to unparalleled depths, navigating the balance between complex relationships, the rigors of field installation and external influences that ultimately determine the success of the project. Each chapter exposes quality and cost concerns for delivering an installation that provides a rock solid Return on Investment for Site Owners.

The Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installations is your must-have reference manual for in the field. Order yours today!

Other highlights of the book include:

  • Proven proactive systems that identify potential pitfalls, shortcuts and safe guards;
  • Designed for quick field referencing;
  • Powerful content written so the seasoned veteran or novice can quickly apply to their next project;
  • True stories that are both educational and entertaining, plus vibrant, full-color images bring concepts to life.
*Purchase the book at the special price of $99/ea when you buy 20 or more. We will break your purchase into unlimited shipments at no additional charge, to any address in the continental U.S.
Printing and delivery lead times vary, so please call Holly at (419) 269-1800 for details!

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Bid More, Win More…

The demand for certified CQA professionals is on the rise – don’t be left behind! Give your staff the credentials that will make a difference and increase your potential to bid and win projects. Students will be certified through GCI-ICP upon passing the certification exam.

Success By Design!

Knowing your strengths and weakness can make all the differences. Our courses come with a Profession Evaluation Exam. This pre-course test provides the student and organization with an understanding of the individual’s current knowledge base, allowing the student to focus on desired areas of improvement.

IAGI Training For Installers

CQAS fully supports the steps IAGI has taken to quantify installation technician experience and quality. CQAS has several individuals certified to proctor the CWT (Certified Welding Technician) exam. Do you need certified welding technicians on your team? Contact us today to schedule your certification training. We can even come to you! If you are new to IAGI, please visit their website.

For more information on classes at CQAS, please refer to course descriptions and pricing below.To bring these classes to you, check out our Mobile Solutions.

Most Requested Training at CQA Solutions

Field Performance Courses

Quality CCL & Subgrades

This class will introduce the student to practical applications for conducting thorough field CQA of compacted clay liners and provide a solid foundation for a variety of fieldwork situations.

Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Design Plans
  • Scaling
  • Pacing
  • Intro to Survey/Grids
  • Area Calculations
  • Volume Calculations
  • Construction Procedures
  • Testing Procedures
  • Test Result Evaluation
  • Complex Cross-Sections & Design Plans
  • Multi-Faceted Volume Determinations
  • Managing Soil Inconsistencies
  • Navigating Contractor Relations
  • Proctor Volumes & Usage
  • Identifying poor contractor practices
  • In-depth Trouble-shooting

Upon completion of this course students will be equipped with the knowledge and techniques that create solid field performance. Skills should include: basic mapping, standard calculations, test evaluations required for day-to-day field CQA, performing complex field tasks, comprehensive data review and advanced troubleshooting of compacted clay liners.

Length: 2 days

Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics

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From beginners to liner system veterans, this course should be considered a prerequisite for everyone on a jobsite. Based on the new book The Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installations by Glen Toepfer, this training details the processes and protocols that lead to repeatable quality, as well as the roles and responsibilities of everyone on the project.

The job QT technicians perform is critical in providing owners with a quality product that will provide a solid return on their investment. To that end, even novice techs leave this training with the knowledge of a 20-year veteran. We don’t believe it too strong to say that this training, and the accompanying manual, will revolutionize liner system CQA.

The following topics are covered:

  • Material Inventory
  • Subgrade Acceptance
  • Deployment
  • Blemishes
  • Trial Seaming
  • Geomembrane Seaming
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Destructive Testing
  • Repairs
  • Final Walkthrough
  • Covering Geomembranes
  • Tie-Ins

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to understand and perform basic tasks associated with each of the categories, as well as having tips for thorough paperwork.

The Professional Evaluation Exam can be added to gauge current knowledge level so we can customize the training to fit your specific needs.

Length: 3 days

Fundamentals Classes

GCI-ICP Geosynthetic Materials Prep Course and Exam

Are you ready for your CQA professionals to obtain certification in geosynthetic materials through a nationally recognized association? This class is a one-day preparatory class, followed by the 2-hour GCI-ICP Geosynthetics Materials exam.

This course will give the students not only the knowledge they need to pass the certification exam, but real-life examples of situations they may find themselves in, and how to deal with these circumstances appropriately. The class will also cover various intricacies of geosynthetics CQA, such as required documentation, and conflict resolution. Give your staff the credentials that will make a difference.

Value Added:

  • Students understand the principles behind geosynthetics manufacturing, various products and their uses, proper construction procedures, testing procedures, interpretation of test results, proper documentation requirements, and conflict resolution.
  • Certification through GCI-ICP upon passing certification exam.
  • Increase your potential to bid and win projects with elevated credentials.

Students must register for their exams with the Geosynthetics Institute prior to training. CQA Solutions is not affiliated with the Geosynthetics Institute. CQAS will not have any role in grading this exam, as the exams will be mailed to the GSI.

GCI-ICP Compacted Clay Liners Prep Course and Exam

Are you ready for your CQA professionals to obtain certification in compacted clay liners through a nationally recognized association? This class is a one-day preparatory class, followed by the 1-hour GCI-ICP Compacted Clay Liners exam. This course will give the students not only the knowledge they need to pass the certification exam, but real-life examples of situations they may find themselves in, and how to deal with these circumstances appropriately.

The class will also cover various intricacies of earthwork CQA, from interpreting field test results (such as nuclear densitometer), required documentation, and conflict resolution. Give your staff the credentials that will make a difference.

Value Added:

  • Students understand the principles behind geosynthetics manufacturing, various products and their uses, proper construction procedures, testing procedures, interpretation of test results, proper documentation requirements, and conflict resolution.
  • Certification through GCI-ICP upon passing certification exam.
  • Increase your potential to bid and win projects with elevated credentials.

Students must register for their exams with the Geosynthetics Institute prior to training. Students must register for their exams with the Geosynthetics Institute prior to training. CQA Solutions is not affiliated with the Geosynthetics Institute. CQAS will not have any role in grading this exam, as the exams will be mailed to the GSI.

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 Courses

  • Mix and match classes to suit your needs
  • Call for details on class sizes over 24 students
  • Review our list of classes or tell us what you need

Cost

  • Please call for a quote. Travel expenses will be included.
  • Travel includes: Flights or Mileage and per diem if needed.

Professional Evaluation Exam

Make the most of your training dollars by customizing your training to the needs of your staff. We offer a professional report on the individual exam results that will allow you to better understand your staff and help us customize your training experience. Call for details on your specific package.

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