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WORKSHOP: The importance of R&D in geosynthetics

10:00 am -
  4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to provide the most recent findings and updates from research and best practice use of geosynthetics in landfill liner systems. Suitable for beginners through to experienced professionals the workshop will feature technical presentations on geosynthetic materials in different landfill applications including GCLs, geomembranes, cushion geotextiles, drainage composites, composite liners, and PFAS barriers.

View the full workshop program here.

Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont NSW

6:30 - 8:30 pm




8:55 am

Welcome and introduction
 Gayle Sloan, CEO, WMRR
Welcome to country             

9:10 am Keynote Panel | Industry leader discussion
The importance and future of landfills and transfer stations, featuring:
- John Hassett, Bingo Industries
- Ishrar Ali, Remondis
- Jim Fairweather, ResourceCo
- Phil Carbins, SUEZ

9:50 am
EPA discussion
Current policies, and priorities for waste and landfill classification

10:30 am Morning tea

SESSION 1: Environmental policy & the future of landfills          

SESSION 2: Operational challenges
11:00 am Exemptions from waste (landfill) levies: what are the options available across each of the Australian jurisdictions
Anthony Dixon, GHD
   11:00 am Bushfire recovery program for Council landfills
Chris Nivison-Smith, GHD +
Grace Bell, NSW EPA

 11:20 am The role of landfill biogas capture, Australia’s largest source of carbon abatement, in a changing policy landscape
Tiana Nairn, LMS Energy

  11:20 am Operating the Kimbriki RRC during the COVID-19 pandemic
Mark Winser, Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises

 11:40 am What will be the effect of diverting organics on landfill design and operation?
Paul Lightbody, Mockinya Consulting

   11:40 am Landfill + transfer station sector - navigating jurisdictional differences
Ben Fuller, Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers
 12:00 pm Landfill as part of the Circular Economy
Sam Bateman, Bateman Brothers Consultants

   12:00 pm Waste Management from Natural Disasters: Fire and Flood
John Anderson + Charlie Hartline, Public Works Advisory

 12:20 pm  Lunch      
 SESSION 3: Leachate treatment (including PFAS)
   SESSION 4: Transfer stations
 1:20 pm PFAS concentrations of landfill leachates in Victoria, Australia – implications for discharge of leachate to sewer
Nick Simmons, Australian Environmental Auditors

   1:20 pm Evolution in a changing industry environment; 30 years of Brisbane Transfer & Resource Recovery
Scott McDonald, ATC Williams

 1:40 pm Learnings from 2 years operating a leachate treatment plant at the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre
Stuart Dever, Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises

   1:40 pm Principles of good transfer station design - practical applications
Andrew Quinn, SLR Consulting

 2:00 pm Landfill leachate treatment - successes, failures and industry misconception - based on 20 years experience
John Gray, JPG Engineering

   2:00 pm Remote waste auditing
Caroline Turnbull, Tonkin + Taylor
 2:20 pm  PFAS removal from swedish landfill leachate
David Burns, OPEC Systems
   2:20 pm Speaker to be confirmed

2:40 pm  Afternoon tea      
3:10 pm  International Keynote (via livestream) | Kent von Maubeuge, Director Corporate Identity and Communications & Senior Product Manager GCLs, NAUE Group; 
Task group leader ISO 221 WG6/PG9 Designing with Barriers

Review of the international landfill guidelines – where did it start, where are we today, and where will we be tomorrow

SESSION 5: Landfill design

  SESSION 6: Gas & odour management
3:40 pm

Vertical walls for landfill cells – are they worth exploring or are they too steep to climb?
Marissa Theodorou + Michael Dennis, GHD

   3:40pm Optimizing gas capture and odour management using normalized modular infrastructure
Ark Du, Veolia
4:00 pm

Steep wall liner design process
Luke Adams + Callum Browning, Tonkin + Taylor

  4:00 pm Assessment of ground gas sources using oxygen to nitrogen ratios
Steven Thanos, GHD
4:20 pm

Selection of remedial solutions for legacy landfills - design risks and opportunities
Sam Butler, Golder

  4:20 pm Off-grid landfills
Sze-Fei Peng, Tonkin + Taylor
4:40pm Speaker to be confirmed
  4:40 pm Ten year's in; experiences of a landfill auditor's expert assistant
Stuart Thurlow, Australian Environmental Auditors
Crown Sydney
6:30 - 10:30 pm

Dress: cocktail



9:40 am

Welcome and introduction
Nigel Ruxton, Conference Committee Chair                         

9:50 am

Keynote Speaker - Dr Malek Bouazza, Professor in Geotechnical Engineering, Monash University
PFAS, Geosynthetics and Environmental Protection: A New Era of Concerns or Opportunities?

10:30 am 

Keynote Speaker - John Jones, NSW Landfills Manager, SUEZ + Rory San Miguel, Propeller Aero
Lean, Landfill and Innovation

11:00 am

Morning tea


SESSION 7: Landfill case studies

SESSION 8: Resource recovery   
11:30 am
Conversion of a power station ash pond into a demolition and asbestos waste landfill
Daniel Dohle, Golder
   11:30 am

Our core business is landfill, so why are we trying to reduce it?
Peter Windley, Shoalhaven City Council + Alex Upitis, Talis Consultants

 11:50 am Efficiencies from adopting 3D electronic models in the direct placement of wastes
Neil Thomson, Senversa

  11:50 am Investment in innovative waste treatment technologies
Karl Baltpurvins, Cleanaway

 12:10 pm Application of 3D modelling in design and construction of complicated containment systems 
Hossein Ghiasinejad, Golder

   12:10 pm Beyond transfer stations (what's next?)
David Gamble, GHD

 12:30 pm Speaker to be confirmed

   12:30 pm Transfer Station 4.0: The Circular Hub
Jarvis Webb, Rawtec
YP Scholarship Winne

 12:50 pm  Lunch      
 SESSION 9: Innovation + sustainability    SESSION 10: Regional landfill development & operation
 1:50 pm

SRWRA’s piggy back liner using a bituminous geomembrane
Don Richardson, Golder

   1:50 pm

Development of the Pilbara Regional Waste Management Facility (PRWMF) for class IV hazardous waste
Chris Stannard + Ronan Cullen, Talis Consultants

 2:10 pm

Case study: sustainable design & procurement
Peter Tzelepis, Geofabrics

   2:10 pm

Key considerations for pragmatic erosion and sediment control at landfill sites
Rod Towner, GHD

 2:30 pm

Landfill sustainability requirements and assessment
Amir Shahkolahi, Global Synthetics

   2:30 pm Running a small landfill, are you charging enough? 
David Cocks, MRA Consulting

 2:50 pm

Development of hybrid geosynthetic clay liners for attenuation of PFAS in Australian landfill leachates
Ryan Hackney, Geofabrics

   2:50 pm  Speaker to be confirmed
 3:10 pm

Closing panel

 3:40 pm  Afternoon tea and conference close