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Slope Stability of Containment Systems – Short Course @ TRI Environmental
May 7 – May 8 all-day

Slope Stability of Containment Systems is part of TRI Environmental’s Short Course Training Week in Austin, Texas (7 – 11 May 2018). Led by Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E. and Dr. Ranjiv Gupta, P.E., the course provides insight from the independent testing and geoenvironmental consulting & owner’s perspectives on a wide range of containment structures (e.g., municipal and hazardous waste landfills, coal ash surface impoundments, heap leach pads). These facilities are constructed using multiple layers of geosynthetic materials such as geomembranes, geotextiles, geonets, geocomposites, and geosynthetic clay liners (GCL). The design of a containment structure not only requires an understanding of the properties of each individual geosynthetic material but also the ability to comprehend the interaction mechanism (friction) between various geosynthetic layer interfaces. This understanding of interface friction between various geosynthetic layers becomes even more challenging as the interface governing the stability of slopes within a containment structure may change depending on if the project is in a construction phase, a waste filling phase, or being closed with a final cover system.


New Short Course: Slope Stability of Containment Systems


This course will be presented in two parts, each of which complements the other, to provide maximum benefit to the attendees. The first part will focus on slope stability of containment structures including an overview of sources of interface strength, the difference between peak and large displacement strength for design, the relation between normal stress and failure envelopes, and slope stability calculations.

The second part will provide an explanation of ASTM D5321, including detailed discussion of test parameters. Procedural implications of specimen anchorage, normal stress application, machine friction and calibration, rate of shear, and reporting mechanisms will be discussed. In addition, limitations of the ASTM D5321 test will be explored, with explanation of alternative tests including torsional shear, tilt table, and double interface shear. Special emphasis will be placed on specifying a meaningful shear test that will best serve the user’s project requirements. The forensic analysis of several slope failure case studies will be presented to help relate the material presented during the course with real-world applications.

New Short Course: Slope Stability of Containment Systems


The course and certification schedule:

Instructors for the CQA Week events include:

  • Sam Allen – Vice President and Division Manager, TRI
  • Jeffrey Blum – Project Manager, Weaver Consultants Group
  • Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. – Senior Engineer for TRI/Environmental
  • Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E. – Director of TRI Geotechnical Laboratory
  • Mark Sieracke, P.E. – Landfill Design and CQA Consultant


11 ICG – International Conference on Geosynthetics @ Coex Convention and Exhibition Center
Sep 16 – Sep 21 all-day

Geosynthetics Events: 11 ICGThe 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11 ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2016 in Seoul, Korea at the new COEX (Conference and Exhibition Center) in the city’s renowned Gangnam District. Conference  theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.”

Key topics include:

  • Sustainability and Green Technology with Geosynthetics
  • Geosynthetic Barriers
  • Geosynthetics in Filtration, Drainage and Erosion Control
  • Reinforced Walls and Slopes
  • Ground Improvement Using Geosynthetics
  • Roads, Railways and Other Transportation Applications
  • Soil-Geosynthetic Interaction
  • Hydraulic Applications
  • Innovative Uses and New Developments
  • Cases Histories
  • Durability and Long Term Performance
  • Physical and Numerical Analysis
  • Geosynthetics Properties and Testing
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Design Approaches and Other Applications

Extended versions of selected papers of 11 ICG will be published in a special issue of Geotextiles and Geomembranes, an official Journal of the International Geosynthetics Society.


The International Conference on Geosynthetics is held every four years. It is the global gathering point for members of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The conference was last held in Berlin, Germany in September 2014. In 2018, the Korean Geosynthetics Society (KGSS)—a chapter of the IGS—will host 11 ICG.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available.

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Geosynthetics 2018 @ Hotel Santiago
Oct 3 – Oct 5 all-day

Geosynthetics 2018 will provide an important international forum to meet and discuss the application areas and most recent and relevant research and innovations regarding geosynthetics. The previous version, in 2017, gathered over 160 professionals from 18 countries.


Geosynthetics 2018


Geosynthetics 2018 will feature a deep program that addresses engineering challenges that speak to the global field. This sectors of focus include mining, civil, hydraulics, agriculture, construction, pulp and paper, oil and gas, road works, transportation, and many others.


  • Geosynthetics modeling and design
  • Direct and life-cycle cost savings
  • Environmental benefits and sustainability
  • Testing and properties
  • Monitoring and durability
  • Physical and numerical models
  • Quality control and quality assurance
  • Geosynthetics as formwork
  • Innovations and new developments


  • Heap leaching pads, tailings dams, and mining process ponds
  • Dams, channels, ponds and drinking water storage
  • Civil works and seismic applications
  • Polymeric and clay geosynthetic barriers
  • Roadworks, maritimes and coastals, railroads, airport
  • Storage of waste water and landfills
  • Waterproofing, drainage, filtration
  • Soil reinforcement and erosion control
  • Embankments and soft soils
  • Reinforced walls and slopes
  • Tunnels and undergrounds

Learn more at

GeoMEast 2018 International Congress and Exhibition @ MENA House Hotel
Nov 24 – Nov 28 all-day

The GeoMEast 2018 International Congress and Exhibition is one of the leading Geosynthetics and Geotechnical Congresses in the Middle East. The event will be held to be held 24 – 28 November 2018 at the MENA House Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Geosynthetics has a major role in the technical program. Theme: “Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Structural Integrity.”

Hundreds of presentations will be offered and the well-attended congress will enable networking among engineers, agency officials, and other stakeholders from the still rapidly advancing Middle East infrastructure sector. Significant international support is present, with organizations such as the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the Deep Foundations Institute, the Canadian Geotechnical Society, the German Geotechnical Society, and many others involved.


GeoMEast 2018 abstracts call

International Geosynthetics Society Vice President Dr. Chungsik Yoo delivered a plenary lecture at GeoMEast 2017.

Multiple workshops will be offered too, one of which is “Introduction to Geotechnical Design using Geosynthetics.” That workshop will be led by Dr. Mohamed A. Meguid, PEng, M.ASCE, Professor of Civil Engineering and Geo-Group Leader at McGill University.

Read about the Call for Abstracts

Geotechnical topics:

  • Geotechnical, Geoenvironmental and Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
  • Soil and Rock Mechanics, Geomechanics, Mining, and Geological engineering
  • Geosynthetics and Reinforced Soil Retaining Structures
  • Behavior, Identification and In-situ Test Methods for Site Characterization of Soils, and Lateritic, Problematic, Collapsible, Swelling, Soft, Sabkha and Uncommon Soils
  • Design and Quality Control of Earth Structures and Subgrades
  • Soil Stability and Landslide, Ground improvement and Seismic Hazards
  • Soil-Structure Interaction, Advanced Analysis of Shallow and Deep Foundations, Foundation Failure and Repair, and MicroPiles and its innovative applications
  • Computational Mechanics, Innovative Soil Models, Discrete Element and Boundary Element Modelling, Mesoscale Modeling,  and Advanced Numerical and Analytical Analyses
  • Physical Modelling in Geotechnics
  • Saturated and Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
  • Oil and Gas, and Petroleum Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geosciences, Geomatics, Geoinformatics, Geophysics and Global Hazards.

17th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering @ HARPA
Sep 1 – Sep 6 all-day

ISSMGE LogoThe Icelandic Geotechnical Society will host the XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Reykjavik, Iceland 1 – 6 September 2019.

The theme of the Conference is: “Geotechnical Engineering, foundation of the future.”

The theme of the conference embraces all aspects of geotechnical engineering.  Geotechnical engineering is the foundation of current as well as future societies, which both rely on complex civil engineering infrastructures, and call for mitigation of potential geodangers posing threat to these. Geotechnical means and solutions are required to ensure infrastructure safety and sustainable development. Those means are rooted in past experiences enhanced by research and technology of today.

At great events such as the European Geotechnical Conference we should:  Spread our knowledge and experience to our colleagues; Introduce innovations, research and development of techniques and equipment; Report on successful geotechnical constructions and application of geotechnical design methods, as well as, on mitigation and assessment of geohazards and more.

Such events also provide an opportunity to draw the attention of others outside the field of geotechnical engineering to the importance of what we are doing, particularly to those who, directly or indirectly, rely on our services, knowledge and experience. Investment in quality geotechnical work is required for successful and safe design, construction and operation of any infrastructure. Geotechnical engineering is the key to a safe and sustainable infrastructure and of importance for the society, economy and the environment. This must be emphasized and reported upon.

Learn more on the conference website.