PODCAST: Bob Mackey on the State of Geosynthetics Education

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A few years ago, the International Geosynthetics Society revived its Educate the Educators program. The initiative was developed in the early 1990s to help educate engineers, regulators, and academics about geosynthetic materials, which were flourishing in field use. More than 20 years later, the field of geosynthetics had grown enormously—but how to engineer with these materials had not become st... »

WEBINAR: 10 Design Missteps That Affect Geomembrane Performance

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On August 31 at 1:00 pm EDT, Solmax will host a free webinar on a much welcomed topic: “Designing for success: a look at 10 design missteps that may affect the performance of geomembrane liners in service.” In announcing the webinar, Solmax notes: Performance may be thought of as a comparison between expected behavior and actual behavior. A high-performing containment facility is one in which comp... »

Geotextile-Encased Stone Columns for Railway Passage MSE Walls

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Cobramseg is a biennial geotechnical engineering event in Brazil that combines multiple national and international engineering conferences. It’s one of South America’s most important engineering gatherings. At the 2016 edition, Ana Carolina Portela Costa, Ary Franck Baia Cordeiro, Leonardo Campos Dias, and Julián Buriticá García of Dinamiza Consultoria e Engenharia Ltda and Renato Pinto da Cunha o... »

Hydraulic Engineering Solutions Seminar, July 14

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Waterways are dynamic environments. Strong hydraulic engineering solutions are needed to create resilient infrastructures that minimize environmental impact, control costs, and provide long-term performance. On July 14, Maccaferri will host  an exclusive breakfast seminar (7:30 am – 11:00 am) in Gaithersburg, Maryland focused on the application and design of hydraulic solutions. The seminar is fre... »

IGS Brasil to Celebrate 20 Years of Activity with Special Program

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One of the world’s most active chapters of the International Geosynthetics Society was created 20 years ago. This year, when IGS Brasil members gather for the chapter’s annual meeting, a special program, open to all, will be added to recognize the anniversary milestone. The June 22 program for this 7th IGS Brasil Geosynthetics Conference and Annual Meeting will feature a presentation by Prof. Enni... »

Engineering Professors: Educate the Educators Applications Due June 1

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The deadline for engineering professors to apply for a seat in the International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program (4 – 5 December 2017, Kingston, Ontario) is approaching. All interested engineering professors must submit their application by June 1 to IGS North America. APPLY ONLINE The two-day geosynthetics training program delivers practical engineering... »

IGS North America 2017 Photo Contest Winners

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The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS – NA) held its 2017 Photo Contest in January and February. Results were announced at the IGS – NA general assembly in Orlando, Florida in March. Congratulations are due to Paradox Access Solutions and Geomembranas y Geosinteticos. Paradox was awarded first place and G&G took home second and third-place recognition. 2017... »

IGS North America Selects Kingston for Educate the Educators Event

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The International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program was created in the 1990s to address the knowledge gap about geosynthetics in civil engineering practice. The program used a short course format to deliver practical geosynthetics engineering information to professors, who returned to their colleges with strategies for incorporating geosynthetics into their less... »

IGS-NA General Assembly Issues Open Invite and Agenda to Geo Community

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When Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 convenes in Orlando, Florida, it will bring together members of the geosynthetics and larger geotechnical engineering communities. The conference, which occurs every six years, combines the biennial Geosynthetics conference with the annual Geo-Congress of ASCE’s Geo-Institute. One of the major meetings taking place at it is the IGS North America General Assembly. I... »

IGS North America Photo Contest 2017 Opens

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The International Geosynthetics Society’s North American Chapter has opened its 2017 IGS North America Photo Contest. The contest is open to all IGS-NA members and runs January 24 – February 20. Entries in the IGS North America Photo Contest will be used to promote the ways in which geosynthetic materials, applications, and results improve infrastructures. The announcement of the contest’s o... »

IGS North America Elections Loom Larger in 2017

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The International Geosynthetics Society North America Chapter will hold its next round of leadership elections 3 – 27 January 2017. IGS North America members in good standing will be able to cast their ballots online. This election is perhaps the group’s highest profile and most important election. IGS North America has made many moves to advance its standing in providing education in recent years... »

2016 Geosynthetics Manufacturing Year in Review

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The year 2016 has seen considerable activity in geosynthetics manufacturing, despite a slow start for many producers. As has often occurred, conditions such as resin supply fluctuations, geopolitical uncertainty, or stalled legislation in a country or multi-national body cools output. This year saw a bit of all of that affecting much of the world. Still, it gave a great many companies the time to ... »

IGS Educate the Educators Brings Geosynthetics to Brazilian Universities

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By Bruno Pedroni – During the last days of July, when many in Brazil are typically on vacation, more than 50 people gathered for the IGS Educate the Educators geosynthetics program at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte (MG). The program, which was the first of its kind in the country, was held July 27 – 29. Educate the Educators is a program developed by the Internatio... »

Richard Bathurst Joins Panel on Engineering Career Development

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The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2016) will be held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The event’s organizers have announced the addition of Prof. Richard Bathurst (Royal Military College of Canada, Queen’s University) to the high-profile panel discussion on engineering career development. Bathurst will join Mark Smith and Jacques Côté, w... »

IGS Educate the Educators Succeeds in Texas

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More than 40 civil and geotechnical engineering professors from across the US and Canada gathered in Austin, Texas in late July to take part in the Educate the Educators™ (EtE) event. Following the mission of the original EtE from the 1990s, the International Geosynthetics Society‘s (IGS) two-day program in Austin sought to increase geosynthetics education in university engineering curricula... »

South Africa: GIGSA Bursary to Provide 50,000 Rand Support

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A cornerstone of the International Geosynthetics Society’s (IGS) strong growth in recent years has been the active promotion of geosynthetics by the society’s 43 international chapters. The South African chapter—the Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA)—is once again making a substantial contribution to the field. The organization has just announced the GIGSA Bursary, a 50,000 Rand ... »

IGS Relaunches Educate the Educators Program

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In the 1990s*, geosynthetic material development, polymeric research, and wide-scale manufacturing advances helped the field mature quickly. Regulatory support, such as the RCRA Subtitle D rule from the US EPA, contributed significantly to growth and encouraged outside investment. However, a knowledge gap existed because few people in influential positions (lead regulators, policymakers, facility ... »

New Principles for Geotechnical Design – Eurocode 7

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In December 2004, Eurocode 7: Geotechnical Design - Part 1: General Rules (EC 7-1) was ratified by the European member states. This prompted a two-year calibration period and a three-year coexistence period between EC 7-1 and national standards. It will not be mandatory to design to the EN Eurocodes in a particular member state, but a designer proposing to use an alternative design standard will h... »