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Announcing Geo-Frontiers 2011

News | April 1, 2010 | By:

The Geo-Institute of ASCE, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) join forces to present Geo-Frontiers 2011 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The conference is conducted under the auspices of the IGS and will also feature the GRI-24 Conference.

The top North American geotechnical event of the year, it reprises a similar event from six years ago—Geo-Frontiers 2005 in Austin, Texas.

Featuring an extensive multidisciplinary organizing committee, the Geo-Frontiers 2011 event is focused on exploring the latest state of the art and practice as applied to all aspects of geotechnical engineering.



The organizing committee is developing an extensive menu of technical paper presentations, workshops, and short courses.

The event will fill four full days, including seven full-day short courses that will appeal to beginners and advanced attendees alike.

An expected 300 technical papers with more than 60 sessions will be presented, covering hundreds of new ideas—from design and engineering strategies to cost-saving geotechnical solutions. All papers undergo a vigorous peer review process ensuring high-quality, noncommercial technical sessions.

The GRI-24 Conference theme is “Enhancing Sustainability Using Geosynthetics.”

To become a part of any of the education tracks at Geo-Frontiers 2011, contact Barbara Connett:

Trade Show

The trade show floor for Geo-Frontiers 2011 is currently filling with an impressive variety of manufacturers and service providers showcasing geotechnical solutions, technologies, and innovations.

With an estimated 1,500–1,800 participants and limited exhibit space, the Geo-Frontiers 2011 trade show will sell out. Book your exhibit space now by contacting Shelly Arman:

Supporting Organizations

Industry organizations are supporting the Geo-Frontiers event, currently including the following groups as Supporting Organizations:

  • Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI)
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Geosynthetic Institute (GSI)
  • International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI)
  • The International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • U. S. Universities Council for Geotechnical Education and Research
  • Chinese Institution of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Expectations are high for an unprecedented mix of attendees from all aspects of the geotechnical industry. Supporting Organizations receive special conference pricing among other benefits. For more details, to suggest a potential candidate, or to become a Supporting Organization, contact Tonya Walsh:

Organizing Committee

Event Co-chairs
Jim Collin, The Collin Group Ltd.
Dave Suits, NAGS

Honorary Chair
Bernard Myles, BMGeo Ltd.

Secretary General/Event Manager
Tonya Walsh, Industrial Fabrics Association International

Technical Committee Co-chairs
Jie Han, University of Kansas
Daniel Alzamora, FHWA

Technical Program questions
Barbara Connett, Industrial Fabrics Association International

Exhibit/Sponsorship Chair
Andrew Aho, GMA

Short Courses Chair
Ben Rivers, FHWA

Student Paper Competition Chair
Ahmet Aydilek, University of Maryland

Wall Design Competition Chair
Robert Parsons, University of Kansas

Local Liaison Co-chairs
Anand Puppala, University of Texas at Arlington
Tom Taylor, T&B Structures

International Liaison Chair
Vern Schaefer, Iowa State University

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