The 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics (9ICG) of the IGS was held in Guarujá, Brazil, May 23-27, 2010, with more than 800 participants. It was the first ICG in the Southern Hemisphere.
The 9ICG keynote lecturers were: Sandro Sandroni, Brazil (“Brazilian Research and Practice with Geosynthetics”); Daniele Cazzuffi, Italy (“Geosynthetics in Barrier Systems for Dams”); Steve Perkins, USA (“Geosynthetics in Pavement Reinforcement Applications”); and Andy Fourie, Australia (“Improving the Performance of Mining Infrastructure through the Judicious Use of Geosynthetics”).
The conference also hosted the traditional Giroud Lecture, delivered by Heinz Brandl, Austria (“Geosynthetics Applications for the Mitigation of Natural Disasters”); and two Terzaghi Lectures, delivered by J.P. Giroud, USA, 2008 (“Development of Criteria for Geotextile and Granular Filters”); and Robert Holtz, USA, 2010 (“Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil: From Experimental to Familiar.”)
The 9ICG Discussion Sessions allowed the audience to discuss applications, design procedures, and other hot topics on geosynthetics with leading experts from different parts of the world.
About 200 Technical Session paper presentations addressed important geosynthetics applications, such as in retaining structures, steep slopes, embankments on soft soils, waste disposal, erosion control, environmental protection, drainage and filtration systems, and roads and railways.
The Meeting the Industry sessions focused on case-histories involving the use of geosynthetics and encouraged a closer contact among members of the geosynthetic industry with practitioners, designers, and researchers.
The conference’s technical program also included 11 Training Lectures and four Short Courses. The proceedings of the 9ICG (CD and printed versions) include the lecture papers, discussion session papers, and 318 peer-reviewed technical papers by authors from 42 countries.
The 10th ICG/2014 will be in Berlin, Germany.