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Geosynthetic Reinforcement: A Short Course

News | June 14, 2011 | By:

A short course on geosynthetic reinforcement is offered by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the North American Geosynthetics Society Aug. 11–12 in Valley Forge, Pa.

Course description

This 1.5-day course provides training on the appropriate, cost-effective utilization of geosynthetics in transportation applications. The course examines the use of geotextiles and geogrids for soil reinforcement. Embankments over soft foundations, geosynthetic reinforced MSE walls, reinforced soil slopes, and geosynthetic reinforced load transfer platforms are addressed.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) = 9 hours


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • List three geosynthetic reinforcement applications for transportation works
  • Identify four types of geosynthetic reinforcements, and discuss relative strengths and cost
  • State and review construction procedures for geosynthetic reinforcement installations
  • Identify primary design references for geosynthetic reinforcement applications for transportation works
  • Review design concepts and determine the basic design requirements for embankments over soft foundations, mechanically stabilized earth walls and earth slopes transportation applications
  • Select appropriate material property and design parameter test methods and prepare specification requirement for geosynthetic reinforcement


The instructors for this course are two well-known names in geosynthetics education—Dr. Robert Koerner, director of the Geosynthetic Institute, and David Suits, executive director of the North American Geosynthetics Society.


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