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Amazing education at Geosynthetics 2013

News | August 1, 2012 | By:

The theme for Geosynthetics 2013 is Water & Energy Challenges. The conference will feature four days of technical programming, including short courses, panel discussions, and paper presentations.

The current technical session topics include:

Case histories

  • Geosynthetics applications in landfills
  • Geosynthetics case histories

Dams and levees

  • Geosynthetics in dams and levees
  • Innovative levee strengthening with geosynthetics
  • Protecting the public interest with geosynthetics: Reducing risk to infrastructure using reinforced vegetation


  • Innovation in drainage geocomposites


  • Geomembranes for cover and containment systems
  • Moving forward: Sustainable geosynthetic applications for the mining, energy, and waste containment industries
  • Geosynthetics and hydrofracking


  • Geosynthetics applied to landfills and containment systems: Lessons learned and new research
  • Liner integrity and leak location surveys


  • Lessons learned from failures


  • Geosynthetic foundations and geo-hazards

Properties of geosynthetics

  • Bituminous geomembranes
  • Geogrid testing and specifications:
    Where are we now?
  • Geosynthetic liners
  • Geosynthetic reinforcement
  • Man-made geosynthetics
  • Geosynthetic properties

Ground improvement

  • Geosynthetics and ground improvement
  • Reinforced-earth walls
  • Ground-improvement techniques
  • Geosynthetics in mining


  • Geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system: Design, construction, performance
  • Lest we forget—the basic functions and applications of geosynthetic materials
  • Quantifying the geosynthetic parameters for subgrade stabilization and base reinforcements in pavements
  • Geosynthetics in transportation


  • Design implications of pilot scale tests and chemical conditioning on geotextile tube dewatering for maintaining water bodies
  • Geosynthetics and water protection

Panel discussions

  • What is the remaining lifetime of my exposed liner? Here is a plan: the North American view
  • How to specify a geoelectric leak location survey—what matters and what doesn’t
  • Advancing the state-of-practice for geosynthetic-reinforced soil

Announcing the one-day short courses at Geosynthetics 2013

Introduction to geosynthetics
Instructor: David Elton

Design of geosynthetic-reinforced unpaved and paved roads

Instructors: Jie Han and J.P. Giroud

Geosynthetics test procedures and material specifications

Instructors: Bob Mackey, Sam Allen, David Suits, Joel Sprague, Gary Kolbalsuk, J.P. Kline, George Koerner, Jeff Denton

How to specify a planar drainage geocomposite

Instructor: Tim Bauters

Design and construction of bottom liner and cover systems

Instructor: Richard Thiel

Southwest geotechs and GRI-25

Geosynthetics 2013 is co-locating in Long Beach with the annual Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference, coordinated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and nine southwest state DOTs.

Geosynthetics 2013 will also include a 25-year anniversary presentation of the Geosynthetic Research Institute’s conference—GRI-25: “Retrospectives on the geosynthetics industry and glimpses into the future.”


The Geosynthetics 2013 conference and exhibition is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of IFAI; it is supported by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), and it is conducted under the auspices of International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

April 1–4, 2013

Make your plans now to attend Geosynthetics 2013 in Long Beach, Calif. See you there!

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