As of December 2016, L. David Suits is doing business as LDS Geosynthetics Consultant Services.
Well-known in the industry, Suits has more than 40 years of experience with geosynthetics. He retired in 2005 from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) where he oversaw the testing and acceptance of all geosynthetics for use on DOT projects. During his last several years at NYSDOT, he was chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials/National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (AASHTO/NTPEP) geotextile panel overseeing the testing of all geotextiles submitted to the program.
From 2005 to November 2017, Suits served as the executive director of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS).
Suits’s current consulting focus includes soils and geosynthetic training, testing setup, test standards, specification development, and end user geosynthetic quality assurance program setup.
Suits is past chair of the ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics and he is the current chair of Subcommittee D35.03 on Permeability and Filtration. He is the recipient of the ASTM International Award of Merit, the highest society award, and he was the first recipient of the Committee D35 L.D. Suits Award.
He has also been active on ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock as co-editor of the Geotechnical
Testing journal. He is a recipient of the D18 A. Ivan Johnson Award for his service. He is also past chair of the ISO Committee TC221 on Geosynthetics.
Suits has also been active in the Transportation Research Board (TRB), serving as chair of the Subsurface Drainage Committee, the Geosynthetics Committee, the Soil Mechanics Section, and the Design and Construction Group. He is a member emeritus of the Geosynthetics Committee. He currently serves on the TRB Advisory Board.
Suits is the author of more than 30 papers on geosynthetics and geotechnical engineering, as well as several textbook chapters on geosynthetics. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on two separate occasions.