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GeoDallas Watch: Geosynthetics in transportation and environmental applications highlight two-day event

News | April 1, 2018 | By:

Dr. Charles Schwartz of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Maryland teaches about geotechnical aspects of pavement design and construction at IFAI’s 2017 Geotechnical Frontiers conference in Orlando, Florida. Photograph by Mark Skalny/Mark Skalny Corporate Photographer

GeoDallas 2018 is an intimate two-day educational event focusing on the theme Geosynthetics in Transportation and Environmental Applications to be held in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 16–17, 2018. The conference includes half-day short courses, case studies, panel discussions and training lectures. The full schedule for the conference will be announced in late April at Attendees can earn 14 PDH for participating in GeoDallas.

As an added feature, this conference is colocated with the IFAI Expo and CAMX, the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo. GeoDallas registration includes complimentary admission to this combined show floor, giving attendees access to a vast network of more than 800 exhibitors in the industrial fabrics, composites and advanced materials industries. Attendees will also have dedicated time to visit the Geosynthetics Pavilion on the IFAI Expo show floor.

GeoDallas is supported by Geosynthetics magazine and the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA).

GeoDallas half-day short courses

Knowledge for Better Design of Geosynthetic Reinforced MSE Structures

Michael Simac, EARTH Improvement Technologies

This course is intended for geotechnical, civil and structural engineers who wish to expand their abilities to plan, analyze, design and investigate geosynthetic reinforced mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) structures. Previous MSE design experience is helpful but not required. After a brief introduction of MSE design guidelines and procedures, this session will focus on the most common problems associated with poor MSE structure performance and how to address those issues from an engineering design perspective.

Designing with Geosynthetics: Construction Protocols

L. David Suits, LDS Geosynthetic Consulting Services

This course is intended for geotechnical, civil, and environmental engineers; construction contractors; and other personnel designing or constructing with geosynthetics. After a brief review of the types of geosynthetics and the applications for geosynthetics in roadways, the proper construction protocols and the importance of following the protocols will be presented. The areas that will be discussed include drainage, erosion control, pavement overlay, embankments and reinforced soil slopes. As good construction depends on clear specifications, There will be a brief review of geosynthetic specifications. There will also be a presentation on sustainable construction with geosynthetics.

Reservations for GeoDallas will open soon. Visit to subscribe to the GeoDallas email list and be notified of reservation opening and other conference news.

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