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Geo19 Watch: Inaugural IAGI GeoGames debuts at Geosynthetics Conference 2019, Plenary lineup announced

Events | October 1, 2018 | By:

Robert M. Koerner (right) and GMA Executive Council Chair Keith Gardner at Geotechnical Frontiers in Orlando, Fla., on March 14, 2017. Photograph courtesy Mark Skalny/Mark Skalny Corporate Photographer

The International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) is hosting the inaugural GeoGames on Feb. 12, 2019, in Houston, Texas, during Geosynthetics Conference 2019.

The outdoor event, to be held in a park across the street from the conference, will feature welding competitions by teams of installers. All Geosynthetics Conference 2019 participants are invited to attend the geomembrane welding games and reception. The GeoGames will be a fun way to highlight the vital work geosynthetics installers do every day. The various games will focus on welding geomembranes in differing configurations quickly, while maintaining high-quality work.

For complete details on sponsoring the GeoGames or in participating as a welding team, visit

Plenary line up for Geosynthetics 2019

Monday, February 11
8–9:45 a.m.
Plenary Panel Discussion: Hurricane Harvey Response and Mitigation
Moderator: Robert Gilbert, Department Chair/Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Panelists: Anne Cabrera, Deputy Director, Post Disaster Programs, Tetra Tech; Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., Director of Houston Public Works, City of Houston; William Boone, Public Assistance Branch Chief, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Plenary Luncheon: Geosynthetics Protect Our Road Assets
Mark Marienfeld, P.E., Owner/Consultant, TreadMark Inc.

Tuesday, February 12
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Plenary Lecture: Base Stabilization Using Geosynthetics to Confront TxDOT’s Roadway Challenges
Jorge Zornberg, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Professor, University of Texas at Austin and Mike Arellano, P.E., Director of Operations, TxDOT

Wednesday, February 13
8–9 a.m.
Plenary Lecture: Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture
Barry Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., Geotechnical Engineering Consultant, Christopher Consultants

Hotel Accommodations for Geosynthetics Conference 2019

Reservations at the Marriott Marquis Houston are now open. The Marriot Marquis headquarters hotel is the location for the conference and all related activities except for the GeoGames. Book early for the best hotel rates: Visit

Show floor features: The Learning Zone and exhibits

New to geosynthetics? The Learning Zone is the place for you! Featuring samples, introductory details by application and three daily lectures at no extra cost.

Looking for the latest services and products? The show floor is filling quickly—only 30 booths remain. The show floor is packed with suppliers and service providers spanning the geosynthetics industry. Start making your plans now for exploring the many solutions they will be showcasing.

Visit to view the current exhibitor list or to reserve a booth.

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