We hope you are perusing this issue of Geosynthetics magazine while attending the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas. If you are not attending, hopefully you will join us next year in Charleston, S.C., for the inaugural Geosynthetics Case Study Conference; more on that exciting news follows.
If you are in Houston right now, be sure to download the mobile app and pick up a copy of the Geosynthetics Show Guide. There is a lot going on, and you aren’t going to want to miss anything.
Here are some highlights of the Geosynthetics Conference 2019:
- Four plenary lectures, including an insightful look at Hurricane Harvey’s damage, aftermath and the path forward, as well as the second Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture
- The first-ever International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) GeoGames, right across the street from the conference in Discovery Green
- Brand-new roundtable discussions where you are the speaker—a great time to explore hot topics with your colleagues
- Basic education and material samples on the show floor in the Education Zone
- 120 exhibitors displaying a myriad of products and services
- More than 150 speakers across 40 sessions
- Networking, refreshments and your first chance to explore the show floor during the Welcome Reception
- The IGS-North America student presentation contest
We would be remiss if we did not also say thank you to everyone who made the show possible. Planning for this conference started back in 2017 when the Technical Program Committee came together for the first time, and in the eighteen months since then more than 500 people have had a part in bringing the conference together, including:
- The Technical Program Committee (check the Geosynthetics Show Guide or www.GeosyntheticsConference.com for the full list)
- Session chairs: More than 40 volunteers developed the various technical sessions, recruited panel members and guided the reviewers and authors as well as helped run their sessions.
- Paper reviewers: More than 80 people reviewed and commented on the papers.
- Authors, presenters and panelists: 400 plus people wrote and presented the education at the Geosynthetics Conference 2019.
Looking ahead to the Geosynthetics Conference 2020: CASE STUDIES
The inaugural Geosynthetics Conference: CASE STUDIES on March 8–10, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., will feature geotechnical practitioners, designers, regulators, contractors and installers at this specialized edition of the Geosynthetics Conference. Start making plans now to attend this educational and trade show event to learn about the many unique uses of geosynthetics through a variety of case studies.
The best way to leverage the conference is to be an active and engaged participant. You can help by presenting, chairing a session or exhibiting.
Case study proposals
Submit your case study proposal at www.GeosyntheticsConference.com. Submission will be open April 1–May 31, 2019. Accepted case studies must provide an extended abstract (1–2 pages) and be presented on-site. No formal technical papers are required. Visit www.GeosyntheticsConference.com for more details.