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Geosynthetics Conference watch: Enthusiasm for 2019, Looking ahead to 2020

April 1st, 2019 / By: / GeoWatch

Jorge Zornberg delivers a plenary lecture at Geosynthetics Conference 2019. Photograph ©2019 Mark Skalny/Mark Skalny Photography
Good energy at the Geosynthetics Conference 2019

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)-sponsored Geosynthetics Conference 2019 was a huge success in Houston, Texas, Feb. 10–13, with some 1,100 engaged attendees, presenters, speakers and exhibitors contributing to the intellectual and commercial hum felt throughout the Marriott Marquis.

“We were delighted with the enthusiasm of the attendees and exhibitors,” said IFAI president and CEO Steve Schiffman. “From the technical sessions to the opening reception through the end of the conference there was a lot of learning, activity and engagement.”

“It was good energy here in Houston,” said Richard Thiel, P.E., of Thiel Engineering, the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 chair. “Our goal has been to provide a forum for face-to-face interactions that you can only get with conferences like this. You meet people, you talk with them, you collaborate and there’s such a variety of venues to make this happen, with all the plenary sessions, the technical sessions, the roundtables, the open panels, the tradeshow floor, the IAGI GeoGames, the hallway discussions. We’ve done it once again, and we’re going to continue doing it in the future.”

The conference also hosted multiple focus groups and general membership meetings of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and other organizations.

“The Geosynthetics Conference 2019 provided a great forum for members of GMA to conduct business in person and learn about advancements in geosynthetic technologies through its stellar technical program,” said Jonathan Curry, managing director of GMA. “I was proud to be a member of the organizing committee, and I believe the conference format helps GMA achieve its mission of advancing the industry.”


Make your plans now to participate in Geosynthetics Conference 2020: CASE STUDIES 

This special edition of the Geosynthetics Conference will be showcasing geosynthetics case studies March 8–10, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. Geotechnical practitioners, designers, regulators, contractors and installers will come together to share their experiences utilizing geosynthetics in various projects, with an emphasis on unique uses and overcoming challenges. 

Submissions
The Call for Presentations is open April 1–May 31. Submissions must include a short abstract (100–300 words) and case study title. Accepted presenters will provide a 1- to 2-page extended abstract; no formal paper will be required. Select case studies will be featured in Geosynthetics magazine. 

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