This article has been UPDATED (12 March 2020) to reflect the event’s new dates.

Geosynthetic reinforced soil structures (GRSS) have had a highly beneficial impact on infrastructure throughout the world. GRSS strategies, materials, and designs enable more sustainable projects, steeper slopes, safer retaining walls, and more. A high-level and highly successful course on the topic—Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Structure Design and Construction: Slopes, Walls and Roads—was delivered in India in early December. Now, the two-day short course with an optional certification exam is coming to the United States.

In April, lead instructor and renowned GRSS practitioner Michael Bernardi, P.E. will present alongside a roadway expert (to be announced shortly). Their reinforced soil structures course is part of the inaugural Geo-U event in Austin, Texas (16 – 19 November 2020).

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GEOSYNTHETIC REINFORCED SOIL STRUCTURES COURSE

Every geotechnical and civil engineering company should expand their knowledge in GRSS technologies, designs, and benefits—especially if they have any business involvement in transportation engineering.

Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Structures image - Highway project photo by Strata Geosystems
Reinforced soil structures have had an enormously beneficial impact on transportation infrastructure.

In Austin, Bernardi will focus on retaining walls, steepened slopes, and roadways. A brief background of the application of each of these technologies will be presented, including the advantages, economic considerations, and limitations of each type of system as compared to other conventional practices.

Details concerning the design, selection of reinforcing materials, specification and construction of each type of system will be covered. Current design codes/standards and software will be referenced and summarized. Special issues that have on occasion resulted in undesirable performance will be reviewed. An overview of several recent innovations such as the combination of reinforcement with lightweight fill and newly developed alternative design procedures will also be presented. Each attendee will be given course notes to support the class, which include step-by-step design procedures and example problems.

Every geotechnical and civil engineering company should expand their knowledge in GRSS technologies, designs, and benefits—especially if they have any business involvement in transportation engineering.

The learning objectives for the geosynthetic reinforced soil structures course, as posted on the event page online:

  • Understand the key elements regarding design of reinforced soil structures
  • Provide a working knowledge suitable for preliminary design of reinforced soil structures
  • Identify those resources and guidelines publicly available to assist in design of retaining walls, steepened slopes and roadways

Learn more about the class and instructors. Register by January 31 to save $100 or more on registration.

GEO-U 2020 COURSES

A welcome reception will be held on the evening of November 16 at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel (venue for all courses). Then, on November 17 and 18, four concurrent short courses will be held:

Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Structure Design and Construction: Slopes, Walls and Roads
Instructor: Michael Bernardi, P.E.
Optional certification exam included. (Exam on November 19 in the morning.)

QA/QC of Geosynthetic and Compacted Clay Lining Systems
Instructors: Mark Sieracke, P.E., Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E., and Sam Allen.
Optional certification exams (GCI-ICP) offered on November 19 in the morning. These exams require a proxy fee paid to the event and addition pre-registration with the Geosynthetic Institute.

Landfill Design Considerations in the Age of Sustainable Development
Instructors: Dr. George Koerner, P.E. and Abigail Gilson, MS, P.E.
Optional certification exam included. (Exam on November 19 in the morning.)

Geosynthetics in Stormwater Controls and Hydraulic Engineering
Instructor: C. Joel Sprague, P.E.
Optional certification exam included. (Exam on November 19 in the morning.)

On November 19, as certification exams are offered, a special Marketing in the Geosynthetics Field half-day short course will be held.

Image of CQA class from TRI Environmental
For 15 years, Austin, Texas has been the venue for the annual QA/QC of Geosynthetic and Compacted Clay Lining Systems class, which draws participants from leading agencies, waste management operators, and CQA/engineering practitioners. The course is now part of Geo-U.

NETWORKING & SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

November 16 – Meet the Teachers Reception
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel

November 17 – Geosynthetics & Geotechnical Lab Technical Tour + Geo-U Blast
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Bus transportation provided from the Sonesta
SPONSORED BY TRI ENVIRONMENTAL

November 18 – GeoU 2020 Happy Hour
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel

Learn more about Geo-U 2020, the courses, the instructors, and the networking opportunities at www.geo-u.com.