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

Geosynthetic materials are used extensively in coastal engineering and protection projects. The modern geotextiles industry, in fact, emerged in the late 1950s as the response of engineers to severe North Sea flooding in the Netherlands and tropical storm damage in the United States.

GeoU 2020’s short course “Geosynthetics in Stormwater Controls and Hydraulic Engineering” will showcase the many ways engineering practices and coastal and water quality agencies use these technologies. LEARN about geosynthetic tubes and containers for dewatering, flood protection, hurricane defense, and beach re-nourishment. ADVANCE your strategies for erosion control, sediment control, and shoreline and bank stabilization with gabions, turf reinforcement mats, geocontainers, and more. DISCOVER scour protection and ground improvement methodologies and systems for use in ports, levees, breakwaters, and other waterfront installations.

Coastal engineering with geotextile tubes, photo by HUESKER
Photo by HUESKER

COASTAL ENGINEERING & STORMWATER CONTROLS

“I’m very excited to bring this short course to GeoU,” says Joel Sprague, P.E., who will teach the two-day course alongside hydraulic engineering expert Markus Wilke. “These engineering and water quality issues impact communities everywhere. More engineers and agencies need to be skilled with these technologies.”

RELATED: Wilke Joins GeoU 2020 Stormwater Course as Instructor

Sprague and Wilke will provide detailed guidance on the relative performance, design, and installation of the full range of geosynthetic materials and systems used in coastal protection and erosion and sediment control. Additionally, they will introduce the innovative geosynthetic-based stormwater control measures being used for infiltration and pollutant removal.

GeoU 2020 co-locates five high-level, geosynthetics short courses and multiple engineering networking events, 16 – 19 November 2020 in Austin, Texas. The “Geosynthetics in Stormwater Controls and Hydraulic Engineering” short course includes an optional certification exam on the morning of November 19.

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COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Joel Sprague, P.E. –Senior Engineer and Technical Director with TRI Environmental
Markus Wilke – Engineer and Business Development Manager with HUESKER

GEOU 2020 SCHEDULE

November 16: Meet the Teachers Reception (5:00 – 7:00 pm)

November 17 – 18: Concurrent Courses (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

November 17: Technical Tour & GeoU Blast (6:00 – 9:30 pm)

  • Bus transportation provided to/from Sonesta
  • SPONSORED BY TRI ENVIRONMENTAL

November 18: GeoU 2020 Happy Hour (5:00 – 7:00 pm)

November 19: Short Course – Marketing in the Geosynthetics Industry (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

November 19: Certification Exams (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

GCI-ICP Exam

  • QA/QC course attendee option – Requires pre-registration and fee with the Geosynthetic Institute

Exam options included with relevant GeoU course completion:

  • Landfill Sustainability
  • Reinforced Soil Structures
  • Stormwater Controls and Hydraulic Engineering

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