The inaugural Geo-U gathering has been announced with Austin, Texas selected as the destination. With Geo-U 2020, four high-level, two-day geosynthetics short courses will be held currently. One the third day, a special marketing course will be offered while others may sit for relevant certification exams (e.g., Geosynthetic Certification Institute – Inspectors Certification Program).

Geo-U 2020 will be held 7 – 10 April 2020 at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel. The event is inspired by the smaller, more intense education and networking-driven events that used to characterize the geosynthetics calendar but which have largely given over to much larger conferences. Like the recent GAP 2019, Geo-U 2020 is designed to reconnect high-level professionals in an environment that is truly conducive to learning and engagement.

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The anchor course of the five is the renowned QA/QC of Geosynthetic and Compacted Clay Lining Systems course that is taught twice per year (frequently in Austin). Mark Sieracke, P.E., Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E., and Sam Allen return to lead the course. The class prepares all participants to seek GCI-ICP status (April 10; requires additional  fees).

The other three concurrent two-day courses on April 8 and 9 are:

On April 10 in the first half of the day, as certification exams are offered, a special Marketing in the Geosynthetics Field half-day short course will be offered.

Image of MSE wall with railway running above. Reinforcement is a major topic of Geo-U 2020

For the landfill market, the offering of the QA/QC course and a landfill design/sustainability course enables landfill operators, regulators, and private practitioners to send additional personnel and gather complementary knowledge.

Similarly, the availability of a reinforced soil structure course and a stormwater controls course open the education and networking to a more diverse group of experts. This will assist the sharing of unique and complementary insight throughout the event.


April 7
Meet the Teachers Reception (5:00 – 7:00 pm at Sonesta)

April 8
Concurrent Classes (8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Sonesta)
Technical Tour & GeoU Blast (Sponsored by TRI Environmental; 6:00 – 9:30 pm, offsite; bus transportation provided)

April 9
Concurrent Classes (8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Sonesta)
GeoU Happy Hour  (5:00 – 7:00 pm at Sonesta)

April 10
Marketing Course (8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Sonesta)
Certification Exams (8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Sonesta)

Image of Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn at the TRI's Geotechnical Lab in Austin, Texas
Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E. (back, right) will be one of the featured instructors in the April 8 – 9 QA/QC course. He will also be part of the geosynthetics and geotechnical lab technical tour on April 8.


All classes and certification exams will be held at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel. A room block is being arranged with a nicely discounted nightly rate for GeoU participants.

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