GeoAmericas 2016

ga2016imgLoews Miami Beach - GeoAmericas 2016GeoAmericas 2016 - MiamiThe deadline is fast approaching for GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. Organized by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) and Minerva Technology, Resources & Information, and to be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), GeoAmericas will bring together engineers, regulators, contractors, installers, facility owners, and other stakeholders affiliated with geosynthetics for an event that unites the Americas.
The technology transfer and high-level networking will take place 10 – 13 April 2016 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel along Miami’s renowned South Beach.
Abstracts are welcomed on all topics from and influencing the use of geosynthetics in specific countries in the Americas or the international practice. Whether it is geomembrane welding research, successes in mining heap leach design, or a topic such as the use of composite geogrids and geocells for oil access road construction in Central America, the quadrennial GeoAmericas gathering is the place to share the information.
Abstracts due: 10 April 2015
GeoAmericas 2016 invites abstracts of up to 400 words on topics across the broad range of applications and sectors in which geosynthetics are used. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Mining
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Roads, Ports, and Railways
  • Slope Stability & Reinforced Structures
  • Sustainability
  • Tunnels
  • Durability of Geosynthetics
  • Waste Management
  • Testing
  • Quality Control & Quality Assurance (Construction and Manufacturing)

Submit your abstract (400 words) by 10 April 2015 online at NOTE: Abstracts must be in English.


A number of special sessions have been planned for GeoAmericas 2016, per the proposals submitted to the conference by the engineering community during the earlier Call for Proposals. If you wish, you may develop your abstract with a special session in mind. Special session moderators may also request to co-opt a presentation based upon the abstract’s relevance to the session.
Of note, topics involving geosynthetics in mining will be a focus over two days at the conference.
Special sessions include:

  • Geosynthetic Stabilized Earth Walls with Clay as Reinforced Soil: Opportunities, Challenges and Experience
  • Finite Element Seepage Analysis Involving Geosynthetics
  • Limited Life Basal Reinforcement for an Embankment Built on Saturated Soft Clay
  • Installation Aspects of Soil Reinforcement Applications
  • Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Embankments Adjacent to Existing Structures – Design and Construction
  • Atypical Obstacles in Reinforced Soil Design
  • Lessons Learned From Failures
  • Geomembrane Stress Cracking Resistance Using Various Polymers
  • Geosynthetics in Energy Applications
  • Geomebrane Welding: What Have We Learned Over the Years
  • Geosynthetic Assets: Maximizing Your Return-on Investment
  • To Use or Not: Geosynthetics in Permanent Mining Structures, as Waste Dumps and Tailings Dams

Important Dates for Authors

  • 10 April 2015: Call for Abstracts Closes
  • 15 April 2015: Authors notified
  • 1 August 2015: First draft of papers due
  • 15 September 2015: Reviews complete
  • 30 November 2015: Final papers due
  • 15 January 2016: Presenting authors must be registered

GeoAmercicas® 2016 is hosted by NAGS (North American Geosynthetics Society), managed by Minerva-Technology, Resources & Information and held under the Auspices of the IGS (International Geosynthetics Society).