The bienniel Geosynthetics conference series continues 1-4 April 2013 in Long Beach, California. This event will be co-located with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) annual Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference and the Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI) 25th Geosynthetic Research Institute conference (GRI-25). Geosynthetics 2013 has issued a call for proposals for short courses, panel discussions, and technical papers.

Deadline for submission: 1 February 2012.

Suggested topics that will be explored during the event include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Dams and Levees
  • Environmental Protection
  • Renewable Energy
  • Failures
  • Agriculture / Aquaculture
  • Foundations
  • Transportation
  • Shoreline and Water Protection
  • Geosynthetics Properties
  • Ground Improvement
  • Hydrofracking
  • Temporary Roads
  • Case Studies

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions are 90-minute sessions that bring professionals together for discussion and debate about technical and non-technical subjects and industry issues, such as political influences or social trends and their impact. Panel Discussions have a facilitator with several panelists to present differing viewpoints. A published summary of the discussion is possible.

  • Proposals should include an outline and title, a synopsis of the expected outcome of the discussion, preliminary names for facilitators and panelists. Facilitators are responsible for securing panel members and organizing the panel discussion. Meeting room and standard AV equipment (laptop, projector and sound, will be provided.

Short Courses

Short Courses will be emphasized in the technical program. Geosynthetics 2013 is committed to provide continuing education opportunities for participants. Short Courses at Geosynthetics 2013 may include beginner, intermediate and advanced courses.

  • Proposals should include the course title, a description of the course with a summary of its learning objectives, a list of instructors and their qualifications, a summary of course handouts, and whether the course should be scheduled as a half or full day. Also indicate whether the course will offer professional development hours (PDHs).

Technical Paper Sessions

Technical Paper Sessions are 90-minutes in length during which four to six related papers are presented by their authors. Multiple papers that present various facets of a project are encouraged. Multiple sessions with a related theme are possible. Technical Paper Sessions require at least one Session Chair who solicits paper submissions (if needed), conducts anonymous reviews and conducts the session onsite. Co-chairs are preferred but are not required. Complete Session Chair responsibilities are available online.