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

GeoU 2020 co-locates five high-level, geosynthetics short courses and multiple engineering networking events, 16 – 19 November 2020 in Austin, Texas. Certification exams for each of the two-day short courses will be offered on the morning of November 19. The high-quality education is supported by exceptional food and networking for attendees and sponsors.

It’s a “work hard, play hard” format designed to optimize your professional takeaways.

Key courses:


Sonesta Networking Events - Austin, GeoU 2020

November 16
Meet the Teachers Reception

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel
5:00 – 7:00 pm

After arriving in Austin, join the event attendees and instructors in the Meridian 98 rooftop lounge at the Sonesta to enjoy complimentary beverages and appetizers while overlooking the beautiful Hill Country. Get to know your class colleagues and the highly regarded instructors leading GeoU’s education program.

November 17
Technical Tour & GeoU Blast

6:00 – 9:30 pm

Bus transportation will be provided to/from Sonesta for a technical tour at TRI Environmental’s geosynthetics and geotechnical laboratory near to the event venue. Meet key personnel and learn about the tests and equipment used to verify the designs and the quality of materials used in the various sectors represented in the GeoU short courses. Immediately following the tour, enjoy dinner with the group at a nearby restaurant, courtesy of the GeoU Blast sponsor, TRI Environmental.

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November 18
GeoU 2020 Happy Hour

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Celebrate the completion of the short course programs and connect once more with your fellow attendees and instructors with a happy hour and some appetizers at the Sonesta.


GeoU is not a dry pastry and boxed lunch affair!

In addition to the substantial appetizers and craft cocktails served at the November 16 reception and November 18 post-course happy hour, GeoU attendees will enjoy enjoy hot breakfasts and chef-led buffet lunches on November 17 and 18 at the Sonesta.


GeoU’s venue, the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel, is nestled into the Austin area’s renowned Hill Country. The venue is connected to a 2.3-mile walking trail, perfect for attendees who want to begin their day with a sunrise jog or end their day with a sunset stroll. The on-site fitness center and outdoor pool offer additional opportunities to relax before and after the days of learning.

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel

Additionally, the Sonesta offers complimentary overnight self-parking in its garage. And, it is a pet-friendly hotel. See the website for details.


A special room block has been arranged at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel in the beautiful Hill Country. The Sonesta will be the site of the GeoTalk podcast room, the GeoU opening reception on the evening of November 16, all co-located short course activities on November 17 – 18, the November 18 Happy Hour, and the November 19 certification exams and marketing course.

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel
12525 Bee Cave Parkway
Austin, TX 78738
+1 512 483 5902
Room Discount Code: 0503TRIENV