Loews Miami Beach Hotel - GeoAmericas 2016GeoPrediction Competition, GeoAmericas 2016More than 40 countries are represented in the early registrations for GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics. The event organizers remind attendees that the best rate for rooms at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel ends March 9.
All GeoAmericas 2016 activities—sessions, lectures, exhibit hall, social events—will take place at the Loews, which is situated on Miami’s historic South Beach. The event will be held April 10 – 13.
Get the best rate on rooms at the Loews via the booking link at www.geoamericas2016.org/venue. Please use the Loews’ secure online reservation form or call the hotel directly at 1-888-879-0462 or 1-615-340-5778.
The Loews offers 790 guest rooms (including 57 luxury suites and two presidential suites). It is just 20 minutes from Miami International Airport and 35 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport. The hotel offers direct access to the beach.


The program for the event is being released this week!
The Young Professionals Program organizers remind interested participants that GeoPrediction Competition entries are due in March. Winners will be announced at the conference.
A full description of the geoprediction problem and submission criteria can be found at the link above.
A sample from it:

A geotextile-reinforced prototype mechanically-stabilized earth (MSE) wall was constructed using wrap-around facing with a width of 4m, a height of 4m and a length of 4m. The wall was built with 10 geotextile layers evenly spaced at 0.40m vertically. The reinforcement length was equal to 3.0m. The MSE wall was constructed atop a firm foundation that can be assumed to be rigid with first geotextile layer placed at the ground level.

The Young Professionals Program also features a career panel discussion, a student paper competition, and a volleyball social on Miami Beach. Learn more.
Dr. Neil Dixon (Loughborough University) will deliver the opening keynote address at GeoAmericas 2016. Topic to be announced shortly.
Dixon has been very active in geotechnical engineering research and geosynthetics. With Loughborough and the International Geosynthetics Society United Kingdom Chapter (IGS UK), for example, he has conducted substantial investigations into sustainability and geosynthetics. Geosynthetica spoke with Dixon and colleague Peter Assinder in Ghana in late 2013 as the studies entered their fourth year and larger data sets, reports, and papers were being compiled.
Most recently, Dixon published work on landslide monitoring, modeling deformation of geosynthetic-reinforced walls during construction, rail slope stability, and obtaining reliable carbon values for geosynthetics.
His wealth of insight nicely adds to the keynote lectures previously announced from Dr. Robert Koerner on lifetime prediction of exposed geosynthetics; Dr. Jorge Zornberg on the stabilization of paved roads; and a joint lecture on climate change and Dutch waterway engineering being utilized in the Americas. The joint lecture will be delivered by Dale Morris, Senior Economic Advisor at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, and Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami.
Keep up with the latest on GeoAmericas 2016 at the event website (www.geoamericas2016.org).
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