International Geosynthetics Society

International Geosynthetics Society
A chart of the International Conferences on Geosynthetics from Jorge Zornberg’s “President’s Corner” column in the July 2013 issue IGS News.

In the opening column to the International Geosynthetics Society‘s IGS News (Volume 29, Issue 2), IGS President Jorge Zornberg notes, “The conferences of the IGS have played a remarkable role in the development of geosynthetic products and their applications.” Dr. Zornberg subsequently takes the reader through a brief history of the IGS conferences, with a particular emphasis on the quadrennial International Conference on Geosynthetics (ICG) as a way to introduce the forthcoming 10 ICG (Berlin, 21-25 September 2014).
This is a common refrain in IGS events and the work of its 2000+ individual members and 300+ corporate members: understanding how the history of geosynthetics—applications, research, event participation—plays an enormous role in the discipline’s future.
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The rest of the issue underscores this idea with contributions from Russell Jones on IGS Chapter activity and K. Rajagopal on the online paper library available freely to IGS members; multiple past and future event updates; international “Educate the Educators” programs; and much more.
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Russell Jones’s IGS Chapters report includes a international chapter activity index–the results of which may surprise some. Click on the image to view it larger.

The online paper library, it should be noted, is a significant achievement, as many more events that have been held under the auspices of the IGS are now granting permission to the society to post the old papers in the IGS’s secure-access online library. The current issue of IGS News notes that the following events have been added:

  • Proc. of the 1st International Conference on the use of fabrics in Geotechnics (1977), Paris, France
  • Proc. of the 2nd International Conference on Geosynthetics (1982), Las Vegas, USA
  • Proc. of the 3rd International Conference on Geotextiles (1986), Vienna, Austria
  • Proc. of the 7th International Conference on Geosynthetics (2002), Nice, France
  • Proc. of the 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics (2010), Guaruja, Brazil
  • Proc. of Earth Reinforcement Conference (1992) IS Kyushu, Japan
  • Proc. of Earth Reinforcement Conference (1996) IS Kyushu, Japan
  • Proc. of Earth Reinforcement Conference (2001) IS Kyushu, Japan
  • Proc. of EuroGeo-I (1996), Maastricht, The Netherlands

More events will be added as this project expands.

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A membrane wall installation in the Netherlands. Learn about this and many other projects and applications in IGS News.


  • News from Argentina, Italy, the United States, Canada, and elsewhere
  • A report from May’s CEN/TC 189 meeting in London
  • Key events coming up (e.g., RemTech 2013, Geosintec Iberia 1)
  • Case studies from Australia, Singapore, India, and United Kingdom

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