Save the Date! GeoAmericas 2024 in Toronto

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) North American Chapter (IGS North America) has announced the dates for GeoAmericas 2024, the 5th Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics. The quadrennial event will be held 28 April - 1 May 2024 at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel in Toronto. The gathering will bring together stakeholders in mining, transportation, energy, sustainability, and other sectors for technical exchange, networking, career development, and...

The Testing Innovation Fellowship from IGS-NA

Last year, the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS North America) joined forces with the ASTM International's Committee D35 on Geosynthetics and the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) to launch a student fellowship program. The Testing Innovation Fellowship is aimed at transitioning geosynthetics-related research to ASTM International standards and to increasing student engagement in these professional organizations. IGS North...

GeoU 2022 Networking and Technical Tour Schedule

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GeoU 2022 co-locates five high-level, geosynthetics short courses and multiple engineering networking events, 5 – 8 April 2022 in Austin, Texas. Certification exams for each of the two-day short courses will be offered on the morning of April 8. The high-quality education is supported by exceptional networking for attendees and sponsors. It's a "work hard, play hard" format designed to optimize your professional takeaways. Key...

Reminder: 12 ICG Abstracts Due February 28

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The extended abstracts call for the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12 ICG) closes February 28! Be sure to submit your project, research, and application abstracts on time. 12 ICG will be held 17 – 21 September 2023 in Rome, Italy at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. It is the quadrennial, global event for the International Geosynthetics Society and one...

Rowe and Benson Lead PFAS Containment Webinar

Croydon, Pennsylvania / USA - February 6, 2019. Photo by Jana Shea, via Shutterstock Editorial Use Only License.
Professors Kerry Rowe (Queen's University, Canada) and Craig Benson (University of Virginia) will lead a live, online discussion with short presentations and significant audience interaction on January 13 at 1:00 pm EST. The topic: "PFAS Containment by Modern Liner Systems: the Good News – and the Bad!" REGISTER NOW What are these molecules? Where do they come from? Why are they...

5 Ways GeoU 2022 Enhances Professional Value

Image of the river along downtown Austin, Texas, site of GeoU 2023
GeoU 2022 combines expert geosynthetics instruction with exceptional networking. This in-person engineering professional development event will take place 5 - 8 April 2022 at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas. The dynamic community of attendees includes leading practitioners, companies, and agencies in waste management, environmental engineering, and reinforcement design and construction. Registrants save significantly on registration...

Ethics in Geosynthetics – An IGS North America Webinar

Boyd Ramsey - Ethics in Geosynthetics webinar
The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) North American Chapter (IGS North America) has run a very successful engineering webinars program, offering free sessions with top-tier speakers. The series has drawn registrants from around the world on matters such as electrical leak location, changing design frameworks for MSE walls, and, as in the final webinar of 2021 from the group, ethics. Engineer...

Advancing Pit Thermal Energy Storage

Construction of a Pit Thermal Energy Storage pond via Solmax
By Solmax - What does the next generation of Pit Thermal Energy Storage (PTES) look like? This question is the focus of the Efficient Pit research and development project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy via a resolution by the German Bundestag. Over the project’s four-year duration, project participants Solmax Geosynthetics GmbH and Solites,...

How Robotics Are Improving Geosynthetic Manufacturing

HUESKER uses robotics in base yarn manufacturing
The geosynthetics field developed out of—and remains deeply connected to—textile and fabric manufacturing. Many geosynthetic materials are produced using yarns and numerous manufacturers have other markets into which they sell materials such as fibers and base yarn that they produce. In a busy manufacturing plant, this involves repeated handling of reels. Operators use forklifts to move large pallets, and prongs and...

September Webinar Focuses on New Soft Rock Software

Geotextile sand containers (GSCs) have grown substantially in erosion control and scour protection applications. Beachfronts, ports, and property have all gained substantial protection using these “soft armor” solutions. NAUE’s Soft Rock product line is one of the leading brands in this application space. The company has launched a Soft Rock Software program to assist engineers in design. On a September...