At the Opening Ceremony of GA2012. (From Left to Right: Dr. N. Phienwej, Prof. F. Tatsuoka, Ir. M. Sadlier, Prof. D.T. Bergado, Prof. J. Zornberg, Prof. S. Horpibulsuk, Prof. X.W. Tang and Prof. H.Y. Jeon)
Geosynthetics Asia 2012

The 5th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (GA2012) with theme on Geosynthetics for Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change was successfully held at Centara Grand Lardprao Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand last 13 to 15 December 2012. GA2012 was organized by IGS-Thailand Chapter, Asian Center for Soil Improvement (ACSIG) and Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). Prof. Dennes T. Bergado and Prof. Suksun Horpibulsuk served as Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Organzing Committee.

The aim of GA2012 was to bring together geosynthetics researchers, consultants, owners, manufacturers, distributors, project regulators, contractors and academics in order to share their knowledge, update information, advance technologies and discuss recent developments in the following general topics:

  • PVDs and Drainage
  • Erosion Control
  • Barrier and Environmental
  • Natural Fibers and Innovation
  • Reinforcement
  • Case Histories


Ribbon cutting ceremony during official opening of the International Exhibition of GA2012. See here, Profs. Zornberg, Tatsuoka, and Bergado.
Geosynthetics Asia 2012

GA2012 has been honored and benefited to have 6 Keynote Lectures presented by Prof. Jian Chu, Ir. Chris Lawson, Prof. Takeshi Katsumi, Prof. Han Yong Jeon, Prof. Chungsik Yoo, and Prof. Jiro Kuwano and 6 Theme Lectures presented by Prof. Jin-Chun Chai, Ir. Tack Weng Yee, Prof. Abdelmalek Bouazza, Prof. K. Rajagopal, Prof. Yoshihisa Miyata and Ir. Mike Sadlier. The Keynotes and Theme Lectures covered the aforementioned topics of the Conference. Moreover, Sessions on Country Reports and Student Papers were also organized. All abstracts and full papers have been peer-reviewed prior to their acceptance and inclusions in the proceedings. The proceedings contained 129 papers contributed by authors from 25 countries. We wish to acknowledge the assistance of the Technical Committee in reviewing and maintaining high standards on the quality of the papers as well as the hard work of the Organizing Committee. The Organizing Committee, also heartfully thanks, the Keynote, Theme and Technical Lecturers for their important contributions. There were more than 320 participants in the Conference.

A One-Day Short Course on Basic Properties and Applications of Geosynthetics was also conducted on 12 December 2012 at the Centara Grand Lardprao Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. There were 12 Resource Persons consisting of Ir. Chris Lawson, Prof. Abdelmalek Bouazza, Ir. John Cowland, Prof. Jin-Chun Chai, Prof. Chungsik Yoo, Prof. Jiro Kuwano, Prof. K. Rajagopal, Dr. Warat Kongkitkul, Dr. Sompote Youwai, and Dr. Suttisak Soralump and Prof. Suksun Horpibulsuk. There were more than 50 participants in the Short Course.

The Conference and Short Course were officially opened by Prof. Jorge Zornberg, (IGS President).

Geosynthetics Asia 2012The Exhibition was officially opened by Prof. Jorge Zornberg (IGS President), Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka (IGS Immediate Past-President), and Prof. Dennes T. Bergado (Conference Chairman).

The supports of the Exhibitors/Sponsors are hereby acknowledged by the Organizing Committee. The Sponsorship/Exhibitions were classified into Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Lunch Sponsors as follows:

  • HUESKER Synthetic GmbH – Platinum
  • Maccaferri Asia – Platinum
  • Huikwang Corporation (HUITEX) – Platinum
  • NAUE GmbH & Co. KG – Platinum
  • Reinforced Earth – Platinum
  • SKZ – TeConA GmbH – Platinum
  • Tencate Geosynthetics (Thailand) Ltd. – Platinum
  • Anchorsol – Platinum
  • Dae Youn Geotech Co., Ltd. – Gold
  • TRI Geosynthetic Testing and Services ( Suzhou) Co. Ltd. – Gold
  • Tenax International BV – Gold
  • Alyaf Industrial Company Ltd. – Gold
  • GSE Lining Technology Co., Ltd. – Gold
  • Vigor Merger Co., Ltd. – Gold
  • Ronnachai Engineering PL – Gold
  • Solmax International Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. – Silver
  • DAEHAN i.m. Co., Ltd. – Silver
  • Okasan Livic Co., Ltd. – Silver
  • Laviosa Chimica Mineraria Spa – Silver
  • FECON Foundation Engineering and Underground Construction Joint Stock Company – Silver
  • ACE Geosynthetics – Silver
  • Thrace Nonwovens & Geosynthetics SA – Silver
  • Seven States Enterprise Co. Ltd. – Silver
  • Jiangsu Jiuding New Material Co. Ltd. – Silver
  • NewGrids Ltd / BOSTD Geosynthetics Qingdao Ltd. – Silver
  • Charankattu Coir Mfg Co P Ltd – Silver
  • Bonar Technical Fabrics NV – Silver
  • CTM Technical Textiles Ltd. – Silver
  • Taian Modern Plastic Co. Ltd. – Silver
  • Anhui Huifeng New Construction Materials Co. Ltd. – Silver
  • BAK Asia Co. Ltd – Silver
  • Thai Vinyter Co. Ltf. – Silver
  • National Jute Board – Bronze
  • TenCate Geosynthetics (THAILAND) Ltd. – Lunch
  • Maccaferri Asia – Lunch
  • Moh and Associates – Lunch
  • CETEAU (Thailand) Ltd. – Lunch
  • Thai Piling Rig Co. Ltd. – Lunch
  • SPACCO Co. Ltd. – Lunch
  • Wulwith Co. Ltd. – Lunch
  • Thai Tenox Co. Ltd. – Lunch