Segmental Retaining Wall DesignGeosynthetics Risk Management ProgramNAUE SecuSlope MSE Design SoftwareRetaining walls program at GeoAmericas 2016When GeoAmericas 2016 convenes in Miami, April 10 – 13, it will feature a robust retaining walls program. The related short courses, panel discussions, training lectures, and retaining walls program papers are listed below. Additionally, wall, embankment, and slope sector participants will have access to more than 100 affiliated engineering and construction presentations and an exhibit hall with experts and material suppliers from throughout the Americas. For information on registration for the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, or to book your accommodations at the conference site (Loews Miami Beach Hotel), visit


QA/QC of Geosynthetic-Reinforced MSE Walls
Instructors: Dr. George Koerner, P.E. and Dr. Robert Koerner, P.E. (Learn more)
Design of Retaining Walls, Steep Slopes, and Embankments Using Geosynthetic Reinforcement
Instructor: Mike Bernardi, P.E. (Learn more)
Advancement of Design Concepts with Geosynthetics
Moderator: Mike Adams, FHWA (Learn more)


NCMA SRW Design, Inspection, and Construction Best Practices Guide
Speaker: Don Armstrong, P.E., Anchor Wall Systems
Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Walls in Tiered Configurations
Speaker: Prof. Chungsik Yoo, Sungkyunkwan University and IGS Vice President


Instrumentation of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil – Integrated Bridge Systems (GRS – IBS)
Ashley MacMillan, Geocomp
Nonisothermal Response of Reinforcing Geosynthetics in Thermally-active Geotechnical Systems
John McCartney, University of California
Pauto J Facilities, Soil Reinforced Wall
Diego Otero, Geosistemas Pavco
Case Study: Instrumentation of a Hybrid MSE Wall System With Up To 2 m Vertical Spacing Between Reinforcements
Burak Tanyu, George Mason University
Evaluation of Instrumentation of Two Geogrid Reinforced Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls
Ragui Wilson-Fahmy, Parsons Brinckerhoff
What Possibly Could Go Wrong – Stabilization of MSE Slopes in Southeast US
Michael Yako, GEI Consultants, Inc
Performance of Terramesh System 23m height retaining wall through the monitoring of deformations
Analysis of installation damage tests for LRFD calibration of reinforced soil structures
Richard Bathurst, Royal Military College of Canada
Geogrid Penetrations in MSE Retaining Walls
Paul Frankenberger, Tencate
Long-term Monitoring of Alkalinity at the Geogrid-Block Interface at a Full Scale Masonry Block Retaining Wall
George Koerner, GSI
P-Y Curves for Laterally Loaded Piles in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Earth Walls
Hisham Nofal, CH2MHill
Evaluation of Passive Soil-Geogrid Load Transfer Mechanisms using Transparent Soils
Xin Peng, The University of Texas at Austin
Case Studies of In-Place Rehabilitation of Failing MSE and H-Pile Walls
Colby Barrett, GSI
Minimum Average Roll Value (MARV) – Impact on the Calculation of Long-Term Strength
Michael Bernardi, Strata Systems
Geotextile-Reinforced Fill Slope along a Highway to Canada’s Arctic Coast
Earl Marvin de Guzman, University of Manitoba
Behavior of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Walls with Poor Quality Backfills
Robert  Holtz, University of Washington
Design of reinforced piled earth structures under static and variable loads
Christian Moormann, Institute for Geotechnical Engineering/University of Stuttgart
Long-Term Performance of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Wall – Effect of Rainfall
Chungsik Yoo, Sungkyunkwan University
All Rocks Are Not Created Equal: How Lightweight Aggregate Fill Can Enhance GeoStabilization Applications
Imani Brodie, Stalite
The Design and Construction of a Bridge Approach Embankment Utilizing Mechnically Stabilized Earth Walls with Geogrid-Reinforced Pulverized Fuel Ash Fill
Chaido Doulala-Rigby, Tensar International Limited
Case Study of an MSE Crusher Wall in Pennsylvania
Marco Isola, Maccaferri
A Fully Geosynthetic Shored Reinforced Earth Wall
Soizic Kerfontain, Terre Armée
High tenacity polyester linear straps in non-standard reinforced soil MSE retaining structures: design method and case studies
Giulia Lugli, Maccaferri Inc.


In addition to the core retaining walls program, the technical sessions at GeoAmericas 2016 include substantial engineering and construction discussions that are affiliated with wall design: transportation engineering (30 presentations), design and modeling (17), drainage and filtration (15), materials testing (15), mining (12), stability (10), and sustainability (7). More than 30 world case histories will be included in a special track. These papers include crusher wall design, MSE stability analysis, seismic behavior of reinforced walls, drainage design for walls and slopes, embankment stabilization, and much more.
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GeoAmericas 2016