The Road Ahead - Transportation Engineering with GeosyntheticsThe Road Ahead - Transportation Engineering with GeosyntheticsThe Road Ahead - Transportation Engineering with GeosyntheticsThe GeoAmericas 2016 transportation engineering track will hold paper presentation sessions on April 11 and 12 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on South Beach. These sessions will present state of practice solutions and state-of-the-art ideas to enrich engineers, contractors, and other project stakeholders.
The full GeoAmericas 2016 conference–the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics–will be held April 10 – 13.
In addition to the papers noted below, GeoAmericas 2016 will include:

  • A keynote address on “Stabilization of Paved Roads Using Geosynthetics” (the 2015/2016 Mercer Lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Jorge Zornberg, P.E.)
  • A panel discussion on advancing design concepts with geosynthetics led by FHWA’s Mike Adams
  • Training lectures on embankments on soft soils; reinforced pavements; and utilization of GeoTechTools for transportation applications
  • Short courses on low-volume roads; FHWA’s GRS-IBS approach; and MSE wall design and inspection
  • Affiliated technical sessions focused on reinforced walls (23 presentations), ground improvement (11), drainage and filtration (15), testing of geosynthetic materials (17), and sustainability (7)
  • An international exhibit hall with manufacturers and service providers who supply transportation projects from northern Canada to the southern tip of South America


11 April 2016
10:30am – 12:00pm
Chair: Gabriela Mariscal
Co-Chair: Burak Tanyu
Evaluation of a Finite Element Based Model for Base Reinforcement – Steve Perkins, Montana State University, USA
Full-Scaled Accelerated Load Testing of Geosynthetics Reinforced/Stabilized Paved Roads built over Native Soft Subgrade – Abu-Farsakh Murad, Louisiana State University, USA
Mountain Byway Frost Heave Prevention and Results – Mark Sikkema, Tencate, USA
Applications & Recommended Practices Using an Enhanced Lateral Drainage Reinforcement Geosynthetic in Roadways Under Unsaturated Conditions – Brett Odgers, Tencate, USA
11 April 2016
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Chair: Joel Sprague
Co-Chair: Joe O’Neill
Geogrids Used as Subgrade Stabilisation – Experiences from Large-Scale Field Trials – Joerg Klompmaker, BBG Bauberatung Geokunststoffe, Germany
Stabilization Reinforcement Geotextile Unpaved Road Design Method Calibrations – Bruce Lacina, Tencate, USA
Geogrids Reinforced Base Course Performance in a Full Scale Trial Study – Chiwan Hsieh, National Pingtung University of Science & Technology, Taiwan
The Use of Engineered Reinforcement Geosynthetics to Address Severe Railway Track Settlement Problems – Rene Laprade, Tencate, Canada
Improvement of Safety for Runway Side Areas with Geosynthetics – Christian Psiorz, NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
12 April 2016
10:30pm – 12:00pm
Chair: Brett Odgers
Co-Chair: Moreno Scotto
Pavement Rehabilitation with Asphalt Reinforcement: Validation of the Basic Parameters for a Long-Term Performance – Andreas Elsing, Huesker, Germany
Geosynthetic Stabilization and Reinforcement versus Cementitious Stabilization in Roadway Construction and Design – Bruce Lacina, Tencate, USA
Use of Vertical Deformation Monitoring to Evaluate Effectiveness of Geosynthetic Reinforcements to Mitigate Distress of Pavements Constructed on Expansive Subgrades – Gholam Hossein Roodi, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Full-Scale Trafficking of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Road Sections – Joel Sprague, TRI/Environmental, USA
P-ACB/M and Integrated Geosynthetic Pavement System – Santino Piccoli, Tencate, USA
Analysis of Geogrid-Reinforced Flexible Pavement Systems Using Confined Stiffness Approach – Ranjiv Gupta, Geosyntec Consultants, USA
Learn more about GeoAmericas 2016, the 49 technical sessions, 4 keynote lectures, short courses, social and networking events, and participating companies at
GeoAmericas 2016