Geo-Structural Aspects of Pavements, Railways, and Airfields (GAP 2019) is an interdisciplinary transportation engineering forum designed to foster communication between the three primary transportation sectors. The collaborative environment, supported by public agencies and private sector companies, advances pavement and embankment engineering technologies.

The conference will be held 4 – 7 November 2019 at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado and offer a technical tour of the renowned Tranportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo.

Three pre-conference short courses will be held November 4. Engineers working with geosynthetics may be particularly interested in the new course from Dr. Jorge Zornberg and Dr. Erol Tutumluer: “Geosynthetics for the Design of Pavements, Railways, and Airfields.” Space is limited! Register now.

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ZORNBERG & TUTUMLUER COURSE DESCRIPTION

Zornberg and Tutumluer are two of the most well-known design-oriented researchers in geosynthetics. This new course is one they’ve designed to pull together the broad range of transportation engineering design each has contributed to the field.

In describing the course, they write:

Geosynthetics provide sustainable alternatives for enhanced performance, durability and cost-effectiveness of pavements, railways and airfields. This short course provides an integrated view of the multiple applications of geosynthetics in these three transportation modes. This includes the mechanisms involved in the different applications, the identification of relevant properties, the available design methodologies, and case histories involving the use of geosynthetics in pavements, railways and airfields.

An outline of the main topics to be covered is as follows:

  • Geosynthetics: Types and Functions
  • Structural Capacity of Pavements, Railways and Airfields
  • Overview of Geosynthetic applications in Pavements
  • Overview of Geosynthetics in Railways and Airfields
  • Geosynthetics for Retardation of Asphalt Reflective Cracking
  • Geosynthetics for Reduction of Subgrade Soil Intermixing
  • Geosynthetics for Stabilization of Base and Ballast
  • Geosynthetics for Stabilization of Subgrades
  • Geosynthetics for Mitigation of Environmental Loads
  • Geosynthetics for Enhanced drainage
  • Path Forward & Closure

This is a full-day (8 hrs.) short course, organized on behalf of the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA). Course attendees will complete the short course with a working knowledge on the characteristics of different geosynthetics and their use to solve specific problems in the structural design of pavements, railways and airfields.

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Seats for each class are limited.
Costs: Full-Day Course, USD $325; Half-Day Course, USD $225