Geosynthetics: On the road again

The short course “Geosynthetics in Roadways” held in March in Roseville, Calif., and Irvine, Calif., provided training on appropriate and cost-effective use of geosynthetics in roadway applications, examining the use of geotextiles, geogrids and edge drains in pavement structures. Applications of filtration, drainage, roadway separation, roadway reinforcement, roadway subgrade improvement, and pavement overlays were addressed. 

Speakers included Dr. Bob Holtz, professor emeritus at the University of Washington, who has given many presentations at seminars and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He is author, co-author or editor of 23 books and book chapters, including Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, 2nd Edition, as well as technical papers, discussions, reviews and major reports.

L. David Suits, MSCE, executive director of the North American Geosynthetics Society, also presented. Retired from
the New York State Department of Transportation, he served there as the Soils Engineering Laboratory supervisor, overseeing testing and approval of geosynthetics for use by the department. Suits has more than 35 years of experience in geosynthetics and geosynthetics testing and is author or co-author of numerous papers, articles and textbook chapters on geosynthetics .

The next short course will be held in April in Seattle, Wash. Details will be available soon on the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) website.