A record-setting 1900+ participants attended Geo-Frontiers 2011 in Dallas, Texas

More than 1920 participants attended Geo-Frontiers 2011 in Dallas, a conference featuring advances in geotechnical engineering, among other highlights. The event was co-organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA), the Geo-Institute (G-I) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), and held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

The exhibit hall was the scene of a celebratory opening night reception that filled the aisles of the hall Monday evening. Exhibitors were happy with record-setting attendance and stayed busy through selected open hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The event featured six full-day short courses, four plenary session lectures, more than 450 papers presented in 89 technical sessions (many with standing-room only), student activities and competitions, ample time for networking, in addition to the busy exhibit hall.

The short courses kicked off the conference, offering specialized content for beginners to advanced attendees:

  • Advanced Principles of Slope Stability Analysis
  • Augured Cast-In-Place (ACIP) Piles: Design, Construction, Load Test, and Case Studies
  • Design and Construction of Bottom Liner and Cover Systems
  • Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil
  •  Geosynthetic Test Procedures and Material Specifications
  •  Recent Trends in Ground Improvement

Each course offered attendees seven professional development hours.

The four plenary sessions included:

  • H. Bolton Seed Lecture, "Risk and Reward - Geotechnical Engineering and the Alberta Oil Sands" by Norbert Morgenstern
  • Peck Lecture, "Seismic Design of Underground Structures: Lessons from the Failure of the Daikai Station" by Antonio Bobet
  • Terzaghi Lecture, "Seismic Measurements and Geotechnical Engineering" by Kenneth Stokoe
  • Mercer Lecture, "Use of Geosynthetics to Improve Seismic Performance of Earth Structures" by Junichi Koseki

The Geosynthetic Research Institute's annual conference (GRI-24) took place all day March 16, featuring 20 papers on the meeting's theme, "Optimizing Sustainability Using Geosynthetics."

The exhibit hall was also the location for the popular Geo-Challenge Student Competition on Monday night. Students took advantage of education sessions and students from the University of Texas at Arlington, under the leadership of Professor Anand Puppala, volunteered throughout the entire conference.

Stay tuned.
Plans for Geosynthetics 2013 are in the works. For information, contact Todd Lindemann, +651 225 6918; 800 486 3958; tvlindemann@ifai.com.

About IFAI
The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a business trade association promoting the products and innovations of the specialty fabrics industry since 1912, and is comprised of over 1,900 member companies in more than 54 countries. Visit www.ifai.com for more information.

About Geo-Frontiers
Geo-Frontiers is one of a series of technical textile events organized by IFAI, the industry association. Find out more about the world of IFAI conferences:

Geosynthetics is the official publication of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of IFAI. Published since 1983, Geosynthetics provides timely and accurate industry information about geosynthetic products, applications and services for civil engineers, distributors, contractors and developers. Each issue is packed with case studies, technical articles, and industry news and updates.

The Geosynthetics website offers the latest industry news, Geo blog, GMA Techline, reader comments and a vast archive of articles.