Geosynthetics 2013 co-locating with SWGEC and GRI-25

Top geo industry organizations combine for mega-trade show and conferences

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced today that its Geosynthetics 2013 conference and trade show will co-locate April 1-4, 2013 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA, with the Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference (SWGEC), and the Geosynthetics Institute's GRI-25 Conference.

According to conference chair Sam Allen, Vice President/Division Manager of TRI Environmental, "This industry event is unique in its ability to gather the manufacturing, engineering, installation and academic communities for in-depth technical discussion, professional advancement and maximum business growth. These key opportunities increase exponentially with direct involvement and contribution. An excellent investment and return is realized."

The Geosynthetics 2013 conference theme is Geosynthetics for Water & Energy Challenges, and attendees will see a large array of all the major new developments in geosynthetics engineering and technologies. The conference spans four days of technical programming, including short courses, panel discussions and papers, plenary lectures and receptions.

Professor Bob Holtz, Ph.D, P.E., University of Washington praises the value of IFAI's Geosynthetics trade event: "With one exception, I've attended every biennial Geosynthetics conference since 1987, and each one of them was technically excellent and professionally rewarding. I always learned something new and exciting from the technical sessions, short courses, exhibition, and special events."

Geosynthetics 2013 is organized by IFAI, which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2012. IFAI's support of the industrial fabrics industry includes numerous contributions specifically to the world of geosynthetic materials. IFAI has been a linchpin organization in this regard, supporting and growing the geosynthetics industry.

  • As a not-for-profit organization, IFAI has invested millions of dollars back to the industry though its conferences, publications and programs.
  • Organizing successful geosynthetics industry events since 1982, IFAI conferences have provided networking opportunities and exposure to the industry for engineers, specifiers, contractors, government agencies and academics.
  • At the request of a fledgling industry more than four decades ago, IFAI started a geosynthetic division to help build the industry and provide a forum for the development of specification and standardization.
  • IFAI's geosynthetic division (now GMA, Geosynthetic Materials Association) has put a total of more than $4 million into programs for the industry, including the development of education, specifications and standardization, and government relations.
  • IFAI's publications arm has published geosynthetics journals and nearly three decades of the industry-leading magazine, Geosynthetics magazine (formerly GFR), totaling almost 200 issues.
  • IFAI has worked collegially and professionally with other geosynthetic organizations including IGS (International Geosynthetics Society), NAGS (North American Geosynthetics Society), and GSI (the Geosynthetic Institute).

An esteemed advisory conference committee has been established and includes:

  • Sam Allen, Vice President/Division Manager, TRI Environmental, Co-chair
  • Prof. Robert Holtz, University of Washington, Co-chair
  • L. David Suits, NAGS Executive Director, Education Chair
  • Stan Boyle, PhD, PE, Vice President, Shannon Wilson, Technical Paper Co-chair
  • Shobha Bhatia, PhD., Syracuse University, Technical Paper Co-chair
  • Mark DeSalvatore, Geotechnical Services, California DOT, Member at Large
  • Andrew Aho, GMA Managing Director, IFAI
  • Ron Bygness, Editor, Geosynthetics magazine
  • Barbara Connett, Technical Program Manager, IFAI
  • Deb Stender, Event Director/Secretary General, IFAI

Exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities are available to companies that market geotechnical products and services. More information can be found on the event website or by contacting Elizabeth Welsh at

Geosynthetics 2013 is supported by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS); the Geosynthetics Institute (GSI) and Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA); under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS); and is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).

Online registration will be available soon at event websites for Geosynthetics 2013, GRI-25 and SWGEC. For more information visit

Proposal information is available on the event website and submissions are being accepted online at through Feb. 8, 2012. Abstract submissions begin Feb. 15.

Questions? Contact Barbara Connett, Technical Program Manager, at

 Geosynthetics 2013 Call for Proposals extended to Feb. 8, 2012

This Call for Proposals is issued to solicit Technical Session Chairs, Short Courses and Panel Discussions.

Please submit proposals online at

Panel Discussions
Panel discussions are 90-minute sessions that bring professionals together for discussion and debate about technical and non-technical subjects and industry issues, such as political influences or social trends and their impact. Panel Discussions have a facilitator with several panelists to present differing viewpoints. A published summary of the discussion is possible

  • Proposals should include an outline and title, a synopsis of the expected outcome of the discussion, preliminary names for facilitators and panelists. Facilitators are responsible for securing panel members and organizing the panel discussion. Meeting room and standard AV equipment (laptop, projector and sound), will be provided.

Short Courses
Short Courses will be emphasized in the technical program. Geosynthetics 2013 is committed to providing continuing education opportunities for participants. Short Courses at Geosynthetics 2013 may include beginner, intermediate and advanced courses.

  • Proposals should include the course title, a description of the course with a summary of its learning objectives, a list of instructors and their qualifications, a summary of course handouts, and whether the course should be scheduled as a half or full day. Also indicate whether the course will offer professional development hours (PDHs).

Technical Paper Sessions
Technical Paper Sessions are 90 minutes in length during which four to six related papers are presented by their authors. Multiple papers that present various facets of a project are encouraged.

Multiple sessions with a related theme are possible. Technical Paper Sessions require at least one Session Chair who solicits paper submissions (if needed), conducts anonymous reviews and conducts the session onsite. Co-chairs are preferred but are not required. Complete Session Chair responsibilities are available online.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Energy
  • Drainage
  • Mining
  • Water
  • Dams and Levees
  • Environmental
  • Case Histories
  • Renewable Energy
  • Conveyance and Storage
  • Failures • Agriculture / Aquaculture
  • Foundations
  • Transportation
  • Shoreline and Water Protection
  • Geo-Hazards
  • Geosynthetics Properties
  • Ground Improvement
  • Hydrofracking
  • Temporary Roads
  • Other

 Technical Paper Program Submission Deadlines

  • Proposals due Feb. 8, 2012 online at
  • Abstract submissions begin Feb. 15, 2012 online at

 Questions? Contact Barbara Connett, Technical Program Manager, at