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Geosynthetics 2015 ‘best in 10 years’

February 27th, 2015 / By: / Division News, Member News

The Industrial Fabrics Association International hosted the Geosynthetics 2015 conference, which co-located with the International Erosion Control Association’s Environmental Connection Conference, February 15-18, 2015 in Portland, Ore. This biennial event explored advances and innovations shaping civil, geotechnical, and geo-environmental communities.

The combined conferences were a huge success totaling more than 2,700 attendees and more than 240 exhibitors, shattering previous conference records.

The 2015 Geosynthetics Conference was complete with a host of educational components including technical sessions and six full-day short courses offering participants professional development hours. Also included in the conference were plenary and technical sessions covering everything from the Oso, Wash., landslide and installation techniques to environmental applications and soil improvement. Noted geosynthetics professionals including Scott Burns, Shaun Stauffer, Boyd Ramsey, and Stan Boyle conducted the plenary sessions.

This year, the conference also featured the launch of the Introduction Series. Designed for new users, this free series of short, targeted presentations taught participants the basics of what geosynthetics are and how they fit into various projects.

“This was the best Geo Show I have attended in more than 10 years,” said Andrew Aho, V.P. of Operations at IFAI. “Walking around the show floor, I would say this was the busiest on record. Participants continued engaging with each other long after the floor closed. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 should be an amazing show.”

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 will take place March 12-15, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. and will be co-organized with ASCE’s Geo-Institute GeoCongress. This event will be the third edition of the co-organized conference, combining the Geosynthetics and GeoCongress conferences. For information or questions about Geotechnical Frontiers, contact Barbara Connett.

Geosynthetics 2015 was organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), supported by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), and conducted under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).