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IGS announces the “Educate The Educators” program

Educate The EducatorsWhy are your students, students from your alma mater and other Universities you hire from not graduating with knowledge of the “state of the art” of geotechnical engineering practices?

Let the geosynthetics industry teach you how to teach your students about geosynthetics.

Geosynthetics are the newest addition to “state of the art” engineering design and execution. Used for over 30 years, geosynthetics are critical to environmental and infrastructure civil construction. Geosynthetics are cost-effective, environmentally friendly and in many cases required by federal US regulations. Every major engineering firm has designated geosynthetic experts on staff.

Yet geosynthetics are taught in less than 45 engineering programs within the universities in the North America.

All of the geosynthetic industry societies and organizations are joining to sponsor a program to provide content and knowledge for geosynthetic education. Called “Educate the Educators: A Geosynthetics Training Program for University Professors.” It will be held in July 2015 in Austin, Texas. This program will provide content, materials and background to include geosynthetics in your universities engineering curriculum. The event presents a single 50 minute class on geosynthetics for the undergraduate level but also provides a framework for additional class content and resources up to and including a graduate level class on geosynthetics.

APPLY ONLINE TO PARTICIPATE

The sessions will be led by Dr. Richard Brachman of Queen’s University, Dr. Jorge Zornberg of The University of Texas and Barry Christopher. This is a non-commercial event being conducted under the auspices of the North American Geosynthetics Society and supported by the International Geosynthetics Society, the Geosynthetic Institute, the Geosynthetic Materials Association and other industry groups and companies.

With the exception of travel to and from Austin, all expenses will be paid. Priority will be given to those individuals judged to have influence over the content of the programs at their respective institutions.

Dates: July 28-29, 2015
Location: Austin, Texas

What is needed to apply: Copy of CV, listing of courses taught and a short commentary telling us how you can include this content in your universities curriculum.

We encourage you to both apply today and to spread the word on this program to those colleges and universities we may not reach. Please act promptly, spaces are limited. Please contact me using the information below if you have any additional questions.

APPLY ONLINE TO PARTICIPATE

Sincerely,
Boyd Ramsey
Chief Engineer – GSE Environmental LLC
GMA Chairman
Co-Chair IGS Technical Committee on Barriers
Email: BRamsey@GSEworld.com
Phone: +1.281.797.6183

GSI Fellowships for Graduate Students: Request For Proposals

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is delighted to announce a worldwide call for requests for proposals (RFPs) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. There will be numerous awards given, each for $5,000 (Note that this is a change from previous years of the program in that the terms are different and that the students can be pursuing either masters or doctoral degrees). Emphasis will be placed on relevant topics of interest and/or concern to the geosynthetics community. A list of possible topics (there are obviously many others) is available upon request. The proposals must be submitted in the following four page format (with no exceptions).

  • Page 1 – Letter of recommendation from student’s department head or advisor
  • Page 2 – Title and detailed abstract of proposed project
  • Page 3 – Student’s resume
  • Page 4 – Relevancy of topic to the geosynthetics community

The RFPs for the 2015-2016 academic year must be submitted to the undersigned by e-mail by June 12, 2015. Awards will be announced on, or before, July 30, 2015. Review of the proposals is by the nine-person Board of Directors of GSI. For information on the Geosynthetic Institute and past recipients, visit us at the following website: www.geosynthetic-institute.org/gsifellows.htm

-Jamie R. Koerner, Special Projects Coordinator, jrkoerner@verizon.net

2015 Student Paper Award Winner

2015 NAGS Student Paper Winner

Daniel Jones, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University

The 2015 Student Paper Award, sponsored by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), was presented to Daniel Jones from Queen’s University, Canada, at Geosynthetics 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Jones was presented with a USD $500 award and will also receive an invitation to present his winning paper in a special session at GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (10 – 13 April 2016, Miami, Florida).

The GeoAmericas invite will include a free full registration to the event plus a USD $1000 stipend towards travel expenses.

The paper was titled “Hydration of Geosynthetic Clay Liners in Antarctica.” Jones co-authored the work with Dr. R. Kerry Rowe (Department of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University) and Dr. Rebecca McWatters (Australian Antarctic Division, Department of the Environment, Austrlian Government), the latter of whom was honored with a NAGS Student Paper Award in 2009.

Jones presented the paper in Portland, in line with the rules of the NAGS Student Paper competition.

Selection of the winning paper is based on both the written paper and its oral presentation at a conference chosen by NAGS.

NAGS is not the only International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) chapter conducting a student paper competition. Each IGS chapter in the Americas is holding one, and the winner of each chapter competition will be invited to present at GeoAmericas 2016. They too will be offered a free full registration to GeoAmericas and USD $1000 travel stipend.

GeoAmericas 2016 (www.GeoAmericas2016.org) is being hosted by the North American Geosynthetics Society. This marks the first time the Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics will be held in the United States.

NAGS Board of Directors: 2015-2017

NAGS is pleased to announce their new Board of Directors.

NAGS Board of Directors: 2015-2017

  • President
    John Henderson
    , TenCate Geosynthetics

 

  • President Elect
    Dr. Richard W.I. Brachman
    ,  Queen’s Univ. Dept. of CE

 

  • Treasurer
    Corey Bobba
    , FHWA

 

  • Executive Director
    L. David Suits
    , NAGS

 

  • Vice-President
    Michael Bernardi
    , TenCate Geosynthetics
  • Vice-President
    Dr. Stan Boyle, P.E
    , Shannon & Wilson, Inc.

 

  • Vice-President
    Gabriela Mariscal
    , National Concrete Masonry Association

 

  • Vice-President
    Dr. John S. McCartney
    , University of California San Diego

 

  • Vice-President
    Dr. Dhani Narejo, P.E.

 

  • Past President
    Robert Mackey, P.E.
    , S2Li, Incorporated

 

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NAGS Announces their Biennial Meeting

Announcing the NAGS – North American Geosynthetics Society – Biennial Meeting in conjunction with the Geosynthetics 2015 Conference
When: 6 – 7 pm Monday, February 16, 2015
Where: Room E148 of the Convention Center (Note the change in room from the original announcement sent by e-mail.)

  • Come meet the 2015-2017 Board of Directors
  • Help recognize the outgoing Board members
  • Help us look ahead
  • and take a brief look back over the past two years

See you at the Meeting!
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GeoAmericas 2016 Call for Abstracts

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GeoAmericas 2016 — the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics — continues the GeoAmericas tradition of excellence established in Cancún (2008) and Lima (2012). The North American Geosynthetics Society, which is organizing the event, has opened the abstracts submission window.

DOWNLOAD CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (PDF)

Abstracts will be due 10 April 2015. Submit abstracts online at www.GeoAmericas2016.org.

SUBMIT ABSTRACTS

Abstracts in English of up to 400 words are invited on all applications utilizing geosynthetics. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mining
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Roads, Ports, and Railways
  • Slope Stability & Reinforced Structures
  • Sustainability
  • Tunnels
  • Durability of Geosynthetics
  • Waste Management
  • Testing
  • Quality Control & Quality Assurance (Construction and Manufacturing)

 

SPECIAL SESSION TOPICS
GeoAmericas 2016 will host some special sessions, as requested by the engineering community during the previous Call for Proposals. Abstracts are welcomed for special sessions consideration. They include:

  • Geosynthetic Stabilized Earth Walls with Clay as Reinforced Soil: Opportunities, Challenges and Experience
  • Finite Element Seepage Analysis Involving Geosynthetics
  • Limited Life Basal Reinforcement for an Embankment Built on Saturated Soft Clay
  • Installation Aspects of Soil Reinforcement Applications
  • Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Embankments Adjacent to Existing Structures – Design and Construction
  • Atypical Obstacles in Reinforced Soil Design
  • Lessons Learned From Failures
  • Geomembrane Stress Cracking Resistance Using Various Polymers
  • Geosynthetics in Energy Applications
  • Geomebrane Welding: What Have We Learned Over the Years
  • Geosynthetic Assets: Maximizing Your Return-on Investment
  • To Use or Not: Geosynthetics in Permanent Mining Structures, as Waste Dumps and Tailings Dams

 

LEARNING FROM EVERY REGION AND NATION
GeoAmericas 2016 does not have an overall theme; rather, the organizers seek to bridge nations and regions through their diverse engineering challenges and how engineers in one part of the Americas may learn from engineers in another. From Northern Canada to Cape Horn, a tremendous range of climates and infrastructure needs are found.

At GeoAmericas, the best of the geosynthetic solutions to these challenges will be represented.

IMPORTANT DATE FOR AUTHORS
6 January 2015: Call for abstracts opens
10 April 2015: Call for abstracts closes
15 April 2015: Authors notified
1 August 2015: First draft of papers due
15 September 2015: Reviews complete
30 November 2015: Final papers due
15 January 2016: Presenting authors must be registered

ABOUT GEOAMERICAS 2016
GeoAmericas 2016 (www.GeoAmericas2016.org) will provide an international forum for engineers, practitioners, and academe from throughout the Americas to explore current and future potential applications for geosynthetics. It offers an active marketplace for the promotion of geosynthetic products and technologies, and its keynote lectures, panel discussions, short courses, and technical sessions will offer exceptional knowledge transfer and networking opportunities.

The North American Geosynthetics Society (www.igs-na.org), which is the host chapter for GeoAmericas 2016, is a chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

GeoAmericas2016_LowesHotel_450wVenue and Accommodation
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

The hotel is located in Miami’s famous South Beach. A pedestrian area with phenomenal restaurants both on site and in immediate walking distance. If you would like to be entertained at one of South Beach’s many world renowned elegant restaurants or if you are ready to simply relax and enjoy vibrant night life. If you are interested in hosting additional corporate meetings or activities during or around GeoAmericas 2016 please contact Elizabeth Peggs (epeggs@minervatri.com) for assistance in coordination.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GEOAMERICAS 2016

GeoAmericas2016.org

Sign up for the newsletter on the GeoAmericas 2016 website: www.GeoAmericas2016.org.

GeoAmercicas® 2016 is Hosted by NAGS (North American Geosynthetics Society), Managed by Minerva-Technology, Resources & Information and held under the Auspices of the IGS (International Geosynthetics Society).

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2015 NAGS Election Candidate Biographies

The NAGS 2015 Election is open from 3 December until 17 December 2014.

Ballots will be cast electronically.  Each member in good standing may cast one vote each for President Elect and Treasurer.

There are 3 open Vice Presidential seats on the board. Each NAGS Member in good standing may cast up to 3 votes for the Vice Presidential seats, the order of selection of up to 3 candidates does not affect the weight of the vote – each vote shall count as one point for the candidate. The 3 candidates with the highest number of votes will be the successful candidates.

To review the candidates biographies, please click here.

 

NAGS Accepting Board Of Directors Nominations

Dear Members:

In preparation for our upcoming biannual meeting to be held at the Geosynthetics 2015 Conference in Portland, OR, we are preparing for elections for the NAGS board of directors. At this moment, there will be 3 Vice President Positions open and 1 president elect position open.

The positions that are up for re-election/replacement are currently held by Jay McKelvey (VP), Richard Brachman(VP), Dhani Narejo (VP) and Corey Bobba (Treasurer). The president elect position is open and must be chosen from the current BOD.

If you know of anyone that would be interested in becoming active with the North American Chapter of the IGS (North American Geosynthetics Society), please offer a nomination for the position by responding to the following e-mail: info@igs-na.org. Each nomination should be accompanied by a brief biography and picture of the nominee.

For your information, the current Board Members and their status are noted below:

Position

Position Open for Nominations

Currently Held By

Term status

Eligible for re-election?

Eligible for election as president elect?

President

NO

Bob Mackey

Completing 2nd yr of 2 yr term as president

NO

NO

President Elect

YES

John Henderson

Completing 2nd yr of 2 yr term prior to becoming president

No Action Required

NO

Treasurer

YES

Corey Bobba

Completing 1st 4 yr term

YES

YES

Vice President

NO

Mike Bernardi

2nd year of 4 year term

No Action Required

YES

Vice President

YES

Richard Brachman

Completing 1st 4 yr term

YES

YES

Vice President

YES

Jay McKelvey

Completing 2nd 4 yr term

NO

??

Vice President

YES

Dhani Narejo

Completing 1st 4 yr term

YES

YES

Member at Large

NO

Gabrielle Mariscall

1st year of 2 yr appointment

No Action Required

YES

Past President

NO

Dean Sandri

Completing 2nd year as past president

N/A

NO

Dean Sandri, PE, Past President, North American Geosynthetics Society
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GeoAmericas 2016 Call for Proposals

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GeoAmericas 2016 — the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics — , hosted by NAGS, will be held at the Lowes Hotel on South Beach in Miami, Florida 10 – 13 April 2016. The event will continue the quadrennial GeoAmericas tradition of excellence, providing a forum for engineers, practitioners and academe from the Americas to explore current and future potential applications for geosynthetics. The Call for Proposals for short courses, training lectures, and technical sessions has been issued.

DOWNLOAD THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS (PDF)

Proposals for short courses, training lectures, and technical sessions will be due 15 November 2014. Sign up for the newsletter on the GeoAmericas website: www.GeoAmericas2016.org.

Note: The Call for Abstracts—for individual papers—will be issued in January 2015.

More about GeoAmericas 2016
GeoAmericas 2016 is developing a program to advance the knowledge and understanding of geosynthetics at every level, from novice to expert. All will be provided with an opportunity to gain and share knowledge.

Considering the diverse range of interests and applications, the conference has chosen not to isolate a theme; rather, the event will facilitate learning and dialogue on the key issues faced by geosynthetic communities throughout the Pan-American region.

Key application sectors will include, but are not limited to, transportation, mining, infrastructure, waste, and water. Other relevant discussions may focus on improving the quality and durability of works through the application of geosynthetics.

As with previous GeoAmericas conferences, the technical calls have been divided, with the Call for Proposals preceding the Call for Abstracts. This division will help the individual paper authors more accurately slot their submissions into the larger technical program.

GeoAmericas Important Dates

  • 15 November 2014: Call for Proposals Closes
  • 6 January 2015: Call for Abstracts OPENS
  • 10 April 2015: Call for Abstracts CLOSES
  • 15 April 2015: Authors Notified
  • 1 August 2015: First Drafts of Papers Due
  • 15 September 2015: Reviews Complete
  • 15 September 2015: Tech Committee Meeting
  • 30 November 2015: Final Papers Due
  • 15 January 2016: Authors must be registered. Papers to proceedings.

GeoAmericas2016_LowesHotel_450wVenue and Accommodation
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

The hotel is located in Miami’s famous South Beach. A pedestrian area with phenomenal restaurants both on site and in immediate walking distance. If you would like to be entertained at one of South Beach’s many world renowned elegant restaurants or if you are ready to simply relax and enjoy vibrant night life. If you are interested in hosting additional corporate meetings or activities during or around GeoAmericas 2016 please contact Elizabeth Peggs (epeggs@minervatri.com) for assistance in coordination.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GEOAMERICAS 2016
www.GeoAmericas2016.org

GeoAmercicas® 2016 is Hosted by NAGS (North American Geosynthetics Society), Managed by Minerva-Technology, Resources & Information and held under the Auspices of the IGS (International Geosynthetics Society).

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NAGS Announces 3rd Presentation of Its 2014 Webinar Series

RJonathanFanninEvent: NAGS 2014 Webinar Series: Presentation #3
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1-2 pm EDT
Location: Online Webinar
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN (Registration Closes October 7th, 2014)

REGISTER HERE

NAGS is very pleased to announce the 2014 Webinar Series:Presentation #3:
“Geofilters”

Presented by:
R. Jonathan Fannin, Ph.D., P. Eng.
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada;

DATE: Wednesday October 8, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

ABSTRACT: The origins of current design practice for a granular filter are first examined, along with some of the lessons learned over the years from construction of very large embankment dams, including the WAC Bennett dam in British Columbia. The origins of current design practice for a geotextile filter are then examined, in conjunction with some of the lessons learned from their use in earthworks, including the rehabilitation of the Alouette dam spillway in British Columbia. The evidence to-date suggests that both sand-gravel filters and geosynthetic filters have generally performed well at controlling seepage flow in earthwork applications for many years. However there have also been problems reported, both for granular filters and for geotextile filters. This lecture draws upon industry-university research on the sinkhole incident at the WAC Bennett dam in British Columbia, and industry-university research on the filter compatibility of geotextiles in unidirectional and reversing flow, to understand better the significance of issues affecting the performance of geofilters in earthworks. The merits of mandating the use of a geosynthetic filter as an adjunct to a granular filter, in critical infrastructure, are then considered within the context of risk management.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jonathan Fannin obtained a B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a D. Phil. (Geotechnical Engineering) from the University of Oxford for studies on geosynthetics for soil stabilization. He is a recipient of several awards, including an IGS Award for contributions of laboratory and field research to engineering practice, a CGS Quigley Award for the best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, a Karl Terzaghi Fellowship from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and most recently, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow award from the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering. Jonathan has provided specialist technical advice on a number of dam projects in North and South America and, in 2013, was made a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2013.

PRESENTATION #3 REGISTRATION FEE:
$100 – Presentation #3 MEMBER Fee: NAGS / CGS / IGS
$300 – Presentation #3 NON-MEMBER Fee ( Save money and become a member of NAGS today! )
$25 – Presentation #3 NAGS Student Member Rate ( Students may apply to NAGS at no charge for membership! )

PDHs: Professional development credit will be available for each participant paying a registration fee.

GROUPS: Small groups of up to five people are welcome to participate for one registration fee. Groups larger than five must pay a second registration fee.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN (Registration Closes October 7th, 2014)

REGISTER HERE

NOTES: All fees are in USD. Why not join NAGS for $75 USD? Please see www.nags-igs.org for details.

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Co-sponsored by the Geosynthetics Division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)

NAGS – Providing leadership in advancing the education and research of geosynthetics