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Geo-Frontiers Meets In Dallas

Geotechnical conference's 2011 edition aims to repeat the success of its 2005 forerunner in Austin, Texas.

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G eotechnical professionals from engineers and designers to material and service suppliers will convene at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas March 13-16 to participate in Geo-Frontiers 2011, said to be the largest gathering of geotechnical professionals in North America. The event will include technical sessions covering a wide spectrum of geotechnical-related subjects, short courses and a trade show featuring products and services offered by more than 120 exhibitors. Geo-Frontiers brings together Geosynthetics 2011 and the Geo-Institute Annual Congress, and will host GRI-24, a conference organized by the Geosynthetic Research Institute — the research branch of the Geosynthetic Institute, Folsom, Pa. 

Geo-Frontiers is presented under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). Organizers include the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), Roseville, Minn., and its Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) division, representing geosynthetic materials producers and service providers; the American Society of Civil Engineers' Geo-Institute (G-I), Reston, Va., comprising scientists, engineers, technologists and organizations dedicated to environmental improvements, natural hazards mitigation and economic construction of engineered facilities; and IGS chapter the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), Albany, N.Y., focused on scientific and engineering development of geosynthetics and related technologies.

Richard Thiel, Thiel Engineering, discusses landfill design during "Design of Landfills," a short course offered at GeoAmericas 2008, co-organized by IFAI and IGS in Cancún, Mexico.

The previous Geo-Frontiers conference, held in Austin, Texas, over three days in January 2005, was deemed a "great success," and attracted 126 exhibitors and more than 1,850 attendees, and offered 58 technical sessions along with special lectures, plenary speakers, a student competition and an awards luncheon to recognize innovation and leadership in the geotechnology sector. The 2011 conference is expected to draw a similar number of attendees for four days of activities. The level of interest by potential presenters has been twice as high as was expected, with a record 1,161 authors from 60 countries submitting technical abstracts and papers. In all, 500 papers are slated to be presented this year.


On Sunday, March 13, Geo-Frontiers 2011 will offer eight day-long short courses that will offer professional development hours (PDHs) to participants. From Monday, March 14, through Wednesday, March 16, the conference will offer 90 technical sessions, which also will offer PDHs. Other conference activities, in addition to the trade show, include lectures, the Hero & Awards Luncheon, a student competition and poster session, a career fair and various special receptions.

GRI-24, to be held Wednesday alongside Geo-Frontiers, will add even more presentations to pique the interest of conference attendees. Presented under the theme "Enhancing Sustainability Using Geosynthetics," topics will include design and engineering strategies, cost-saving geotechnical solutions and others.

For more information about Geo-Frontiers 2011, contact +866-734-6736 or +847-620-4475 (reference Geo-Frontiers 2011); or visit www.geofrontiers11.org.

January/February 2011