Geo-Frontiers 2011: A Critically Acclaimed Success

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — March 22, 2011 — 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
  • 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. 

Posted on March 24, 2011

Source: IFAI