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The First 30 Years of the IGS
Image courtesy Jorge Zornberg, 8 January 2014

 

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is a learned society dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products and associated technologies. Since the society’s beginnings the IGS has grown to over 4,000 members including corporate, individual, and student members. With 43 chapters worldwide, it’s easy to be involved with the society by joining a local IGS chapter.

Early Beginnings

The International Geosynthetics Society can trace its roots back to 1977 when the International Conference on the use of Fabrics in Geotechnics occurred in Paris, France. Today the event is referred to as the First International Conference on Geotextiles. During the conference Dr. J. P. Giroud presented a paper on the Valcros Dam in France, coining the words “geotextiles” and “geomembranes.”

Founded in Paris, France in 1983 as the International Geotextile Society (IGS), the IGS General Assembly approved the change of name to the International Geosynthetics Society in 1994. The society published the first issue of the newsletter, the IGS News, in 1985. The society is now headquartered in Jupiter, Florida, USA.

For a detailed overview on the development of the society, download the IGS History Archives.

Download IGS History Archives (pdf)

 

COUNCIL HISTORY

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2014

President:
Dr. Russell Jones

Vice President:
Prof. Chungsik Yoo

Secretary:
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs

Treasurer:
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

Immediate Past President:
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

Council Members:
Mr. Sam R. Allen
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Mr. Eric Blond
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Jacques Cote
Mr. Ian Fraser
Dr. Fazli Erol Guler
Mr. Warren Hornsey
Dr. Hsieh, Chiwan
Dr.Eng. Takeshi Katsumi
Dr. Jacek Kawalec
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Eng. Flávio Teixeira Montez
Prof. Nicola Moraci
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. K. Rajagopal
Mr. Boyd J. Ramsey
Ing. Pietro Rimoldi
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
i. V. Kent P. von Maubeuge
Mr. Edoardo Zannoni
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler

2012

December 2012 Prof. Martin Ziegler co-opted December 2012 Edoardo Zannoni added as a non-voting, invited member

President:
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

Vice President:
Dr. Russell Jones

Secretary:
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs

Treasurer:
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

Immediate Past President:
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Council Members:
Mr. Sam R. Allen
Mr. Eric Blond
Prof. Chungsik Yoo
Dr. Neil Dixon
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
Mr. Juan Carlos Rivera Baca
Prof. K. Rajagopal
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Jun Otani
Mr. Pedro Abad Santos
Prof. Xiao-Wu Tang
Dr. Fazli Erol Guler
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Mr. Warren Hornsey
i. V. Kent P. von Maubeuge
Prof. Nicola Moraci
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Mr. Boyd J. Ramsey
Mr. Edoardo Zannoni

2010

John Cowland served as Treasurer from May of 2010 through March 12 of 2011.

President:
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

Vice President:
Dr. Russell Jones

Secretary:
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs

Treasurer:
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

Immediate Past President:
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Council Members:
Mr. Sam R. Allen
Mr. Eric Blond
Prof. Chungsik Yoo
Dr. Neil Dixon
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
Eng. Germán Vivar
Prof. K. Rajagopal
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
Prof. Jun Otani
Mr. Pedro Abad Santos
Prof. Xiao-Wu Tang
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Dr. Han-Yong Jeon
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. Jiro Kuwano

German Vivar resigned in March of 2011 and was replaced by Co-Opted Juan Carlos Rivera.

President:
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

Vice President:
Dr. Russell Jones

Secretary:
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs

Treasurer:
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

Immediate Past President:
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Council Members:
Mr. Sam R. Allen
Mr. Eric Blond
Prof. Chungsik Yoo
Dr. Neil Dixon
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
Mr. Juan Carlos Rivera Baca
Prof. K. Rajagopal
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Jun Otani
Mr. Pedro Abad Santos
Prof. Xiao-Wu Tang
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Dr. Han-Yong Jeon
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. Jiro Kuwano

2008

President:
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Vice President:
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

Secretary:
Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

Treasurer:
Mr. John W. Cowland

Immediate Past President:
Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

Council Members:
Mr. Sam R. Allen
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Prof. Yun-min Chen
Dr. Neil Dixon
Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Eng. Jose Ferreyros
Mr. Nicolas Freitag
Dr. Han-Yong Jeon
Dr. Russell Jones
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Prof. Jun Otani
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler

2006

President:
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Vice President:
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.

Secretary:
Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

Treasurer:
Mr. John W. Cowland

Immediate Past President:
Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

Council Members:
Mr. Patrice Allemand
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Mr. John H. Dixon
Mr. Nicolas Freitag
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Prof. Jun Otani
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs
Eng. Jose Ferreyros
Prof. Yun-min Chen
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Prof. Masashi Kamon
Mr. Bernard Myles MICE SVR DECEASED
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Dr. Eun-Chul Shin

2004

2005 January – Fettig/Halloran resigned E. Peggs Co-Opted

President:
Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

Vice President:
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Secretary:
Mr. Peter E. Stevenson
Treasurer:
Ir. Wim Voskamp

Immediate Past President:
Dr. Richard J. Bathurst

Council Members:
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Masashi Kamon
Mr. Bernard Myles MICE SVR DECEASED
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet
Mr. Philippe Delmas
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mr. Seung-Mock Shin

2002

President:
Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

Vice President:
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka

Secretary:
Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

Treasurer:
Mr. Philippe Delmas

Immediate Past President:
Dr. Richard J. Bathurst

Council Members:
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Dr. Hiroshi Miki
Ir. Wim Voskamp
Eng. Ernesto Alió
Prof. Bao Cheng-Gang
Dr. Barry R. Christopher. P.E.
Prof. Bao Cheng-Gang
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Masashi Kamon
Dr. Valentin Feodorov
Prof. Jean Lafleur
Dr. Eun-Soo Lee
Maria de Lurdes Lopes
Mr. Bernard Myles MICE SVR DECEASED
Mr. James Paul DECEASED
Mr. Mike Sadlier

2000

President:
Dr. Richard J. Bathurst

Vice President:
Dr.Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi

Secretary:
Mr. Peter E. Stevenson

Treasurer:
Mr. Philippe Delmas

Immediate Past President:
Prof. Colin J.F.P. Jones

Council Members:
Mr. John W. Cowland
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Prof. Masashi Kamon
Prof. Jean Lafleur
Prof. Song Lee
Maria de Lurdes Lopes
Mr. Bernard Myles MICE SVR DECEASED
Mr. James Paul DECEASED
Dr. Valentin Feodorov
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Dr. James G. Collin, P.E.
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet
Prof. Jean-Pierre Gourc
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Heerten
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Ing. Pietro Rimoldi
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka