South Africa

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, South Africa

The Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA) held its second ETE event in 2021, and the first of the  global ETE series to be held online. The decision to go online meant some adjustments to the schedule, for example half-day rather than full-day sessions, but with the advantage of making the event accessible to participants across Africa. Participants from South Africa (representing 5 different institutions) were joined by others from Egypt, Namibia, Sudan, UAE, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Key facts:

  • location: online
  • 22 participants (6 from South Africa representing 5 institutions; 16 from across Africa)
  • content included: geosynthetics types & functions; undergraduate class workshop; hydraulic engineering applications, designing with geosynthetic clay liners and soil reinforcement applications
  • lecturers: Prof. Jie Han (University of Kansas); Kent P. von Maubeuge
  • main event sponsor: Jones & Wagener
  • sponsors: AKS Lining Systems; Gundle; TeMa South Africa
  • GCYP awards: HUESKER
  • case study presentation: Fibertex

India

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, India

The first ETE to be held in India took place in 2018.

Key facts:

  • location: Madras, Chennai (Indian Institute of Technology)
  • 34 participants

South Africa

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, South Africa

The Geosynthetic Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA), the South African Chapter of the IGS, hosted an Educate the Educator event as part of a successful Education Week.

Key facts:

  • location: Irene Country Lodge, Gauteng Province
  • 18 academics from 12 institutions
  • content:  testing, funding, collaboration
  • lecturers: Professor Timothy D. Stark (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Professor Martin Ziegler of RWTH Aachen University