North America, California

Changing practice by changing education – IGS North America Educates the Educators

IGS North America successfully held their third Educate the Educators (EtE) event on December 9-10, 2019.  After one-half-day on the fundamentals of geosynthetics, the remainder of the two-day event provided specialized technical training on environmental, transportation and reinforcing applications of geosynthetics. Participants were at the Assistant to Associate Professor rank and had all expressed a desire to teach geosynthetics in their courses. Amongst this group, one third initially identified as geosynthetic novices while the rest had intermediate knowledge on geosynthetics.

Key facts:

  • location: University of California, San Diego
  • 22 professors (19 from the USA, 3 from Canada)
  • lecturers: Richard Brachman (Queen’s University), John McCartney (University of California, San Diego) and Ben Leshchinsky (Oregon State University). Sponsor representatives John Lostumbo, Adam Maskal, and Lilma Schimmel were also part of the instructional team.  Special thanks are expressed to Jorge Zornberg (University of Texas at Austin) and Richard Bathurst (Royal Military College of Canada) for sharing their transportation and reinforcement notes with the class.
  • sponsors: Cetco / Mineral Technologies, HUESKER, Solmax, TenCate Geosynthetics


Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Peru

The IGS EtE in Peru was held in Lima, comprising two days of classes and a one-day visit to a geosynthetics factory.

Key facts:

  • location: Lima,  National Council of the College of Engineers
  • 36 university teachers; 61%  from National Universities, 36% from Private Universities
  • lecturers: Prof. Jorge G. Zornberg (University of Texas at Austin); Prof. Ennio Marques Palmeira (University of Brasilia); Dr. José Ale Véliz University National Engineering (UNI), Peru.
  • sponsors: Colegio de Ingenieros del Perú, Grupo TDM;  Maccaferri de Perú S.A.C;  Pavco