Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Chile

The IGS’ Chilean Chapter ran its inaugural ETE program in October 2021, using the online format successfully trialled by other Chapters, notably in Brazil and South Africa, and adapted to run over five days between 4 and 15 October.  As an innovation the Chilean Chapter secured the attendance of a number of regulators, who are key stakeholders for the industry.

Key facts:

  • location: Chile, online
  • 30 participants received instruction
  • lecturers: Jorge Zornberg (University of Texas at Austin), Augusto Alza (Peru PUC University) and Rosemberg Reyes (Mexico UDLAP University)
  • key topics for this audience were: types and functions of geosynthetics; properties and testing; designing soil structures with geosynthetics; highways applications; mining applications
  • participants also shared ideas on how best to introduce these topics into their university course materials
  • gold sponsors: Chilean Chamber of Construction, Progama Construcción Academia, SOCHIGA
  • silver sponsors: Emaresa, Membrantech, Novatech, Sealing Check, Solmax, TDM

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Brazil, online

Educate the Educators on Geosynthetics, Brazil

Brazil’s fifth ETE program took place 16 – 25 August 2021 in an online format for the second time. Guests joined from outside Brazil, including from Bolivia, Colombia and Honduras, all of which had plans to replicate the program in their countries.

Key facts:

  • location: South East, online
  • 20 professors received instruction
  • lecturers: Maria das Graças Gardoni (UFMG), Delma Vidal (ITA), Ennio Palmeira (UnB) and Jorge Zornberg (University of Texas at Austin)
  • gold sponsors: Engepol, Geo Soluções, Huesker, Maccaferri and TechGround
  • silver sponsors: Ober, TDM

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