The IGS Chinese Taipei chapter conducted their first Educate the Educators (EtE) training course to local Civil Engineering professors, graduate students, and engineers at NPUST campus, Pingtung, Taiwan on November 21-22, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international speakers provided virtual lectures, and local speakers provided physical lectures to the attendees. Ten technical lectures were provided by international and Taiwanese professors. Three practical application case studies were provided by local manufacturers. The teaching subjects included Geosynthetics design and applications for highways, railways, retaining walls, slopes, river and coastline erosion protection, landfills, rainwater storage, and Geosynthetics properties assessment and evaluation, and more.
IGS President Prof. Chungsik Yoo gave the welcome remarks and the opening lecture: ‘Introductory of the types and applications of Geosynthetic materials’. Thereafter, Prof. Takeshi Kasutmi from Japan, Prof. Jie Han from USA, Prof. Chao Xu and Prof. Guangqing Yang from China, Prof. Chiwan Hsieh, Prof. Jason Wu, Prof. Kuo Shin Yang, Prof. Jia Chen Fang, and Prof. Chia Chun Ho from Taiwan gave various Geosynthetic application lectures to the attendees.
This EtE program was made possible with generous financial support from the National Pingtung University of Science & Technology, the International Geosynthetics Society, and 10 local Geosynthetics-related enterprises. Ace Geosynthetics Inc., Seven States Enterprise Co. Inc., and Lynch Co. Inc., representatives were also part of the instructional team.
This training course provided comprehensive design and application of Geosynthetics information to 10 Civil Engineering college professors, 18 Ph.D. students, 20 engineers from government agencies and design consultants, and contractors. All of the training presentation materials and samples were provided to the attendees. It is expected that the attendees will assist with the teaching and promotion of Geosynthetics applications in their organizations.
Reported by Chiwan Wayne Hsieh, President, IGS Chinese Taipei Chapter