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IGS Awards 2014-2017

igsawardsimg_111214Original thinking and hard work characterized the IGS Award-winning projects at the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics held in Seoul, Korea. The IGS Awards were presented during the General Assembly held on 20 September 2018 at 11ICG. Several IGS members were honoured for their contributions to the geosynthetics discipline. IGS Awards are granted to individuals or groups of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and use of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products or associated technologies through their scientific and technological achievements.

This year, the IGS Awards Committee had difficult decisions to make. The committee was comprised of several distinguished individuals: Chairman Neil Dixon (UK), Secretary Erol Güler (Turkey), Jiro Kuwano (Japan), Bernardo Caicedo Hormaza (Colombia) and Stan Boyle (USA). The members of the committee were selected so as to represent a broad cross-section of the discipline and for their technical expertise. The IGS Secretary Elizabeth Peggs will attended all meetings of the Awards Committee as an observer and coordinator.

All members of IGS were eligible for IGS awards except the President of IGS and the members of the Awards Committee.


The Young IGS Member Achievement Awards

Two Young IGS Member Awards were given out this year. Eligible IGS members had to be less than 36 years of age on December 31, 2017.

Dr. Fernando Henrique Marins Portelinha
Associate Professor Federal University of Sao Carlos
Performance of GRS Structures Constructed With Fine Grained Soil and Subjected to Rainfall Effects


Dr. Ben Leshchinsky
Assistant Professor Oregon State University
Advancing the Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures


Identification and Mitigation of the Mechanism of Downslope Bentonite Erosion in Exposed Composite Liners

Dr. Amy Rentz, Lauren Ashe, Professor Richard Brachman, Professor Kerry Rowe and Professor Andy Take
The Geo-Engineering Centre
Queen’s University


Unsaturated Behaviour of Geosynthetic Clay Liners

Professor Malek Bouzza
Department of Civil Engineering
Monash University


Understanding of the Static and Seismic Loading Behaviour of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil (GRS) Bridge Abutments

Dr. Yewei Zheng – Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, USA
Professor John S. McCartney – 
Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, USA
Professor Patrick J. Fox – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Contribution to the profession of Geosynthetics and Their Applications Through Textbooks Publications

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla 
School of Engineering
Edith Cowan University

Development of Innovative Geosynthetics Products That Involve the Use of “Wicking Fibers” to Enhance Drainage

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas


Click to see the Inaugural IGS Young Member Photo Contest Winner