Geosynthetics are in a starring role thanks to a new competition from IGS Brazil.
The chapter invited its members to create and submit videos showing recent case histories and geosynthetics functions and testing from a new perspective, demonstrating the qualities and benefits of the materials. Public voting in now open for you to choose your favorites.
Twelve videos are in the running to be named Best Case History and Best Geosynthetics Function(s). Each film is no more than 90 seconds long and vary in approach and style with some using music and captions, while others have a voiceover. One just has a simple visual demonstration showing geotextile in action.
Videos with audio narration are in Brazilian Portuguese but closed captions can be added and auto-translated to English in the video settings.
Victor Pimentel, President of IGS Brazil, said: “We wanted to explore using different mediums to share the projects our members are working on or involved in and thought a video competition was an exciting way to do this. Simplicity was key – we weren’t expecting a Hollywood production – and we’re delighted with the results.
“It’s wonderful to see such a range of approaches and I’d encourage everyone to watch them and vote for their favorites.”
Voting is in two stages.
The first is down to you – simply view the videos on IGS Brazil’s YouTube channel and click ‘Like’ on your favorites. Public voting closes on February 28.
In the second stage a judging commission formed of geosynthetics and video specialists will evaluate the submissions on criteria including how it meets the competition theme, how clearly it demonstrates the geosynthetic application, test or activity, and aesthetic and audio-visual quality.
Winners will be announced on March 17 with their videos posted on the IGS Brazil and Pan-American Regional Activities Committee websites. Winners will also get a copy of the Brazilian edition of the Manual on Geosynthetics.