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Inaugural Educate The Educators Event In Chile

Geosynthetics concepts and how to integrate them into teaching was explored at IGS Chile’s first Educate the Educators (EtE) event.

The virtual workshops were spread over five days – October 4, 6, 8, 13 and 15 – with speakers Jorge Zornberg, Augusto Alza and Rosemberg Reyes presenting to around 30 participants from a range of institutions.

Topics included:

    • The different types and functions of geosynthetics
    • The properties and testing of geosynthetics
    • Designing soil structures with geosynthetics
    • Geosynthetics in highway applications
    • Geosynthetics in mining applications
    • How to implement these topics in each institution’s lectures

The IGS EtE program aims to widen the understanding of geosynthetics for professors and academics from undergraduate engineering programs, and support their integration into existing curricula. EtE events are chapter-led with assistance from the IGS.

President of IGS Chile Francisco Pizarro said: “The event completely fulfilled our expectations – the attendance and participation of the attendees was extraordinary. As well as academic participants we also welcomed a few regulators from local state departments where we could explain the benefits of geosynthetics so they could be included in local handbooks.

“EtE events are usually held on-site and last just over two days, so we were delighted with the success of our online event spread over five days led by our top class lecturers.

“My highlights were the participation of regulators, the presentation of case studies and the constructive discussions. We created a poll which has so far been responded to by 70% of attendees who have given us a net promoter score (measure of customer experience) of 100% so this makes us feel extremely proud.”

The chapter is set to repeat this EtE event in 2022 as well as host its 1st Geosynthetics Congress. Keep updated with IGS Chile events by visiting the chapter page here and on LinkedIn.

For more about the Educate the Educators program, and to request a workshop, click here.