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IGS-NA logoIGS-NA Award / Invitation for Nominations – 2019 Geosynthetics Houston
IGS-NA Establishes Service Award
The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA) has established an Excellence in Service Award to recognize members who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the objectives of the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetic Society (IGS-NA) or the geosynthetics industry. Award recipients must be an IGS-NA member in good standing, or have been an IGS-NA Member at the time the services to be recognized were performed. Recipients may be individuals (one or more than one), corporations, or students
Those considered for the award shall have excelled with regard to one or more of the following criteria:
• Provided leadership in advancing geosynthetics education and research,
• Created opportunities to collect, evaluate and disseminate knowledge on all matters relevant to geosynthetics, and their application,
• Organization of technical conferences, seminars, and workshops,
• Advanced training of current users of geosynthetics,
• Advancement of the science and technology of geosynthetics and their applications
• Training future users of geosynthetics,
• Training geosynthetic educators,
• Promotion of geosynthetics as part of engineering curricula,
• Targeting impactful new Members of IGS-NA,
• Better communication with Members of IGS-NA,
• Enhanced partnerships with associated organizations.
The first edition of the award(s) will be presented at the Geosynthetics 2019 Conference in Houston, TX. Nominations for award recipients may be made at any time by IGS-NA members or the IGS-NA Board of Directors with a deadline of October 1st, 2018. Please send your nominations to

Hundreds of people and dozens of companies have contributed to the evolution and success of IGS-NA (formerly NAGS) over the past 30+ years. Thus, with the establishment of this award, we have an opportunity to recognize a great number of deserving and outstanding members, peers, and friends. IGS-NA members are encouraged to sub-mit nominations for people and corporations to be considered for the award.

IGS-NA 2018 Webinars
Over the last couple of months the IGS-NA held several technical webinars and we are looking forward to holding more of them this year. This past January Richard Thiel P.E. of Thiel Engineering presented Pond Liner System Design and Operation. Beth Wilbanks of TenCate Geosynthetics provided a technical understanding behind Mini-mum Average Roll Values (MARV) values in Geosynthetic Specifications in December of last year. Our first webinar last year was presented by Abigail Gilson M.S. P.E. of TRI Environmental which provided attendees with an Overview of Electrical Leak Location (ELL) Methods and their Applications. IGS-NA would like to thank our presenters for their time and hard work in presenting and sharing their expertise on behalf of our organization in promoting geosynthetics to the engineering community at large.

IGS-NA will continue to provide Webinars throughout 2018. Members receive one Free Webinar coupon on paying annual dues. Membership registration/renewal can be done at
If you would like to provide a technical webinar on behalf of the IGS-NA please submit your proposal to a board member and/or directly to

kerry-roweDr. R. Kerry Rowe, O.C. – Order of Canada Recipient.
Founding Board Member of the IGS-NA, Dr. R. Kerry Rower appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada.
The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and to Canada. Each recipient is a leader in their field and have contrib-uted greatly to the betterment of the nation and beyond.

Dr. Rowe was recognized for his seminal contributions to the field of geoenviron-mental engineering, notably for his pioneering research in waste barrier systems.
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, is one of the country’s highest civilian hon-ours, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

igs-na-ete-eventEducate the Educator Event – December 2017
IGS North America is very happy to report a very successful Educate the Educators (EtE) event held in Kingston Canada in December 2017, where we provided training and educational materials to 35 engineering Professors from across the United States and Canada to enable them to offer state-of-the-practice geosynthetics education to their students at their Universities. This is our second EtE event since relaunching the initiative in 2015. More news to come. Special thanks to our Diamond Event Sponsors: Cetco, GSE Environmental, Solmax and Tencate; and our Sapphire Event Sponsors: Argru, Huesker and ThraceLinq. IGS-NA would also like to recognise the 2015 EtE Spon-sors. Remaining funds from the 2015 event were used to support the 2017 event as well. Thank you to GMA, Geo-synthetics Institute, TenCate, ECTC, Presto Geosystmes, GSE, Huekser, TharceLinq and TRI Environmental.

Reported by
Bruno Herlin, IGS-NA Corresponent for IGS News