South Africa was the scene of intensive IGS strategic planning sessions last month.
IGS Officers and Council Committee members met in person in Cape Town to examine current work and plan ways to make the IGS even more effective in fulfilling its mission and vision.
Over a packed two days, topics discussed included IGS technical activities, IGS young member activities, communication methods and knowledge sharing, enhancing understanding about geosynthetics within a sustainability context, and updates from our regional committees for Africa, The Americas, Asia and Europe.
All IGS members were invited to participate in the regional activities meetings, based on their geographical home. Attendees then distributed to work in the Education, Corporate or Communication committees.
IGS President Chungsik Yoo dovetailed his trip to Africa by delivering a Congratulatory Address at the opening ceremony of ARC, the 17th African Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, which took place immediately after the two-day Council meeting.
The African Regional Conference is organized by SAICE Geotechnical Division, part of the ISSMGE (International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering). The South Africa Chapter of IGS assisted in event planning, arranging a one-day course on the durability of geomembranes, delivered by Prof Kerry Rowe and a local representative of the South African regulators. Many committee members and officers participated in this conference after attending the IGS meetings. The IGS also had a booth in the exhibition and endorsed the ARC event.
President Yoo said: “Our many committee meetings were a vital part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen the IGS and deliver fully on our many initiatives. These face-to-face sessions gave members the chance to ask questions and make suggestions, while also allowing us to set budgets and priorities for the year ahead.
“I would like to thank all those who attended for their enthusiasm and analytical skills. We left Cape Town more energized and more focused; ready to deliver for our members in the months ahead.”