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The 5th Chinese Geosynthetic Reinforcement Conference and IGS Ambassador Meeting

5th_aThe 5th Chinese Geosynthetic Reinforcement Conference and IGS Ambassador Meeting
By Prof. Chao Xu, Tongji University, and vice president of the Chinese Chapter of the IGS

The 5th Chinese Geosynthetic Reinforcement Conference, sponsored by the reinforcement committee of the Chinese Technical Association on Geosynthetics (CTAG) and the Chinese Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (CCIGS), and hosted by Southwest Jiaotong University and Taian Xiandai Geosynthetics Co. Ltd., was held 22-25 May 2015 at Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

The conference consisted of invited reports, keynotes, and technical sessions about design, durability, and safety issues for geosynthetic reinforcement. More than 300 people participated, including attendees from the University of Delaware, University of Kansas, Chinese universities and research institutions, and individuals representing the geosynthetic industries. A special session for students and an exhibition were also included.

5th_bIGS ambassadors Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka from Tokyo University of Science and Prof. Chiwan Hsieh from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology presented their invited reports. Researchers and engineers alike had fruitful communication on theory, experiment, application, and geosynthetic products for reinforcement. Further development of geosynthetic reinforcement was also discussed.

The IGS ambassador meeting was hosted by vice president of CCIGS, Prof. Chao Xu from Tongji University, on 22 May 2015. The IGS Council members Prof. Tatsuoka and Prof. Chiwan Hsieh attended the meeting as ambassadors for the IGS. Prof. Guangxin Li (president of CCIGS), Prof. Jianying Bai (secretary-general of CTAG), Prof. Guangqing Yang (vice president of CCIGS), Mr. Baohe Yang (vice president of CCIGS), and Mr. Hong Zhu (vice president of CCIGS) attended the meeting as well.

5th_cProf. Xu welcomed the IGS ambassadors, and Prof. Li presented the history and current situation of CCIGS. He also explained the communication barriers between CCIGS and the IGS and Asian Regional Activities Committee (Asian RAC) and looked forward to a positive solution in the future. Prof. Tatsuoka introduced the history of IGS including its founding, development, operation, and the activities of members from all around the world. Prof. Hsieh introduced the annual meeting, rights of membership, and plans for future development. Participants had deep communication on issues such as participation of CCIGS in IGS activities and the increasing influence of Asian scholars within the IGS.

The CCIGS meeting was hosted by Prof. Xu on 23 May 2015 as part of the 5th Chinese Geosynthetic Reinforcement Conference. More than 20 people attended, including Prof. Hsieh. Prof. Li introduced the history of CCIGS and discussed the activities of CCIGS, international communication, and contact between CCIGS and IGS and AAC. Also in attendance were the leaders of CCIGS for next term, including president and vice president of CCIGS, secretary general and deputy secretary general. The constitution and organizational structure of CCIGS were discussed and approved. CCIGS’s recent work was discussed, including reinforcement of communication with IGS and the Asian Regional Activities Committee. Increased participation in the IGS activities was encouraged in addition to developing new members.

5th_dThe 2nd National Student Competition of Reinforced Retaining Wall Design was held during the conference and was sponsored by BOSTD Geosynthetics Qingdao Ltd. The competition will be held on a regular basis – once every two years in conjunction with the Chinese Geosynthetic Reinforcement Conference.

The conference closed on 24 May with an afternoon award ceremony for outstanding papers and the winner of the Reinforced Retaining Wall Design competition. The 6th Chinese Geosynthetic Reinforcement Conference will be hosted by Tongji University and held in Shanghai in 2017.