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What’s Happening In Your Chapter For 2023?

Members will be spoilt for choice with an abundance of IGS initiatives, opportunities and events coming up in 2023.

The newly elected 20th IGS Council met on December 8 where its committees reported on plans so far. Officers also approved next year’s budget and reappointed the IGS Foundation board of trustees for 2023. Plus, IGS South Africa’s bid to host GeoAfrica5 was approved. It will take place in Gauteng, South Africa, at a date to be confirmed.

All committees reiterated their commitment to regular initiatives such as holding webinars, creating educational assets, attending conferences and growing membership.

Specific initiatives included:

IGS Technical Committee – Barriers
  • Creating a ‘geosynthetics in landfill’ university lecture video to support an associated leaflet
  • Creating short barriers videos
  • Publishing a database of guidelines on using geosynthetic barriers
  • Organizing a joint TC-B/TC-H workshop in 2024
IGS Technical Committee – Hydraulics
  • January – Attending ICID/International Micro-Irrigation Forum, Morocco
  • February – Keynote lecture by JP Giroud on the design of geomembranes for canal lining, and special sessions on canal lining and erosion control at GeoAfrica4
  • March – Technical day on river and coastal applications
  • June – Seminar on ‘Geosynthetics in buried structures – for drainage and water management
  • September – TC-H-sponsored activity at 12th ICG, Italy
  • October – Attending Canadian Geotechnical Society Conference, Canada
  • November – Special session on canal lining at ICID Conference 2023, India
IGS TC – Soil Reinforcement
  • Hosting special sessions at GeoAfrica4 and 12th ICG
  • Completion of four TC-R educational videos
IGS TC – Stabilization
  • Hosting sessions at geosynthetics conferences including GeoAfrica4 and 12th ICG
  • Workshop on ‘Geosynthetic stabilization of granular layers in paved roads’ at Geosynthetics 2023 Conference, Kansas City
  • Developing university lecture on transportation applications

The IGS Regional Activity Committees (RAC) also shared their priorities, including:

Africa RAC
  • Ensuring chapters are sustainable
  • Evaluating the formation of new chapters, possibly developing an ‘incubation program’
  • Partnering TCs to host webinars
Asia RAC
  • Establishing a network among Asian chapter leaders
  • Developing a quarterly webinar with Asian chapters
  • Establishing a Young Engineers Group to double student membership
  • Holding two Ambassador programs and two Educate the Educators (EtE) programs per year
European RAC
  • Building stronger relationships with sister societies
  • Working with other geotechnical societies to approach regulators and policymakers
  • Promoting sustainability solutions and improving plastic perception
  • Promoting women and diversity
Pan-American RAC
  • Expanding Regional Ambassadors Program
  • Developing new Paraguay and Uruguay chapters
  • EtE events in Chile and Colombia
  • Encouraging companies to invest in sustainability initiatives

The IGS Young Members Committee also has plenty on the cards to inspire its members, including the IGS Student Awards, growing the IGS Job Shadowing Program, and holding the Young Members competition at the 12th ICG. The Committee is also keen to improve diversity among its membership, facilitate greater participation of young members at conferences, and increase collaboration with sister societies.

Learning continues to be a key theme into next year, and the IGS Education Committee is focused on creating the IGS Geosynthetics Handbook, developing design credentials and design course modules, as well as refreshing technical materials and documents in the IGS Digital Library.

With sustainability a driving force for the IGS, the Sustainability Committee is continuing its education outreach work. This includes developing a Sustainability Benefits Calculator, hosting a session at the 12th ICG, and carrying out a second survey of IGS members’ sustainability policies.

Corporate Members also have plenty to get involved in next year, including a case study contest at GeoAfrica4, a world case study contest and awards at the 12th ICG, plans to extend membership in less well-represented areas like India and China, and also to distributors and installers. The Corporate Committee also wants to develop credentialing for geosynthetics professionals including Corporate Member employees, and improve collaboration with industry associations such as the European Association of Geosynthetic Product Manufacturers, Geosynthetic Materials Association, and the Brazilian Association of Technical Nonwoven Industries.

2023 will be a busy year so get involved!

For more about each of these groups, visit the IGS website where you can find more on the Technical Committees and Regional Activities Committees.

The IGS Council will next convene virtually in spring, next year, before meeting in person during the 12th ICG in Rome, Italy, on September 17.