IGS North America

The mission of IGS North America (The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society) is to provide leadership in advancing geosynthetics education and research to attain their appropriate and widespread use as engineering materials as the Chapter of the International Geosynthetic Society (IGS) for the United States of America and Canada.. IGS North America will accomplish its mission through:
  • Organization of technical conferences, seminars & workshops.
  • Advanced training of current users of geosynthetics.
  • Training future users of geosynthetics.
  • Training geosynthetic educators.
  • Promotion of geosynthetics as part of engineering curricula.
  • Targeting impactful new members.
  • Better communication with members.
  • Enhanced partnerships with associated organizations.

Recent News

Kristin Sample-Lord Receives Two Service Awards

Dr. Virginia Smith (left) and Dr. Kristin Sample-Lord (right) at Villanova's graduation ceremony.
PHOTO: Dr. Virginia Smith (left) and Dr. Kristin Sample-Lord (right) at Villanova’s graduation ceremony. Dr. Smith received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Teaching award while IGS-NA President-Elect Dr. Sample-Lord received the Mid-Career Service Award. Recognitions for...

Zornberg Honored with Peck Lecture

Jorge Zornberg
Since 1999, the Ralph B. Peck Award from the ASCE Geo-Institute has recognized outstanding contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession through the publication of “thoughtful, carefully researched case history or histories, or the publication of recommended...


IGS-NA has three forms of membership: Individual Membership is only $100 and includes full membership in the global International Geosynthetics Society; Chapter Benefactor Membership is $500; and Student Membership is Free. Visit the Membership Page for more details on benefits, such as:
  • Access to industry networking, including the IGS online directory and technical discussion forums
  • Discounts at all IGS-NA and IGS events
  • Complimentary access to the highly ranked IGS Journals (Geotextiles & Geomembranes and Geosynthetics International), the IGS Digital Library, and other technical documents
  • Discounted subscription to Geosynthetics magazine (in the United States)
  • Monthly digital updates from IGS-NA and the global International Geosynthetics Society
  • Eligibility to participate in IGS Committees and Technical Committees
  • Eligibility to apply for IGS Awards, such as the IGS Student Award
Much more…

Representing the Industry

IGS-NA not only provides a broad variety of direct benefits to our members we are advocates for geosynthetic technology throughout North America. IGS-NA and its members participate in a variety of organizations which influence, or are influenced by, geosynthetic products and technologies. Recent activities of this nature include participation in:
  • Winning the bid to host GeoAmericas 2024, the 5th Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics
  • Participating in the annual Tailings & Wine Waste conference
  • Bid development to host 13 ICG in 2026
  • Joint fellowship development with ASTM D35 and the Geosynthetic Institute
  • IGS North America's high-level webinar series

Renew your Membership!

Fast and easy! Complete your membership renewal online with a credit card. Existing individual members can also consider the new Business - Chapter Benefactor level of membership that adds three members of your organization to the chapter and supports IGS North America's education and professional development activities at the highest membership level. Student Memberships are free!


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