GeoAmericas 2016 Call for Proposals


GeoAmericas 2016 — the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics — , hosted by NAGS, will be held at the Lowes Hotel on South Beach in Miami, Florida 10 – 13 April 2016. The event will continue the quadrennial GeoAmericas tradition of excellence, providing a forum for engineers, practitioners and academe from the Americas to explore current and future potential applications for geosynthetics. The Call for Proposals for short courses, training lectures, and technical sessions has been issued.


Proposals for short courses, training lectures, and technical sessions will be due 15 November 2014. Sign up for the newsletter on the GeoAmericas website:

Note: The Call for Abstracts—for individual papers—will be issued in January 2015.

More about GeoAmericas 2016
GeoAmericas 2016 is developing a program to advance the knowledge and understanding of geosynthetics at every level, from novice to expert. All will be provided with an opportunity to gain and share knowledge.

Considering the diverse range of interests and applications, the conference has chosen not to isolate a theme; rather, the event will facilitate learning and dialogue on the key issues faced by geosynthetic communities throughout the Pan-American region.

Key application sectors will include, but are not limited to, transportation, mining, infrastructure, waste, and water. Other relevant discussions may focus on improving the quality and durability of works through the application of geosynthetics.

As with previous GeoAmericas conferences, the technical calls have been divided, with the Call for Proposals preceding the Call for Abstracts. This division will help the individual paper authors more accurately slot their submissions into the larger technical program.

GeoAmericas Important Dates

  • 15 November 2014: Call for Proposals Closes
  • 6 January 2015: Call for Abstracts OPENS
  • 10 April 2015: Call for Abstracts CLOSES
  • 15 April 2015: Authors Notified
  • 1 August 2015: First Drafts of Papers Due
  • 15 September 2015: Reviews Complete
  • 15 September 2015: Tech Committee Meeting
  • 30 November 2015: Final Papers Due
  • 15 January 2016: Authors must be registered. Papers to proceedings.

GeoAmericas2016_LowesHotel_450wVenue and Accommodation
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

The hotel is located in Miami’s famous South Beach. A pedestrian area with phenomenal restaurants both on site and in immediate walking distance. If you would like to be entertained at one of South Beach’s many world renowned elegant restaurants or if you are ready to simply relax and enjoy vibrant night life. If you are interested in hosting additional corporate meetings or activities during or around GeoAmericas 2016 please contact Elizabeth Peggs ( for assistance in coordination.


GeoAmercicas® 2016 is Hosted by NAGS (North American Geosynthetics Society), Managed by Minerva-Technology, Resources & Information and held under the Auspices of the IGS (International Geosynthetics Society).


Geosynthetics 2015 ‘Call for Proposals’


Online proposals are now being accepted for Geosynthetics 2015, a geosynthetics conference coming February 15–18 to Portland, Oregon in 2015.

Event: Geosynthetics 2015
Date: February 15–18
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon

The Call for Session Proposals is your opportunity to be a Session Chair for the topic of your choice during Geosynthetics 2015.

Session formats include technical paper sessions, invited paper sessions and panel discussions. All technical paper sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Multiple sessions with a related theme are possible. Submission should include a description of the proposed topic, and any plans outside of the call for abstracts for soliciting papers.

All abstracts and papers (including invited papers) are subject to the official Geosynthetics 2015 review process.

Submit your Session Proposal online by Jan 31, 2013 and become a part of Geosynthetics 2015.
Session Proposal Submission Timeline
Proposals due: January 31, 2014
Acceptance notification: February 15, 2014

Geosynthetics 2015 is committed to providing continuing education opportunities for participants. Short Courses can be a half day to a full day long and will be held prior to Geosynthetics 2015.

Proposals should include the course title, a description of the course with a summary of its learning objectives and a list of instructors.

Submit Short Course Proposals online by Feb. 28, 2014.
Short Course Proposal Submission Timeline
Proposals due: February 28, 2014
Acceptance notification: March 31, 2014

One of the goals of Geosynthetics 2015 is to reach out to industry landscape architects, engineers, installers, specifiers and others that are not familiar with the use of Geosynthetics. To that end we will be offering special sessions focusing on the “basics” of geosynthetics and practical “how -to” techniques that include planning, design, and /or construction. These sessions will be held during the conference and should be 2 – 4 hours in length. Where appropriate these workshops may be repeated during the program.

Proposals should include the workshop title, a description of the course with a summary of its learning objectives and a list of instructors.

Submit Practical Learning Workshop Proposals online by Feb. 28, 2014.
Practical Learning Workshop Proposal Submission Timeline
Proposals due: February 28, 2014
Acceptance notification: March 31, 2014

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We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Technical Program Co-Chairs:

James McKelvey III, P.E.
Earth Engineering Inc.

John McCartney Ph.D., P.E.
University of Colorado at Boulder

Secretary General: Barbara Connett
Geosynthetics 2015
651 225 6914 * 800 486 3980

Geosynthetics 2015 is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), and supported by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS).

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