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Geosynthetic Design for Sustainable Transportation Assets: Retaining Structures, Roads, Erosion Control and Water Management

November 8 – 9

An expansive primer on the impact of beneficial geosynthetics on infrastructure economy, longevity, and sustainability. This team-taught course features deeply experienced engineering voices from multiple regions in the United States. 

The full list of instructors includes: Dr. Jorge Zornberg, PE; Dr. Eli Cuelho; Steve Williams; Eric Gonzales; Matt Skinner; and Dave Frazier.

Day 1
Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure: Reinforced Walls, Steep Slopes, and Embankments on Soft Soils                

  • Types of geosynthetic reinforcements
  • Important concepts in the general design of geosynthetic-reinforced systems
  • Incorporating sustainability into the design of geosynthetic-reinforced systems
  • Tensile behavior over time of geosynthetic reinforcements
  • Applications: geosynthetic-reinforced walls, reinforced steep slopes, and geosynthetic reinforcement for embankments on soft foundation soils,
  • Construction best practices: geosynthetic verification (testing), geosynthetic placement, equipment choices, monitoring

Longer-Lasting Paved and Unpaved Roads

  • Common Types, Uses and Sustainable Aspects of Geosynthetics in Roadways
  • Functions and mechanisms of geosynthetics in road structures
  • Unpaved and paved road design
  • Roadway drainage
  • Measuring performance

Day 2
Erosion and Sediment Controls

  • Application examples throughout sections (description, geosynthetic verification (testing), geosynthetic placement, required equipment, system monitoring)
  • Geosynthetic solutions for erosion and sediment control
  • Importance of knowing your soil – focused around soil test and what we learn from them
  • 5 Fundamentals – foundation to sustainable vegetation
  • What if vegetation isn’t enough? – Soft armor solutions
  • Design considerations for high performance TRMs for slopes and channels
  • Hard armor solutions for erosion control

Drainage and Water Storage

  • Subsurface water capture systems and water reuse
  • Stormwater topics
  • Geomembrane detention & retention

Government Rate: PLEASE CONTACT the organizer for registration code


Jorge Zornberg, PhD, PE

Eli Cuelho, PE

Eric gonzales

Eric Gonzales

Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner

Dave Frazier

Dave Frazier

Steve Williams

Steve Williams

2023 Summit & Short Courses

November 7

Central Texas Infrastructure Summit


INCLUDED for all short course registrations

Panelists & Audience Interaction


November 8 – 9


Optional GCI-ICP Certification Exams (Nov 10) – Requires Additional Fees

Instructors: Mark Sieracke, P.E., Sam Allen, and Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E.

2023 Technical Partner: 
TRI Environmental

November 8 – 9



Richard Thiel, P.E.

November 8 – 9



Instructors: Team Taught. See full instructors list.

2023 Technical Partner: 
GeoSolutions Inc.

November 10

Marketing in the Geosynthetics Industry


The Marketing Course is held at the same time on November 10 as the GCI-ICP Certification Exams

Instructors: Sam Allen and Tamara Tuttle