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Sustainable Infrastructure Summit

New for 2023!

NOVEMBER 7 – 3:00 – 5:00 pm Discussion, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Reception

COME ENGAGE leaders in sustainability and infrastructure on engineering issues affecting Central Texas and communities around the country. This lively panel discussion will be followed by an on-site reception to which all Infrastructure Summit and GeoU 2023 Short Course Attendees are invited. 

MEET practitioners from around the country who influence decisions in  transportation, stormwater management, landfill design and construction, and other civil engineering sectors. 


The Schedule

3:00 – 4:15 pm
Introduction & Context
— Sam Allen (10 Minutes)

The third engineering requirement; sustainability
— Jorge Zornberg (15 minutes)

Implications for existing and future transportation needs
— Mike Arellano (15 minutes)

Central Texas water needs and current challenges
— Dr. Jay Banner (15 minutes)

The United Kingdom experience with mandating sustainable infrastructure
— David Shercliffe (15 minutes)

4:14 – 5:00 pm
Panel Discussion (with TRI Environmental and GeoSolutions)

5:00 – 6:30 pm

The Summit registration includes the two-hour Sustainable Infrastructure Reception immediately following the discussion session. 

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Supported by IGS North America

IGS North America is a 501c6 not-for-profit chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). IGS-NA represents infrastructure professionals in the US and Canada and serves an educational mission (practicing professionals and students). Through in-person and online events, fellowships, and other activities, IGS-NA provides leadership in advancing the appropriate use of geosynthetics in environmentally and economically sustainable infrastructure.

PRICING: USD $95 if attending only the Nov 7 Summit + Reception
Government Rate: PLEASE CONTACT the organizer for registration code.

* The Summit is INCLUDED with all Nov 8 – 9 short course registrations.* 

** All Summit attendees and Nov 8 – 9 short course registrants are encouraged to attend the November 7 Infrastructure Reception (5:00 – 7:00 pm) on site. **


Mike Arellano, P.E.

Mike Arellano, P.E. is the Austin District Deputy District Engineer at Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Mike received the 2023 America’s Transportation Award for Quality of Life/Community Development Issued by the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (WASHTO). The award recognizes transportation projects that have significantly benefited the community in which they exist, especially in the form of economic growth and well-being of citizens, and focuses on how the project made the community stronger and better.

Prof. Jay Banner

Prof. Jay Banner is the F. M. Bullard Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences, and Director of the Environmental Science Institute. His research interests center on climate and hydrologic processes, how they are preserved in the geologic record, and how human activity affects the sustainability of water resources.

Prof. Jorge Zornberg, P.E., F.ASCE

Dr. Zornberg, P.E., F. ASCE, is the Brunswick-Abernathy Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has over 35 years’ experience in research and practice in geotechnical, geosynthetics, transportation, and geoenvironmental engineering.

David Shercliff

David Shercliff is a UK-based, Chartered Civil and Waste Engineer with a diverse engineering background in highway construction, water treatment installations, waste management, and coastal design. Currently, he is Chief Engineer for a drainage geocomposite manufacturer (ABG) and a leading sustainability speaker for the not-for-profit International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

Sam Allen

Sam Allen

Sam Allen is the Vice President of Austin-based Texas Research International‘s (TRI) Geosynthetics Services Division. He has served as Chairman of ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI). He is the elected president of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

November 7
(3:00 – 5:00 pm)
Reception follows


INCLUDED for all short course registrations

Panelists & Audience Interaction


Summit Partner: 
IGS North America

November 8 – 9
(8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Dinner & Tech Tour,  Nov 8
Happy Hour, Nov 9

QA/QC of Geosynthetic Installation and GCL/CCL

(Prep course for GCI-ICP Exams)


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
(8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Dinner & Tech Tour,  Nov 8
Happy Hour, Nov 9




Richard Thiel, P.E.

November 8 – 9
(8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Dinner & Tech Tour,  Nov 8
Happy Hour, Nov 9




Instructors: Jorge Zornberg, PhD, PE; Eli Cuelho, PE; Steve Williams; Dave Frazier; Matt Skinner; Eric Gonzales

2023 Technical Partner: 
GeoSolutions Inc.

November 10
(8:00 am – 12:00 pm)


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

Instructors: Sam Allen and Tamara Tuttle