Technical Program



68 Hours of Short Course Programming

  • Offerings in English and Spanish
  • Landfills, Low Volume Roads, Standards & Specifications, Heap Leach Design, Designing GRS Bridge Abutments, More

49 90-Minute Technical Sessions

  • Panel Discussions
  • Training Lectures (English & Spanish)
  • Technical Sessions from throughout the Americas, ranging from introductory to theoretical & research

4 90-Minute Keynote Lectures

95 Exhibition Spaces

Excellent Networking Opportunities

Additional Meetings

  • FedIGS
  • ECTC
  • IAGI
  • FGI
  • IECA IBERO-American Chapter
  • GMA
  • GSI
  • IGS Council


The technical program for GeoAmericas 2016 will be comprised of short courses, technical sessions, panel discussions, and keynote lectures addressing a range of topics. Our technical program is designed to provide a comprehensive and diverse offering ranging from introductory to state-of-research.

SHORT COURSES will be offered on April 10 (Sunday). They include four full-day and nine half-day courses. The range of courses is comprehensive, addressing a wide variety of topics and experience levels. Some courses are offered in English, some in Spanish, and some will feature instructors with proficiency or fluency in multiple languages. Short course attendees will leave these courses with applicable skills on topics such as heap leach, retaining wall, or road design. Attendees will find basic courses like Geosynthetics 101 (and the Spanish-language session, Geosintéticos 101) and more technical courses addressing topics like interface friction and GRS-IBS design. PDH credits will be available. Attendees who choose two half-day courses will receive a discount.

TECHNICAL SESSIONS From Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon, GeoAmericas 2016 will offer 49 technical sessions in up to 7 parallel tracks. Technical Session programming will include traditional paper-driven sessions, panel discussions, and training lectures. Attendees at GeoAmericas are certain to find topics of considerable interest to their work.

KEYNOTE LECTURES Beginning on Sunday evening with an opening lecture just prior to the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception and concluding with the Mercer Lecture by Dr. Jorge Zornberg on Wednesday afternoon, the GeoAmericas 2016 Keynote Lectures will offer a strong variety of engineering perspectives. Experts from the Netherlands will discuss water management, coastal protection, and sea-level communities. Geosynthetic industry icons, including Robert Koerner and Jorge Zornberg, will focus on key issues like “Lifetime Prediction of Exposed Geotextiles & Geomembranes” and “Stabilization of Paved Roads.”