More than 2100 attendees and 193 exhibitors gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Fla., March 12-15, for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, the largest show in the geosynthetics industry. This year’s event combined the annual Geo-Congress and the biennial Geosynthetics Conference into an “super-event” held once every six years.
“We had a great show and we’re delighted with both the turnout and the quality of presentations,” Geotechnical Frontiers general secretary Barbara Connett says. “From every perspective, the show was a huge success.”
Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 was co-organized by the Geo-Institute and the Geosynthetic Materials Association, a division of The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The event was supported by IGS North America, under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society.
Attendees took part in short courses, panel discussions and lectures, including the first-ever presentation in the Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. Dr. George Koerner was the first recipient of the award, which is named for his father. There were a 362 technical presentations over the four-day event.
Other conference highlights included a presentation by former Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) administrator Craig Fugate, the Mercer Lecture, the H. Bolton Seed Lecture, the Karl Terzaghi Lecture, the Ralph B. Peck Medal Lecture and the J. Michael Duncan Honorary Symposium.