Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Organizers:
The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geo-Institute (G-I) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The Geo-Institute (G-I) is a specialty organization focused on the geo–industry. Created by the American Society of Civil Engineers in October 1996, its 10,500+ members and 54 organizational members include scientists, engineers, technologists and organizations interested in improving the environment, mitigating natural hazards and economically constructing engineered facilities.
Geosynthetic Materials Association
GMA was founded in the 1960s to educate the user community on the technical and economic benefits of geosynthetics, with the goal of building stronger civil infrastructures in a cost-efficient manner. GMA has contributed more than $4 million into programs for the industry, including the development of:
- Government relations
Since its inception, geosynthetics use has expanded into nearly all areas of civil, geotechnical, environmental, coastal and hydraulic construction. Its industry events provide networking opportunities and exposure to the industry for engineers, specifiers, contractors, government agencies and academics.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 144,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to its members and partners, advance civil engineering and serve the public good.
Industrial Fabrics Association International
IFAI is a nonprofit trade association serving 2,000 individual and company members involved in the global specialty fabrics marketplace. IFAI operates 10 product divisions and three country-specific divisions conducting targeted programs and conferences for specialty fabrics products manufacturers. IFAI is headquartered in Roseville, Minn.
IFAI supports and augments the geosynthetics industry with these contributions:
- Promotes the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a central resource for the industry and forum for the development of specification and standardization.
- Publishes the industry-leading Geosynthetics magazine and other journals.
- Collaborates with the International Geosynthetics Society, North American Geosynthetics Society and the Geosynthetic Institute.