Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen

DATE: 6 September, 2020 (Sunday)

HOURS: 9:00-17:00

PRICE: € 100 or 440 PLN per person, including lunch break and Author’s book (Reed more here)

REGISTRATION: Registration starts on February 1, Number of participants is limited. Lunch will be provided.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen

Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen is a researcher in geotechnical engineering and an expert in the field of geosynthetic reinforcement and piled embankments in particular. She has reviewed or advised in several piled embankment projects and is specialized in laboratory experiments or field tests. She is chairing the Dutch CUR group ‘Design Guideline Piled Embankments’ and the Dutch IGS Chapter – committee ‘Innovation and Knowledge Transfer’.

She wrote over 100 scientific publications. She was teacher or lecturer in several courses or conferences, amongst these courses at the TU Delft, Ghent University, PAO Netherlands, and the ISSMGE-TC211-short course at Brussels of 2012, the Curso de Engenharia de Infraestrutura e Solos Moles in Rio de Janeiro in 2015 and conferences such as the Dutch Geotechnics Day (2009 and 2015), the Brazilian Workshop Georreforços (2011 and 2015), the Finnish Soil reinforcement workshop (2011) and several national and international conferences of the IGS and ISSMGE.

Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen received the IGS Award of the International Geosynthetics Society for her research on basal reinforced piled embankments in 2014, the Award for the best paper in Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2012, an Honourable mention as one of the four Best Papers in Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2011 and the Dutch Keverling Buisman-Science award 2011.


Dr. Erol Tutumluer

Dr. Jorge Zornberg

DATE: 6 September, 2020 (Sunday)

HOURS: 9:00-17:00, including lunch break


  • IGS Members € 100 or 440 PLN per person, including lunch break
  • Non-members € 400 or 1760 PLN per person, including lunch break

REGISTRATION: Registration starts on February 1, Number of participants is limited. Lunch will be provided.


  • Dr. Erol Tutumluer (University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign)
  • Dr. Jorge Zornberg (University of Texas – Austin)

ABSTRACT: Geosynthetics provide sustainable alternatives for enhanced performance, durability and cost-effectiveness of pavements, railways and airfields. This short course provides an integrated view of the multiple applications of geosynthetics in these three transportation modes. This includes the mechanisms involved in the different applications, the identification of relevant properties, the available design methodologies, and case histories involving the use of geosynthetics in pavements, railways and airfields.

An outline of the main topics to be covered is as follows:

  • Welcome & Objectives
  • Geosynthetics: Types and Functions
  • Structural Capacity of Pavements, Railways and Airfields
  • Overview of Geosynthetic applications in Pavements
  • Overview of Geosynthetics in Railways and Airfields
  • Geosynthetics for Retardation of Asphalt Reflective Cracking
  • Geosynthetics for Reduction of Subgrade Soil Intermixing
  • Geosynthetics for Stabilization of Base and Ballast
  • Geosynthetics for Stabilization of Subgrades
  • Geosynthetics for Mitigation of Environmental Loads
  • Geosynthetics for Enhanced drainage
  • Path Forward & Closure

This is a full-day (8 hrs.) short course, organized on behalf of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA). Course attendees will complete the short course with a working knowledge on the characteristics of different geosynthetics and their use to solve specific problems in the structural design of pavements, railways and airfields.

Erol Tutumluer holds a B.S. (Bogazici University 1989), two M.S. degrees (Duke University 1991 and Georgia Tech 1993), and a Ph.D. (Georgia Tech 1995), all in civil engineering. He has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois since 1996. In October 2006, Dr. Tutumluer was recognized as the Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar for his research accomplishments in the CEE department. Professor Tutumluer also serves as the Director of International Programs for the department. Dr. Tutumluer has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in transportation soils engineering, subgrade soil and aggregate behavior and stabilization, introduction to transportation engineering, pavement analysis and design, and airport facilities design. Dr. Tutumluer has served as an investigator on over 65 research projects with grants received from Federal agencies including FHWA, FAA, FRA, US Army Corps of Engineers, NCHRP, NEXTRANS and NURAIL University Transportation Center, and NSF; state agencies including numerous single grants from Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina and Minnesota DOTs and pool-funded research contributions from 5 other state DOTs; and private/industry. Dr. Tutumluer has authored and co-authored over 250 peer reviewed publications from his research projects. Dr. Tutumluer is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new Transportation Geotechnics Elsevier journal and he is the Chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 202 on Transportation Geotechnics. Dr. Tutumluer was the 2000 recipient of the TRB’s Fred Burgraff award for Excellence in Transportation Research; he also received TRB’s Geology and Earth Materials Section Best Paper Awards in 2009 and 2012.

Dr. Zornberg, P.E., is Professor and William J. Murray, Jr. Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.S. from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina), his M.S. from the PUC of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has over 25 years’ experience both in research and practice in geotechnical, geosynthetics, transportation, and geoenvironmental engineering. Prof. Zornberg participated in the analysis, design and forensic evaluation of retaining walls, reinforced soil structures, transportation systems as well as mining and waste containment facilities. He has served as expert witness in cases involving the collapse of earth retaining structures, failure of barrier systems, and failure of pavements and structures on expansive clays. Prof. Zornberg conducts research on soil reinforcement, geosynthetics, earth retaining structures, pavements, waste containment and mining facilities,unsaturated soils, and numerical and physical (centrifuge) modeling of geotechnical systems. He teaches graduate courses at the University of Texas on Earth Retaining Structures and on Geoenvironmental Engineering. Prof. Zornberg served as president of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) during the period 2010-14. He has authored over 350 technical publications, edited a number of publications and book chapters, and been awarded three patents. Prof.Zornberg has been invited to deliver keynote lectures in numerous events around the world. He received many prestigious awards, including ASCE’s Croes medal and Collingwood Prize, IGS’ Award and Young Member Award, as well as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers(PECASE) awarded by President George W. Bush to Prof. Zornberg in 2002.

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