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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

50 90-Minute Technical Sessions

  • Panel Discussions
  • Training Lectures (English & Spanish)
  • Technical Sessions from throughout the Americas and 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


In fulfilling the conference’s sustainability commitment, the GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings are now available as a three volume set digital download.



The Organizing Committee would like to thank you for taking the time to consider participating in GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics — Hosted by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS).

Online Registration is now closed. But we are accepting registrations on site. See you in Miami!

A Rich History. The previous editions of GeoAmericas (Cancún 2008, Lima 2012) featured a vibrant influx of attendees from throughout the Americas, eager to exchange knowledge, learn, and do business. It is an engineering event like no other—one that needs to be experienced.

Fantastic Location. Conference participants will be drawn from all Latin American and North American countries. It is no coincidence that we have selected a conference location in Miami’s South Beach. Serviced by two international airports, there are more scheduled non-stop flights to the Miami area from Latin America than to Orlando, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa, and New York’s Kennedy airports combined. Our host property, the Loews Miami Beach, provides a luxurious environment to do business and learn — not too big, not too small. The conference and accommodations are all in one place for easy access to sessions and great networking. Companions will be easily entertained in the beautiful spring climate with extraordinary dining, the Art Deco District, cosmopolitan shopping and a rich night life all within walking distance!

haitipicDoing things a little differently. Early on the GeoAmericas organizing committee decided to work toward sustainability and to take a role in community stewardship. The enhanced use of digital media will reduce paper, shipping and the over-all carbon footprint of the conference. Some of the exhibit furniture and electronics will be purchased rather than rented — and donated post-conference to various schools and charities in Miami. Lanyards will be hand-made Haitian jewelry that we hope will be repurposed and appreciated for years to come! Our most significant effort will be the development of infrastructure for a school and orphanage in Haiti. We are confident that sponsors, exhibitors, attendees and the community will benefit from these efforts. We look forward to partnering with you to do our part to make the world a better place.



GeoAmericas 2016 Attendee Event Signups are Available!

Sunday afternoon IAGI will offer a Proctor Training Course. Attendees to this class will learn how to administer the IAGI CWT Welding Exams. There is no fee for this program; however in order to help IAGI prepare, please take the time to let them know you are coming by registering.

There are some really exceptional Short Courses at GeoAmericas and there are still some seats left in these courses. Discounts may be available for the few remaining seats, please contact Elizabeth Peggs (EPeggs@Minervatri.com) directly if you are interested.

  • QA/QC Inspection of Geosynthetic Reinforced MSE WallsRobert & George Koerner
  • Advances in Geosynthetics for Heap Leach DesignMark Smith, Abigail Beck & Dennys Parra
  • Slope Stability and Interface Friction Using GeosyntheticsJohn Allen, Patrick Fox, Vinicious Benjamin
  • Current Advances & Trends in Containment TechnologiesTim Stark, Sam Allen, Daren Laine
  • Geosynthetic Use and Design in Paved and Unpaved Low Volume RoadsGordon Keller and Jeb Tingle

Beach Volleyball (SIGN UP REQUESTED)
Monday afternoon will host the first GeoAmericas Beach Volleyball tournament. Register as an individual or as a team (up to 9 players). Teams will compete on a sand court – no shoes but bring some sun screen! Referees will organize 15 – 20 minute games in a round-robin format. Spectators Welcome.

Sales Workshop (SIGN UP REQUESTED)
GeoAmericas 2016 is proud to present a bonus session for exhibitors! Attend a 3-hour sales workshop led by Gary Ross, Oldcastle APG. The workshop will be held immediately after the close of the exhibit hall. Click here to learn more about the program.

Gary Ross is the Director of Sales Training & Coaching and is a Motivational Speaker for Oldcastle APG. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and earned his certificate in Supervisory Development from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his role as Director of Sales Training & Coaching, Gary was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Coastal, an Oldcastle Company based in Florida. He has over 38 years of sales experience including 13 years in Sales Management. Register for this workshop today!