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Special session on Geosynthetics at the ICID Conference, Adelaide, Australia

Organized with the collaboration of the ICID and Irrigation Australia

Geosynthetics offer cost-effective and durable solutions for seepage control, drainage, surface erosion control, stabilization of weak subgrades and soil-reinforcement. This series of presentations is intended to demonstrate the use of geosynthetics to the engineering community specializing in water storage, transport and distribution.

Geosynthetics are used in large canals as well as in medium to small canals, and in other water retaining structures: to control seepage, avoid erosion, stabilize banks, or ensure structural integrity. They have been used successfully in thousands of kilometres of canals in all parts of the world: the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia/New Zealand.

A group of experts were selected by the Technical Committee on Hydraulics and the Technical Committee on Barriers of the International Geosynthetics Society to present this series of presentations on the use of geosynthetics in canals as a side-event leading up to the ICID conference in Adelaide in October 2022. Attendees will get the opportunity to be exposed to an overview of the use of geosynthetics for water containment, water transport, erosion control and bank stabilization. Case studies from various parts of the world, and using different geosynthetic materials, will be presented. The contribution of geosynthetics to the implementation of durable infrastructure, with a very low carbon footprint, and often reduced costs to traditional lining methods will also be explored.

About the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS): The IGS is a learned society dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products, and associated technologies. The purpose of the IGS is to provide the understanding of and promote the appropriate use of geosynthetics throughout the world.

8:45 – 8:55: Opening and introduction to IGS and the TC-H

Eric Blond, IGS - TC-H

8:55 – 9:00: Introduction to the TC-B

Amir Shahkolahi, IGS - TC-B

9:00 – 10:30: Session: Water containment and preservation with geosynthetics

Moderator: Eric Blond, Consultant

9:00 – 9:30: Irrigation Leakage Control and Evaporation Control using Geosynthetics

Mike Sadlier, Consultant

9:30 – 9:50: Case Study – Transforming South Australian wineries with large scale irrigation projects

John Gransbury, Hydroplan

9:50 – 10:10: Enhancing Water Conservation with Polyethylene Barrier

Su Jong Hao, Solmax

10:10 – 10:30: Geosynthetic Clay liners – Sustainable and resilient barriers for hydraulic engineering applications

Kent Von Maubeuge, Naue, and Amir Shahkolahi, Global Synthetics

11:15 – 13:00: Session: Geosynthetics for seepage control in canals

Moderator: Mike Sadlier, past-president ACIGS

11:15 – 11:20: Introduction to ACIGS

Mike Sadlier, past-president ACIGS

11:20 – 11:45: Geosynthetic materials, construction and performance

Graham Fairhead, Fabtech

11:45 – 12:05: Geocell channel protection systems

Amir Shahkolahi, Global Synthetics

12.05 – 12.25: Waterproofing of Hydraulic Structures with Geomembranes

John Cowland, Carpi

12.25 – 12.45: Use of Bituminous Geomembrane (BGM) In Water Storage Reservoirs

Preston Kendall, Coletanche

12.45 – 13:00: Geosynthetics: a sustainable solution for water management

Boyd Ramsey, Consultant

14:00 – 15:45: Session: Geosynthetics for bank stabilization and erosion control

Moderator: Eric Blond, Consultant

14:00 – 14:30: Overview of geosynthetics products for erosion control in irrigation channels

Markus Wilke, TenCate & Su Jong Hao, Solmax

14:30 – 14:55: Concrete Mattresses for Lining and Sealing of Canals

Gus Martins, Huesker

14:55 – 15:20: An Introduction to Geosynthetic Cementitious Mats & Barriers – an new approach to lining canals

Will Crawford, Concrete Canvas

15:20 – 15:45: Protection of Riverine and Coastal Environments Using Sand Filled Containers

Ben Lewis, Geofabrics

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