Concepts from one of the industry’s flagship global conferences got a second life when IGS Romania staged the ‘Echoes of the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics’ Symposium.
The meeting was aimed at specialists unable to attend the 12th ICG, which took place in September 17-21 in Rome, Italy, and give IGS Romania members who presented papers there an opportunity to give extended lectures on their topics.
The event on September 26 jointly organized by IGS Romania, known as the Romanian Association of Geosynthetics, and the Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (TUCEB), began with chapter President Ernest Olinic giving a brief presentation on the 12th ICG, IGS Romania’s involvement, and upcoming IGS events.
Special guest speaker was Professor Kerry Rowe, who summarized the latest research from his team at Queen’s University in Canada. Topics covered included variation of the tensile strength of geomembranes exposed to the chemical action of landfill leachate, the effect of the quality of the geomembrane weld, and the flow through a circular defect in the geomembrane.
His talk was followed by:
- July Ellen Jaramillo Castro from HUESKER Synthetic GmbH who presented a case study on ‘Second River Niger bridge in Onitsha, Nigeria – use of geosynthetic encased granular columns for soil improvement’, which won the Corporate Case Study Competition at GeoAfrica 2023.
- Francesco Masola from Maccaferi presented a case study involving the reinforcement of a bridge abutment with steel mesh and geogrids.
- Flavio Cosma from Concrete Canvas presented on the design and use of geosynthetic cementitious composite mat for channels sealing.
- Piergiorgio Recalcati from TENAX S.P.A. Italy, presented ‘Performance evaluation of three-dimensional geogrid for increasing the load-bearing capacity of road structures’.
- Catrin Tarnowski from Solmax Geosynthetics GmbH spoke about ‘Sustainable and innovative solutions using geosynthetics – thermal energy storage using a new generation of geomembranes’.
- Daniel Dias from Afitexinov gave a case study on the design and execution of a piled embankment, in soft ground, for a high-speed railway in Southern Europe.
Seven members of IGS Romania attended the 12th ICG while an additional six members attended the technical exhibition only. At the conference two papers by Romanian authors were presented, and this was repeated at the Symposium. These were:
- ‘Use of geosynthetics on foundation of residential complexes and low height buildings on stabilized fillings from municipality of Bucharest’ by S. Mustatea, L. Talos, A. Barariu, and Ali Naji.
- ‘The settlement of a municipal solid waste landfill built on collapsible soils’ by E.D. Olinic and T. Olinic.
The day concluded with TUCEB awarding Prof. Rowe an honorary doctorate, after which Prof. Rowe spoke about global warming in a paper titled ‘Civil – Geotechnical engineers have a huge role to play in addressing many UN goals and climate change – A major challenge!’
IGS Romania President Ernest Olinic said: “The organizing team and I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Symposium. We hope facilitating this event enabled members who could not attend the Rome conference to get a flavour of the topics and issues explored and learn more about the latest developments in geosynthetics.”