The Portuguese Chapter of IGS has organized the 1st Technical Session on Geosynthetics, which was held on 6th June in the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), Lisbon. The topic of the session was “Railway works and the different applications of geosynthetics: new railway line, modernization and maintenance”. The session was sponsored by Geosin/Tencate and has included six keynote lectures given by specialists from Portugal, Spain and France. A total of 104 participants, including designers, installers, producers, users, researchers and students, have attended this session. The event has promoted the dissemination of applications and the discussion on the behaviour of geosynthetics in railway works, as well the announcement of the investments planned for the upcoming years on the railway network in Portugal. The Portuguese Chapter of IGS intends to organize the second technical session until the end of 2017.
José Neves, IGS News correspondent for IGS Portugal