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The Technical Committee on Barrier Systems (TC-B) is dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geosynthetic barrier systems and associated technologies. This committee promotes the knowledge, technology, research findings, design, and construction methodologies related to geosynthetic barrier applications, such as guarding against seepage loss, preventing infiltration, improving the flow of fluids, protecting groundwater, and isolating contaminated soils in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering.


The TC-Barrier system of the IGS announces:

In 2021 the TC-B is planning to run a session at the Geosynthetics 2021 conference in Kansas City, USA, from February 21-24.  See

The Committee is further pursuing the following tasks:

The TC-B has tasked members to compile newly written leaflets on specific barrier related topics.  These include; Landfill, mining, groundwater protection, hydraulic engineering, wastewater, agriculture/aquaculture, oil and gas and coal ash.  Once the leaflets are compiled it is the intention to generate a voiceover PowerPoint presentation on each of the geosynthetic barrier applications.

The TC-B is also in the planning stages to produce a short educational video on geosynthetic barrier applications.

Recent Meetings of the TC-B

Future Activities of the TC-B

The TC-B is in the early stages of planning a follow-up discussion workshop in 2022. Topics for this workshop have yet to be decided.

Important note: In the past, all TC-B members were contacted by the IGS to fill out the new membership form, which included General Data Protection Regulation consents. Members who have not returned completed forms are encouraged to do so.

The TC-B accepts applications from paid IGS individual members and representatives from corporate IGS members.  Contact us and a membership application form will be sent to you.

Please contact us if you have any issues, ideas or suggestions.

Jonathan Shamrock
Tonkin + Taylor

Jabulile Msiza
Jones & Wagener Pty Ltd

Amir Shahkolahi
Global Synthetics Pty Ltd

Immediate past Chair:
Kent P. von Maubeuge
NAUE GmbH & Co. KG

Immediate past Co-Chair:
Boyd J. Ramsey
Boyd Ramsey Consulting

IGS members wishing to participate in TC-B activities are invited to write to the Secretary Amir Shahkolahi at For additional information about the IGS Technical Committees, contact the IGS Secretariat:

Download Membership List (PDF)


Last Updated 5 October 2020