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The Technical Committee on Soil Reinforcement (TC-R) is dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geosynthetics systems and associated technologies. This committee promotes the dissemination of knowledge, technology, research findings, design and construction methodologies related to reinforcement applications of geosynthetics, such as erosion, slope failure and poor bearing capacity in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

The objective of the TC-R is to focus on the discussion of current and future soil reinforcement techniques on both research and practice. The committee works on increasing membership by finding younger researchers and engineers, not only from current IGS members, but also people from other geotechnical fields who are interested in soil reinforcement.


The IGS announces:

IGS GeoReinforcement & GeoBarriers Workshops

München, Germany
4 – 7 June 2018

Schedule Details & More – Register Today!

The International Geosynthetics Society Technical Committee on Reinforcement (TC-R) will welcome civil and geotechnical engineering professionals from around the world to the 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop 4 – 5 June 2018 in Munich, Germany. This unique gathering combines high-level presentations from leading practitioners in the field with significant audience discussion time, enabling participants to share project experience, exchange technical concerns and solutions, and network with colleagues who influence diverse applications such as MSE walls, steep slopes, veneer stability, embankments, bridge abutments, and more.

The two-day GeoReinforcement Workshop is co-located with the GeoBarrier Workshop, which takes place 6 – 7 June 2018. Note: Each workshop requires a separate registration fee. Both can be paid for at the same time via the online registration page.

The TC-R is Dedicated to Working on the Following Tasks:

  • Conducting research work with the goal of providing a better understanding of the interaction of soil and geosynthetics.
  • Making suggestions to improve the safety and cost-effectiveness of reinforced constructions.
  • Reporting on the state of regulations for geosynthetic-reinforced slopes and retaining structures.
  • Digitization of previous proceedings with the purpose of creating pdf files of all papers presented at IGS conferences and making them available on the IGS website.
  • Getting involved at IGS conferences to exchange current information on soil reinforcement activities worldwide and to discuss the current TC-Reinforcement activities.


Recent Meetings of the TC-R

  • The IGS TC-R conducted a workshop during the 16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ECSMGE). The workshop “Research on Geosynthetic-Soil-Interaction and Progress of Design Models” took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 13 September 2015.
  • The TC-R recently held a workshop during the 15th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (SMGE) held 9-13 November 2015 in Fukuoka, Japan. This conference included a TC-R session organized by Yoshihisa Miyata with papers presented on Foundation Engineering with Geosynthetics and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering with Geosynthetics.


Future TC-R Activities

  • Workshop at GeoAmericas 2016, 10 – 13 April 2016, Miami, Florida, USA.

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Technical University of Munich

Dr. Richard J. Bathurst
Royal Military College of Canada

Fumio Tatsuoka
Tokyo University of Science

Dr. Yoshihisa Miyata
National Defense Academy

IGS members wishing to participate in TC-R activities are invited to write to the Secretary Dr. Yoshihisa Miyata: For additional information about the IGS Technical Committees, contact the IGS Secretariat:

Download Membership List (PDF)

TC-R special session at 2nd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics


TC-R meeting at EuroGeo5