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The 12th french speaking conference on geotextiles, geomembranes and related products

Organised by the French Chapter of IGS every two years since 1993, The Rencontres Géosynthétiques are the reference French speaking event for geotexiles, geomembranes and related products. They cover the whole range of applications of these materials in civil engineering and environmental protection. The Rencontres Géosynthétiques are a unique opportunity for practitioners to meet and exchange.

From the 11th to the 13th of March in Nancy, this conference welcomed experts, engineers and technicians coming from all Europe and northern Africa. The twelfth edition of the Rencontres Géosynthétiques was the occasion to make a state of the art on recommendations of use and installation and standards, through the presentation of practical cases of use.

  • On the first day, as usual, some short courses were given to those attendees less familiar with geosynthetics on what geosynthetics are, their basic properties and main uses in civil engineering and environmental protection.
  • On the second day, there were two keynote lectures: the first presented the future guide of recommendations about the design of lining systems in piggy-back landfills and the second keynote lecture dealt with the role of geosynthetics in the load transfer platform above rigid inclusions used for soil improvement. Then, various papers were presented on geosynthetics in transportation, geoenvironmental applications, protections versus natural and human-induced hazard and lastly sustainability and carbon footprint. Posters were also presented in the late afternoon when some time was dedicated in parallel to the visit of the exhibition with 30 exhibitors.
  • The gala dinner took place in a marvellous place in Nancy, with nice firework, dedicated to the fortieth anniversary of the French Chapter of IGS.
  • On the third day, the Keynote lecture dealt with the feedback of using geosynthetics in hydraulic works to keep under control water cycle. Then, the use of geosynthetics for various and new applications in the approach of sustainable development was then discussed through a series of papers.

The 12th Rencontres Géosynthétiques were once again a very successful event with about 300 attendees and 30 exhibitors.

The proceedings are, as the previous ones, available for free download on the CFG website :

Nancy Congress Center (Courtesy C. Reganha)

Exhibition hall (Courtesy C. Reganha)



2019 05 13

Reported by Guillaume Stoltz

Assistant General Secretary of French Chapter of IGS