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The GeoAfrica 2023 Corporate Case Study Competition Winners

During GeoAfrica2023 (20 -23 February 2023), in Cairo, Egypt, the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) held its fourth and final regional Corporate Case Study competition, open exclusively to IGS Corporate Members. A shortlist of four entries were presented during the conference, all of which focused on geosynthetic projects in Africa and the Middle East.

The winning entry from GeoAfrica2023 now goes forward to the Final International Corporate Case Study Competition in September 2023 at the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12ICG) in Rome, Italy. It will join the winning entries selected at GeoAmericas, EuroGeo, and GeoAsia.



GeoAfrica2023 Winner

Second River Niger Bridge in Onitsha, Nigeria – Use of geosynthetic encased granular columns for soil improvement


Oliver Detert, Huesker Synthetic,GmbH
Michael Hoelzel, Julius Berger International GmbH
Andreas Kirchner, Kempfert und Raihtel Geotechnik GmbH


GeoAfrica2023 Runner Up

Novel Landscaping Applications Using Diverse Range of Geosynthetics in ‘Museum Of The Future’ Project in Dubai


Jayakrishnan Puthiya Veettil of Maccaferri Middle East


Additional Shortlisted Presentation

  • Gabion faced MSE wall as a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to cantilever wall in Telal El Sokhna project in Egypt by John Erian of Strata Soil Systems
  • Construction of a road embankment on low bearing and swelling clayey soils in Benin by Eric ROQUEL, Mathilde RIOT, and Sébastien MATHIOT of Afitexinov Geosynthetics

The International Geosynthetics Society thanks and congratulates all participants! IGS Corporate Members provide enormous financial, technical, and promotional support to the professional society. We look forward to future Corporate Case Study Competitions and the finals at 12ICG in Rome!