Renowned researcher and educator, Dr. R. Kerry Rowe, P.Eng., has been announced as the featured presented during a multi-city seminar tour of Australia. The topic, “Multi-component Geosynthetic Clay Liners,” will feature research, design, and local case studies.


Key topics in the session include landfill applications, water resource management, tailings dams, internal erosion characteristics, geotextile cushion design, much more. (Program noted below.)

In the event announcement, the organizers note that “Multicomponent GCLs, incorporating a polymer coating, are a relatively recent development in the long history of GCLs. The application of a special polymer coating to the GCL extends the use of GCLs in many problematic sites. Research indicates that the integrity of the installed GCL is maintained over longer design lives than that of an uncoated GCL. Additionally the polymer coating may be textured to improve interface friction, allowing the use of steeper side slopes and increases in containment storage capacity [and greater] protection against leakage.”

Geosynthetic clay liners with polymer coatings
The GCL field has expanded significantly in product offerings, capabilities, and applications. Innovations such as polymer coatings on multi-component varieties are boosting options and performance in engineered works.

Dr. Rowe’s extensive contributions to the field of geosynthetics over decades of barrier system research, much of which has been carried out at Queen’s University in Canada, presents an invaluable opportunity for engineers in Australia to learn from. (Also of note, though his career has taken him around the world, Dr. Rowe is from Australia.)

The series is sponsored by global GCL manufacturer NAUE and Australia-based Global Synthetics.


  • 18 May 2015 – Melbourne – Engineers Australia, 13/21 Bedford St, North Melbourne
  • 19 May 2015 – Adelaide – Engineers Australia, 108 King William St, Adelaide
  • 20 May 2015 –Perth – Engineers Australia, 712 Murray St, Perth
  • 25 May 2015 – Brisbane – Engineers Australia, 447 Upper Edward St, Spring Hill
  • 28 May 2015 – Sydney – Engineers Australia, 3/8 Thomas St, Chatswood


  • 09.00 – 09.20 Registration and coffee.
  • 09.20 – 09.35 Welcome and introduction to multi-component GCLs. Overview of basic features and advantages.
  • 09.35 – 10.35 Design considerations with multi-component GCLs in landfill applications
  • 10.35 – 10.55 Morning tea
  • 10.55 – 11.35 Design considerations with multi-component GCL in tailings dams, water storage applications (e.g., lakes, dams)
  • 11.35 – 12.20 Internal erosion and moisture migration of a GCL in landfill batters. Multi-component GCL and conventional GCL comparison.
  • 12.20 – 13.00 Protection cushion geotextile design and applications
  • 13.00 – 13.45 Lunch (provided) and informal discussion
  • 13.45 Close