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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Technical Committee on Barriers (TC-B), in partnership with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), has launched a database to track global guidelines and regulations that govern and affect geosynthetic barrier applications. The project focuses on 12 sectors right now:

  • Landfills
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Mining
  • Coal Ash
  • Railways
  • Road Construction
  • Groundwater Protection
  • Soil Encapsulation
  • Waterproofing
  • Tank Farms
  • Storage Ponds
  • Stormwater Retention

Your participation is invited! Visit the website.


The barrier regulations database has been designed to be quite user-friendly and the organizers from the IGS TC-B and GSI note that expansion of the sectors targeted in the project is possible. The field’s international input, though, is essential.

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How to participate:

  • Visit the database and contribute
    • The simple system will collect details including name, the relevant application, country of the regulation, name of guideline, and link to guideline (preferred) or document to upload if a link is unavailable.
  • Share the project with your colleagues!

Global participation is essential for the database endeavor to succeed. Geosynthetica encourages readers to contribute their knowledge and ask their networks to do the same.

Questions? Contact the Geosynthetic Institute.

Visit the geosynthetic barrier regulations website

Learn more about the IGS and its Technical Committee on Barriers