IGS TC-Reinforcement
IGS TC-Reinforcement
The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has announced a second important workshop to be held in Edinburgh alongside the 16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI ECSMGE). On September 13, from 10:00 to 17:00, the IGS will offer a reinforcement workshop for a nominal registration fee. The XVI ECSMGE has graciously granted space for this special session, offering an exceptional place for geotechs and geosynthetic experts to interact just ahead of the full ECSMGE gathering.
The IGS Technical Committee on Reinforcement (TC-Reinforcement) is heading up the session. It is part of a new initiative for the IGS’s technical committees to orchestrate strong technical training programs to offer at industry events on a biennial basis.
The program for the TC-Reinforcement Workshop is divided into two primary sections: Geosynthetic-Soil Interaction and International Design Models for Reinforced Soil. The schedule:
13 September 2015
10:00 – 13:00
Geosynthetic-Soil Interaction

  • Lackner, Christian: Microscopic interaction effects of geogrid reinforced soil
  • Jacobs, Felix; Ziegler, Martin: Modeling geogrid pullout with an explicit interaction model
  • Moraci, Nicola: Pull-out testing and the related use in design of reinforced soil structures
  • Oliver, Tim; Jas, Hein: Understanding the mechanism of geogrid-soil mechanical stabilisation
  • Perkins, Steve: Influence of Design Variables on Layer Coefficient Ratio (LCR)
  • Vollmert, Lars; Weisemann, Ulrike; Perkins, Steve; Watn, Arnstein: “Magic effects” on geogrid-reinforced soil explained by triaxial testing at low strains
  • Zornberg, Jorge; Peng, X.: Evaluation of soil-geogrid interaction using transparent soil
  • Black, Jonathan A.; Tatari, Alireza: Interaction behaviour of soil and geogrid reinforcement in physical modelling

14:00 – 17:00
International Design Models for Reinforced Soil

  • Horgan, Graham: Design of geosynthetic reinforced slopes and walls in accordance with British standard BS 8006:2010
  • Bezuijen, Adam; van Eekelen, Suzanne: Reinforced structures, the Dutch design guideline and future work.
  • Naciri, Omar; Delmas, Philipp: Reinforced steep slopes and walls using Geosynthetics – National French Design Standards.
  • Bräu, Gerhard; Herold, Andreas: Experience with EBGEO for reinforced soil applications
  • Forsman, Juha; Koivisto, Kirsi: Finnish national design guidelines for georeinforcements following Eurocode – first experience with regard to the design of reinforced soil retaining walls
  • Cazzuffi, Daniele; Moraci, Nicola; Recalcati, Piergiorgio; Rimoldi, Pietro: Design of reinforced soil structures in static and seismic conditions according to Italian codes
  • Watanabe, Kenji: Development of Geosynthetics Reinforced-soil Structure for the Japan Railway.
  • Smith, Colin; Tatari, Alireza: Computational Limit Analysis and ULS Design of Reinforced Soil Systems

The XVI ECSMGE has truly welcomed the IGS technical committees’ work. Not only has complimentary space been offered to the TC-R for its pre-conference workshop on September 13, ECSMGE attendees will have the option to attend a special TC-Barriers workshop on September 14 as part of the conference’s technical sessions.
The XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering will be held 13 – 17 September 2015 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. The event theme is “Geotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development.” The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) and the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) are involved in the conference’s organization.
Visit the conference site for registration and full program details.
As a pre-conference offering, the TC-Reinforcement workshop requires a separate registration from the ECSMGE. Attendees must reserve their space in the reinforcement session in advance. ** The workshop fee covers the event centre catering costs for the session. ** To have access to the full XVI ECSMGE conference—which includes the TC-Barriers workshop—one must register for the ECSMGE. ** The barriers workshop, like other ECSMGE technical sessions, does not require advanced reservation.