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160 papers lined up for geosynthetics conference


EUROGEO3 IS the third European geosynthetics conference, which is being held in Munich on March 1-3 under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society.

Organised by the German Geotechnical Society with its national IGS chapter, the conference will be chaired by Gerhard Bräu from the Technical University in Munich.

The main aim of the event is to provide a platform for scientific exchange as well as to attract end users from companies, engineering offices, administrative bodies and authorities.

A series of lectures with practical content will be offered each day. A key part of the conference is given over to participants such as geosynthetics producers, laboratories and developers of design programs, who will have an opportunity to promote their products and services.

About 160 papers were selected by the scientific committee to be published in the proceedings. Printed versions will be available at the beginning of the conference and CD-rom with all the articles will also be produced.

Professor Rudolf Floss, chairman of the German chapter of the IGS, will deliver the introductory lecture, Design fundamentals for geosynthetic soil technique.

He will explain the basis for design and application of geosynthetics in engineering under European Standardisation. His talk will also cover industrial and scientific development in Europe.

Floss will also explain the limit state concept, based on Eurocode 1: Action on structures and Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design, and its application to the design of earth structures involving geosynthetics.

Also in the programme is the Mercer Lecture, a biennial event sponsored by Tensar International with the endorsement of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and the IGS.

The aim of the Mercer Lecture is to promote information exchange between the geotechnical engineering profession and the geosynthetics industry.

Presented by Professor Richard J Bathurst of Canada, this year's Mercer lecture is titled Reinforcement loads in geosynthetic walls and the case for a new working stress design method.

The paper aims to develop a new working stress method for the calculation of reinforcement loads in geosynthetic reinforced soil walls. The new design method captures the essential contributions of the different wall components and properties to reinforcement loads.

The method is calibrated against measured insitu wall reinforcement loads using a careful interpretation of reinforcement strains and the conversion of strain to load using a suitably selected reinforcement stiffness value.

For further details on the conference visit www. gb. bv. tum. de/eurogeo3/

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