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The UK has been at the forefront of geosynthetic development for over 20 years and now hosts its first international conference on the subject. This, the fourth European Geosynthetics Conference, will be held at Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland from 7 to 10 September 2008.

It is being organised by the UK chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society and is supported by the British Geotechnical Association, Scottish Geotechnical Group, Ground Forum and the Engineering Group of the Geological Society.

EuroGeo4 will debate the subject of geosynthetics in civil engineering applications. The three-day event will comprise keynote lectures, paper presentations, discussions and poster sessions. The Mercer Lecture is also being held on Monday 8 September at 6.30pm and is one of the major events in the IGS calendar. All are invited, regardless of being delegates or not.

The lecture will be delivered by professor Ennio Marques Palmeira of the University of Brasilia on soil-geosynthetics interaction: modelling and analysis. A geosynthetics design and construction training course will be held in conjunction with the conference.

Organising committee chairman Derek Smith

The conference will highlight the hot topics in the geosynthetics industry with a series of keynote lectures and a special evening lecture.

Themes will include environmental protection including waste containment, hydraulic and coastal applications, durability and long-term performance, transport applications and soil stabilisation and improvement. They will also cover innovative use of geosynthetics, reinforced soil walls and steep slopes, geosynthetics in action – performance monitoring and failures and also analysis and design of geosynthetic systems.

Papers will be presented in three parallel sessions with poster sessions on developments in the field of geosynthetics and associated products in civil engineering applications, together with case histories.

Alongside the conference there will be a training course aimed at newcomers to geosynthetics and also a reminder for the more experienced.

The conference and training course will be supported by a ground engineering exhibition including geosynthetic manufacturers and suppliers presenting details of their latest products and services.

Keynote speakers
Keynote lecturers have been selected for EuroGeo4. Each author will lead a team of international co-authors to provide worldwide experience. The lead keynote authors and topics are professor Colin JFP Jones, Electrokinetic, UK – Recent research and applications in the use of electro-kinetic geosynthetics; Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Cemagref, France – Geoenvironmental applications of geosynthetics; and Grace Hsuan, Drexel University, US – Durability and lifetime prediction of geosynthetics.

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