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IGS UK/TVGS: Soil erosion control and soil conservation using geosynthetics @ UTC Oxfordshire
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

IGS UK & Thames Valley Geological Society (TVGS) Joint Meeting:

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Soil Erosion Control and Soil Conservation using Geosynthetics

Speakers: Jane Rickson*, Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation, Cranfield University.

Location: UTC Oxfordshire – Didcot, OX11 6BZ

The talk will first consider the problem of soil erosion, defined as the detachment and transport of soil or other slope forming materials at the ground surface. It will cover the causes, extent, severity and consequences of soil erosion in the UK, and why soil erosion control is so important for environmental and regulatory reasons. Knowing why slope-forming materials erode at different rates helps target the application of erosion control measures such as the use of vegetation and geosynthetics.

Geosynthetics (including synthetic and natural products) are used in surface erosion control “to prevent or limit soil or other particle movements at the surface of, for example, a slope” (ISO 10318). Whilst the use of geosynthetics has expanded, scientific understanding of how these products affect the hydrological and hydraulic processes operating on a slope is limited. Cranfield University has undertaken geosynthetic product evaluation for over 30 years, using a range of environmental scenarios. The aim is to find the salient properties of cost-effective geosynthetics for short-term and long-term erosion control, including their ability to support vegetation cover. This information can inform a) site managers and contractors in selecting appropriate products and b) product designers and manufacturers in creating innovative erosion control products.

Flyer: IGS UK Flyer_TVRG_30th May



Directions for travel can be found at:  http://www.utcoxfordshire.org.uk/travelling-to-utc-oxfordshire/

There is a car park which is accessed via the side road (as yet unnamed) between the school and Asda.  There are automatic barriers into the car park which rise when a car approaches.  Signs will direct you to enter the building via a gate and a door, both on the side of the building nearest Asda.

Once inside the door you will be clearly signposted through the building (as follows) to a project room on the ground floor:

  • once inside the building, walk to the end of the corridor & turn left
  • walk to the end of the corridor & turn right
  • walk across the foyer to the Mini (yes, there really is a Mini in our foyer) and then turn right through double doors
  • walk to the end of the corridor to the talk venue (G14)

There are toilets located immediately beside this room and there will be refreshments in the room.  If you have difficulties finding the venue or finding the room please contact Ali Adams, the UTC’s Partnerships Manager on 07392 098343.

IGS UK/BGA Invitational 2018 @ Institution of Civil Engineers
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

18th BGA Invitational Lecture: Geosynthetics in walls and roads: Recent US research and developments
Speaker: Ji Han,

JOINT MEETING with British Geotechnical Association
Wednesday 17th October 2018

Tea/Coffee Available from 17:30

Lecture Start: 18:00

Refreshments sponsored by HUESKER are available after the meeting in the ICE Cafe/Bar.

Location: One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

Flyer: TBC

Previous Invitational Lecturers

IGS UK/EGGS: Topic TBC @ The Geological Society, Burlington House, london
Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

IGS UK Annual General Meeting, followed by:

Title: TBC

Speaker: Yuli (Chaido) Doulala-Rigby

JOINT OPEN MEETING with the Engineering Group of the Geological Society (EGGS)
Wednesday 20th December 2018

Time: Tea & Coffee from 17:30, AGM commences at 18:00, followed shortly after by lecture.

Location: Geological Society, Burlington House, W1J 0BA, UK

AGM Notification: TBC

IGS UK/BGA Invitational 2019 @ Institution of Civil Engineers
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

19th BGA Invitational Lecture: TBC
Speaker: TBC

JOINT MEETING with British Geotechnical Association
Wednesday 16th October 2019

Tea/Coffee Available from 17:30

Lecture Start: 18:00

Location: One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

Flyer: TBC

Previous Invitational Lecturers

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Yuli (Chaido) Doulala-Rigby
Tensar International Ltd.
Cunningham Court
Lions Drive
Shadsworth Business Park
Blackburn BB1 2QX

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