05/02/2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
University of Birmingham
Haworth Building
Birmingham B15 2FG
Nico Brusa

IGS UK & The Midland Geotechnical Society (MGS) Joint Meeting:

Monday 5th February 2018

Erosion and Land Loss: A Geotechnical Challenge

Speakers: David Shercliff, ABG Ltd. and Lee Church, Concrete Canvas.

Much empirical experience has been gained throughout Europe in using geosynthetics for erosion control. The design has evolved over the last 50 years from its early use in land reclamation and protection replacing willow/brushwood rafts. To add to practical experience testing and design development has occurred and many often-complex filter rules have been developed and publicised. However, it is often the case that designers do not have the luxury of sophisticated soil investigation reports for the intermittent embankment erosion schemes they have to design. The presentation seeks to point the designer to the established design rules but also highlights a new pragmatism developed more recently helping designers focus on more practical elements of installation through service life and maintenance and a greater emphasis on working with nature with a much simpler approach. Reference is also made to the concept of managed overtopping of embankments and the need for reinforced engineered vegetation with consideration of the technology of geosynthetic cementitious composite mats (GCCM) and their use.

Time: Members and visitors should aim to arrive between 6 p.m. and 6.15 p.m. and park their cars in a perimeter car park. Normal refreshments (sandwiches, tea and coffee) will be available in the Shell Lounge in the Civil / Mechanical Engineering Building before the meeting. At about 6.45 p.m. members should walk across to the Haworth Chemistry Building.

Location: Haworth Building , University of Birmingham, B15 2FG

Notification: IGS UK MGS 5th Feb