27/03/2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Centre, Birchwood Park
Birchwood Park Warrington
Dave Woods

IGS UK & The North West Geotechnical Group (NWGG) Joint Meeting:

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Lightweight Geosynthetic Fill for Embankments and Bridge Abutments

Speakers: Dave Woods (Jablite)

Location: The Centre (Engine Rooms), Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6YN

Refreshments served from 6pm for 6:30pm start.


Geofoam expanded polystyrene is the often forgotten member of the geosynthetics family in spite of over 30 years of successful use in the UK and extensive use in the US, France and particularly Norway.

This presentation will cover the typical Civil Applications of EPS fill in embankment, retaining wall and bridge abutment applications and focus on a case study of the Irlam bridge replacement carried out in 1999 where an existing rail bridge was decommissioned and successfully converted to a load neutral embankment under a very tight construction programme over poor ground.

The presentation will also cover the more recent bridge replacement at Cow Lane Rail in Reading where a live rail bridge was replaced in a 5 day period using innovative construction techniques including the installation of 1,000m3 of EPS backfill to the bridge abutments in a single shift.


Notification: IGS UK Flyer – Warrington Talk 03_2019

Presentation PDF: https://www.igs-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20190327_igs_Warrington.pdf