Geosynthetics Event at the ICID Congress and Irrigation Australia Conference on Tuesday 4 October 2022 at the Adelaide Convention Center

Enhancing the performance of Canals, Reservoirs and Dams with Geosynthetics

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) in collaboration with Irrigation Australia (IAL) and the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) have agreed to host a one-day workshop at the ICID 24th Irrigation Congress and Irrigation Australia Conference and Exhibition at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday 4 October 2022 on enhancing the performance of canals, reservoirs and dams using geosynthetics.

International Geosynthetics Society ICID workshop program

Geosynthetics offer cost-effective and durable solutions for seepage control, drainage, surface erosion control, stabilization of weak subgrades and soil-reinforcement. This series of presentations is intended to demonstrate the use of geosynthetics to the engineering community specializing in water storage, transport and distribution.

Geosynthetics are used in large canals as well as in medium to small canals, and in other water retaining structures: to control seepage, avoid erosion, stabilize banks, or ensure structural integrity. They have been used successfully in thousands of kilometers of canals in all parts of the world: the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia/New Zealand.

A group of experts were selected by the Technical Committee on Hydraulics and the Technical Committee on Barriers of the International Geosynthetics Society to present this series of presentations on the use of geosynthetics in canals as a side-event leading up to the ICID conference in Adelaide in October 2022. Attendees will get the opportunity to be exposed to an overview of the use of geosynthetics for water containment, water transport, erosion control and bank stabilization. Case studies from various parts of the world, and using different geosynthetic materials, will be presented. The contribution of geosynthetics to the implementation of durable infrastructure, with a very low carbon footprint, and often reduced costs to traditional lining methods will also be explored.

About the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS): The IGS is a learned society dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products, and associated technologies. The purpose of the IGS is to provide the understanding of and promote the appropriate use of geosynthetics throughout the world.

Attendance at the Geosynthetics event

This one-day program is included for all conference delegates who register for the event via either the Australia / NZ registration site or the International site. Registration also includes entry to the large exhibition which will be open from 5 to 7 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre Manufacturers and distributors of geosynthetics related products are also invited to participate at the large exhibition –see here for more details.

Technical Program - Tuesday 4 October 2022

  • 08:45 – 08:55 | Opening and introduction to IGS and TC-H | Eric Blond
  • 08:55 – 09:00 | Introduction to IGS and TC-B | Amir Shahkolahi
  • 08:55 – 11:15 | Session: Water containment and preservation with geosynthetics | Moderator: Eric Blond
  • 09:00 – 09:30 | Seepage control and evaporation control | Mike Sadlier
  • 09:30 – 09:50 | 40 years of Water Conservation with Polyethylene Barriers | Su Jong Hao, Solmax
  • 09:50 – 10:10 | Use of Bituminous Geomembrane (BGM) In Water Storage Reservoirs | Preston Kendall, Coletanche
  • 10:10 – 10:30 | Geosynthetic Clay liners – Sustainable and resilient barriers for hydraulic engineering applications | Kent Von Maubeuge, Naue
  • 10:30 – 11:15 | BREAK
  • 11:15 – 13:00 | Geosynthetics for seepage control in canals | Moderator: Markus Wilke, TenCate
  • 11:15 – 11:45 | Geosynthetic materials, construction and performance | Graham Fairhead
  • 11:45 – 12:00 | Practical considerations of retrofitting canals with geomembranes – A case study from the Victoria garden bowl | TBC
  • 12:00 – 12:15 | Case study – Tekapo irrigation project in New-Zealand | Mike Sadlier
  • 12:15 – 12:30 | Case Study - The Trangie Nevertire project (EPDM) | Andrew Murray
  • 12:30 – 12:45 | Case Study - Use of PVC Geomembranes in Canals | John Cowland, Carpi
  • 12:45 – 13:00 | Case Study – Transforming South Australian wineries with large scale irrigation projects | John Gransbury, Hydroplan
  • 13:00 – 14:00 | BREAK
  • 14:00 – 14:05 | Introduction to ACIGS | Siamak Paulson, President ACIGS
  • 14:00 – 15:45 | Session Geosynthetics for bank stabilization and erosion control | Moderator: Eric Blond
  • 14:05 – 14:25 | Overview of geosynthetics products for erosion control in irrigation channels | Markus Wilke, TenCate
  • 14:25 – 14:45 | Concrete Mattresses for Lining and Sealing of Canals | Gus Martins, Huesker
  • 14:45 – 15:05 | An introduction to Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats – an innovative approach to lining canals | Will Crawford, Concrete Canvas
  • 15:05 – 15:25 | The use of Geocell reinforcement and errosion control | Amir Shahkolahi, Global Synthetics
  • 15:25 – 15:45 | Channel bank protection with making use of sand filled fabricated Geosystems | Ben Lewis, Geofabrics
  • 15:45 – 16:15 | BREAK
  • 16:15 – 18:00 | Session: Sustainability and durability of geosynthetics, Panel | Moderator: Amir Shahkolahi, TC-B
  • 16:15 – 16:40 | Geosynthetics: a sustainable solution for water management | Boyd Ramsey
  • 16:40 – 17:05 | Service life of geosynthetics | Eric Blond
  • 17:05 – 17:30 | Sustainability of geosynthetics | Siamak Paulson
  • 17:30 – 17:55 | The Role of Geosynthetics in Combatting the Effects of Global Warming | Tom Sangster
  • 17:55 – 18:00 | Closure | Eric Blond