SIDE EVENT BY THE INTERNATIONAL GEOSYNTHETIC SOCIETY (IGS) ON WATER MANAGEMENT AND STORAGE WITH GEOSYNTHETICS
04 November 2023
Vishakhapatnam (Vizag), India
Geosynthetics have been used in hydraulic structures for over 60 years, i.e., in small to large earth or concrete dams, for water storage, and in water transport structures. However, conventional materials have maintained their dominancy for a variety of reasons, sometimes cultural / well-anchored habits, or because of the lack of knowledge about the availability of alternative solutions. With the global interest in reducing the carbon footprint of human activities, the use of low-carbon technologies has become a priority in several industries. This concern, combined with the limitations of conventional construction materials and techniques, has brought geosynthetics at the forefront of technologies with high growth
potential. They can substantially contribute to improving water supply and accessibility for people and farmers, at a relatively low cost, short construction time, and much lighter carbon footprint.