The 2nd International Conference “Geosynthetics in Road Construction” took place in Moscow on May 19, 2017 and was organized by MAX Conference, as the previous one held in 2016 (see also IGS News 02/2016).In particular, the session on “Ways to Evaluate Geosynthetics Quality in Road Construction. Russian and International experience” was supported by Machina-TST.The participants included companies that specialize in the technical solutions development and implementation for the design, construction, repair and maintenance of motor roads as well as manufacturers of geosynthetics from Russia, Greece, Italy and Germany.
Government agencies were represented by Rosavtodor. Vasiliy Kurguzov, deputy head of Rosavtodor’s Engineering and Highway Operations Research and Development, gave a presentation on the continuous development of the legal framework for the use of geosynthetics in road construction.
Sergey Iliyn, deputy head of Avtodor Engineering Department, then spoke about the Avtodor state company’s technical policy of using geosynthetic materials in road construction. In his presentation, Mr Iliyn highlighted developing of a draft GOST standard for the design and engineering of road pavements with the use of various geosynthetics in 2018-2019.
Russian experts commended the report of Francesco Fontana, council member of the IGS (International Geosyntetics Society). Mr Fontana shared the European practices of using geosynthetics in road construction. Availability of standards for the advanced European road construction technologies was another important item on his agenda. Use of geosynthetics in road reinforcement provoked a lively discussion.
Panos Mokos, regional export manager for Eastern Europe & CIS, of Thrace Group, made a presentation about the European practice of using biaxial extruded geogrid composites to reduce the cost of road construction. According to him, this material allows longer periods between repairs and a better reliability of roads.
Dmitriy Moskalenko, commercial director of Yugan Marketing pointed out, however, that Russian geosynthetics non-conformity with international standards make it impossible to replicate the European experience. Mr. Moskalenko delivered a presentation on monitoring volume geogrids in road construction and illustrated the deformation and aperture of geocells.
Kent von Maubeuge from Naue in Germany spoke about ASTM Standards and followed up on the international experience of geosynthetics use. His presentation focussed on research about geosynthetics durability when exposed to chemical and biological agents.
Yuri Schlee, export director in the CIS countries, gave a presentation about in-lace tests for measurement of loading and working capacity of road construction.
Alexey Volodikov, thermoplastic elastomers and geosynthetics expert, SIBUR, talked about the quality control of geosynthetics.
The Conference concluding resolution that addresses the industry’s concerns and issues is being drafted to be submitted to the Federal Road Agency.
MAXConference offers its special thanks to the speakers, moderators and many information partners.
Irina Zabalueva and Maria Zabralova, MAX Conference, Moscow