Hydraulic Applications
IGS Technical Committee on Hydraulic Applications

The Technical Committee on Hydraulic Applications (TC-H) is dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geosynthetic systems. This committee promotes the dissemination of knowledge, technology, research findings, design and construction methodologies related to hydraulic applications of geosynthetics, such as drainage, erosion control, and coastal protection in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

Current Work

Planned Activities of the TC-H:

  • Technical session planning and organization (e.g., within IGS regional and international conferences).
  • Compiling summaries of regulations in various countries.
  • Making recommendations for geosynthetics in specific applications.
  • Organize focused workshop activities to educate and build a technical consensus, address problems¬†and solve scientific needs.
  • Produce a state of practice document for each of the three main application areas (erosion, drainage, coastal). These documents should form the foundation to create a platform for teaching engineers.
  • Include geosynthetic drainage materials for design with HELP (Hydraulic Evaluation of Landfill Performance) model.
  • Check current IGS Leaflets on Drainage, Erosion Control, and Coastal Protection, and translate into other languages.
  • Attracting young members to the committee.
  • Continuously update content to the TC-H section of new IGS website.
  • Work with the IGS Educate the Educators (EtE) initiative program.
  • Liaise with other societies and institutions with similar interests.
Future Activities of the TC-B

The TC-B is in the early stages of planning a follow-up discussion workshop in 2022. Topics for this workshop have yet to be decided.

Important note: In the past, all TC-B members were contacted by the IGS to fill out the new membership form, which included General Data Protection Regulation consents. Members who have not returned completed forms are encouraged to do so.

The TC-B accepts applications from paid IGS individual members and representatives from corporate IGS members. Contact us and a membership application form will be sent to you.

Please contact us if you have any issues, ideas or suggestions.

Meet our leaders

Eric Blond

Consultant, Canada

Kelvin Legge

Vice-Chair for Hydraulic Structures: Canals, Dams
Department of Water and Sanitation, South Africa

David Shercliff

Vice-Chair for Civil and Transportation Infrastructures

Piergiorgio Recalcati

Vice-Chair for Environmental Applications
Tenax, Italy

Veronique Heili

Vice-Chair for Surface Erosion Control and Shore Protection
CEREMA, France

Sam Allen

Vice-Chair for Filtration and Industrial Applications
TRI/Environmental Inc., USA
IGS members wishing to participate in TC-H activities are invited to write to the Chair: Eric Blond eric@ericblond.com. For additional information about the IGS Technical Committees, contact the IGS Secretariat: IGSsec@GeosyntheticsSociety.org