Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering


Dr Ian Scotland

Project Title

Geosynthetic Reinforced Structure Design Opimisation


Hueskar Ltd


Academic Supervisors:
Professor Neil Dixon
Dr Matthew Frost
Dr Gary Fowmes

Industrial Supervisors:
Mr G Horgan
Dr D Alexiew

Director of Research:
Professor Stephen Ison

Research Period

2011 - 2015


Geosynthetic Reinforced Structure Design Opimisation

Context and Background

The application of geosynthetics in geotechnical engineering, although moving towards maturity, continues to attract a great deal of interest from the construction industry. The fastest growing sector within geosynthetics is that of soil reinforcement, with the use of geogrids and high strength geotextiles in slope and basal applications becoming generally accepted construction methods. Although reinforced soil construction is subject to a well accepted British Standard Code of Practice (BS 8006), which is currently the subject of a full review, questions still remain relating to soil/geosynthetic interaction mechanisms and long-term in-service performance.  Many areas of research are currently being addressed internationally, but many more still await attention. Some of the outstanding question will be addressed through the use of long-term monitoring of structures employing geosynthetics, however this is an area where few manufacturers and academic institutions have been active.

Aims and Objectives

The general scope of the project is to optimise the design of geosynthetic reinforced soil structures by improving knowledge and understanding. The aim is to be able to prepare and present fully developed state of the art solutions for a range of geosynthetic applications in geotechnics. Potential areas of research include:

  • Obtaining measurements of in-service geosynthetic/soil interaction for a range of reinforced soil structures.
  • Analysing and reporting monitoring data for in-service performance. 
  • Reviewing current analysis and design approaches and optimising practice. 
  • Developing a design toolbox, including software, and establishing key application specific material requirements.



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