Engineering Research Seminar Series 4, 2013: Application of Geosynthetics in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mr Amir Shahkolahi, Technical Consultant and Applications Engineer from Global Synthetics, Queensland

Date: 2013-03-28
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
Venue: Seminar Room 6-2-14


Geosynthetics are human-made materials made from various types of polymers used to enhance, augment and make possible cost effective environmental, transportation and geotechnical engineering construction projects. The word is derived from: Geo = earth or soil + Synthetics = man-made. Geosynthetics are used in all fields of civil engineering, Water and Hydraulics Engineering and Environmental Engineering to increase the safety and life span of structures in addition to reduce costs and satisfying necessary functions. These may include: separation, drainage, filtration, reinforcement, protection, sealing, and erosion control. Geosynthetics can either replace or augment conventional construction methods in different projects such as dykes, dams, coastal protection, groynes and breakwaters, slope erosion control, channel erosion control, retaining walls, landfills, water and waste water treatment plants, drainage systems, green roofs, soft ground improvement and lots of other projects. Compared to conventional construction materials, the use of Geosynthetics has continually increased over the past few decades. Hence they have been included in several guidelines as state-of-the-practice materials. Their efficient installation results in rapid and economic construction and they help to preserve our precious natural resources. Project specific Geosynthetic designs also ensure long-term performance of the structure. In this seminar, the application of Geosynthetics in civil and environmental designs will be discussed.

About the Speaker

Amir Shahkolahi graduated in Civil Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran, in 2002. He continued his Masters in Environmental Engineering and graduated in early 2005 from IUST, Tehran, Iran, with a cooperative project between IUST, Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI) and Taiwan National University as his thesis. Amir has been involved in the Geosynthetics industry as a researcher, designer and project manager during last 8 years. After being the Senior Engineer and Geosynthetic Consultant within a Coastal Engineering Consultancy since 2005, he then became a Geosynthetic Technical Consultant and R&D and Marketing Manager of the local partner of the famous German company, NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, in Iran in 2007. He was one of the founding members of the board of the Iran Geosynthetics Society (IrGS). After moving to Australia 2012, he continued his geosynthetic activities as a member of the international Geosynthetics Society (IGS) in Australia and soon became employed as the Technical Consultant and Applications Engineer at Global Synthetics, Queensland office. He has also been selected as the secretary of the Australasian chapter of the IGS, ACIGS. He is now also an active member of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) and the Railway Technical Society of Australia (RTSA). Amir has more than 20 technical papers in different national and international conferences and journals.