Geosynthetic Applications – Care and Consideration presented by Dr Sanjay Kumar Shukla
By Dr Sanjay Kumar Shukla, Founding Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering, Springer Nature, Switzerland
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Geosynthetics is a generic name representing a broad range of products, which are manufactured under controlled conditions, mainly from the synthetic polymeric materials, for use with soil, rock and/or any other civil-engineering-related material as an integral part of a human-made project, structure or system. In the present-day ground infrastructure projects in civil, mining, agriculture and aquaculture, geosynthetics are often used as one of the main construction materials. Their use offers technically efficient, cost-effective, sustainable, environment-friendly and/or energy-efficient alternative solutions to many field problems. In addition to methods of analysis, design and construction, the successful application of geosynthetics in development of ground infrastructures depends greatly on many basic cares and considerations during selection and test methods, storage before application, site preparation, installation, jointing, cutting, anchoring, maintenance, etc. By sharing the specific details about all these aspects, this talk aims at helping the geosynthetic users and professionals for developing the confidence in sustainable ground infrastructures as the world is looking for their developments with net-zero environment in the 21st century and beyond.
About the Speaker
Dr Sanjay Kumar Shukla is a world-renowned expert in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering, Springer Nature, Switzerland, and Founding Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Research Group Leader at the School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Perth, Australia. He holds the Distinguished Professorship of Civil Engineering at nine universities, including Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai and Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India. He has over 25 years of experience in teaching, research, consultancy, administration/management, and professional engagement. He is registered Chartered Professional Engineer in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering, Engineers Australia, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Engineer in Civil Engineering, and International Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering, International Engineering Association. He collaborates with several world-class universities, research institutions, industries and individuals on academic and field projects. As a consulting geotechnical engineer, he has successfully provided solutions to the challenging field problems faced by many engineering organisations. He has authored more than 300 research papers and technical articles, including over 190 refereed journal publications. He is also an author/editor of 25 books, including 7 textbooks and 24 book chapters. During 2020-2022, his ICE textbooks, namely Core Principles of Soil Mechanics and Core Concepts of Geotechnical Engineering, have been ranked #1 by Amazon. His research and academic works have been cited well. Shukla’s generalized expressions for seismic active thrust (2015) and seismic passive resistance (2013) are taught in universities and routinely used by practising engineers worldwide for designing the retaining structures. Shukla’s wraparound reinforcement technique, developed during 2007–2008, is a well-established sustainable ground improvement technique. He is among the world’s top 2% of scientists for both career-long and single recent year 2021 impacts as Elsevier announced in October 2022. He has been honoured with several awards, including 2021 ECU Aspire Award by the Business Events Perth, Australia, and the most prestigious IGS Award 2018 by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), USA, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development and use of geosynthetics. He serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is a fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers Australia, a life fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) and Indian Geotechnical Society, and a member of several other professional bodies.