Environmental Engineer appointed VP of Australasian Chapter of the IGS

Senior Environmental Engineer, Jonathan Shamrock has been appointed Vice President of the Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society for 2020-2021.

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded in 1983. The Society brings together individual and corporate members from all parts of the world who are involved in the design, manufacture, sale, use or testing of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products and associated technologies, or who teach or conduct research about such products. Geosynthetics include a variety of synthetic polymer materials that are specially fabricated to be used in geotechnical, geoenvironmental, hydraulic and transportation engineering applications.

One of the current focus areas for the IGS is Sustainability, and how geosynthetics can assist civil engineering projects to improve their sustainability. The IGS has created a short eBook, “Preparing the ground for a brighter future”, which highlights the many significant positive impacts, in terms of sustainability, geosynthetics bring to society.

Download the eBook here.  

Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (ACigs)

Jonathan Shamrock was co-opted as NZ representative on the ACigs from 2019-2020 and has just been elected Vice President for 2020-2021.

The Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (ACigs) commenced in 2002 and is a learned society dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products and associated technologies with the objectives of:

  • Collecting and disseminating knowledge on all matters relevant to geotextiles, geomembranes and related products e.g. by promoting seminars, conferences, webinars etc.
  • To promote advancement of the state of the art of geotextiles, geomembranes and related products and of their applications e.g. by encouraging, through its members, the harmonization of test methods, equipment and criteria
  • To improve communication and understanding regarding such products e.g. between designers, manufacturers and users and especially between the textile and civil engineering communities

The ACigs relies on the support and contribution from its members. The board and committee members volunteer their time and support and are committed to supporting the objectives of the society and its members.  The new board is made up of two consultants and two suppliers, ensuring a good balance.

The ACigs was recently ranked in the top five of the IGS’s 47 international chapters.  This achievement was possible due to some key committee successes:

  • Organising the ‘Educate the Educator’ (EtE) speaker tour in February 2019. EtE focuses on educating university lecturers on types and functions of geosynthetics then making the course material available to them for their use in undergraduate civil engineering education.  The EtE lectures were conducted in Brisbane, Australia; the international speakers also conducted day seminars in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane.
  • The webinar series which commenced in October 2019 recognised the need to get state of the art information from testing laboratories, academics, manufacturers and consultants to the very wide geographical area covered by the chapter, namely Australia and New Zealand. These have proven very popular, and have gone from being delivered every second month to currently being a monthly fixture, often with audiences of over 100 and many more views once the recorded webinars are uploaded onto the ACigs web site.

See a recent chapter highlight for ACgis here.

IGS Technical Committee on Barrier Systems (TC-B)

Jonathan Shamrock has been the Secretary for the IGS (TC-B) from 2018-2020 and has recently been nominated Chair for 2020-2024.

The Technical Committee on Barrier Systems (TC-B) reports to the IGS Council and is dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geosynthetic barrier systems and associated technologies. This committee promotes the knowledge, technology, research findings, design, and construction methodologies related to geosynthetic barrier applications, such as guarding against seepage loss, preventing infiltration, improving the flow of fluids, protecting groundwater and isolating contaminated soils in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

The current committee is:

Chair: Jonathan Shamrock, New Zealand

Co-Chair: Jabulile Msiza, South Africa

Secretary: Amir Shahkolahi, Australia

Immediate past Chair: Kent P. von Maubeuge, Germany

Immediate past Co-Chair: Boyd J. Ramsey, USA

Activities of the TC-B include:

  • Arranging and running TC-B sessions at international conferences
  • Arranging workshops on topical barrier issues - recent events were held in Munich in June 2018 and Barcelona in January 2020
  • Compiling educational information/leaflets/presentations/video on barriers and barrier applications