Geotech (Geotextiles in Civil Engineering)

The principal functions performed by Geotextiles are confinement/separation, reinforcement, filtration and drainage, and protection. Application areas include civil engineering (roads and pavements, slope stabilization and embankment protection, tunnels, rail-track bed stabilization, ground stabilization and drainage, etc), marine engineering (Soil Erosion control and embankment protection, breakwaters) and environmental engineering (landfills and waste management). As geotextiles reduce the land required and disturbances to the local environment during the construction of infrastructure, they offer several economic and environmental advantages.

Geotextiles products include geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, geopipes, geocells, geomembranes, geocomposites, prefabricated vertical drains, geotubes etc. With the growing emphasis on biodegradable products, fibres like woven jute have also attracted significant interest as temporary stabilizing material in infrastructure applications.

The Indian geotech segment is expected to grow at a rate of 22% to US$ 201 Million by 2016-17 as per estimates of the Working Group on Textiles and Jute Industry, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Key Indian manufacturers in the segment include: Strata Geosystems, Garware Wall Ropes, SRF, Techfab India, Skaps, Terram, Maccaferri, Kusumgar, Neo Corp International Limited, Shri Ambica Polymer Private Limited, Shri Jagdamba Polymers Ltd., International Packaging Product Pvt. Ltd., Texel Industries Ltd., Aadi Plastic Industries Pvt. Ltd., Supreme Nonwoven, Charminar Nonwoven etc.

COE: Geotech (BTRA)

BTRA is recognized as a Centre of Excellence for Geotech by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. BTRA established a new Geotech Laboratory with testing facilities to test Geotextiles, Geomembranes, Geocomposites, Gabions, Geosynthetic Clay Liner, Geogrids, Prefabricated Vertical Drain etc. BTRA is also strengthening its information resources on Geotech by procuring various books and international test methods such as ASTM, INDA, EDANA, ISO, etc. Apart from testing & development, BTRA provides training to users and entrepreneurs in Geotech as well as in technical textiles. Also consultancy is provided to entrepreneurs to start a new manufacturing plant for geosynthetics by preparing project proposal product wise.

Contact BTRA:

Dr. Ashok N. Desai, Director
The Bombay Textile Research Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Ghatkopar(W), Mumbai - 400 086

Telephone: 91 - 022 2500 3651/2652/2117/1119/1135/7891/7892/2458
Fax: 91 - 22 - 2500 0459
E-mail: btra@vsnl.com, btralibrary@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.btraindia.com/geotech.asp