iGrip – IIT Gandhinagar launch webinar series on Geostructures

Gandhinagar: Initiative for Geotechnical Research and Innovative Practice (iGrip) at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) has launched a webinar series on Geostructures. The webinar series will be held on a weekly basis with the world experts of Civil Engineering starting from April 27, 2020.

The first lecture of the series titled “Innovative Flexible Two-Stage Facing MSE Wall Solution to Address Soft Ground and Land Subsidence Geohazards” was delivered today by Dr Naresh C Samtani, President of NCS GeoResources, LLC based in Arizona, USA. Mr Samtani has worked on major transportation facilities in many parts of the USA including hundreds of bridges and retaining walls, several ground-improvement projects, and hundreds of lane miles of pavements. During today’s webinar, he talked about Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) structures, their flexibility and capability to tolerate deformations due to poor subsoil foundation conditions and situations where geological conditions require more flexibility than what provided by “normal” MSE structures. During his presentation, Mr Samtani discussed an innovative, flexible two-stage facing MSE wall solution that was used to address soft ground and land subsidence geohazards in a project near Tucson, Arizona.

The webinar provided a forum for exchanging experiences and learning from the experts. About 300 professionals attended today’s webinar from across the country.

The next lecture on Geosynthetics will be delivered on May 03, 2020 by Mr. Vivek Kapadia, Director of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. The information about upcoming lectures and more updates will be available on iGrip platform at https://igrip.iitgn.ac.in/.