Global challenges, geosynthetic solutions and counting carbon, London

18 October, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

Venue address:

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom
Helping solve global challenges with geosynthetic solutions.
Helping solve global challenges with geosynthetic solutions.

About this event

Our planet is experiencing unprecedented change. The global challenge is to provide an acceptable standard of living for all without using up natural resources and causing irreparable damage to the planet's climate. The new United Nations programme Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into effect in January 2016, and established 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Paris, a global agreement was made to set a goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 °C compared to pre-industrial levels. The agreement was made legally binding by countries in April 2016 and the new challenge is for nations to develop, disseminate and adopt practices that deliver sustainable development.

Against this backdrop of international agreements and goals, the geosynthetics industry has the potential to play a prominent role in providing solutions that help to deliver the vision of global sustainable development.

The lecture will discuss the drivers for change in the way infrastructure is delivered and will challenge the geosynthetics industry to play a key role in reducing carbon emissions and dealing with the consequence of climate change.

As an example, it will detail a framework for calculating embodied carbon of construction solutions that incorporate geosynthetics in comparison to other solutions, and highlight the common pitfalls of such analyses.

Join online

This event is being broadcast online. Please join the lecture up to 10 minutes before the start time of 6pm.

Join this event online

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:

Register your attendance

To book your place, simply click the 'book now' button below and follow the onscreen instructions.

If you're not already an ICE member, you can register to receive updates on our latest events.

If you experience any issues, please contact the event administrator:

Book now

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed on any matters by the presenters or participants during or in connection with this presentation are solely the views of the authors of the respective comments and/or opinions and must not be taken to be the views of ICE or any other organisation. ICE makes no representations, warranties or assurances concerning any information provided in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for the content and/or accuracy.


Professor Neil Dixon

Professor Neil Dixon

Professor Dixon has been a university academic for over 25 years and has 35 years of experience in geotechnical engineering research and practice for which he has been awarded multiple prizes for publications and innovation. He has authored over 150 refereed publications in the areas of geosynthetic applications, sustainable construction, landfill barrier design guidance, slope failure mechanisms, amongst many others.

He played a leading role in the development of UK practice in waste containment system design through co-authoring the Environment Agency reports on landfill stability. He has acted as a consultant, legal expert witness and he currently leads development of the acoustic emission landslide monitoring method using Slope ALARMS sensors.

Prof Dixon is also part of iSMART UK research consortia, and was a member of the Future Resilient Transport Networks (FUTURENET) project team. He was an elected Council Member of the International Geosynthetics Society for 8 years, is a past Chairman of the UK Chapter and is part of the Infrastructure Slopes: Sustainable Management and Resilience Assessment.