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Biodegradable nonwovens - new generation geosynthetics

Event organised by ICE

11 April 2022
19:00 - 20:30 BST (GMT+1)
The Engine Rooms
Birchwood Park
Warrington, WA3 6YN
United Kingdom

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Join us as we hear from guest speaker, Christopher Quirk, about the principles of a biodegradable geotextile, and where this fits in within all the standard products used in the industry, using a case study of one its first uses in Europe.

Northam Burrows is Common Land and, as well as being home to the Royal North Devon Golf Club, it is still actively grazed by the 'Potwallopers' of the ancient manor of Northam. Because it’s common land, the Burrows has not been subjected to the normal development and intensive use of other similar seaside dune systems, which has given rise to a great diversity in the flora and fauna, and the area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The site is particularly noted for its bird life; especially wading birds visiting from the saltmarsh and estuary.

Originally constructed in 1985, the Visitor Centre has been extensively refurbished, and the 400-metre-long vehicular access road, which was regularly inundated by tidal waters, has been reconstructed and elevated to sit above the 1 in 200-year, plus climate change, tidal level. Consistent with the other green policies being adopted at the Northam Burrows site, Natural England had required that any geotextiles used in the construction should be plastic-free.

The geotextile is manufactured exclusively from organic, natural, renewable raw materials, and is certified as 100% biodegradable by TÜV Austria. It is an eco-friendly, nonwoven, mechanically-bonded geotextile which delivers similar properties of separation, filtration and protection to a traditional plastic non woven geotextile.

This is a joint event with IGS UK.

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Christopher Quirk

Christopher Quirk

Geotechnical Consultant

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Christopher Quirk

Christopher Quirk has over 10 years’ experience as a Geotechnical Consultant. Christopher has worked for Naue for over 24 years and he has been responsible for all sales and technical activities for the UK and Ireland. For the past twenty years Christopher has been Managing Director of the UK company, Naue Geosynthetics Limited and is now responsible for the running of the company and its activities in the UK and Ireland, North America and the Middle East. Christopher is a member of the British Standards Institute Committee on Geosynthetics. He is also a BSI representative to the International Standards Organisation Committee on Geosynthetics. Christopher is a member of ASTM D35 and leads the working Group on Geogrid Specifications for Stabilisation.

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Lauren Moczulski