Past-president of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conducts May meetings in Milan
The annual meetings of the European Committee for Standardization on Geosynthetics (CEN TC 189) took place May 23–25 at UNI in Milan, Italy. (CEN is the European Committee for Standardization.).
These meetings were chaired for the first time by past-IGS president, Daniele Cazzuffi (CESI SpA, Milano), who was unanimously elected president of the CEN TC 189 committee in January 2012, for the three-year term, 2012–2014.
The annual meetings in Milan were attended by more than 100 experts from 12 European countries and also from United States.
The European Committee on Geosynthetics was founded in 1989 and it is organized in six working groups devoted to the development of methods for mechanical, hydraulic, and durability tests. The committee’s mission is mainly to elaborate the harmonized European standards for the various fields of geosynthetic applications (e.g., landfills, contaminated sites, dams and reservoirs, canals and waterways, tunnels and underground structures, road and railway infrastructures, landslide stabilization, drainage systems, erosion control). These are now accepted as national standards in all countries belonging to CEN.
The meetings in Milan represented a good opportunity to update the international state-of-the-art of geosynthetic engineering, with special emphasis on the environmental advantages of the use of these materials and these technologies, and also for the construction of safer containment and retaining structures in seismic areas.
The next European CEN TC 189 meetings are scheduled for May 14–16, 2013, at BSI in London.