Ground engineering event makes new home in Glasgow


Free-to-attend Geotex seminars set for the city’s Science Centre on March 14

GEOTEX will return to Scotland this month to shine a light on the latest innovations and legislation affecting the ground engineering sector.

The series of dedicated geotechnical seminars will take place at the Glasgow Science Centre on March 14. The free-to-attend, half-day event will see nine industry experts drawn from across the ground engineering spectrum present practical case studies together with technical content.

The event’s seminars will be held across a busy morning schedule, with networking opportunities during refreshment breaks. Topics will include ground improvement techniques, foundation support systems, earth retention, mechanical anchoring, soil erosion prevention, concrete innovations, rockfall protection, geotextile technology and how to deal with contaminated water.

“It’s always a joy to see people discussing and engaging with each other,” said Geotex event director, Patrick McGowan.

“That’s an important part of it. It’s a good opportunity for people to have a few hours out of the office, come and learn something new and make a few new contacts.”

The event, which has been running for over a decade, is making the move this year from the Falkirk Wheel to Glasgow, offering an easily accessible location for delegates and an iconic, inspiring space to learn and network.

“I’ve tried to pitch it between Glasgow and Edinburgh for a few years to make it easy for people to come from either direction but everybody wants a change and it will be interesting to go to the Science Centre. Our delegates are keen to go to these landmark venues and that’s certainly one of them,” explained Patrick.

The event will kick off at 9am with Concrete Canvas presenting on its flexible concrete impregnated fabric that hardens upon hydration to form a thin, durable, waterproof concrete layer. This innovative product is increasingly being used as a rapid alternative to conventional concrete in ditch lining, slope protection, bund lining, gabion reinforcement, concrete remediation, culvert lining and more.

Water treatment solutions firm Siltbuster will be presenting on the latest changes to environmental legislation and how common construction site activities can cause pollution incidents. A selection of case studies will demonstrate best practice for the treatment of pollutants including silts, oils and concrete wash water.

Earth anchoring systems manufacturer Platipus Anchors will examine different problems with infrastructure assets and show how Percussion Driven Earth Anchors (PDEAs) can be applied as an effective solution in surface erosion, slope stability, retaining walls, flood defence and drainage scenarios.

DYWIDAG-Systems (DSI) is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of geotechnical systems such as ground anchors, soil nails, mesh fencing and mini piles. Richard Kennedy, technical manager, will be speaking about the range of solutions and service available from DSI with particular focus on slope stabilisation systems including case histories that highlight the benefit of the company’s combined service approach.

Other exhibitors include high-tensile steel wire protection systems manufacturer Geobrugg, the world’s largest ground engineering specialist Keller and concrete rail product manufacturer Anderton Concrete.

New for this year are design and application engineers Geosynthetics and Hydro Apps, which works in partnership with Profile Products to bring hydroseeding and hydraulically applied erosion control systems to UK construction contractors and consultants.

The event will finish with a complimentary lunch and networking opportunity.

Patrick added, “If you are involved with the built environment and want to refresh your knowledge of the latest innovations in civil engineering then come along to Geotex for a morning of networking and learning. “Geotex offers a speedy way to upgrade your knowledge in emerging technologies that are designed to save money and time on your projects.”

Delegation registration is free at Alternatively, contact event organiser Patrick McGowan on 07836 246 097 or via email