Geosynthetics for the Design of Pavements, Railways, and Airfields

LENGTH: 8 hours
April 28, 2024
8:00 am – 5:00 pm (with lunch)


  • Jorge Zornberg, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
  • Erol Tutumluer, Ph.D.

Geosynthetics provide sustainable alternatives for enhanced performance, durability and cost-effectiveness of pavements, railways and airfields. This short course provides an integrated view of the multiple applications of geosynthetics in these three transportation modes. This includes the mechanisms involved in the different applications, the identification of relevant properties, the available design methodologies, and case histories involving the use of geosynthetics in pavements, railways and airfields.


An outline of the main topics to be covered is as follows:

  • Geosynthetics: Types and Functions
  • Structural Capacity of Pavements, Railways and Airfields
  • Overview of Geosynthetic applications in Pavements
  • Overview of Geosynthetics in Railways and Airfields
  • Geosynthetics for Retardation of Asphalt Reflective Cracking
  • Geosynthetics for Reduction of Subgrade Soil Intermixing
  • Geosynthetics for Stabilization of Base and Ballast
  • Geosynthetics for Stabilization of Subgrades
  • Geosynthetics for Mitigation of Environmental Loads
  • Geosynthetics for Enhanced Drainage
IGS Members: $500
Full-Time STUDENTS: $100
Non-Members: $600