Tensar Mercer Lecture Series

Welcome to the Mercer Lecture Series 

Establishing future direction for those involved in the geotechnical, geosynthetic and civil engineering fields. 





Queens University, Kingston, Canada



This lecture examines the progress made in the last few decades with respect to the use of  geosynthetics for aiding in the construction on soft soils. Particular emphasis is placed on advances since the authors 2002 Giroud lecture. Consideration is given to basal reinforcement, prefabricated vertical drains, and embankments with reinforcement and other supports such as piles. Consideration is also given to different soft soils ranging from peat to rate sensitive soft clay and silt.

The series was established in 1992 to provide individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the advancement of geosynthetics the opportunity to present their work at international conferences around the world. They are held in honour of the late Dr Brian Mercer, the inventor of geogrids and a strong advocate for innovation, research and development. For more information about Dr Mercer, click here

The key objective of the lecture is to help promote the co-operation of information exchange between the geotechnical engineering profession and the geosynthetics industry by giving an eminent professor the opportunity to undertake a lecture tour on the subject of Geosynthetics in Geotechnical Engineering.

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