Geotextiles have been used in Australia for over 30 years for a range of applications including subsurface drainage, roadway separation, roadway stabilization, permanent erosion control, temporary silt fences and under paving. Key developments in the local industry occurred in the 1980s when Geofabrics Australasia set up a facility in Albury to produce the non-woven Bidim fabric. Since then Geofabrics have established, produced and promoted the use of Megaflo drainage panel, Bentofix geosynthetic clay liners and a range of erosion control products, all made in Australia. Tensar geogrids, manufactured in England, are distributed by the regional offices of Geofabrics and are incorporated in subgrade stabilisation and reinforced earth retaining wall structures. This talk presented these products and discussed their application in local South Australian projects.
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