Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen

DATE: 4 September, 2022 (Sunday)

HOURS: 9:00-17:00

PRICE: € 100 or 470 PLN per person, including lunch break and Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen’s book (Read more here)

REGISTRATION: and select this course in the online form

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen

All course participants should bring their laptops. Wi-Fi Internet connection will be provided.

09:00 Welcome
09:10 Introduction
09:30 Geosynthetic-reinforced pile-supported embankments:
Research and new developments; basic principles, load distribution
10:30 Break
11:00 Requirements and initial details of the reinforced embankment
12:00 Exercise: design and optimization in practice, develop your engineering judgement, part I
12:30 Examples: successes and failures part I
12:55 Lunch
13:55 Design of the geosynthetic reinforcement
14:45 Numerical analysis
15:05 Examples: successes and failures part II
15:30 Exercise: design and optimization in practice, develop your engineering judgement, part II
16:30 Discussion, evaluation and closure
17:00 End of program

Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen is a researcher in geotechnical engineering and an expert in the field of geosynthetic reinforcement and piled embankments in particular. She has reviewed or advised in several piled embankment projects and is specialized in laboratory experiments or field tests. She is chairing the Dutch CUR group ‘Design Guideline Piled Embankments’ and the Dutch IGS Chapter – committee ‘Innovation and Knowledge Transfer’.

She wrote over 100 scientific publications. She was teacher or lecturer in several courses or conferences, amongst these courses at the TU Delft, Ghent University, PAO Netherlands, and the ISSMGE-TC211-short course at Brussels of 2012, the Curso de Engenharia de Infraestrutura e Solos Moles in Rio de Janeiro in 2015 and conferences such as the Dutch Geotechnics Day (2009 and 2015), the Brazilian Workshop Georreforços (2011 and 2015), the Finnish Soil reinforcement workshop (2011) and several national and international conferences of the IGS and ISSMGE.

Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen received the IGS Award of the International Geosynthetics Society for her research on basal reinforced piled embankments in 2014, the Award for the best paper in Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2012, an Honourable mention as one of the four Best Papers in Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2011 and the Dutch Keverling Buisman-Science award 2011.

Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen (Netherlands)

A piled embankment consists of a field of piles with on top of that an embankment. In a geosynthetic reinforced piled embankment, the embankment is reinforced at its base with a geosynthetic reinforcement (GR). A piled embankment can be built quickly, the influence on adjacent sensitive objects is limited and residual settlements are prevented. An increasing number of piled embankments are being constructed every year.

In the course, the load distribution and load-deformation mechanisms of a geosynthetic reinforced piled embankment will be fully explained. All aspects of design and construction will be explained.

The course is based on the design guideline
Basal Reinforced Piled Embankments

which is included in the course price. This design guideline is based on the results of Dutch research, which was conducted in cooperation with many researchers from different countries. The course leader, dr. Suzanne van Eekelen, also is chair of the guideline committee.
For more information please visit the website:

After following this course, you will be able to:
– judge whether a piled embankment is an interesting solution in a certain case, and determine its limitations and the differences with other systems;
– recognize the mechanisms that are decisive for design and which issues are of importance;
– apply the 2016-update of CUR226 for the design of geosynthetic reinforced piled embankments, including the design of the geosynthetic reinforcement;
– determine for what purposes numerical calculations are necessary, and you know the main approach how to carry out these calculations.

This course is for:
Project managers, advisers, designers, manufacturers, constructors that are involved in the design of basal reinforced piled embankments. Policy makers in transport infrastructure for municipals and regional or national principles. Contractors of transport infrastructure.


Dr. Erol Tutumluer

Dr. Jorge Zornberg

DATE: 4 September, 2022 (Sunday) HOURS: 9:00-17:00, including lunch break PRICE:

  • IGS Members € 100 or 470 PLN per person, including lunch break
  • Non-members € 400 or 1880 PLN per person, including lunch break

REGISTRATION: and select this course in the online form


  • Dr. Erol Tutumluer (University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign)
  • Dr. Jorge Zornberg (University of Texas – Austin)

ABSTRACT: 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:

  • Welcome & Objectives
  • 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
  • Path Forward & Closure

This is a full-day (8 hrs.) short course, organized on behalf of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA). Course attendees will complete the short course with a working knowledge on the characteristics of different geosynthetics and their use to solve specific problems in the structural design of pavements, railways and airfields.

Dr. Erol Tutumluer is a Professor specializing in Transportation Geotechnics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Professor Tutumluer holds Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar and serves as the Director of International Programs. Dr. Tutumluer has been active in geosynthetics engineering research, education, and practice for more than 20 years. He has research interests and expertise in characterization of pavement and railroad track geomaterials, i.e., subgrade soils and base/ballast unbound aggregates, soil/aggregate stabilization and geosynthetics. He has completed major research studies related to the subgrade restraint and granular base/ballast stabilization applications of geogrids and geotextiles.

Dr. Tutumluer has served as an investigator on over 100 research projects and graduated 22 PhD and 44 MS students, and authored/co-authored over 300 peer reviewed publications from his research projects.

Dr. Tutumluer is a member of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and serves on the Technical Committee on Stabilization. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Transportation Geotechnics Elsevier journal and the current Chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 202 on Transportation Geotechnics.
Dr. Tutumluer is a member of the ASCE T&DI and Geo-Institute and served as the Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute’s Pavements Committee in 2006-2012. He is a member of the AREMA Committee 1 on Ballast. Dr. Tutumluer is an active affiliate of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and serves as the Chair of TRB’s AFP00 Geological and Geoenvironmental Engineering Section. He is a member of the AFS70 Geosynthetics Committee and served as the Chair of TRB’s AFP70 Aggregates Committee in 2011-2016.

Dr. Tutumluer was the 2000 recipient of the TRB’s Fred Burgraff award for Excellence in Transportation Research; he also received TRB’s Geology and Earth Materials Section Best Paper Awards in 2009, 2012 and 2019, and TRB’s Soil Mechanics Section Best Paper Award in 2016. He was selected and honored with Yangtze River Scholar Award by China Ministry of Education in 2016 and Qiushi Distinguished Professor title by Zhejiang University in China in 2019. Dr. Tutumluer is the 2020 recipient of the ASCE T&DI James Laurie Prize in recognition of his career accomplishments for promoting Transportation Geotechnics field.

Dr. Zornberg, P.E., is Professor and William J. Murray, Jr. Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.S. from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina), his M.S. from the PUC of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

He has over 25 years’ experience both in research and practice in geotechnical, geosynthetics, transportation, and geoenvironmental engineering. Prof. Zornberg participated in the analysis, design and forensic evaluation of retaining walls, reinforced soil structures, transportation systems as well as mining and waste containment facilities. He has served as expert witness in cases involving the collapse of earth retaining structures, failure of barrier systems, and failure of pavements and structures on expansive clays.

Prof. Zornberg conducts research on soil reinforcement, geosynthetics, earth retaining structures, pavements, waste containment and mining facilities,unsaturated soils, and numerical and physical (centrifuge) modeling of geotechnical systems. He teaches graduate courses at the University of Texas on Earth Retaining Structures and on Geoenvironmental Engineering.

Prof. Zornberg served as president of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) during the period 2010-14. He has authored over 350 technical publications, edited a number of publications and book chapters, and been awarded three patents. Prof.Zornberg has been invited to deliver keynote lectures in numerous events around the world. He received many prestigious awards, including ASCE’s Croes medal and Collingwood Prize, IGS’ Award and Young Member Award, as well as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers(PECASE) awarded by President George W. Bush to Prof. Zornberg in 2002.

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