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Jan. 1, 2016

As  consultants for some of the sustainable  Geo-systems manufacturers  we enjoy supporting protection of  precious life and property from the vagaries of nature  keeping in view of the ever increasing need to safeguard our earth for the future generations.

One of the most difficult challenges we face when selling sustainable products and services is the complexity of sustainability itself.We come up with lab trials and invent a new product or technology useful for the society in terms of these aspects ;But The issue of taking it forward is "the" most difficult task!

 Getting back! to Geo-synthetics, Geo-systems are used for various applications in civil,environmental and other engineering applications.Geo-systems facilitates sustainable #construction by reducing the use of natural materials like aggregates, sands and rocks etc.

For instance the thickness of the aggregate layer in a typical cross section for road construction can be reduced (by also keeping in view of the provisions in the code) so that less of quarrying is required.)

Similarly in river training works and sea wall construction the use of sand/rocks/stones/aggregates for creating protection structures or barriers could be eliminated to a major extent by making use of dredged and reclaimed materials/ locally available slurry or any such by encasing them in the suitable Geo-systems or in tube form(Geo-tubes)

"He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man". – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here is trying to outline some of the applications(only some!) of Geo-synthetics systems for you all.

Please do not forget that, apart from facilitating sustainable construction, Geo-systems serve the precious purpose of protecting life and property from the vagaries of nature by being part of the control systems outlined below.

This being a general platform every effort is made to make the definition of  Geo-systems for various applications as simple as possible and my apologies still if some of you find some words(technical jargon) which could not be further simplified unfortunately!

Flood control: Geo-systems for flood control

Flood control bags, Geo-tubes and other stand alone systems or combination mechanisms.(Huge woven Geo-bags for example)

Depending upon the specific condition prevailing this need to be designed taking note of the historical data available for flood occurrences previously such as HFL and other engineering considerations.

Erosion Control: Erosion control mechanism with Geo-synthetics

Systems made of Geo-textiles(Woven or non Woven)| Gabions|Grids and other products again independently or combined together as per the specific purpose for which this needs to be designed.

For example river banks, steep slopes on cuttings and beach side would require different considerations while selecting the system. Geo-tubes would be suitable for beach nourishment and prevention of erosion on the marine front. However the gabions may be more suitable if the height is more because this could be constructed as a wall by itself to protect the side slopes.

Embankment construction on soft soil: PVD's/Geo-grids and other Geo-systems.

It could be formation for a road or a railway line and in such a cases geo-grids and high strength woven geo-textiles or other products needs to be used again as per a specific design.

In cases where the soil bearing capacity is negligible there is also a need to do ground improvement in the first place.

If it is a dredged and reclaimed area then it calls for using the vertical drains(Pvd's) to facilitate the process of consolidation relatively easy to start constructing on a faster basis.

Sub-grade strengthening :Geo products can be made use of in strengthening applications very effectively.

In all such applications depending on the particular site specific data the geotechnical engineer and the consultant in charge of the project need to take a call on the appropriate geo-synthetic system that would bring in the desirable results.

Often Geotextiles, Geogrids and even Geo-cells would be ideally suitable for these type of applications.

River training works and Sea wall construction:

Geobags|Geotubes|Gabions are some of the systems used in this case.

There are soft solutions and hard solutions in these cases again. While mostly in river training Geobags or even Gabions could be made use(of course there are other new systems being developed).

But when it comes to sea walls the concept is different.Obviously we are tackling a big wave force in these cases and also we need solutions which will sustain even the effect of Tsunami waves if such a situation were to occur.

So seawalls are ideally made in combinations with large sized rocks/quarry stones which is used also along with appropriate Geo-systems .

These are some of the applications of Geo-systems.(In fact the applications of Geo-synthetics in civil engineering being a vast topic only an attempt to touch the very basic aspect is made here.)Thanks for reading and appreciate your comments.

(As consultants for Geo-systems ,We are happy to help you.... : Our work is based on the philosophy that whatever we do should also be meaningful and adding value to not just the industry but to the society as well.Wishing you All A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.)

Dec. 29, 2015

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;

Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;

Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;

Who has left the world better than he found it,

Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;

Whose life was an inspiration;

Whose memory a benediction.”.....Bessie Anderson Stanley

With this as a background let us revisit this question once again.: What Are Some of the Must Have Qualities for any Professional?

Being able to #make tough decisions during difficult times even when supported by minimum reliable background information MATTERS THE most in the turbulent times.

This quote sums it up ..."A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done"

#Listening and thinking over it patiently enabling strategic decision making in the process

Seeking advice from others and #listening patiently to what others say matters a lot.

If a person is surrounded by only people who agrees  approvingly for everything! then the vision of that person is likely to be get blurred.( I like this quote from Herbart Bayard swope ....“I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time").

What matters the most is encouraging people to talk and take relevant ideas into account while planning the course of action.

#The ability to communicate even the toughest of the decisions in the most convincing manner.

This is absolutely essential . The person must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If he/she can't get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn't even matter.

Unless we are able to communicate well we would never be able to take things forward in the best of the interests.

Needless to say one should possess the art of appropriate communication which is going to be one of the greatest tools in his/her armory.

#Change....being adaptable to it :

Adaptable to various changes. While many among us would like to probably stay away from taking this risk, A through professional has to go through the eye of the needle and prove himself/herself  correct by accepting changes in order to bring in greater benefits.

A person need to develop the knowledge of how the external and internal elements are dynamically changing(by insights and observing keenly) and how he/she need to adjust beyond a mere change.

#The most important one: Ability to remain humble under all kind of circumstances

Yes,of course this most important quality is something which need to be cultivated for success by anyone aspiring to become a good professional.

The moment ego comes in the middle, it distances you from others.

A person aspiring to become a successful professional cannot afford to have this costly mistake.

If you want to be successful in your areas of operation whatever it might be you need to be emotionally stable.

Before completing this post, let me add that there could be much more to it than I could possibly mention here in one shot at this point of time ...

👍Wishing you all A very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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