IGS Honor Lecture

IGS Honor Lecture

The Official Lecture of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)

"Geosynthetics in Tunnel Drainage and Waterproofing"

Professor Chungsik Yoo
Vice-President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)


Professor Chungsik Yoo is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1993. He worked as a Geotechnical Engineer at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in USA and subsequently became a faculty member at Sungkyunkwan University in 1994.
Prof. Yoo is a recipient of 2010 IGS Award from the International Geosynthetic Society (IGS) and has co-authored over 300 technical papers in geotechnical engineering based on laboratory testing, numerical modeling, and field testing. He is currently the Vice-President of International Geosynthetics Society and President of Korean Geosynthetics Society.
Prof. Yoo is also active in international tunnelling community as a Vice-President of Korean Tunnelling Association as well as an Executive Council member of International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association. He is serving as an Editorial Board Member for numerous international journals, such as Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Geosynthetics International, Computers and Geotechnics, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, and Soils and Foundations.

Geosynthetics in Tunnel Drainage and Waterproofing

Geosynthetics engineering has made phenomenal advances during the last decade in areas of manufacturing as well as practical applications. As a result, geosynthetics are now being recognized as essential construction materials that can be used to facilitate construction, ensure better performance of the structures and reduce the long-term maintenance in routine civil engineering works. The creative use of geosynthetics in geo-engineering practice is expected to continuously expand as innovative materials and products are becoming available.
In this paper, a wide variety of geosynthetic products available to geo-engineers to solve a wide range of problems are briefly presented along with their functions and possible applications. Fundamentals of geotextile filter design principles are then introduced for use in the tunnel drainage and waterproofing system. Practical applications of geosynthetics relevant for tunnel engineering are also highlighted with emphasis on the issues associated with the geotextile filter application for use in the tunnel drainage system.