Environmental Geotechnics: Past, Present and Future?

  • R. Kerry RoweEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


Advances over the past 35 years in terms of minimizing impact to the environment by containment, collection, and treatment of contaminants as well as by minimizing the generation of contaminants are highlighted in this keynote lecture. The lecture examines past advances in understanding hydraulic conductivity of soils (both clayey and granular soils) permeated by contaminated fluids. And the lecture considering the present, the substantial use of geo-membranes in fluid containment and the advances in construction quality assurance to minimize holes are examined, as well as Looking to the future, the lecture highlights the need for taking a systems approach to environmental geotechnical design.


Hydraulic conductivity of soils Geomembranes Environmental geotechnics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geo-Engineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC, Department of Civil EngineeringQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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