Geosynthetics, an Emerging Engineered Technology in Soil Stabilization in the Third World Countries for Sustainable Development

  • K. C. Onyelowe
  • B. V. Duc
Conference paper
Part of the Sustainable Civil Infrastructures book series (SUCI)


The technical review paper on Geosynthetics, an emerging engineered technology in foundation soil stabilization in the third world nations for sustainable development has tried to elucidate on the need to employ Geosynthetics in solving our challenging soil foundation and environmental geotechnics problems. Geosynthetics are engineered materials artificially produced for soil strength improvement. They appear in various forms applied to Environmental Geotechnics. There have been records of erosion manes and pavement failures in the south-south and southeastern regions of Nigeria and government agencies in these affected regions of the country collect security vote meant to be used to check this natural environmental problems, but lose sight of their responsibility for lack of focus and greed. It is strongly believed that this review paper will be an eye opener to both professionals and those in governance to know that there are cheaper and sustainable solutions to our engineering problems only if we are prepared to embrace what the technological trend of geoengineering has provided the third world nations. Furthermore, this work has elucidated the extent to which weak and expansive soils could be stabilized and possibly check gully erosion disasters destroying the regions by using geosynthetic materials and technology at the nanoscale.


Geosynthetics Emerging engineered technology Soil stabilization Sustainable development Third world nation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringMichael Okpara University of AgricultureUmuahiaNigeria
  2. 2.Faculty of Civil EngineeringHanoi University of Mining and GeologyHanoiVietnam

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