With the development of Geosystems, grew the need for establishing standards, specifications and design guidance. Technical work and research undertaken during the 1980s resulted in a series of publications that are still now used as reference documents both in the UK and internationally. These include:
Eurocode 7 (BS EN 1997-1 and BS EN 1997-2) is now applicable to the design of Geosystems and the UK National Annex to Eurocode 7 (Geotechnical design) confirms that BS 8002 contains non-contradictory complementary information and that the design of reinforced fill structures and soil nailing should be in accordance with BS 8006.
In addition to these examples of design guidance documentation, many geo-component manufacturers have been pursuing accreditation of their products from organisations such as the British Board of Agrément (BBA), the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and Earth Research Associates (ERA). These third party accreditations provide a clear description of the system and its performance, as well as validating test data and identifying appropriate design factors.
The sector is growing and innovative and improved solutions are continuously being developed to satisfy the increasing sustainability requirements of construction clients.