Geotextiles have numerous and versatile uses in construction, paving and many other applications. They're important because they can:
• Improve drainage.
• Extend the life of pavement and other structures.
• Reduce maintenance costs.
• Prevent contamination of foundation soil.
• Provide a filter to help maintain clean water sources or prevent contamination.
You'll find geotextiles used in underground stabilization under railroad tracks, underground drainage providing a foundation for pipes and pillars, embankment protection, seawalls, bridge abutments, sports fields and numerous other situations.
Now, geotextiles are beginning to benefit from the embedding of fiber optics. This offers real-time situational awareness of the installation. With advanced monitoring, engineers can better anticipate when preventive or proactive maintenance may be required.