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Centre of Excellence for Geotech


In the past two decades, many applications of geosynthetics have proved their value in civil engineering projects. This new class of material has added entirely a new dimension to the world of geotechnical engineering. Geosynthetic materials like Geotextiles, Geogrids, Geonets, Geocell, and Geomembranes are used in various civil engineering activities. The aims of setting up of Centre of Excellence for Geotech at BTRA are as follows.

  • To create awareness for the use of geosynthetic products and to facilitate the evaluation and development of geosynthetics
  • To encourage the entrepreneurs to develop geosynthetics indigenously by providing know how and developing samples at BTRA pilot plant

The Centre of Excellence for Geotech at BTRA will certainly help the growth of the geotech sector in India in the years to come.


The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) was set up in the year 1954 as an autonomous Co-operative Research Association. BTRA was the third in the series of Co-operative Textile Research Institutes set up in the aftermath of Indian Independence with a view to carry out research and other scientific work for textile and allied industries. BTRA was registered as a ‘Society’ under Societies Registration Act, XXI 1860. It is located at Ghatkopar, Mumbai in sylvan surrounding with easy accessibility. The Institute has completed over 50 years of glorious service to the textile and allied industry. The aim of the organisation is to provide day-to-day technological inputs to the industry and meet the Science & Technological objectives set at the national level. The Institute also provides solutions to various technical and techno-economical problems faced by the industry in a cost effective and stipulated time frame.

Under this mission, BTRA established full-fledged Geotextile Testing Laboratory and upcoming Soil Mechanics & Asphalt Testing Laboratory [Optimising testing parameters are in progress. Outside testing is started for certain test parameters. For details click here]. It has also added Nonwovens Pilot Plant [Hydroentanglment by Fleissner], many other testing equipments and strengthened information resource centre on Geotech.