Centre of Excellence for Geotech
BTRA is recognized (based on earlier experience, expertise and facility) as a Centre of Excellence for Geotech by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
BTRA setup a new Geotech Laboratory with all testing facilities to test Geotextiles, Geomembranes, Geocomposites, Gabions, Geosynthetic Clay Liner, Geogrids, Prefabricated Vertical Drain etc. Also, BTRA is strengthening its information resources on Geotech by procuring various books and international test methods such as ASTM, INDA, EDANA, ISO, etc.
This laboratory is accredited as per the following:
- GAI-LAP Accreditation of Geosynthetics Institute, USA
Apart from testing & development, BTRA provides training to users / entrepreneurs in Geotech as well as in technical textiles. Also consultancy is provided to entrepreneurs to start a new manufacturing plant for geosynthetics by preparing project proposal productwise.
A workshop on ‘Nonwoven Technical Textiles’ was conducted by BTRA for three days in April, 2008 at Mumbai with the help of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and prior to that an awareness programme was conducted in Ichalkaranji / Kolhapur for technical textiles. In the month of March, 2009, a seminar titled ‘Engineered Textiles for Geotextile Applications’ was conducted with the help of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
BTRA gives major thrust to the following areas -
- Testing of Geo-textiles
- Testing of Industrial Filters
- Testing of Coated Textiles
- Testing of Hygienic Products ( Medical Textiles )
- Evaluation of High Loft wadding
- Product Development through spun lace system
(especially for products made from cellulosic fibre)