As evidence of its industry leadership, PRS developed a new generation of advanced geocell technology in a multi-year cooperative research, development and testing program with academia leaders in the world of geosynthetics. This included significant efforts to understand, qualify and calibrate all the confinement and reinforcement principles of cellular confinement.
As a result of this research, the world’s most renowned geotechnical experts and researchers have published over 40 professional papers in the last 6 years with their findings, and PRS currently has 20 patents and patents pending for its geocell technology, polymeric alloys, and high-performance geosynthetics.
Research included plate loading box tests, moving wheel tests, and field demonstrations by international researchers, civil and geotechnical engineering faculties, industry research institutes and government transportation agencies in the US, Canada, Japan, Russia, England, Poland, Germany, Holland and India, among others, such as the US Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) for long-term geosynthetic solutions a full scale in-track field evaluation of Neoloy Geocells in Amtrak (US National Railway) for the federal high speed rail R&D program.
Benefits of PRS
- PRS in-house experts in polymer chemistry, highway engineering, railway engineering and geotechnical engineering.
- PRS polymer chemists and civil engineers are at the forefront of polymeric alloy research
- Thought leadership demonstrated through R&D, standards, testing, patents, new products.
- PRS invests a considerable part of its annual revenue to research & development and quality testing.
- PRS uses test procedures and in-situ field testing to evaluate the behavior of a composite system.
- PRS prides itself on its comprehensive end-to-end customer support.
- PRS geotechnical experts’ consult and design with client to maximize the performance of Neoloy Geocells.
- On-site installation training and supervision.
The collaborative research with leaders in the field included:
- Prof. Jie Han, Geotechnical Engineering, Department of Civil, Engineering, University of Kansas, USA
- Prof. Dov Leshchinsky, Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware
- Prof. K. Rajagopal, Former Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT–Madras), Chennai, India
- Prof. Hoe Peter Ling, Geotechnical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Columbia University, NY, USA
- Prof. Norbert Meyer, Head of the Clausthal Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Mine Surveying, Clausthal University, Germany
- Department of Transportation (DOT) from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, USA
- Federal Highway Administration (FHA), USA
- Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), USA
- United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
- KOAC-NPC Road Standards Institute, Holland
- Russian Standards Institute
- All Russian Railway Research Institute (VNIIZHT)
- Indian Roads Congress
- National Institute of Rural Engineering, Japan
- Israel National Roads Authority
- Additional testing and certification was done by geosynthetic, road and rail authorities in the US, Europe, India, Asia, Latin America, and Africa