Feb 10, 2014

Co-inventor of Geocells Retires

Gary Bach is retiring from Presto Geosystems after 37 years

Presto Geosystems Geocells Gary Bach U.S. Army Corp Engineers

One of the fathers of geosynthetics technology development, Gary Bach, is retiring from the business after 37 years with Presto Geosystems. Bach is the original developer of geocells, a technology he co-invented with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nearly 35 years ago. He fused the corp’s concept of 3-D grid confinement with his polymer expertise, subsequently devising a strong cellular confinement system made by welding strips of high strength polymer blend materials to form geocell sections. The very first honeycomb-like sections were born from a welder designed and crafted by Bach.

The early geocell applications were focused primarily on meeting the military’s need for military vehicle access across beach sand and artillery bunkers. Shortly after, Presto Geosystems expanded into other areas and introduced cellular confinement to the world’s commercial market for soil stabilization applications including slope, channel and shoreline protection and vegetated retaining walls.

Over the years, Bach has been at the forefront of advancements in the geocell technology, including textured and perforated cells for better infill lock-up and drainage, and numerous accessory inventions to improve design strength and to speed installation. 

Today geocells are accepted as a standard category of geosynthetics. Wherever soil stability challenges exist, the geocell finds its place as an economical, fast-to-deploy solution.