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    ASTM D4873 / D4873M - 17(2021)

    Standard Guide for Identification, Storage, and Handling of Geosynthetic Rolls and Samples

    Active Standard ASTM D4873 / D4873M | Developed by Subcommittee: D35.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.13

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 For a geosynthetic to be properly used it must be adequately identified and packaged. It must be handled and stored in such a way that its physical property values are not degraded. Failure to follow good practice may result in the unnecessary failure of the geosynthetic in a properly designed application.

    4.2 This guide is not intended to replace project-specific storage, handling, identification, packaging, or installation requirements or quality assurance programs.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides guidelines for the identification and packaging of rolled geosynthetics by the manufacturer and for the handling and storage of geosynthetics by the end user. This guide is not to be considered as all encompassing since each project involving geosynthetics presents its own challenges and special conditions. Geosynthetic samples are often taken at manufacturer, supplier, or at the job site primarily for the purpose of conformance testing and verification. These samples should be properly labeled for identification purposes.

    1.2 This guide is intended to aid manufacturers, suppliers, purchasers, and users of geosynthetics for identification, handling, and storage.

    1.3 This guide is not applicable for factory-fabricated panels due to a different set of identifications for the panel by the fabricator. For fabricated geomembrane panels, refer to Guide D7865.

    1.4 This guide is not intended for geosynthetic clay liners. For GCLs, refer to Guide D5888.

    1.5 This guide is also applicable to geosynthetic samples.

    1.6 Each type of geosynthetic is listed by section to address specific requirements.


    Geotextiles – Section 5


    Geogrids – Section 6


    Geomembrane Rolls – Section 7


    Geonets – Section 8


    Geocomposites – Section 9


    Rolled Erosion Control Products – Section 10


    Sediment Retention Devices – Section 11

    1.7 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined.

    1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.9 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D4354 Practice for Sampling of Geosynthetics and Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs) for Testing

    D4439 Terminology for Geosynthetics

    D5888 Guide for Storage and Handling of Geosynthetic Clay Liners

    D7865 Guide for Identification, Packaging, Handling, Storage and Deployment of Fabricated Geomembrane Panels

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.70 (Geotextiles)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121702(Geotextile)

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/D4873_D4873M-17R21

    Citation Format

    ASTM D4873 / D4873M-17(2021), Standard Guide for Identification, Storage, and Handling of Geosynthetic Rolls and Samples, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

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