Em.Prof. Donald Gabriels has more than 30 years of experience as an expert for different Courts of Justice in East- and in West-Flanders (Belgium).
He holds de degree of agricultural engineering and is honorary Professor of the University of Ghent, Belgium. He was the former Head of the Departemnt of Soil Management of the Faculty of BioSciences-Engineering of the University of Ghent, Belgium.
He has a longstanding expertise in the technical aspects and discussions about the construction of toplayers of gras(sport)fields and in solving problems related to
References: The Courts of Justice of Ghent, Bruges, Veurne, Ypres, Oudenaerde, Merelbeke, Deinze, Dendermonde, Zomergem.
Layout and construction of grass(sport)fields and gardens
After several years of research in the laboratory and in the field, a lot of experiences has been
gained related to the construction of toplayers of grass (football)fields. Soil samples were taken
form pitches in Belgium and in the United Kingdom to be analysed on their pysical and
From those results the GANDA CRITERIA were developed as advices for the construction of
toplayers of grassfields www.gandacriteria.be
From 2020 on, advice will be given and tests will be carried out in cooperation with ERCAT,
a recognized FIFA laboratory from the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Materials of the
University of Ghent, Belgium.
Seminars (until 2019) in Oostend, Ghent, Genk, Lokeren, ’s Hertogenbosch (NL), Zeist (NL), Barendrecht (NL)
Seminars in the golf clubs of Sint-Martens-Latem (B) and Breda (NL)
Organizer of ETS (European Turfgrass Society) Field Days (2011) in Ghent, Belgium
Participation in ETS Field Days and congresses in Ghent, Valencia,
Mater of Science thesis at the Department of Soil Management, University of Ghent, Belgium by ir. Davy Ottevaere (2000): Soil physical and soil mechanical properties fort he playability of football pitches
Construction of synthetic grassfields
An optimal funcioning of a synthetic grassfield for football, hockey and even for a garden,
needs, besides a good synthetic carpet, also good quality physical and mechanical
properties of the top layers and the layers underneath.
Apart from the ERCAT tests on synthetic grasses, Em.Prof. Donald Gabriels, will serve as
a private expert in the research and in the construction of hybride grasslayers and on
natural grass fields and gardens
Construction of vineyards
The cultivation of grapes and the making of wine is becoming more and more popular in Flanders, Belgium.
New fields are opened and layed out!
Studies are carried out in existing vine yards in Huevelland, West-Flanders, Belgium to determine their soil physical and soil mechanical properties.
Advice was given on the layout of a new vine yard in the Scheldt valley near Ghent (domain Waes at Zwijnaarde)
-Master thesis at the Faculty of BioSciences-engineering, of the University of Ghent, Belgium by Emma Tavernier (2015) (in Dutch): Variability of the soil properties of the vine yards of Heuvelland: caracterisation and evaluation of a ‘terroir’.
-Article in Dutch in ‘De Boarebreker’ (Magazine for Gastronomy and Tourisme): Donald Gabriels (2015): Heuvelland has an excellent vino culture
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