ARC on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - Course 2: TC 307 SUSTAINABILITY IN GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING (Mon 7 Oct 2019)

Presented by Dipanjan Basu, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E., C.Eng,
University of Waterloo at ARC Cape Town, South Africa

In this short course, the general notions of sustainability and its application to geotechnical
engineering will be covered. The sustainability assessment methods applicable to geotechnical engineering will also be included. A focus of the course will be on the latest developments related to sustainability in geotechnical engineering.

The topics that will be covered fall under three broad areas:
(1) philosophies and concepts of sustainability and resilience,
(2) applications of sustainability principles in geotechnical practice, and
(3) sustainability assessment tools in geotechnical engineering.

Specific topics that will be covered include principles and philosophies of sustainability
including a historical overview; the connection between sustainability and engineering,
civil engineering, and geotechnical engineering; specific examples of sustainable practice
in geotechnical engineering, e.g., utilization of recycled materials, use of alternate materials and construction methods to reduce carbon footprint, geotechnics for renewable energy, reuse of foundations, etc.; and sustainability assessment tools. Among the sustainability assessment tools, emphasis will be given on life cycle assessment and environmental impact assessment, and examples will be solved to show their use in geotechnical engineering practice.


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