Advances in the use of geodata for the urban environment
Published:January 01, 2009
The increased demand for space on the surface and the increased use of the underground, in particular in urban areas, has created new requirements for the type and quality of geodata. In a very crowded subsurface in an urban environment where new applications such as geo-energy storage are going to be used, properties describing the degradation of materials in time and heat convection and isolation are required. In addition, data on moving objects in the subsurface or properties of subsurface materials that can be used to forecast movement of objects should be available. The very crowded subsurface also requires that the data are of better quality, and the reliability of the data should be known and quantified.
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Engineering Geology for Tomorrow’s Cities
This book and the accompanying CD-ROM provide a statement of our knowledge and understanding of engineering geology as applied to the urban environment at the start of the 21st century. In particular, this volume demonstrates that:
working standards originally developed nationally are becoming internationalized;
risk assessment, rather than just assessment of hazards, is driving decision-making;
geo-environmental change, whether climatically or anthropogenically driven, is becoming better understood;
greater use of underground space is being made;
the relentless advance of information technology is providing new opportunities for engineering geologists to interpret and visualize the subsurface.
This book shows that in developed and developing countries alike, engineering geolgists are increasingly exchanging ideas and learning from each other in a genuine two-way process. These ideas will contribute significantly to the sustainable development of both new and long-established urban environments world-wide.