Civil engineering work is worth over €80 billion/year to the UK economy and is an industry that employs over 6000 geotechnical and engineering geological professionals. However, there is concern that a skills shortage is developing in engineering geology due to the lack of academic champions in universities, the reduction in support for specialist masters degrees by research councils, and industry being non-responsive to the financial need to support training and research in the subject. Unless these issues are addressed there will be an increasing risk of civil engineering construction works being built without a full appreciation of the ground conditions, possibly leading to more functional failures, costly over-designs, or increased litigation.
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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.