Core values, competences and issues in engineering geology: a European perspective
Published:January 01, 2009
H. Bock, 2009. "Core values, competences and issues in engineering geology: a European perspective", Engineering Geology for Tomorrow’s Cities, M. G. Culshaw, H. J. Reeves, I. Jefferson, T. W. Spink
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Core values and competences in engineering geology have been specified in the document of the Joint European Working Group of the three international geo-engineering societies ISSMGE, ISRM and IAEG. The implications of that document are far-reaching, bringing new opportunities but also challenges to engineering geology. Focusing on Central Europe, in particular on Germany, a number of current issues in engineering geology are addressed. These include the organizational setting of engineering geology as a learned society, education and the promotion of young talent, technical specifications or standards and professional matters. Certain problem areas are identified with strategies, and specific measures are proposed for appropriate solutions on a consensual basis with geotechnical engineers in the spirit of the current Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies (FIGS) formation process.
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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.