n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - 2015 : a geotechnical perspective : industry overview and analysis




This is a personal point of view by a practising geotechnical engineer of developments over the past few years and the challenges we face in the year to come. This perspective concentrates on the state of the industry from a technical rather than economic / commercial perspective.

Geotechnical engineering in South Africa has a proud heritage, and there is an enormous depth of both knowledge and experience in the industry. Although we have much to be proud of, there is a trend of decreasing standards in geotechnical investigation, design and construction practices. This article explores some of the reasons for this decline and what needs to be done to rectify the situation.


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