oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Social geotechnics : geotechnical engineering

Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The following definition of geotechnical engineering is suggested by a popular search engine: "Geotechnical engineering is a civil engineering discipline that is concerned with building on, in, or with soil and rock. Geotechnical engineers design dams, embankments, cuts, foundations, retaining walls, anchors, tunnels, and all other structures directly interacting with the subsoil, both onshore and off shore." I assume that this definition would generally be accepted by most geotechnical engineers as an adequate definition of geotechnics. However, as Victor de Mello pointed out, we are first human beings, then civil engineers, and then specialists. Therefore we need to be aware of the society we serve. This article sets out to answer this question by reviewing various news articles dealing with issues of geotechnics.

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