The Sixth Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Lecture

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The geotechnical profession takes pride in building on new ideas and advancing technology. Research helped develop new solutions for the offshore, and practice required research and development and the testing of the research. This interweaving of research and practice leads to increasingly optimum solutions. At the same time, the engineer needs to be increasingly innovative and conscious of preserving the environment. Much has changed since the early days where offshore foundation design was an extrapolation of land-based methods and experience with piers and jetties. Geotechnical breakthroughs led to new and daring constructions offshore. It is also true that the requirements imposed and the harsh environments encountered by the offshore industry greatly contributed to innovation and an improved understanding of the behaviour of soils under new loading conditions. Today, the design of piers and jetties and other structures on land can greatly improve because of the developments made offshore. To a greater degree than before, geotechnical engineering adds value by saving lives, improving performance, reducing costs and exploiting natural resources in a responsible manner. The Sixth LRET Lecture presents achievements of the geotechnical profession for offshore practice and outlines its new challenges. Important developments were made within site investigations, including geophysical methods, behaviour of soils under cyclic loading, foundation design, subsea technology, risk assessment, and the understanding of geohazards and risk. The challenges of geological risks and geohazards require a greater than before interplay of geology, geophysics and geotechnical engineering. Integrated solutions and improved communication among specialists are the key to safer and cost-effective designs.

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Contact Person - Ms Norela Buang

Contact Number - 6516 4314

Organizer - Centre for Offshore Research & Engineering (CORE)


Date And Time

20 Nov 2012 @ 06:15 PM

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