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ELGIP, a grouping of research organisations in Europe 
Geotechnical engineering in Europe
With a long term commitment major European Research organizations in geo-engineering, each with a strong national position and working both in research, development and innovation, have joined forces since 2002 in ELGIP, the European Large Geotechnical Institutes Platform.
Its 13 members employ in total over 2000 professional research staff.
Geotechnical engineering
Geotechnical engineering is the application of the science of soil and rock mechanics, engineering geology and other related disciplines to civil engineering design and construction, and to the preservation and enhancement of the environment. Geotechnical engineering plays a key role in all civil engineering projects, since the built environment is based on or in the ground.
Soil is a natural material which cannot easily be quality controlled. Because of complexities of soil behaviour and natural variations the corresponding uncertainties have restricted the profession traditionally to largely empirical solutions. At present, the state-of-the-art in the geotechnical profession adopts on many occasions a factor of 50% to account for unforeseen circumstances.

The development of world society depends greatly on how humanity deals with the effects of climate change, urbanisation, growing population, mobility, natural hazards and the depletion of natural resources. Our profession, and it’s advancing insight in its field, has great potential and is essential in dealing with these challenges. We already have gained insight in the soil’s complexity, which led to more ‘scientification’ of geo-engineering. The time has arrived to convince society about the added value of our profession.

Objectives of ELGIP  
  • Promotion of the profession, of the network and of the societal relevance;
  • Influencing the European research, development and innovation agenda through networks;
  • Active European network sharing facilities, field labs and knowledge;
  • Leading the transition in the geotechnical engineering sector with “Eurogeosystems”. The new generation geo-engineer!
  • Supporting the interest of young professionals;
  • Sharing information on European project.
 Focus of ELGIP
  • Climate change mitigation: Geothermal energy
  • Climate change adaptation: measures against natural hazards; floods, landslides, erosion, coastal zone’s, drought, construction risks related to uncertainties in soil conditions;
  • Urbanization; transport infrastructure and utilities, waste storage, underground construction, re-use of brownfields.

    ELGIP is steered by a Board of Directors, and supported by a secretariat (Peter van den Berg) and an EC-liaison (Ton Peters)
    is the young researchers network.

    EU connections 

    ELGIP is member of the European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation (ECCREDI). Furthermore, ELGIPs member are (strongly) involved in:

    • European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP);
    • Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL);
    • Renewable Heating and Cooling European Technology Platform (RHC ETP);
    • Large number of European research, development and innovation projects withins it's framwork Programmes (FP4 to Horizon

    Updated by Edith Valies, 07/09/2017
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