1st YELGIP workshop 

"Innovations in soil improvement technologies"

October 2006

On October 26th and 27th, YELGIP organised a research-industry workshop on 'Innovations in Soil improvement methods'. Over 60 representatives from industry and academia from most EU member states were present to discuss the research needs and industry opportunities related to soil improvement. The upcoming FP7 research programme served as an incentive for all present to strengthen the ties and investigate possibilities of collaborative research.

During the first day of lectures and discussion sessions, it proved that although the topic of soil improvement is very wide, a lot of common issues were raised. For example, all techniques need to improve their understanding of the long term behaviour and improve the monitoring and the quality control. This could enhance the potential of the methods, increase the reliability and improve the image of the industry. It also seems as if many of the soil improvement techniques still are difficult to predict in the form of a design.

To develop new techniques, applications and ideas, different expertises/science fields should be combined, e.g. biochemistry, mineralogy, geology, cost expertise, energy, hydraulic and environmental sciences. Some EU-challenges that were outlined during the workshop were e.g.: (1) protection of our environment against the outcomes of climate change, (2) Europe as one market – competitive to the USA and China, (3) sustainable use of resources (soil, energy, building materials), (4) settlement problems incurring large costs to society, (5) the large number of contaminated sites associated with high costs, and (6) what do with the existing piles of waste material. These topics are covered in the FP7.

Geotechnics could contribute to these challenges through e.g. (1) better understanding of the long term behaviour of technical solutions, improved monitoring and control methods, (2) improved and harmonised
design and codes, new contract systems, (3) develop technical solutions that use less non-renewable resources, (4) a range of soil improvement techniques adaptable to various conditions, (5) remediation of soils by e.g. bioremediation, and (6) cleaning of waste and re-using rest products in construction.

Thursday, October 26th

Opening ELGIP Presentation - Barends.pdf (1 533 kB)

Keynote a. Holm.pdf (5 050 kB)
Keynote b. Zwanenburg.pdf (7 590 kB)
Keynote c. Vanicek.pdf (1 943 kB)
Keynote d. Whiffin.pdf (5 137 kB)

Session 1.3 Courcelles.pdf (5 284 kB)
Session 1.4 Essler.pdf (1 534 kB)

Session 2.2 Swiecka.pdf (4 636 kB)
Session 2.4 Bollins.pdf (1 353 kB)

Friday, October 27th

Session 3.1 Presentation FP7 opportunities - Barends.pdf (139 kB)
Session 3.2 ISSMGE TC 17 - Ground Improvement - Maertens.pdf (1 493 kB)

Young Professional Training.pdf (524 kB)
Updated by Frank PH Engering, 12/03/2015