The 2020 Kersten Lecture was given by Lyesse Laloui, on February 27, 2020, at the Geo-Congress of the American Society of Civil Engineering, in Minneapolis, MN, USA. Dr Laloui’s lecture is titled “Energy Geotechnology: A new Era for Geotechnical Engineering Practice.”
Energy geotechnology provides low carbon, cost-effective and local energy solutions to structures and infrastructures, which opens a new era for geotechnical engineering practice, by extending the conventional role of structural design to that of addressing acute energy challenges of our century. The presentation reviews the methodology behind energy geotechnology by highlighting its scope and applications to various geostructures for structural support and energy supply of built environments. Aspects of primary importance for maximizing the energy, geotechnical, and structural performance of energy geostructures and solutions to address this challenge are presented. Moreover, analytical solutions and design tools, as well as performance-based design approaches for energy geostructures are introduced. The final goal being to uncover the potential of energy geotechnology on the path of less dependency on fossil fuels and to emphasize the critical role of geotechnical engineers to take full advantage of this technology.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consideration, the Bureau and the BoD have decided to cancel the ALERT workshop in 2020 (it will take place in 2021 from September 27 to September 29), but the Doctoral School, the PhD Prize as well as the Invited Lecture will take place online.
The doctoral E-School on “Point based numerical methods in geomechanics” is organized by Pr. Manolo Pastor and Pr. Wei Wu. It will take place remotely every morning from September 28th to October 1st.
The PhD prize and the Invited Lecture will take place remotely on Tuesday September 29th, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (CET) for the ALERT PhD prize 2020 and from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (CET) for the Invited lecturer, Pr. Chris Spiers.
All these events are free of charge, but the registration is mandatory (deadline for the registration is the September 18th). Please read the hints in the Registration form: after filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, you will get an email with the registration data.
Deadline: 18th September 2020
Registration form: http://alertgeomaterials.eu/forms/2020/registration_2020.html
L’Associazione Geotecnica Italiana, con il contributo dei soci collettivi AGI-IGS, ha bandito il Nono Premio Nazionale AGI-IGS. Il premio di 1300 Euro sarà consegnato dall’AGI-IGS all’estensore della migliore tesi di laurea magistrale o di dottorato, discussa dopo il primo gennaio 2018, dedicata a un tema correlato all’uso di geosintetici e prodotti affini nell’Ingegneria Geotecnica.
Scadenza per la presentazione della domanda di partecipazione: 25 Settembre 2020.
La consegna del Premio avverrà durante il Prossimo Convegno Nazionale sui Geosintetici che si svolgerà a Bologna, nell’ambito del SAIE, il giorno giovedì 15 ottobre 2020.
Download Bando: Nono Premio Nazionale AGI
The third edition of the 3-day intensive course for practitioners and scientists entitled “Energy geostructures: analysis and design” will be held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, from November 2 to 4, 2020. The short-course aims to provide attendees with a sound theoretical understanding of the problems addressed as well as with practical and effective tools to address the considered subjects.
By attending this training, you will: (i) develop your understanding of the behaviour and performance of energy geostructures, such as energy piles, energy barrettes, energy walls and energy tunnels; (ii) increase your knowledge about the energy, geotechnical and structural analysis of energy geostructures with practical application exercises, including analytical and numerical simulation exercises and (iii) learn how to design energy geostructures following current standards through appropriate procedures.
The course has been designed with civil engineers in mind, but targets energy engineers, architects, urban project managers and geologists as well.
The number of participants for this intensive course is limited. The available spots are being filled on a first come first served basis. More information about the course can be found on its dedicated website.
We would like to draw your attention to the attached Call for Submissions for Geo-Extreme 2021, a specialty conference organize by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to be held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, in Savannah, GA, USA, on August 15-18, 2021.
Geo-Extreme 2021 aims to create a multi-disciplinary forum to discuss how the geo-engineering community can work with other professionals, e.g., climate scientists, engineers, emergency managers, resilience and sustainability investigators, insurance experts, and policy makers, to cope with extreme events under a changing climate.
Proposals for technical sessions, panels, and short courses are due May 22 and may be only emailed to Jay McKelvey at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstracts are due June 19 and may be only submitted via the online Submission System at: https://www.geoinstitute.org/index.php/news/geo-extreme-2021-call-abstracts
Postdoc position at Institute of Radiation protection and nuclear safety (Fontenay Aux Roses, France)
Applications are welcomed for a 18 months postdoc position in IRSN (Institute of Radiation protection and nuclear safety, Fontenay Aux Roses – France + several stays in Barcelona – Spain) to investigate gas migration in natural and swelling clays. Further information on this position can be found in the attached document.
The work proposed in this post-doctoral fellowship is divided into two parts and consists mainly in working on the characterization of the microstructure of clay materials and their relationship to gas migration. The first part is on the impact of gas migration of the HM behavior of bentonite pellet-powder mixtures. The second part proposed concerns the image analysis tools of microtomography to improve the segmentation of low contrast grey level areas and the morphological descriptors construction to be able to generate equivalent synthetic structures.
Graz University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering Sciences, has an immediate opening for a fully funded position (40 hours a week) as tenure track professorship for women in the field Geotechnics / Tunnelling with in-depth knowledge of Data Science / Artificial Intelligence at the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling. After fulfilment of the qualification agreement, the candidate will be appointed as associated professor (permanent position).
Application deadline: 30 April 2020
The complete announcement is available under: www.tugraz.at/institute/fmt/institute/news
The ALERT Workshop 2020 (31st Edition) will be held in Aussois from 28th to 30th September, 2020. Abstracts can be submitted to the three sessions. Please submit your abstracts by email directly to the coordinators using the Workshop abstract form (doc). If you wish to publish your presentation after the Workshop on the ALERT website, do not forget to agree by ticking the corresponding box in the abstract form.
Since time for the presentations is limited, only a part of the submitted abstracts can be chosen for the oral presentations. Therefore, we invite you to submit your abstract as soon as possible. The presentation can also be submitted as a poster. The abstracts of the posters will be published in a separate booklet (ISSN registered).
Deadline: 30th April 2020
More information at: http://alertgeomaterials.eu/2020/03/alert-geomaterials-workshop-2020/
Multi-scale behaviour and damage of heterogeneous rocks around underground excavations.
The goal of this project is to investigate the multi-scale behaviour of clay rock, going from microscopic to macroscopic scale. The research will be based on multi-scale approach and numerical method allowing to model microstructure media in a double-scale framework (FEMxFEM). Applications are welcome from PhDs graduated in the areas of civil, mechanical, and materials engineering, or geosciences. PhDs in geomechanics / geotechnics are mostly welcome.
Applications should be submitted before the end of April 2020. Contact: Benoît Pardoen (email@example.com). —> Link to description