Swedish professor emeritus Sven Hansbo lectures at the Geotechnics for Sustainable Development conference in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Dau Tu Newspaper
Leading international geotechnics professors discussed applying science for sustainable development at a two-day conference in Hanoi that ended Friday.
Around 500 experts from 27 countries attended GEOTEC 2013, which was organized by the Hanoi-based Foundation Engineering and Underground Construction JSC (Fecon), the Vietnamese Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and Thailand's Asian Institute of Technology.
Swedish professor emeritus Sven Hansbo delivered an honorable lecture, followed by five keynote lectures by Alain Guillox from France, Rolf Katzenbach from Germany, Fumio Tatsuoka from Japan, Kenichi Soga from the UK, and Helmut F. Schweiger from Austria. Topics included high-rise building foundations, underground projects in soft soil, soil improvement and reinforcement for infrastructure projects, tunnels and excavations, and geotechnical modeling and numerical analysis.
The conference received abstracts and full papers last December and received 112 in-depth reports, with 84 presented at the conference.
GEOTEC was first held in Hanoi in October, 2011, when it gathered 450 experts and 110 papers from 24 countries.
Registration costs US$250 for authors of accepted papers, $300-350 for interested experts, and $50 for Vietnamese students. Group registrations (for more than three people from the same organization) receive a 25 percent discount.
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