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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/12/S02.127

SOME REMARKS ON EXPERIENCE BASED GEOTECHNICAL EDUCATION

J. Rybak, A. Ivannikov, A. Egorova, K. Ohotnikova, I. Fernandes
Sunday 10 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-99-5 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 12, 1003-1012 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/12/S02.127

ABSTRACT

Geotechical engineering combines strict mechanical rules with a random nature of natural soils. That is why reliability-based approach to geotechnical design is still not fully appreciated by the engineers. Large variability of soil parameters and uncertainty of computational models emphasize the importance of experience and engineering intuition followed by over-standard number of testing procedures of both: the soil and the structure. Conventional university education may provide the student with the knowledge about facts, properties and physical rules but (at least in standard conditions) cannot give the student sufficient experience that has to be gained in practice. Such skills may be obtained via small-group practical courses offered at the universities in addition to their existing education system. Usually, these are summer schools or training periods offered to limited groups. It must be accepted as the rule that the group is mobile (most of the test can only be performed on the building site) and relatively small (for safety reasons). As the procedures and methods are very specialized, students are often gathered from different countries. That forms a platform for both: technical education in cooperation with companies (necessary to provide the access to building sites) and internal exchange of ideas inside the group of students with different background and local experience. Some selected examples of Wrocław University of Technology experience with specialized practical geotechnical education of Portuguese, French and Russian students were gathered in the paper. Authors will also give some recommendations for the exchange, mobility programs and training periods for both: students and teachers.

Keywords: geotechnical education, local conditions, geotechnical training, international mobility