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Engineers ock to Zagreb and hear of the 'spudcan'


YOUNG GEOTECHNICAL engineers from across Europe descended on Zagreb in Croatia recently for the European Young Geotechnical Engineer's Conference.

The event, attended by 50 geotechnical engineers from 30 countries, included lectures on new developments in ground improvements and on the geotechnical engineer's role in the 21st century.

Mott MacDonald's James Scott gave a paper on field data and numerical modelling that illustrated the potential influence of vegetation on the behaviour of railway embankments. Imperial College London's David Edwards presented the findings of research on the bearing capacity of jack up platform foundations - called spudcans - in layered clay.

Other presentations were made on seismic design, soil improvement, tunnelling, numerical modelling, soil testing, excavations, and geoenvironmental and foundation engineering.

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