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Geodiary focus

GEODIARY

Biennial meeting of teachers of geotechnical subjects, 5-6 September, Moller Centre ofChurchill College, Cambridge. Chaired by Malcolm Bolton, participants will evaluate whether advances in the characterisation ofnatural and man-made materials imply new teaching perspectives and whether the rate ofdevelopment ofground engineering technology requires an extended syllabus or a re-invigoration offundamental soil mechanics.

Two prominent research themes are the influence ofthe construction process in geotechnical engineering and the control and clean-up of ground-borne contaminants. How should these concerns influence teaching? Can simplified mechanistic models be relied upon to clarify decision-making to undergraduates, or must finite element simulation be taught? What vehicles are useful to convey learning in the subject? What textbooks are in, or out, or called for? And how can students be made more active in their learning? Contact Malcolm Bolton, email: mdb@eng. cam. ac. uk. Details and booking sheets can be found on wwwciv. eng. cam. ac. uk/geotech_new/MTGS2002

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