The geotechnical engineering community must push for a more proactive approach to asset management in order to identify problems before they occur, according to chartered geologist, professor Roger Moore, who chaired GE’s Slope Engineering and Geotechnical Asset Management Conference in London.
“Failures will happen but what we’re aiming for is improved understanding… so we can intervene where risk is detected, allowing a more proactive approach,” he said. “My idea of working smarter is going in and fixing the problem before it occurs.”
Prof. Moore, who is technology leader for tunnels and earth engineering at CH2M Hill, acknowledged that key to a more proactive approach is getting the decision makers onside.
“We as a community need to better communicate with the decision makers and stakeholders who often don’t have a geotechnical engineering background,” he said, outlining the importance of clear, understandable explanations and a solid business case using the “language they want to hear”.