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Published on Jun 6, 2014
2014 Terzaghi Lecture - "Energy Geotechnology: Enabling New Insights Into Soil Behavior" presented by J. Carlos Santamarina, Ph.D.,Ing., A.M.ASCE, at the 2014 Geo-Congress in Atlanta, GA, USA.
Energy is critical to life, and the coming decades will see worldwide population growth and associated economic development that will result in a pronounced increase in energy demand. Historically, geotechnical engineering has been crucial to projects that have sustained societal transformations. Once again, geotechnical engineering has a central role to play in the evolving energy challenge, from resource recovery and infrastructure development, to energy storage and waste management. Examples during this lecture and details in the accompanying manuscript show that the emerging field of energy geotechnology drives us to reconsider the basic tenets of geotechnical engineering (such as soil formation, index properties, and classification), to extend our understanding of geomaterials (at high pressure and temperature, long time scales, and large number of repetitions), to recognize new phenomena (most often couplings between hydraulic, thermal, chemical, biological and mechanical processes, and various forms of localization), and to advance technological innovations for characterization (in situ, sampling, and laboratory) and monitoring.
About J. Carlos Santamarina, Ph.D.,Ing., A.M.ASCE, Goizueta Foundation Faculty Chair and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia:
J. Carlos Santamarina graduated from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Igeniero Civil), and completed graduate studies at the University of Maryland (MSc) and Purdue University (Ph.D.). He taught at NYU -- Polytechnic University and at the University of Waterloo (Canada). Two books and 300 publications authored by Dr. Santamarina and his team summarize salient concepts and research results. His former students are faculty members at more than two dozen universities, researchers at national laboratories, or practicing engineers at leading organizations worldwide.
Dr. Santamarina is a frequent keynote speaker at international events, a member of both Argentinean National Academies (Sciences and Engineering), and has participated in several committees at the USA National Academies. He is a recipient of a number of prestigious awards including Premio Raíces and the ASTM Hogentogler Award.
For more information about the Geo-Institute, including membership and 2015 conference information, go to: www.asce.org/geo