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Using FEA in Geotechnical Engineering

NAFEMS Seminar, September 17th 2008, London, UK

This seminar will promote the understanding and use of finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering. The event pools the knowledge of leading players in this field to provide attendees with guidance on numerical methods and the use of finite element analysis.

The use of finite element analysis techniques in geotechnical engineering is now more widespread than ever before. For example, simulation and modelling are frequently being used to form a clearer view of phenomena such as soil behavior and stage excavation which, until recently, was more of a research topic. Finite element analysis tools are being constantly refined and, in conjunction with the development of the related techniques and methods, these tools are assisting engineers in making their predictions as realistic as possible.

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Who should attend

The seminar will be of interest to practising engineers, such as:

Geotechnical Engineers
Civil Engineers
Structural Engineers
Environmental Engineers
Researchers and Academics

Why should you attend

Hear first-hand about the application and use of finite element analysis tools in industry – stay up to date with their possibilities and requirements.

Discuss the latest thinking on applications such as slope stability, foundation, tunnelling, piling and Eurocode.

Hear about the various techniques used on today's exciting projects.

Benefit from an unrivalled networking opportunity.

Debate the way forward for collaborative working in association with NAFEMS.


09:30 Coffee & Registration

10.00 Welcome and Introduction - Turqui Kharchi, Wilde FEA Ltd

Does 3D Finite Element Analysis in Geotechnics Always Provide Added Value?
Anton Pillai, ARUP

The Application of Numerical Modelling to the Challenges of T5 Substructures
Yu Sheng Hsu, Mott MacDonald

Some Recent Applications of FEA
Andrew Mar, Coffey Geotechnics

11:40 Coffee Break (available in the exhibition area)

Finite Element Modelling of Risk and Variability in Geotechnical Engineering Michael Hicks, Manchester University

Design of Contiguous Bored Pile Walls in London Clay: Subgrade Reaction vs Finite Element Design, Total Stress vs Effective Stress- Implications for the Design
Aleksander Spasojevic, Gifford Ltd.

13:00 Lunch

Modelling Piles and Rigid Inclusions in Mexico City Soft Soils
Juan Rodriguez, University of Mexico

The Use of Finite Element Analysis for the Foundation Design of the Burj Dubai Tower
Catherine Murrells, Hyder Consulting

Panel Debate & Discussion Forum - Refreshments available

16:00 Close

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Royal Institution of Naval Architects

10 Upper Belgrave Street



Tel: +44 (0)20 7235 4622