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Risks related to Geotechnical FEA

The geotechnical industry is facing the situation that Senior Managers, who often do not have a background in numerical modelling, need to make decisions based on the outcome of finite element calculations made by young and relatively inexperienced geotechnical engineers. Complex finite element software has become very intuitive and easy to use, but the quality of the results very much depends on the user's understanding of the methods and models being used. This issue is discussed in a series of lectures during the Masterclass.

Three keynote speakers from different backgrounds give their view on this issue in a Masterclass for Senior Managers. They will address the risks and pitfalls of finite element analysis (FEA) in geotechnical engineering and what Senior Managers need to know in order to be able to control the quality of results as a basis for geotechnical design.

The speakers are:

Professor David Potts, Deput Head of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Imperial College.
Professor Anthony O'Brien, Geotechnical Practice Leader and Divisional Director at Mott MacDonald and Visiting Professor at Southampton University.
Dr. Ronald Brinkgreve, Manager Research & Projects at Plaxis and Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology.


Event Type: Seminar
Location: London UK
Date: February 9, 2011