What are the new challenges for the geotechnician

35th building site conference with geotechnical engineering exhibition

Participants can look forward to an interesting and varied program of lectures with around 40 specialist lectures by high-ranking speakers. The main theme of the event is “Geotechnics meets the future. Promote research - create knowledge - secure the future ". The opening block on Thursday is dedicated to the “Stuttgart 21” mega-infrastructure project and “Building in the Region”. Further main topics are: Infrastructure projects, BIM - digitization in geotechnical engineering, earthworks and foundation engineering, special civil engineering, innovation in geotechnical engineering and sustainability in geotechnical engineering.


Apply knowledge in practice

92 years after Terzaghi's Earthwork Mechanics was published, human abilities to understand the characteristics of soil, study its properties and predict its behavior have increased significantly. This was accompanied by an almost asymptotic increase in geotechnical research publications that went well beyond our ability to put these findings into practice. Most geotechnical problem cases are not due to a lack of knowledge, but to the impossibility of directly applying the existing knowledge in practice or of recognizing critical situations more easily. In addition to creating knowledge, the future focus should also shift to improved implementation. One of the requirements will be to bridge the gap between the state of the art as well as the state of the art and practical implementation. How this gap can be bridged or closed is and will remain a major future challenge. With the 35th Subsoil Conference, the DGGT would like to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and give all interested parties the opportunity to discuss current geotechnical problems with specialist colleagues.


Promotion of young talent in geotechnical engineering

Another important concern of the DGGT is the promotion of young scientists in geotechnical engineering. On September 26, 2018, the special session “Forum for Young Geotechnical Engineers” will take place again, giving young scientists the opportunity to present their research results from science and practice to a specialist audience. The three best presentations at the special session will be awarded a prize by a jury. Furthermore, three promising young geotechnical personalities will be honored again with the Carl Rappert Foundation Award, which was awarded for the first time in 1986 and then every two years at the building site conference.


Evening event for the exchange of professional experience

The get-together at the last building site conference met with broad approval from all those involved. Therefore, the evening event of the 35th building site conference will also be held in the form of a “get-together” in the exhibition. The conversation and the professional exchange of experiences between the participants among themselves, but also between the participants and the companies presenting themselves are promoted and can contribute to the fact that new ideas find their way into everyday geotechnical work.


Excursion Stuttgart 21

September 29, 2018 will be marked by two technical excursions that will offer insights into two major infrastructure measures in Stuttgart, the projects “New Stuttgart Central Station / Valley Crossing in the Stuttgart – Ulm Railway Project” and “New State Gallery tram stop”.


Further information and program