The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 63 (1985) > Issues > Issue 8 > Discussion on The Real Behaviour of Structures - Soil-Structure Interaction by S. Thorburn
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Discussion on The Real Behaviour of Structures - Soil-Structure Interaction by S. Thorburn

Mr F. C. Greenfield (F): Back in the mid-1960s I remember being impressed with a paper read by a very young Sam Thorburn to a 1-day piling conference held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, his subject being mainly piles founded on bed rock in Scotland. Whitaker & Cooke read a paper about their work on piles in London clay, the emphasis being on settlement of a single pile under the constant rate of penetration test. The subject of interaction of piles-let alone interaction of piles (or other foundations) with structure and soil-was very much in its infancy, and structural engineers and geotechnic engineers seemed to work in some sort of splendid isolation!