The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 78 (2000) > Issues > Issue 23/24 > Ground-Structure Interaction: Does the Answer Lie in the Soil?
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Ground-Structure Interaction: Does the Answer Lie in the Soil?

Good ground engineering involves maintaining a balance between a number of key activities including ground exploration, laboratory and field measurements, appropriate predictive modelling, and empirical procedures based on ‘well-winnowed experience’. A number of cases involving interactions between ground and structure are presented to highlight the importance of all these activities and of keeping them in balance. In all of the case histories the importance of understanding the patterns and basic mechanisms of ground movement becomes apparent. The parallel is drawn between the approach of the geotechnical engineer and that of the structural engineer working on an ancient historic building. Professor J.B. Burland