Photographic material available for download at the end of the text.
Especially in conurbations, building land is only available in a limited way and frequently requires construction on ground which has a low load-bearing capacity. To implement construction activities in the fields of infrastructure, residential and commercial property, often the only possibility involves measures to improve the mechanical characteristics of the future building ground. Some 400 Geotechnical experts will be discussing this issue at the 31 Christian Veder Colloquium at TU Graz from 31 March.
From Montenegro to London
The projects to be presented at the colloquium will demonstrate the broad range of possible solution approaches. They all show that almost any ground can be built on provided the necessary measures are taken. Planning and implementation, however, demand the highly specialised knowledge of the relevant companies. Spectacular international construction projects, such as the expansion of Victoria Station in London, the development of public infrastructure in Karlsruhe, and the unusual measures in Montenegro are in the conference programme as are talks about basic aspects of different improvement measures. The colloquium will thus meet the requirements of reporting not only on local building projects but also on international projects in a specialised field.
Fixed event for geotechnical specialists
Since its founding in 1985, the Christian Veder Colloquium has established itself as a fixed event for geotechnical engineers in the German-speaking area. “The event serves primarily as an exchange of experience. For this reason ample time is reserved for discussion – something which differentiates us from many other conferences,” according to the main person responsible for the conference, Helmut Schweiger of the Institute of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering of TU Graz. The Christian Veder Colloquium is organised by the Institute of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering of TU Graz in cooperation with the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling and the Institute of Applied Geosciences.