Engineers Australia

Theory and experienceWinner Baden Clegg Award

Marc Senders

Abstract

Some examples of geotechnical occurrences are given in this paper to show everyone between 2 and 92 years of age what an exciting profession geotechnical engineers have. The examples will also make clear that theory and experience do not exactly match in every case. To get to a better understanding of the behaviour of the soil and to match theory with experience, better communication and co-operation between scientists, contractors and clients must be established.