Workshop on Nonlinear Modeling of Geotechnical Problems: From Theory to Practice

Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, November 3 &4, 2005

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

 

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The past three decades have seen a great upsurge in research in the area of numerical model development, calibration and verification. Powerful constitutive models and sophisticated numerical techniques have been advanced. Yet, these advances have not revolutionized the manner in which geotechnical engineering design is currently performed.

Why? Is it because (a) the advanced methods are too expensive to use, (b) the advanced methods are too complex for comprehension by an average practitioner, (c) there is simply no rational, economical and reliable way to find the constitutive model parameters, (d) the practitioners are not aware of the capabilities of the advanced methods, (e) the advanced methods have not been adequately verified, (f) a combination of all of the above or (g) something else.

In this workshop, we would like to bring together researchers, practitioners and government agents and  (1) assess the current state-of-the-art of numerical modeling, (2) discuss the possible reasons why they are not being widely used, and(3)  develop a strategy for overcoming the obstacles, thereby fostering wide use of advanced numerical methods in geotechnical practice.