Invitation to the ISRM Specialized conference
and the 8th conference of the Croatian Geotechnical Society
As karst poses many challenges to engineers, karst is the main subject of this conference. However, we will receive papers with other topics in geology, geotechnical engineering etc.
It is worth knowing that great Karl Terzaghi started his rich career in Croatian karst, in Gacko polje, just 110 years ago. His first contributions to geology and geotechnical engineering will be remembered in a special lecture, to inspire us all. Hence the subtitle of the conference
Karl Terzaghi and Croatian karst 110 years ago
The topic of the congress has arisen from a whole range of new life requirements. Let’s just mention some. By spreading the settlements at the bottom of the high cliffs, there is a need for a high-quality protection against the rockfalls. The need to build garages in urban areas, and to save valuable resources on the surface for other purposes, the coastal towns descend underground into the area of the karst. The construction of the foundations of large bridges and viaducts in the coastal zone creates a challenge in the transfer of concentrated loads into karst characterized by a number of weaknesses (karst sinkholes, caverns, …). The need for the construction of high speed roads in the coastal zone of the Republic of Croatia implicates excavations of long tunnels, which again is threat in the karst area.
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