JUNE 27 TO 30, 2000, TOKYO

Groundwater and Geotechnical Engineering Problems

Groundwater can have dramatic implications for geotechnical studies. Groundwater must be considered in areas with intense urban development on steep terrain such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan where the stability of slopes is important.  The study of groundwater is essential for engineers who construct dams, tunnels, water conveyance channels, mines, and other structures.  Groundwater must also be taken into account when devising measures to control ground settlement or subsidence caused by dewatering.  In all of these situations, groundwater flow and fluid pressure can create serious geotechnical problems.

This special session will explore the impact of groundwater on various geotechnical engineering problems.  Presentations related, but not limited, to the following topics are solicited: 1) Hydrogeological studies aimed at understanding the failure mechanisms of landslides; drainage system design for slope stability control; analysis of slope failures due to leakage from water-carrying services. 2) Ground settlement caused by groundwater over-pumping and declining water table in sedimentary basins; soil deformation due to pore pressure change in reclamation areas. 3) Groundwater investigation and control for deep tunnels and excavation. 4) Engineering implications of changes in groundwater regimes due to urban development. And 5) Numerical studies of groundwater flow or coupled hydraulic and mechanical processes for geotechnical problems.

General conference information on registration, abstract submission, accommodation etc. can be found at the AGU web site (http://www.agu.org).


Dr. Jiu Jimmy Jiao
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China
Email: jjiao@hku.hk; Tel: 852 2857 8246; Fax: 852 2517 6912

Dr. Makoto Nishigaki
Department of Environmental Design and Civil Engineering
University of Okayama, Okayama, Japan, 700-8530
Email: n-makoto@cc.okayama-u.ac.jp, Tel & Fax: (81) (86) 251 8164

Dr. Chunmiao Zheng
Department of Geology
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
Email: czheng@wgs.geo.ua.edu, Tel: 205 348 0579; Fax: 205 348 0818.