Dr. Marc Ballouz is giving a keynote lecture at the 5th AYGEC (African Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference), which takes place at Ghana between 10th and 12th of August 2016.
From Theory to Practice in Geotechnics
A journey emanating from experience on how to apply advanced theories learned in the classroom to real life projects. After a small introduction on problem solving, two case histories are presented. The first case is design of the SeaBreeze windfarm in Texas. This involved the analysis of the deep foundation system using dynamic simulation and pile group for each wind turbine subjected to wind loads and surge waves. The second case in the implosion of the 20 story old Hilton hotel in Downtown Beirut. The mission was to design the shoring of the existing basement walls using dynamic analyses and peak ground acceleration to withstand the demolition forces, with amazing pictures and surprising results.