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The International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment:50 years
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The International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment:50 years
Language:  English
Author:  Carlos Delgadones
Pub. Date:  2014-09 Weight:  1.2 kg ISBN:  9787030407061
Format:  Hardcover Pages:  204
Subject:  Earth Science > Geology
Series:   Size:  26.6 x 26.2 x 2 cm
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The first chapter in this book addresses the birth of the Association in the early 60s. Geology in engineering applications was then an emerging and productive field in geosciences, and the absence of any engineering geology subjects in the contents of the 1964 International Geological Congress (IGC) set in motion the creation of the Association. Asher Shadmon, and a small group of distinguished colleagues, created a commission dedicated to the topic and later that year, the founding assembly of the IAEG and a provisional committee were created. The full story of the origins of the IAEG is presented in chapter 1.
The birth of the IAEG came at a time of increased recognition of the need for works designed with more orientation toward the behaviour
of the ground and thus, for more meaningful geological models to be provided. It was, however, only from the 80s and 90s on that engineering geology truly evolved towards geoengineering, such that today it has become a substantial, inherent member of geotechnical engineering. This evolution is presented in ‘‘A history of engineering geology'' in chapter 2.
The traditional scope of engineering geology was the application of geology to engineering practice, but this has been widened in time to embrace environmental concerns and geological hazards. Sir John Knill, in the first Hans Cloos lecture in 2002, presented a long, motivating discussion on the core values of our science and its prospects. Extracts of this milestone lecture are given in chapter 3.
The first IAEG statutes were completed in 1967. They defined the scope and aims of the Association and its general policies and management. In 1992, a second version of the statutes was approved, with changes that reflected the evolution of engineering geology over the preceding years and the increasing role of the environment. In 1997, together with the appropriate modification of the name, the Association also approved a set of bylaws. Chapter 4 explains the IAEG statutes, bylaws and general management in more detail.
Nowadays, the interplay between engineering geology, soil mechanics and rock mechanics has attained a level that ensures high efficiency in the so called geotechnical field. Chapter 5 outlines the relationships and cooperation between the sister societies, from the early IAEG years.
The editors Le premier chapitre de ce livre relate la naissance de l'Association au début des années 60. La géologie appliquée à l'ingénierie représentait alors un domaine émergeant et productif dans les géosciences, et l'absence de sujets consacrés à la géologie de l'ingénieur dans les thèmes du Congrès géologique international (CIG) de 1964 fut à l'origine de la création de l'Association. Asher Shadmon et un petit groupe de collègues créèrent une commission consacrée au sujet et plus tard cette année là, l'assemblée fondatrice de l'AIGI fut tenue et un comité provisoire fut créé. L'histoire complète des origines de l'AIGI est présentée dans le chapitre 1. 

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