Working groups

The ELGIP members pool their knowledge and experience together on subjects that are important to the community, in the form of working groups. Together the active members can make a bigger impact or more progress than alone. Members come together, often a few times a year, to work on their respective subject. The subjects may vary from highly specific geotechnical subjects, to more general areas of expertise, to working groups that have a more generic goal e.g. to show the importance of geotechnical engineering to a broader public.
The current workings groups are:
– Transport Infrastructure
– Peat Behavior
– Sustainability
– Climate Adaptation
– Geothermal energy


Sustainability is a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In geotechnical engineering, sustainability is taken into account through, among other things, reuse of waste materials and foundations, the use of environmental friendly materials, and reduction of the impact of geotechnical solutions on nature and climate.

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Peat Behavior

Peat is widely available in Northern hemisphere and tropics (including the ELGIP countries). Soil mechanics focusses on sands, clays and silts, relatively little attention for peats.  Still many engineering peat related problems, having an impact on society. Understanding peat behaviour helps to overcome todays challenges, like resilience of infrastructure, CO2 emission, climate change adaption.

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Energy Geostructures

The increased need for renewable energy sources has led to expansion of shallow geothermal applications for heating and/or cooling of buildings.

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Transport Infrastructure

The Transport Infra working group wants to bring the importance of geotechnical engineering to the attention of the European infrastructure sector by:

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Climate Change Adaptation

Climate change impacts on natural grounds and geotechnical constructions are expected to differ substantially throughout Europe.

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