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Geotechnical Committee


The NAFEMS Geotechnical Committee has been formed in November 2008 with the aim of developing guidelines for the practical application of numerical methods in geotechnical engineering.

Initial Priorities

It is felt that there is a substantial requirement for further guidelines to be developed and published. The committee would like to focus on the following areas initially:

1)       Input parameters for common constitutive models and how they should be obtained.

2)       Case studies, illustrated with real examples if possible.

3)       Guidance on mesh type & extent, boundary conditions, the influence of boundary effects

4)       Verification and validation

5)       Benchmarks.

Wherever possible, reference will be made to existing texts and information.


NAFEMS is keen to avoid duplication of effort and the geotechnical committee intends to be proactive in seeking out opportunities to collaborate with other organisations that are active in this area. Approaches have already been made to the British Geotechnical Association and CIRIA .