#Sustainable practices are playing an increasingly important part in reducing the carbon intensity of geotechnical projects
Ground engineering contributes directly and indirectly to the emission of greenhouse gases.
This is due to the energy used for raw material #extraction, #transportation, #construction, #operation, #maintenance and #demolition. This presents opportunities to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, including the reduction of primary energy uses. However, the relationship between the construction/#civilengineering industry and sustainable development in terms of #carbonemission is complicated and requires understanding of the concepts of embodied carbon, embodied energy, operational carbon, #carbonfootprint and whole-life carbon.
#Geotechnical engineering is one of many branches of civil engineering but it specifically focuses on the earth’s physical structure and substance, materials and processes. The work of a geotechnical engineer involves the application of investigative, scientific and mathematical techniques to produce practical solutions to ground-related problems.
Geotechnical engineers are so important because they are responsible for evaluating the #groundconditions of a site prior to build-out. Ground conditions can vary greatly, therefore the role of a geotechnical engineer is fundamental to every aspect of society because they assess the foundations of buildings and structures (both above and below ground) that we rely on, such as #bridges, #roads, #tunnels, #homes, #hospitals, #airports, #car parks and more.
Making geotechnical engineering more sustainable–It is no secret that we need to apply more sustainable techniques in every discipline of construction and engineering. Within geotechnical engineering, this can be achieved through applying more digital solutions and technology such as #BIM, #3Dgeological modelling, #GIS, #laserscanning, digital rock mapping and field force application.
These technologies reduce time, waste and carbon emissions, and allow geotechnical engineers to have real-time updates and visualizations of geological conditions, providing greater accuracy. Additionally, by increasing collaboration across and between teams, we can share knowledge, remove duplication of work and remove barriers to best practice.
Within SSES, we look to deliver what is right for people and the environment. We’re experts in engineering and work within the #road, #rail, #highways, #water, #aviation & #defense industries. We ensure our practices incorporate low carbon methods so we can drive towards a more sustainable future, and we know that adopting sustainable methods in geotechnical engineering will certainly benefit society.
We’re equipped with the various skills to create solutions for some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including population growth and climate change. Delivering geotechnical engineering right the first time, therefore, has a major impact on the sustainability, affordability and efficiency of global infrastructure. Our teams are able to do just that because they are expert innovators and add value at every step.
Think stopping engine idling, reducing material use or increasing machine efficiency.
I am sure everyone will agree that we can’t change the industry as individuals; we have to do it collectively. It’s great to see some leaders really emerging within the construction sector.
Ultimate pathway to net zero carbon emissions is still being laid..
For Challenges & Recent initiative…….Read our upcoming blog!!