The practice of today’s geotechnical engineering faces the challenge of providing practical solutions to problems with ever increasing technical difficulty, with every time more restricted financial resources. This requires better and effective engineering. The professionals have to be prepared for an international market, but the time for its basic formations is being reduced. Therefore there is a need for optimizing the resources applied to the formation of the new professionals. As an alternative to these challenges, an approach based on the integration of the disciplines of geotechnical engineering is presented. This approach is based on a sound mathematical formulation of the mechanics of the geotechnical problems to be solved by modern techniques. This is complemented by an increasingly profound and integrated knowledge of the earth materials in our country. Examples opportunities for the application of this approach in the geotechnical engineering practice in Bogotá are presented.
Geotechnical practice, geotechnical teaching, Water balance (Hydrology)- Sabana de Bogotá (Colombia)práctica de la geotecnia, enseñanza de la geotecnia, Colombia
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