Unified qualification requirements for ground engineering and engineering geology professionals

Helmut Bock, Markus Herten, Reinhard Schwerter, Kurosch Thuro

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Eurocode 7 (EN 1997) is the fundamental geotechnical standard in Europe. It states that the design and construction of geotechnical structures requires “appropriately qualified and experienced personnel”. Neither EN 1997 nor the various national annexes and/or Building Codes specify precisely what these “appropriate” qualification and experience requirements might be. For our profession, this is a serious situation as it opens the door for all sorts of self-declared “experts” to carry out ground investigations and to submit Ground Investigation and Geotechnical Design Reports on a low-bid basis, all too often to the detriment of safety. Against this background, the German Geotechnical Society DGGT has issued a document entitled “Geotechnical Professionals—Requirements on qualification and experience”. The document was developed in consensus between geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists. The requirements incorporate the following three general areas: (1) appropriate studies at tertiary level; (2) professional experience in ground engineering, and (3) continuous professional development. The DGGT aims to register qualified geotechnical professionals with the Chamber of Engineers (Ingenieurkammer). This appears to be the most attractive approach to registration as it covers the geo-engineering profession at large, including engineering geology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 7
Subtitle of host publicationEducation, Professional Ethics and Public Recognition of Engineering Geology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319093031
ISBN (Print)9783319093024
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


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