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Event Organiser: The British Geotechnical Association

Critical state soil mechanics: 125 years of developments, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 26 September 2018
  • 18:00 - 19:30
Critical state soil mechanics: 125 years of developments, London

About this event

This Lecture considers the development of CSSM from an historical perspective, illustrating the simplicity of the underlying ideas, the wide range of contributors, and which leads to a proper representation of soil behaviour in a formally generalized framework using the state parameter.

This generalization works, with considerable detail, for real soils ranging from clays to sands. There is particular application to liquefaction, the cause of many dam failures (from Calaveros a century ago through to the recent failures of Fundao and Cadia).


Mike Jefferies, PEng

Mike Jefferies

A Senior Consultant of Golder Associates, Mike is a registered Canadian professional engineer with some 40 years' experience in offshore platforms, dams, and ground improvement. Strongly influenced in his early years by Professors Bob Gibson, Alan Bishop, and Peter Wroth, Mike has pursued an interest in theoretical soil mechanics despite working as a consulting engineer.

A keynote speaker/author at international conferences on liquefaction, hydraulic fill construction, engineering mechanics, and offshore construction, Mike has published some eighty papers (approaching 5000 citations) and is co-author of the influential book Soil Liquefaction: A Critical State Approach.

Mike is the originator of NorSand, an invited contributor to Géotechnique, the Canadian Geotechnical Society's Fall/2012 Cross-Canada Lecturer, presented the 2014 Šuklje Lecture, and was the 2018 Jennings' Lecturer; he was awarded a Telford Premium for geotechnical research in 2017.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell

e: [email protected]