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Introduction: 50 years strong

Welcome to Ground Engineering 50th anniversary supplement content, which has been produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the magazine’s launch.

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Claire Smith is editor of Ground Engineering

Working on this issue has been quite humbling, not just in terms of being at the helm of a publication that has reached such a milestone but in terms of the people I have spoken to in researching this issue. Richard Tilden Smith who worked on the launch of GE shares with us the business case for the magazine’s development, while Imperial College’s John Burland talked to me about the evolution of the sector.

In 1968, ground engineering was still very much a developing science but, in working on this issue, it has become clear that, while the sector has matured, many challenges remain. Some are the same as 50 years ago – lack of investment in ground investigation and misunderstandings about ground risk – advancing technology has brought new challenges in the management of data and use of advanced analysis.

In this supplement past GE editors have recalled their favourite memories from site visits during their time leading the magazine, which gives an interesting insight into key projects but also the people who helped shape them.

“While the sector has matured, many challenges remain”

We have also worked with the British Geotechnical Association, to look at some of the key names who have played pivotal roles in driving the industry through pro les of the people behind the titles of the association’s annual awards.

It is often easy for the work you deliver day in and day out to become the norm, but I hope that the articles in the issue, which have been reproduced on the website, show that the work this industry delivers is innovative and exceptional. It was true 50 years ago and it is still true today, so I hope you enjoy taking time to reflect on your achievements as you read this supplement.

Claire Smith is editor of Ground Engineering



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