In the past few decades, construction activities around the globe have increased the risk of climate change, ozone depletion, soil erosion and air pollution. Industries dealing with construction materials consume significant amount of the global energy and deplete natural resources. Therefore, awareness towards sustainable design and construction of engineered systems, through innovative use of both the resources and their by-products has seen an exponential rise in recent years. The objectives of the sustainable systems in geotechnical engineering are to adopt reliable and resilient design and construction approaches using low-cost materials, which are economically and ecologically sustainable. Sustainable construction encourages using industrial by-products, which have low carbon footprint and are non-hazardous to environment. Utilizing the recycled materials can guarantee green infrastructures that require less energy to build and could be one of the ideal adaptations for climate change.
The purpose of this symposium is to disseminate information and exchange ideas on issues related to natural and man-made disasters, and to arrive at solutions through the use of alternative resources, towards building a sustainable and resilient society from geotechnical perspectives. The symposium aims to bring together scientist, researchers, engineers and policy makers throughout the world under one umbrella for debate and discussion. The symposium will be focusing on sustainability, promotion of new ideas and innovations in design, construction and maintenance of geotechnical structures with aim of contributing towards climate change adaptation and disaster resiliency. It is hoped that through active participation of all the stake holders (industries, government and academia), the symposium will be able to inculcate some changes to the existing perception of dealing with problems, faced by the humankind in this ever challenging world.