Let's see a wide range of answers about how common people perceive the term "geotechnics."
Geotechnical engineering involves numerous scientific fields including soil and rock mechanics, hydrogeology, geophysics and geology. According to whatisgeotech.org, "Geotechnical engineering is the science that explains mechanics of soil and rock and its applications to the development of human kind. It includes, without being limited to, the analysis, design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures, embankments, roadways, tunnels, levees, wharves, landfills and other systems that are made of or are supported by soil or rock."
At least, this is how people related with this occupation understand the term. The French Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (CFMS), member of ISSMGE, released a footage (click the video below to watch) asking people in the streets what the term geotechnics stands for. This video belongs to the series "Let's talk about geotechnics!". Here are the answers that they got:
Well, some of them, including 3 children, clearly did not have a clue about the term and weren't afraid to say so:
Some others decided to give it a shot and we got some pretty good answers:
2 of them were clearly aware of the term's nature:
But the best answer came from a woman who clearly confused geotechnics with something else.
Geotechnics is a compound word. It's first component is "geo", borrowed from Greek geō- meaning "earth, land, country," perhaps contracted from gaîa "earth," of pre-Greek substratal origin. This is one of the reasons that people find hard to interpret its meaning.
The term was later explained to a woman who was interviewed and she commented: "I admire the grandioze aspect and the aeshetics of the constructions because architects manage brilliantly to combine the two but it's true all I can see is the tip of the iceberg and not the whole iceberg and all the work involved during construction of this type of building."
Another man humorously said: "The question you ask yourself (about structures) is: It's not going to collapse, is it?"
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