Deborah Goodings has been appointed to the National Academies/National Research Council Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering for a two year term. The Committee is the focal point within the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources for scientific, technical, and public-policy issues pertaining to the engineering applications of Earth sciences. The committee’s scope encompasses Earth processes and materials, including the mechanics of rock and soil, and focuses on safe and responsible human development, risk assessment, and mitigation of natural and anthropogenic hazards. The committee organizes and oversees studies in the following areas:
- To identify, investigate, and report on questions relating to geological and geotechnical engineering to government, industry, academia, and the public;
- To provide scientific and technical information to improve public policy on geological and geotechnical engineering issues;
- To identify new technologies and potential applications; and
- To promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.
In addition, the committee provides a forum for discussion among academic and professional groups, government agencies, and private industry; and to enhance national and international cooperation and exchange of information.
Studies currently under development include: fluid flow in fractured rock which pertains to possible migration of nuclear waste from deep disposal sites; earthquake induced soil liquefaction.