The paper “Thermo-poro-mechanical analysis of landslides: from creeping behaviour to catastrophic failure” authored by CIMNE researchers Prof. Eduardo Alonso and Dr. Núria M. Pinyol published in Géotechnique received the Baker Medal on 6th October, 2017 awarded by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), United Kingdom, to the third best paper across all ICE journals published in 2016.
Modelling is an art, and simple models, introducing the more important aspects of a phenomenon can provide more insight. This paper proposes an explanation for very fast catastrophic landslides. The numerical model is efficient. It clearly highlights the physics behind rapid landslides from slowly creeping movements of slopes.
The authors of the paper (from left to right): Prof. E.E. Alonso, Dr. N.M. Pinyol and Dr. Antonis Zervos (Associate Professor in Geomechanics at the University of Southampton).
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a professional association for civil engineers based in London that has more than 90,000 members, of whom three quarters are located in the United Kingdom, while the rest are located in more than 150 countries around the world.
The Baker Medal was created in memory of Sir Benjamin Baker (1840-1907), a Former President of the Institution, and awarded in recognition of services to development or investigation in one of the following: bridges, dams, tunnels, soil mechanics, foundations, transport, research and materials.