Charles-Augustin COULOMB : A geotechnical tribute
In 1773, Charles Augustin COULOMB submitted to the Academy of Sciences his memoir entitled "Essay on an application of the rules of maximis and minimis to some problems of Statics relating to Architecture".
This text is considered to be the foundation in geotechnics of subsequent work on the stability of slopes, pressures on retaining walls, bearing capacity of foundations, etc.
In order to pay tribute to the contributions of Coulomb in geotechnics and to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the publication of his memoir, the French Committee for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (CFMS) is organizing an international symposium intended to highlight the various contributions of Coulomb's theory to geotechnics. It will give the opportunity to French and European experts to testify to the importance of the legacy of Coulomb's work in today's geotechnics, including in its most recent developments.
During the symposium the annual honorary lecture "Coulomb Lecture" will be presented by Professor Robertson. This two-day symposium is placed under the patronage of the Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Technologies, the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and has received the support of the National Federation of Public Works (FNTP).
This event received sponsorship from :
|First Day : Monday September 25
|Abstract and presentation
|Opening and welcome
|Pr. A. Pecker
|A. Pecker - Professor ENPC ; CFMS President Emeritus
|Dr. M. Ballouz, President of ISSMGE
|Philosophie globale en géotechnique
|Pr. J. Salençon
|Honorary Coulomb’s lecture
|Pr. P.K. Robertson
|N. Utter - Soletanche Bachy ; President of CFMS
|E. Faccioli - Formerly Professor Politechnico de Milano
Chairman Studio Geotecnico Italiano
|Workshop on retaining structures calculation methods (bilingual session)
|J.-D. Vernhes, UniLaSalle Institut Polytechnique
|S. Burlon - Terrasol S. Borel - Soletanche Bachy ; President of EFFC
|C. Maurel & G. Haiun, Cerema
|E. Bourgeois, Université Gustave Eiffel
|Dinner cruise on La Seine river
|Second Day : Tuesday September 26
|S. Springman - Emeritus Professor ETH Zurich
|Pr. P. de Buhan
|Dr. J. de Sauvage
|V. Bernhardt - Terrasol ; CFMS President Emeritus
|Dr. S. Lacasse
|R. Frank - Honorary Professor ENPC ; Former President of ISSMGE
|Workshop on retaining structures execution methods (bilingual session)
|N. Freitag, Terre Armée
|S. Burlon S. Borel
|F.Louvel, Spie Batignolles Fondations
|C.Justino, Soletanche Bachy
T.Huyghues-Beaufond, Société du Grand Paris
|Closure of symposium
Symposium location: FNTP, 3 rue de Berri - 75008 PARIS
The main language of the symposium is English.
The proceedings are published as a special issue of the Revue Française de Géotechnique. The special issue includes all contributions to the symposium plus a copy of the original Coulomb’s memoir to the Academy of Sciences.
Download the articles here : https://www.geotechnique-journal.org/articles/geotech/abs/2023/02/contents/contents.html
Register here: https://www.ecolloque.com/coulomb2023/en/new/
- Laurent BRIANÇON, INSA de Lyon (former treasurer of CFMS) ;
- Fahd CUIRA, Terrasol (past President of the CFMS Scientific and technical Committee) ;
- Fabrice EMERIAULT, laboratory 3SR Grenoble (Vice-President of CFMS) ;
- Philippe GOTTELAND, National French Federation for Civil Works FNTP (Technics and research dir.) ;
- Alexandre LOPES, Terrasol (President of CFMS young members Committee) ;
- Farimah MASROURI, Université de Lorraine, editor in chief of French Journal of Geotechnics (Revue Française de Géotechnique) ;
- Alain PECKER, consultant (President emeritus of CFMS) ;
- Nicolas UTTER, Soletanche Bachy (President of CFMS).