Solscope 2023 trade fair.

Solscope 2023 trade fair.

© Solscope

Solscope is an international trade fair for the geotechnical, drilling and special foundation sectors. Established in 1992, every two years it attracts around 2500 visitors, 170 exhibiting companies and 200 congress participants. Solscope is structured around a symposium, workshops, an indoor and outdoor exhibition of drilling, testing and data acquisition equipment and materials and presentations of engineering and IT services.

The 2023 edition of the trade fair will be held in Lyon on 14 and 15 June 2023.

BRGM will have a stand at the trade fair

During the trade fair, BRGM will have stand number J21 and will present its geotechnology and climate change work.

Presentation: Geotechnology and climate change

On Wednesday 14 June at 10:30, Sylvie Bretelle (Antea) and Isabelle Halfon (BRGM) will speak on the topic of geotechnology and climate change.

Climate change affects and will increasingly affect human activities, infrastructures and, consequently, geotechnical engineering. To address this issue, the Committee for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnology (CFMS) has set up a working group (WG Geotechnology, Climate Change and Sustainable Development) comprising stakeholders in the profession. This presentation will draw extensively on the ongoing activities of this working group. Climate change affects the geotechnical professions from two perspectives: emissions reduction and climate change adaptation. Emissions reduction in the geotechnical field includes the design of foundations for low-emission energy sources (wind turbines, geothermal energy, etc.), using optimised building practices (new design methods, innovative materials, etc.), construction with recycled materials, more frequent use of soil improvement or reinforcement, and the use of carbon footprint calculators. Due to extreme weather events, infrastructures must be adapted: buildings (droughts and shrinkage/swelling), embankments (floods, flood prediction), coastal infrastructure (erosion, heightening) and structures exposed to wind (cyclonic events).