The Future of Geotechnical Engineering in Tall Buildings

Alan Poeppel
Managing Principal
Langan Engineering, New York City

Increasing urbanization has reduced the number of potential building sites for new high-rises. The economics of tall building development are increasingly at odds with the reality underground. This has driven geotechnical engineers to devise technically sophisticated, yet still cost-effective solutions, which maximize leasable area, protect occupant safety and guard against settlement, and facilitate enhanced conservation of materials, reducing carbon footprints. The future of sustainable vertical urbanism is dependent on further advances in geotechnical engineering.