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The COST C7 Action started in 1996. Several countries were eager to come up with practical recommendations for how to take soil-structure interaction effects in large civil engineering projects in urban areas.

The formulated objectives were to make the recommendations as comprehensive as possible in a European dimension. They should correspond to state of the art technology and be so formulated that not only the specialists, but also all professionals involved in the planning and design of structures could read them and take them into account. Special emphasis was given to planning engineers and architects in the sector of town planning and urban development and to structural engineers.

The Action, has to date 67 members from 17 countries. In the first phase of the Action, which lasted from 1996-1998, the work was concentrated on summarising the state of the art knowledge of the different countries in Europe. In this phase the Action had 3 parallel task oriented working groups under the headlines: (1) Theory, (2) Test Methods and Tests Results and (3) Case Histories and Field Measurements.

The first milestone for the Action was the arrangement of a large International Conference in Darmstadt Germany in October 1998 where a major part of the performed work was presented and discussed. Proceedings, in two volumes, are given ISBN no 3 -931396-30-4. The arrangement, which attracted more than 200 participants, formed the end of Phase 1.

Phase 2 of the Action started during the first half of 1999, with new sets of working groups under the headlines: (A) Advanced Numerical Modelling, (B) Interaction between the Structural and Geotechnical Engineers, (C) Field Measurements and Case Histories and (D) Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Engineering for Urban Planning. It was conducted at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki in October 1999. T. Hatzigogos, A. Avdelas and C. Bisbos hosted the arrangement.

Additional information

Authors: AVDELAS A (EDITOR), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19206 EN (2000) 169pp., EURO:25
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG for Research, Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2951242 Fax: +32-2-2958220 web:http//
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9533-5
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