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Study module on recovered materials in earthworks receives GeoTeko award

The module tackles the challenge of reducing waste by using recovered materials.
Award ceremony: Miimu Airaksinen (left), Leena Korkiala-Tanttu, Henry Gustavsson, Pauli Kolisoja and Juho Mansikkamäki, Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Geotechnical Society. 

A special study module on recovered materials in earthworks organised by Aalto University and Tampere University of Technology has been honoured with the GeoTeko award for promoting education in the field. The award is given out by the Finnish Geotechnical Society.

The award was accepted by Professor Leena Korkiala-Tanttu and University Lecturer Henry Gustavsson from Aalto University and Professor Pauli Kolisoja and University Lecturers Minna Leppänen and Pirjo Kuula from Tampere University of Technology.

TUT and Aalto University will be offering a special study module on utilising recovered materials in earthworks in the 2017–2018 academic year. The module will cover materials such as waste fraction generated by industrial processes and energy production, demolition waste as well as earthen materials with poor geotechnical properties.

The winner of the award was chosen by honorary judge Miimu Airaksinen, managing director and CEO of the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers.

”The UKI module on recovered materials in earthworks tackles the societal challenge of reducing waste and making efficient use of limited resources by using recovered materials. The study module is a great example of collaboration between universities and the industrial, governmental and academic sectors working together. The module includes theory, legislation and regulations as well as practical examples related to the subject. It is a comprehensive education that covers the entire life span of earthworks, use of materials and effects on energy use. The module is an example of how the field as a whole responds to new challenges and enhances its expertise,” Airaksinen says.

GeoTeko is awarded twice annually by the Finnish Geotechnical Society to recognise the best in Finnish geotechnical expertise. sgy.fi

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