FIRST HIMALAYAN ENGINEERING GEOLOGICAL CONGRESS (HEGC-I)
May 12 - May 13
Himalaya is one of the most active and fragile mountain chains in the world but it is also the youngest and the highest mountain range on the Earth, which extends over a length of about 2400 km. It is the home to millions of people of Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and other South Asian countries. Every year, especially during the summer monsoon period, landslides and related natural disaster events claim many lives and destroy property, infrastructure and the environment of the Himalayas. A large number of human settlements on the Himalaya are situated either on old landslide masses or in landslide-prone areas. The gap in practices of engineering geological and geotechnical studies between developed and developing nations are immeasurable. Many developing countries do not adequately consider proper engineering geological and geotechnical issues in infrastructure developments. Himalayan region lacks proper engineering geological study guidelines for infrastructure development despite having established various national level organizations as well as producing engineering geologists through a university graduate course. It is high time for developing countries to understand the role of the engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers when considering construction and planning of engineering projects. This is especially important for the case of the Himalayan and Asian region because of its relatively very complex geological settings from young Himalayan mountains to Precambrian Indian Shield along with alluvial plains and coastlines.