Happy Birthday Karl Terzaghi!

I got an email from my fellow geo-webmaster at Dan Brown and Associates, Robert Thompson wishing me and his other geotechnical colleagues a "Happy Karl Terzaghi’s Birthday!" so I thought I would pass it on to all of my GeoPrac.net visitors. (Photo from Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering)

I particularlly enjoyed Robert’s link to a collection of Terzaghi’s quotes compiled by another geo-webmaster, Dimitris Zeccos at the Geoengineer.org. Thanks for the email Robert. Below is one of my favorite quotes.

Karl von Terzaghi
(October 2, 1883 – October 25, 1963)

… Any attempt to stop the settlement without making the proposed preliminary investigation would be an irresponsible gamble. Since I have witnessed many gambles of this kind I can state from personal experience that the savings associate with inadequate preliminary investigations are entirely out of proportion to the financial risks.