Successful PhD defence by Anders Prästings
On September 19, 2019, our colleague Anders Prästings defended his PhD thesis “Managing uncertainties in geotechnical parameters: From the perspective of Eurocode 7”. Anders’s work aims to highlight, develop and improve methods to assess the quality and value of geotechnical site investigations through reliability-based design. He has also investigated how to better harmonise the partial factor limit state verification method that is used in the current Eurocodes with reliability-based design. At the defence, Anders discussed his findings with his opponent Prof K-K Phoon, who is an internationally very well-known researcher in the application of reliability-based design to geotechnical engineering. His work and defence were evaluated by the grading committee, which included Associate Prof Leena Korkiala-Tanttu (Aaltoo University), Adjunct Associate Prof Trevor Orr (University of Dublin), and Prof Anders Wörman (KTH). After the defence, Anders’s work was praised by the committee, and he was finally awarded the PhD degree.