ВТУ "Тодор Каблешков"

Student Workshop on Soil Mechanics and Foundation

Under the initiative of the Faculty of Machinery and Construction Technologies in Transport and the Department of Transportation Engineering was carried out a workshop on the topic: The Leaning Tower of Pisa. The workshop gathered students and lecturers, whose educational and research activity is closely related to the civil engineering. The workshop was opened by Assoc. prof. Valentin Nikolov, PhD, Dean of the Faculty. He underlined in his speech the importance of such initiatives and expressed his hope this example will be followed by his collegues from the university. The organizer of the workshop – Assoc.prof Chavdar Kolev, PhD defined the event as a good start of the spring and the forthcoming summer session and as a way for improving and broadening the knowledge of the young people.

The workshop included a presentation on the subject and discussion involving all attendees. The presentation on The Leaning Tower of Pisa was done by the students Boryana Toncheva, Blagovest Manolov, Antoni Boyadjiev, Metodi Atanasov, Bojidar Stoyanov, Nadejda Peicheva. They considered in the details the history of the unique architectural landmark and the geological, geotechnical and hydrological researches on it. The audience discussed the outcomes and conclusions related to the tower problem and maintenance. The student, Bojidar Pchelarov acquainted the audience with the development of the building of the National Astronomical Observatory - Rozhen. This very specific, but attractive topic was of huge interest for all attendees.