Our thanks go to all those involved in the writing and production of this book. We owe
a debt of gratitude to all the contributors for their chapters and for their forbearance in
the long time it has taken to be ﬁnally published. Our thanks go to Dan Saunders who
produced the cover image and to Shibu Raman for producing the drawings for Chapter 5.
We thank the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and Environment for
supporting the preparation of this book, in particular Japp van Staalduine.
The charge to this committee—to envision the future of geotechnology—
is at once a grand challenge and a problem. In
many ways, geotechnology is a mature field having come to its
majority in the last 50 years. Many serious problems have been
solved. We know how to build strong foundations, safe dams,
and stable roads and tunnels. We have a good understanding
about the behavior and protection of groundwater, how to
extract the petroleum resources, and develop a geothermal
“Before you create future, you must envision it “ : UNKNOWN We are living in era of convergence. Convergence is merging of technologies, domain and discrete IT systems. Basic of convergence lies in Digitization. The digitization of everything is creating a more natural communications experience. Boundaries separating various technologies, engineering practices, functions etc. are dissolving.
Considering Future Budget Surpluses. If, however, a steady economic recovery continues
and the Legislature and the Governor keep a tight rein on state spending in the next couple of
years, there is a strong likelihood that the state will have budgetary surpluses in subsequent
years. The state has many choices for what to do with these surpluses. We advise the state’s
leaders to begin building the reserve envisioned by Proposition 58 (2004) as soon as possible.