GEOTEC celebrates the "Centenary of the birth of Prof. Manfred Kany"

 

The centenary of the birth of Prof. Manfred Kany", the father of elastic foundation and the founder of ELPLA, will be observed on May 31, 2022.

Manfred Kany (* 1922; † 2011) received his Ph.D. at Darmstadt in 1954. His thesis focused on the analysis of foundations on compressible subsoil. He joined the LGA Nuremberg since established in 1955 until his retirement as the head of the “Foundation Engineering Institute” in 1987. As a leader in the geotechnical engineering community, he founded the German expert committee "Soil mechanics, Earthworks and Foundation engineering" IHK Nuremberg. He was the head of the committee from 1979 to 1998. Also, Kany was a member of the German Society for Geotechnics (DGGT) working groups for safety and calculation methods.
In Germany, Kany is well known as the founder of the Numerical Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering and the father of Elastic Foundations. In 1961, he was one of the world pioneers to develop, for the first time in the world, a computer program for settlement calculations. This program was initially written using the Zuse formula translator and presented at the German Geotechnical Conference in Berlin in 1964. After the development of computer technology, this program was rewritten in FORTRAN IV (1976, 1973) taking into account additional effects on the analysis such as reloading of the soil behavior, the limit depth of the soil, temperature change, and soil lowering.
The first detailed program documentation was published by LGA Nuremberg in 1966. After retirement, Kany established a private firm, GEOTEC and developed a series of GEOTEC programs. The main programs of GEOTEC were SETZ (Settlement of Footing Groups), ELBAL (Elastic Beam Foundation), STPLA (Analysis of Rigid Slab) and ELPLA (Analysis of Elastic Slab).
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Prof. Manfred Kany the founder of Numerical Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering and the father of Elastic Foundations in the middle between Dr. Amin El Gendy and Prof. Mohamed El Gendy at the beach of Port Said, Egypt on 21 May 1991 (At that time, Prof. Mohamed El Gendy was a Ph.D. student and Dr. Amin El Gendy was a high school student).
From 1991 to 1994, Mohamed El Gendy did his Ph.D. under the supervision of Kany, during that time El Gendy developed a new version of ELPLA (Analysis of Slab Foundation) using the plate finite element to represent the foundation slab and added other calculation methods (In the original ELPLA, the foundation slab was simulated by grids). Later, ELPLA was further developed for analyzing piled rafts and other foundation systems.
Subsequently, Amin El Gendy joined the team during the development of the GEOTEC Office suite. From 1996 to 1998, M. & A. El Gendy rewrote the codes of SETZ and ELBAL for MS-DOS operating system to meet the needs of personal computers and they added some new functions related to the graphing of results and data.
In 2014, GEOTEC Software Inc. was re-incorporated in Canada to continue developing the GEOTEC Office suite. Now the basic concept of SETZ, ELPLA, STPLA and ELPLA has been combined in ELPLA and Quick ELPLA.

GEOTEC Office Authors: M. El Gendy and A. El Gendy

    

In celebrating the centenary of the birth of Prof. Manfred Kany, the father of elastic foundation and the founder of ELPLA, which will be observed on May 31, 2022, GEOTEC would like to offer the opportunity to have any of the GEOTEC Software at 75% of its original price. We offer a limited number of License keys at this price to be able to provide the appropriate technical support. To get this offer, use this code before or on May 31 at checkout CKany_75 While quantities last
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In 2014, GEOTEC Software Inc. was re-incorporated in Canada to continue developing GEOTEC Office suite.

GEOTEC Office Authors:  Prof. M. El Gendy and Dr. A. El Gendy

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