Rudolf Pöttler

We regret to announce that our dear friend and highly respected colleague, Rudolf Pöttler, passed away suddenly and tragically in late November 2008. He was Managing Director/CEO of ILF Consulting Engineers ( in Austria, dedicated lecturer at the Institute for Geotechnology at the Technical University Mountain Academy at Freiburg, and the co-chair of and advisor to many ECI conferences in his field of expertise (structural and geotechnical engineering) where he emphasized practical applications. He leaves behind his wife and four children and a huge hole in the international professional community. We mourn his passing and honor his memory.

Herbert Klapperich and Barbara Hickernell