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ISSMGE News & Information Circular June 2019

ISSMGE News & Information Circular June 2019
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Please visit the ISSMGE website – for full details of all ISSMGE activities. This circular is also available from the web

1. Are We Overdesigning? – A Survey of International Practice

A joint initiative by the CAPG, the YMPG, TC205 - Safety and Serviceability, and TC304 - Risk. This survey is intended to assess the consistency of calculation models and design methods for a variety of geotechnical structures and, where possible, to compare the results with full-scale tests and reliability analyses. To participate in the survey please click here

2. What are gaps between theory and practice? - A Survey of Machine Learning and Big Data in Geotechnics

A joint initiative by TC309 – Machine Learning, the CAPG, the YMPG, TC304 - Risk, and TC210 – Embankment Dams. The aim of this survey is to learn from different stakeholders within our discipline (academics, industry professionals, public agencies) on your experiences and attitudes towards ML/AI, how you handle the challenges that you and your institution face in regard to ML/AI, and its potential impact on your daily work. To participate in the survey please click:

3. ISSMGE Webinars and Virtual University

The ISSMGE is pleased to announce the delivery of the first course on Unsaturated Soils as part of the virtual university programme. This course, to be delivered by Prof Delwyn Fredlund on 15 May 2019 at 12:00 am (GMT), is composed of six lectures of total duration 260 minutes:

Chapter 1. Introduction to Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

Chapter 2. State Variables and their Measurement

Chapter 3. The Soil-Water Characteristic Curve, SWCC

Chapter 4. Seepage through Unsaturated Soils

Chapter 5. Shear Strength of Unsaturated Soils

Chapter 6. Volume Change & Deformation of Unsaturated Soils

An introduction to each lecture is available from

Click herefor a full list of previously recorded ISSMGE webinars. Past webinars with a common theme have been grouped together to create courses within the ISSMGE Virtual University and information about these can be found here.

Please note that a couple of webinars in French have been added to the list on the website.

4. Bulletin

The latest edition of the ISSMGE Bulletin (Volume 13, Issue 2, April 2019) is available from the website from:

5. ISSMGE Foundation

The next deadline for receipt of applications for awards from the ISSMGE Foundation is the 1st August 2019. Click here for further information on the ISSMGE Foundation.

6. Conferences

For a listing of all ISSMGE and ISSMGE supported conferences, and full information on all events, including deadlines, please go to the Events page at: Click here and follow the links to your favourite events.

The following are events that have been added since the previous Circular:


1ST MGS - GEOSS Geotechnical Conference 2019 : “Geotechnics in Urban Infrastructure”, 24-06-2019 - 26-06-2019

Hilton Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; Language: English; Organiser: Malaysian Geotechnical Society and Geotechnical Society of Singapore; Contact person: Ir. Assoc. Prof. Dr Dominic Ong Ek Leong; Address: Suite 203, MBE One Utama, Lot LG109B, One Utama Shopping Centre, No. 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama; Email:; Website: [Suspicious URL detected]


Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment. La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA; Organiser: John McCartney (UC San Diego, USA) and Ingrid Tomac (UC San Diego, USA); Contact person: ICEGT-2020 Secretariat, Address: 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla CA, Phone: +1-858-822-5212, Fax: +1-858-822-2260; Email:; Website:; Email:

Non-ISSMGE Events


John McIntyre Conference Centre in Pollock Halls, Edinburgh EH16 5AY, Organisers: The University of Edinburgh, Contact person: Chongqiang Zhu, Ph.D.; Address: Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, School of Engineering, the University of Edinburgh Thomas Bayes Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FG, UK, Phone: 441316505588, Email:; Website:

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