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ISSMGE News & Information Circular September 2019

ISSMGE News & Information Circular September 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:

Please distribute this Circular widely.

1.TC306 Geo-Engineering Education Survey - A message from the Officers of TC306

Dear ISSMGE member,

If you are an instructor in a civil engineering department, please contribute to a TC306 Geo-Engineering Education survey. The title of the survey is “What Geotechnical Engineering Educational Material can we dream of?”

If you have very limited time but don’t want to miss the opportunity to contribute, just jump to Question 11 (the only required): Please imagine and describe the “educational material of your dreams”.

You will find the questionnaire here:

Best regards,

Marina Pantazidou and Michele Calvello

(Chair and Secretary of TC306)

2.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. The closing date for inclusion of the responses in the report to the Asian Regional Conference is 09 September 2019.

3.New TCs

These new TCs are actively seeking nominations for members from the Member Societies. Please make sure that your Member Society representative is aware of your interest in joining either of these Committees.

System Performance of Geotechnical Structures (TC219 – System Performance)

The System Performance of the geotechnical structures calls for the geotechnical system to have enough robustness and redundancy to prevent from collapses or failures induced by the localized damage or weakness. The TC aims to disseminate and develop knowledge and practice on system performance design methodologies and theories in geotechnical engineering (

Field Monitoring in Geotechnics (TC220 – Field Monitoring)

Field Monitoring in Geomechanics ( deals with assessing the performance of engineering structures using instrumentation and other related information. The applications include dams and embankments, structures and foundations, transport infrastructure including tunnels and other underground openings, open cut and underground mines, natural slopes, land reclamation, repositories for industrial or nuclear waste and offshore structures.

4.IS-Cambridge 2020 - Preliminary Selection of Potential Bright Spark Lecturers

To promote young members of ISSMGE to play a major role in various international and regional conferences, the President of ISSMGE, Professor Charles Ng, created the Bright Spark Lecture Award for promising young geotechnical professionals/academics to have a chance to deliver a keynote lecture at a major ISSMGE sponsored conference.

Selection and approval procedure:

The local IS-Cambridge 2020 organising committee is responsible for the preliminary selection of potential Bright Spark lecturers, in collaboration with the Young Member Presidential Group (YMPG). The CVs of the preliminarily selected candidates (a maximum of shortlist of four) will be submitted to the President of ISSMGE for a final decision on the awardee.

Further information:

5.News from Japanese Geotechnical Society

Invitation to submit to Soils and Foundations, Open Access Journal

Soils and Foundations (S&F) is your core geotechnical journal; it has been the official journal of the Japanese Geotechnical Society (JGS) since 1960. The journal publishes a variety of original research papers, technical reports, technical notes, geo-disaster reports as well as state-of-the-art reports in the fields of soil and rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and environmental geotechnics. The 2018 Impact Factor for S&F was 1.673, and the 5-Year Impact Factor was 2.567 according to Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports 2019.

S&F has been available online since the February 2012 issue in partnership with Elsevier. We are delighted to announce the flip of S&F to online-only, author-pays, gold open access journal offering authors a rapid way to publish peer-reviewed science from January 2020. All gold open access articles are free for everyone to read because the article publishing charge (APC) that authors, their institutions or funding bodies pay, covers all expenses needed to support the publication process. The APC fee of S&F is US$1,000 excluding tax and specific guidelines can be found on its Journal homepage. Gold open access may lead to an increase in the impact of an author’s research.

6.ISSMGE Webinars and Virtual University

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.


The latest edition of the ISSMGE Bulletin (Volume 13, Issue 4, Aug 2019) is available from the website from:

8.ISSMGE Foundation

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


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:



Baghdad, Iraq; Language: English; Organizer: Iraqi Scientific Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering; Contact Information: Mahdi O Karkush, Address: Aljadriah; Phone: 07801058893; Email:; Website:


Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China; Language: English. Organiser: ISSMGE TC210 on Embankment Dams; Website: Email:


DoubleTree Washington DC – Crystal City, Arlington, VA, USA; Language: English; Organiser: Geotechnics of Soil Erosion Committee, ASCE Geo-Institute; Contact person: Ming Xiao (ICSE-10 Chair); Address: Pennsylvania State University; Phone: 010-814-865-8056; Email:; Website:

Non-ISSMGE Events


The National Science Seminar Complex, India , Bengaluru; Language: English; Organiser: Indian Society of Earthquake Technology; Contact person: Dr. Ravi S. Jakka, Address: Associate Professor, Department of Earthquake Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee; Phone: 91-1332-285591; Fax: 91-1332-276899; Email:; Website:; Email:

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