ISSMGE News & Information Circular OCTOBER 2020


ISSMGE News & Information Circular



See the ISSMGE website – for full details of all ISSMGE activities. This circular is also available from the web: Please distribute this Circular widely.

1. 2021 TERZAGHI ORATION – News from the ISSMGE President Charles Ng

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Antonio Gens from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain has been selected as the 2021 Terzaghi Orator. Professor Gens was selected from a pool of 16 outstanding nominations including 5 former Rankine Lecturers. After reviewing the abstracts of proposed case histories including photographs submitted by 6 finalists and consultation among some distinguished peers in our Society, I had the privilege to select Professor Gens to be our next Orator although the decision was extremely difficult since we had so many outstanding candidates. I am absolutely confident that Professor Gens will deliver an excellent lecture in Sydney in 2021. Please join me in congratulating Professor Gens.

 2. ISSMGE AWARDS – Deadline extended

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Awards Committee in consultation with the President has decided to extend the submission deadline to 30 November 2020.  Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary General.


These 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.

TC107 – Tropical Residual Soils

TC214 –  Foundation Engineering for Difficult Soft Soil Conditions.


The following webinar was recently added to the ISSMGE educational resources available from the website:

  • Prof. Pijusch Samui: «Machine Learning in Geotechnical Engineering

 5. ISFOG 2020 – Proceedings now available

The proceedings for ISFOG 2020 (a specialist conference on offshore geotechnics held under the auspices of TC209) have just been released.  The conference itself has been postponed to late 2021, but the decision was taken to make the proceedings available this time – to ensure the material comes out in a timely fashion, and to honour the commitment of authors to the conference.  The link to purchase the proceedings is at  The cost is USD150.00 and will be deducted from the cost of your conference registration. Registration will open to the public in June 2021. Registrants will be contacted closer to that date and given instructions on how to obtain credit for the purchase of the proceedings.


The August 2020 update of Corporate Associates’ varied and exciting activities around the world can be found here  Why and how to join as a Corporate Associate are detailed in


The latest edition of the ISSMGE Bulletin (Volume 14, Issue 4, August 2020) is available from the website


The Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS) is a collaborative association of international professional societies in the field of “Geo-Engineering” and serves to facilitate cooperation among them.  It has launched its revamped website, which can be viewed at

The cooperating societies forming the FedIGS Board are:

  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM)
  • International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG)
  • International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)

FedIGS also has a number of Joint Technical Committees:

  • JTC1 Natural Slopes and Landslides
  • JTC2 Representation of Geo-Engineering Data
  • JTC3 Education and Training

Further details about the FedIGS can be found at


 The ISSMGE Online library ( is in continuous development – please note the following additions:

1st (2007) and 7th (2019) International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk

10th International Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics (FMGM2018)

25th European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference


The next deadline for receipt of applications for awards from the ISSMGE Foundation is the 31st January 2021. 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  However, for updated information concerning possible changes due to the coronavirus outbreak (ie. postponements, cancellations, change of deadlines, etc), please refer to that specific event’s website.

As might be expected, many events have been rescheduled and we update the Events page whenever we are advised of changes.

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

ISSMGE Events          


Parque del Conocimiento – Posadas, Misiones, Argentina; Language: Spanish; Organiser; Sociedad Argentina de Ingeniería Geotécnica; Contact person: Andres Ayala; Address: Av. Ulises López, N3300 Posadas; Email:,; Website:                      

Non-ISSMGE Events

Buchanan Lecture – Texas A&M University – 06-11-2020 – 07-11-2020  

Zoom virtual, College Station, United States;  Language: English; Organiser: Texas A&M University; Contact person: Jean-Louis Briaud; Email:; Website: