TC202 Transportation

Transportation Geotechnics

The goal of TC202 is to apply broad engineering to bridge the gap between Pavement/Railway/Coastal Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering through the co-operation and exchange of information and knowledge about the geotechnical aspects in design, construction, maintenance, monitoring and upgrading of roads, railways, airfields, waterways, and harbour facilities for sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

Host Member Society: JAPAN

Short name: Transportation (TC202) - Terms of Reference

Website:  TC 202 - Transportation Geotechnics

GeoWorld GroupTransportation Geotechnics (TC202)

Leadership Group (2022 - 2026)

Tatsuya Ishikawa (Japan)                
Mike Winter (UK)                    
Jennifer Nicks (USA)
Erol Tutumluer (USA)                
António Gomes Correia (Portugal)                    

Executive Group (2022 - 2026)

Alexandre Pinto (Portugal)
Anand Puppala (USA)
Andreas Loizos (Greece)                    
António Gomes Correia (Portugal)
Bernardo Caicedo (Colombia)                 
Buddhima Indraratna (Australia)                       
Erol Tutumluer (USA)                       
Jennifer Nicks (USA)                       
Mike Winter (UK)                       
Seong-Wan Park (S-Korea)               
Soheil Nazarian (USA)                    
Tatsuya Ishikawa (Japan)              
William Powrie (UK)                      
Xuecheng Bian (China)                      
Yujun Cui (France) 

1st International TC202 Workshop on "Laboratory Elementary Testing for Soil under Climatic Changes

TC202's Task Force No. 6 (Climatic Effects on Geomaterial Behaviour) invites you to attend the 1st International Workshop on "Laboratory elementary testing for soil under climatic changes." The workshop will be held online on Wednesday, 05 June 2024, from 6:00-8:00a

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5th ICTG Sydney - Early bird registration now open through July 31, 2024

Early bird registration for ICTG 2024 is now available!

Secure your spot at the 5th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics by registering before Wednesday, July 31, 2024, to enjoy exclusive early bird savings.

A big thank you to all authors who have alread

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ISSMGE Interactive Technical Talk Episode 14: Transportation Geotechnics (TC202)

The fourteenth episode of International Interactive Technical Talk has just been launched and is supported by TC202. Prof. Mike Winter, Prof. Erol Tutumluer, Dr. Chathuri Arachchige and Daniel Berro are discussing with Dr. Marc Ballouz about “Transportation Geotechnics&rdqu

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Call for Abstracts: 5th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we have the pleasure of inviting you to the 5th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (ICTG) 2024, to be held in Sydney, Australia from 20 to 22 November 2024 at the Sydney Masonic Centre, organised by th

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Call for Abstracts: 4th International Society for Intelligent Construction Conference (ISIC 2024)

The International Society for Intelligent Construction 2024 Conference (ISIC 2024) will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, from 10 to 12 September 2024. Intelligent construction technologies (ICT) are combinations of modern science and innovative construction technologie

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International Young Professionals Workshop on Rail-road Infrastructure (YPWRI), 26th November 2021

International Young Professionals Workshop on Rail-road Infrastructure (YPWRI) will be held in hybrid (combining a physical event in Sydney, Australia with an online option) on 26 November 2021.

The workshop receives unreserved support from the ARC Training

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4th ICTG 2021 - Early bird registration open through March 31, 2021

International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics

May 24-27, 2021 (Virtual)




Dear ISSMGE TC202 Members

The 4th International Conference on Transporta

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A rejuvenated outlook for Transport Geotechnics in Australia

A rejuvenated outlook for Transport Geotechnics in Australia - Prof Buddhima Indraratna and geo-team moving to University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

After 3 decades of outstanding service at the University of Wollongong, Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna, an executi

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TC202 Workshop on "NDT Technologies and Innovations in Transportation Geotechnics" at ECSMGE 2019

A pre-conference workshop for TC202 will be held at the European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Reykjavik on 1st September 2019 from 0:30pm-5pm. We invite TC202 members and other interested colleagues to attend.

The workshop program can be seen here

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4th ICTG 2020 - Call for abstracts

Welcome to the 4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (4th ICTG), which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on August 30–September 2, 2020. This is the main conference event of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSM

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3rd ICITG 2019

The 3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Geo-Engineering (3rd ICITG2019) will be held in Guimarães, Portugal from September 29 to October 2, 2019.

This conference aims to address the most updated developments in information communication and technol

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GHC 2019

International Conference on Geotechnics for High Speed Corridors- GHC 2019 will be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India from July 24 to 27, 2019, under the co-sponsorship of ISSMGE TC202.

The International Conference on Geotechnics for High Speed Corridors- GHC 2019

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The 4th International Conference "Transportation Soil Engineering in Cold Regions" will be held in St.Petersburg, Russia from May 20 to 23, 2019.

The “cold regions” of the world cover large areas in the northern hemisphere, including Canada, Alaska, Finla

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GeoMEast 2019 International Congress and Exhibition

The GeoMEast 2019 International Congress and Exhibition will be held in Cairo, Egypt from November 10 to 14, 2019. GeoMEast 2019 will provide a showcase for recent developments and advancements in design, construction, and safety Inspections of transportation Infrastructures and

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Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics in open access available

Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (4-7 September 2016, Guimarães, Portugal) in open access available for download at:


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The goal of Technical Committee (TC) 202 is to apply broad engineering to bridge the gap between Pavement/Railway/Coastal Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. The main task is to promote co-operation and exchange of information and knowledge about the geotechnical aspects in design, construction, maintenance, monitoring and upgrading of roads, railways, airfields, waterways, and harbour facilities for sustainable and resilient infrastructure. The task also covers the related environmental and climatic aspects. For these purposes, several main topics are identified and materialized in the main Task Forces of the Committee as follows.

Task Force 1.      Alternative, non-traditional geomaterials (e.g. recycled, lightweight, or by-products). Leaders: Jennifer Nicks (C), with others to be added once TC membership completed.

Task Force 2.      Stabilization and reinforcement of geomaterials to include mechanical, chemical, and biological methods. Leaders: Erol Tutumluer (C), Seong-Wan Park.

Task Force 3.      Traditional and intelligent sensing methods, digitalization, and (big) data management and analysis for construction and condition assessment. Leaders: Anand Puppala (C), Antonio Gomes Correia, Soheil Nazarian, Andreas Loizos, with others to be added once TC membership completed.

Task Force 4.      Rail track substructures, including transition zones, and transportation geodynamics. Leaders: William Powrie (C), Xuecheng Bian, Buddhima Indraratna

Task Force 5.      Harbour geotechnics. Leaders: Alexandre Pinto (C), with others to be added once TC membership is completed.

Task Force 6.     Climatic effects on geomaterial behaviour related to mechanics of unsaturated transportation foundations. Leaders: Yujun Cui (C), Tatsuya Ishikawa.

Task Force 7.      Geotechnical asset management, including geohazard risk to transport infrastructure: hazard, risk, vulnerability, climate change, resilience and adaptation. Leaders: Mike Winter (C), Tatsuya Ishikawa, Bernardo Caicedo.

Task Force 8.      Organization of TC202-hosted specialty conferences, workshops, and webinars. Leader: Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, ex Chairs, Buddhima Indraratna (5ICTG Chair), Chair 6ICTG (when decided).

  • Organize and host the International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (ICTG) series:
    • 5th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (5ICTG), Sydney, Australia, November 18 - 20, 2024. Chairman Prof. Buddhima Indraratna (University of Technology Sydney).
      • Focused plenary, lectern, and poster sessions, including selected workshops and short courses. 
      • 4th Young Transportation Geotechnics Engineers (YTGE) Meeting and Bright Spark Lectures.
      • 5th Proctor Lecture.
      • TC202 meeting.
      • Conference proceedings. Special attention will be paid to the publication of all the peer review conference papers that will be indexed by Scopus and ISI Thomson Reuters and published by ASCE Geotechnical Special Publications.
    • 6th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (6ICTG) venue and exact 2028 date to be determined selected this term.
  • Identify and continue holding honour lecturers for the TC202 Proctor Lecture.
  • Contribute to ongoing initiatives of the ISSMGE:
    • Virtual University: free courses, webinars, as well as short educational videos (e.g. the ISSMGE webinars on Intelligent Compaction and Geosynthetics Use in Transportation Geotechnics);
    • ISSMGE Interactive Technical Talks (IITT): identify topic(s), speakers (including a young member(s)), and coordinate the discussion with the President.
    • Online Library: explore use of the Conference Paper Review Platform to coordinate and publish TC202 conference proceedings as open access articles.
    • International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories: promote contributions from TC202 members and industry links.

Task Force 9.      Transportation Geotechnics; Elsevier journal of TC202. Editors-in-Chief: António Gomes Correia; Erol Tutumluer, and Yunmin Chen. First issue was published in March 2014 of this quarterly journal, which aims to publish high quality, theoretical and applied papers on all aspects of geotechnics for roads, highways, railways, airfields and waterways. Leaders: António Gomes Correia (C), Erol Tutumluer.

To maintain an international website, GeoWorld network, and email network is as important as holding several meetings for interactive communication among the TC202 members and geotechnical affiliates to share ideas, information, and technical solutions. This will further help in the dissemination of knowledge and practice. The current TC202 website is maintained by TC202 Chair Tatsuya Ishikawa:

Task Force 10.    Recruiting early-career and mid-career TC202 members to secure the future of the Technical Committee and to run events to encourage and promote early career Transportation Geotechnics professionals. Leaders: Jennifer Nicks (C), with younger TC members to be added once TC membership completed supported by the Executive Group.

TC202 will establish guidelines and technical recommendations within the topic of the TC. These may take the form of:

  • Reports for ISSMGE (Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary).
  • Proc. 5th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (Buddhima Indraratna).
  • Special Guest Editors to contribute to the Transportation Geotechnics Elsevier journal.
  • Articles to the International Journal of GeoEngineering Case Histories.
  • White papers and other publications with the contributions of Task Forces (Coordination: Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, and Leaders). This may include collating, summarizing, and comparing available standards, codes, and guidelines across the world, with recommendations for practice.

To endorse and assist with technical programs of international conferences, symposiums and other events. TC202 works closely with its members and affiliates to help identify and organize symposia, workshops, and international exchanges dealing with all aspects of transportation geotechnics in both traditional and emerging areas. TC202-sponsored sessions will be promoted for transportation infrastructures within ISSMGE - international, and regional conferences on soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, and to support special geotechnical, geoenvironmental, unsaturated soils and sustainability focused conferences related to transportation geotechnics.

Currently planned TC202-organized and co-sponsored workshops, sessions, and conferences include the following:

  • 9th International Symposium on Environmental Vibration (ISEV) and Transportation Geodynamics, Sapporo, Japan, March 6-8, 2024.
  • Workshop /course at XVIII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ECSMGE) in Lisbon, Portugal on August 26-30, 2024.
  • Workshop /course at XVII Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Pucon, Chile on November, 2024.
  • 5th ICTG Conference in Sydney, Australia, November 18-20, 2024.
  • Workshop /course at ICSMGE 2026 in Vienna, Austria, June 14-19, 2026.

To cooperate actively with other industry affiliates whose field of activity involves important questions related to transportation geotechnics. Many members also serve in other industry and overlapping groups and will serve as liaisons on behalf of TC202 and vice versa. Current liaisons are affiliated with the Transportation Research Board (TRB); ASCE Geo-Institute; ASTM International; International Geosynthetics Society (IGS); AIPCR/PIARC (World Road Association), European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST), UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), International Union of Railways (UIC), International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), and European Committee for Standardization (CEN). To elaborate documental descriptions of special projects where Transportation Geotechnics projects were conducted for design purposes or other interventions, that can be included in the ISSMGE Bulletin, or others; complementary or alternatively, to organize workshops, sessions, and webinars on such topics.

In addition, TC202 will cooperate actively with other ISSMGE technical committees whose field of activity involves important questions related with transportation geotechnics. Identified TCs with overlap include TC101, TC102, TC103, TC104, TC105, TC106, TC107, TC203, TC208, TC211, TC213, TC215, TC216, TC219, TC220, TC303, TC304, TC306, TC307, TC309, JTC1, and JTC2. Methods to effectively coordinate will be explored and implemented.

Finally, TC202 expects to more actively coordinate with the ISSMGEs Young Member Presidential Group (YMPG). This group has the objectives to increase the attractiveness of the ISSMGE for the next generation of geotechnical engineers. To contribute to the activities of the YMPG and solicit other ideas, special workshops and sessions will be organized during the Young Transportation Geotechnics Engineer (YTGE) meetings, which will take place at the 5th ICTG event, as well as selecting and promoting Bright Spark Lectures, and inviting young members to participate in IITT.

# Type Full Name Country
1 Chair Tatsuya Ishikawa Japan
2 Vice Chair Mike Winter United Kingdom
3 Secretary Jennifer Nicks United States
4 Nominated by TC Chair Erol Tutumluer United States
5 Nominated by TC Chair Buddhima Indraratna Australia
6 Nominated by TC Chair Anand Jagadeesh Puppala United States
7 Nominated by TC Chair António Gomes Correia Portugal
8 Nominated Member Kimitoshi Hayano Japan
9 Nominated Member Phil Paige-Green South Africa
10 Nominated Member Yoshitsugu Momoya Japan
11 Corresponding Member Takashi Okayasu Japan
12 Corresponding Member Xiaobin Chen China
13 Nominated Member Ilknur Bozbey Turkey
14 Nominated Member Ozgur Bezgin Turkey
15 Nominated Member William Powrie United Kingdom
16 Corresponding Member Stephanie Glendinning United Kingdom
17 Corresponding Member Moon Sek Nam South Korea
18 Nominated Member Gregorio Villacorta Peru
19 Corresponding Member Jiankun Liu China
20 Nominated Member Wenjun Hua Sweden
21 Corresponding Member Daichao Sheng Australia
22 Corresponding Member JONG-SUB LEE South Korea
23 Corresponding Member Shanyong Wang Australia
24 Nominated Member Seong-Wan Park South Korea
25 Corresponding Member Pietro Rimoldi Italy
26 Nominated Member Mahdi Miri Disfani Australia
27 Nominated Member Chao Zhou Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
28 Nominated Member Wan-Huan Zhou Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
29 Corresponding Member Yoichi Watabe Japan
30 Corresponding Member Md Mizanur Rahman Australia
31 Corresponding Member Domenico Gioffré Italy
32 Corresponding Member Yuanjie Xiao China
33 Corresponding Member Marilene Pisano Italy
34 Corresponding Member José Neves Portugal
35 Corresponding Member Hanlin Wang China
36 Corresponding Member Andrea Galli Italy
37 Corresponding Member Cholochat Rujikiatkamjorn Australia
38 Corresponding Member Soheil Nazarian United States
39 Nominated Member Sung-Hee Kim South Korea
40 Corresponding Member Jong hong Jung South Korea
41 Nominated Member Pauli Kolisoja Finland
42 Nominated Member Thierry DUBREUCQ France
43 Nominated Member Vikas Thakur Norway
44 Nominated Member Saeed Ghaffarpoor Jahromi Iran
45 Nominated Member Eduardo Fortunato Portugal
46 Nominated Member Huabei Liu China
47 Nominated Member Colette Grégoire Belgium
48 Corresponding Member Zheng Lu China
49 Nominated Member Jean-Claude Verbrugge Belgium
50 Corresponding Member Fuchun Xue China
51 Nominated Member Andreas Loizos Greece
52 Nominated Member Christina Plati Greece
53 Nominated Member Shun-Min Lee Chinese Taipei
54 Nominated Member Andrew Lees Cyprus
55 Corresponding Member Kevin Briggs United Kingdom
56 Nominated Member Marc Raithel Germany
57 Corresponding Member Xuecheng Bian China
58 Nominated Member Jiangu Qian China
59 Nominated Member patrick casey Ireland
60 Corresponding Member Yoshiaki Kikuchi Japan
61 Corresponding Member Yu Qian United States
62 Corresponding Member Erol Tutumluer United States
63 Nominated Member Johannes Pistrol Austria
64 Nominated Member MARCELO ESTEBAN ZEBALLOS Argentina
65 Nominated Member Manuel Romana García Spain
66 Nominated Member Alexandre Pinto Portugal
67 Corresponding Member Ana Heitor United Kingdom
68 Nominated Member Yu-Jun CUI France
69 Nominated Member Fintan Buggy Ireland
70 Nominated Member Felipe Collazos Spain
71 Corresponding Member Yves GUERPILLON France
72 Corresponding Member CÓSIMO IASIELLO Spain
73 Nominated Member Mohamed Shahin Australia
74 Corresponding Member ÁLVARO PÉREZ MARTÍN Spain
75 Nominated Member Tuncer Edil United States
76 Nominated Member Jennifer Nicks United States
77 Nominated Member Andrey Petryaev Russia
78 Nominated Member Bernardo Caicedo Colombia
79 Nominated Member Pierpaolo Fantini Italy
80 Nominated Member Piergiorgio Recalcati Italy
81 Nominated Member Per Gunnvard Sweden
82 Nominated Member Leszek Rafalski Poland
83 Nominated Member Katarzyna Zabielska-Adamska Poland
84 Nominated Member Edina Koch Hungary
85 Nominated Member Pintor Tua Simatupang Indonesia
86 Nominated Member Sotirios Argyroudis United Kingdom
87 Corresponding Member Ravi Sundaram India
88 Nominated Member S. Sireesh India
89 Nominated Member B. Umashankar India
90 Corresponding Member Baadiga Ramu India
91 Corresponding Member J.T. Shahu India

TC202 prepared a Time Capsule Project report to present a historical overview of committee activities and current accomplishments in Transportation Geotechnics.

1. The Past:

    What are the key developments and milestones in Transportation Geotechnics?

2. The Present:

    What are the significant gaps between SOA and SOP in Transportation Geotechnics?

3. The Future:

    What will be the future of Transportation Geotechnics?

The report is accessible here.

The TC202 Proctor Lecture was first established with Board approval in September 2013 during the 18ICSMGE in Paris, France. The Proctor Lecture commemorates the significant contributions of the late Ralph Roscoe Proctor and is to be delivered by the world's most distinguished achievers in Transportation Geotechnics. This memorial Lecture is organised as the primary keynote event at each Transportation Geotechnics conference hosted by TC202.

Proctor Lecturers include:

  1. Professor Buddhima Indraratna (Sept. 2016) - "Railroad Performance with Special Reference to Ballast and Substructure Characteristics"
  2. Professor António Gomes Correia (Sept. 2017) - "From Fundamentals to Applications in Compaction: Recent Developments in Embankments and Structural Layers of Pavements and Railways"
  3. Professor William Powrie (May 2021) - "Railway Track Substructure:
    Recent Research and Future Directions
  4. Professor Soheil Nazarian (May 2022) - "Building Better Road Foundations by Taking Advantage of Emerging Technologies"

Contact Technical Committee : Transportation Geotechnics

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