TC103 Numerical Methods in Geomechanics

Numerical Methods

Host Member Society: Japan

Short name: Numerical Methods (TC103) - Terms of Reference - to be approved

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Special issue of the ISSMGE-IJGCH: "numerical methods in geomechanics"

The special issue of the International Journal of Geoengineering case Histories promoted by TC103, entitled "Numerical methods in Geomechanics" is on-line!

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List of contents:

  • Bekele, B.

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New TC103 Course on “Performance assessment of soils and structures by numerical analysis” by Prof. Toshihiro NODA

Register for free to Performance assessment of soils and structures by numerical analysis

About This Course

This course presents examples of performance assessment of soils and structures in quasi-static / dynamic problems. The assessments were performed using a soil-water

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SOA paper on Numerical modelling of large deformation problems

We are pleased to announce that the paper "Numerical modelling of large deformation problems in geotechnical engineering: a state-of-the-art review " by C. E. Augarde, S. J. Lee, D. Loukidis, promoted by TC103 is available on line

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2nd International Workshop on Numerical Methods for Large Deformation Problems in Geotechnical Engineering (Tongji University)

Dear colleague, 


The 2nd International Workshop on Numerical Methods for Large Deformation Problems in Geotechnical Engineering (INLGEO) will be held at Tongji University on18th and 19th September 2021 (online for international participants). The workshop focuse

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New TC103 Lecture "Numerical Simulations by Energy Piles" by Prof. McCartney

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This presentation focuses on numerical simulations of the thermal, thermo-mechanical, and thermo-hydro-mechanical response of energy piles and surrounding soils. Simulations include finite element analyses of heat transfer and coupled

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New TC103 Lecture "From Discrete to Continuum: Multiscale Approach of Failure in Geomaterials" by Dr. Nicot

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Solving boundary value problems requires implementation of sufficiently robust constitutive models. Most models try to incorporate a great deal of phenomenological ingredients, but this refining often leads to overcomplicated formulat

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Coupled 2021 Successful session organized by TC103

TC103 organize a successful session on NUMERICAL METHODS IN GEOMECHANICS, organized by: R. Uzuoka, K. Fujisawa, A. Murakami and M. B. Can Ulker.

You can find the report here.

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Survey of the present and future of numerical methods - VTCP

In the framework of the Virtual Time Capsule project (, we prepared a questionnaire to evaluate the present use of numerical methods in geotechnical engineering, the future trend and collect suggestions. Please spend a

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Virtual Time Capsule project: call for ideas

Dear Colleagues,

ISSMGE is working on the Virtual Time Capsule project (VTC) witht the purpose of bringing together and providing a common heritage to all geotechnical engineers, see


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27-30 June 2021, Streamed from Athens, Greece

8th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering


The purpose of this Conference series is to bring together the scientific communities o

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COUPLED2021 - Invited session

TC103 is organizing an invited session in COUPLED2021, which will take place on 13-16th June 2021.

The objectives of COUPLED PROBLEMS 2021 are to present and discuss state of the art, mathematical models, numerical methods and computational techniques for solvin

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Call for Papers for Special Issue on Numerical Analysis in Geoengineering Case Histories

Call for Papers for Special Issue on Numerical Analysis in Geoengineering Case Histories

ISSMGE International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories

Guest Editors:

Giovanna Biscontin, PhD, Secretary of ISSMGE Technical Committee 103 Numerical Methods in Geomechanics; e

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3rd International Conference on the Material Point Method for Modelling Soil-Water-Structure Interaction


3rd International Conference on the Material Point Method for Modelling Soil-Water-Structure Interaction
24 - 25 March 2021, Hamburg, Germany

The theme of the conference is the modelling of large deformation and soil-water-in

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Report of TC 103 Session at the 16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

TC103 organized and completed a technical session in the 16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (16ARC) held in Taipei International Convention Center (Taipei, Taiwan) during October 14-18 in 2019. The report is now available here.

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COMPSAFE 2020, March 8-11, Kobe, Japan

TC 103 are co-organising an mini-symposium on Numerical Methods and Simulation in Geomechanics at the 3rd International Conference on Computational Engineering and Science for Safety and Environmental Problems (COMPSAFE2020) which will be held during March 8-11, 2020, in Kobe, Ja

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Coupled Problems 2019, June 3-5 in Barcelona

TC 103 Chair Prof Murakami and Prof Hashiguchi are organising an invited section on Numerical Analysis in Geomechanics at the 8th International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering (COUPLED PROBLEMS 2019) in Sitges (Spain)

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TC103 Numerical Methods in Geomechanics is one of the technical committees of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). TC103 aims to provide a forum for all interested members of ISSMGE to explore the using of computational tools and developing of advanced numerical methods to solve problems relevant to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. TC103 will deal with the following important technical issues:

a) Constitutive modeling, calibrations of complex soil behavior and engineering problems such as instability, strain localization and progressive failure of soil or rock structures;

b) Advanced procedures for model validation and verification;

c) The development of accurate, robust and efficient numerical methods for applications of varying needs;

d) Modeling of coupled phenomena that are useful across geotechnical engineering, rock engineering, petroleum engineering, geothermal engineering;

e) Assisting and promotion of exchange of knowledge between the academia and practicing engineers.

TC103 will focus on the following thematic topics relevant to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering:

a) Investigation on effective predictive approaches to better understanding of coupled behavior in geomaterials (such as thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical coupling), various instabilities modes such as strain localization, liquefaction, large deformation, underground water flow and contamination, erosion and rapid flow in geomaterials, thermo-related geomechanics;

b) Development of advanced constitutive models to characterize the complex behavior of geomaterials, including elasto-plasticity, visco-plasticity, hypoplasticity, cyclic-plasticity, soil/rock degradation, strain softening, rate-dependency and anisotropy;

c) Development of advanced predictive tools based on new numerical and analytical techniques, such as Finite Element Method (FEM), Extended Finite Element Method (X-FEM), Boundary Element Method (BEM), Material Point Method (MPM), coupled Discrete Element Method (DEM) and FEM, Moving Particle Semi-implicit (MPS) method, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method and Multiscale Modeling (MM) method.

d) Numerical implementation and calibration of advanced soil models using laboratory and field testing data; determination of model parameters using back analysis, and homogenization of locally heterogeneous geomaterials.

e) Critical evaluation of existing prediction approaches among the empirical methods, laboratory testing, simple elastic and/or elasto-plastic methods and limit analysis, and various comprehensive numerical methods.

f) Transfer of new knowledge to and training practicing engineers of the ISSMGE to address important engineering issues in dealing with natural hazards; promotion of exchange of ideas and experience between academics and practitioners.

TC103 will promote the dissemination of knowledge and practice to the member of ISSMGE on employing advanced numerical methods to facilitate deeper understanding of fundamental behavior of geomaterials and to help solving difficult problems that are of practical importance. TC103 members will be encouraged to

a) actively engage in organizing/co-organizing workshops/symposiums/conferences to facilitate the exchange of ideas and advances in computational geomechanics among academics and practitioners.

b) deliver keynote lectures and introductory lectures to the public on latest developments and new trends on numerical methods with an emphasis on geomechanics.

c) develop various schemes to draw the active participation of broad ISSMGE members. Typical examples of these include online survey of typical software packages used for their research/work, challenging problems/difficulties they have encountered or are facing in their daily work of numerical analysis. Benchmark test competitions will also be planned for all interested members to participate to test the performance of their own packing/numerical schemes on solving the same problem.

TC103 will actively seek opportunities to interact with geotechnical industry as well as other organization/society relevant to computational geomechanics. We shall encourage all regional societies to recommend experienced practicing engineering to join our technical committee. We shall also encourage them to organize various sessions with practice-oriented topics and discussion sessions with academics involved. TC103 will also actively seek collaborative opportunities to other ISSMGE technical committees as well as other professional societies to promote the advance of numerical methods in geomechanics and geotechnical engineering.

# Type Full Name Country
1 Chair Akira Murakami Japan
2 Vice Chair Helmut F. Schweiger Austria
3 Secretary Francesca Ceccato Italy
4 Nominated by TC Chair Ryosuke Uzuoka Japan
5 Nominated by TC Chair John S. McCartney United States
6 Nominated by TC Chair Jidong Zhao Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
7 Nominated by TC Chair Seung Jae Lee United States
8 Nominated Member Lidija Zdravkovic United Kingdom
9 Nominated Member Charles Augarde United Kingdom
10 Nominated Member Dr CY Chin New Zealand
11 Nominated Member Johnny Cheuk Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
12 Nominated Member Julian Kwan Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
13 Nominated Member V.P. DYBA Russia
14 Corresponding Member Ali Karrech Australia
15 Corresponding Member Giovanna Biscontin United Kingdom
16 Corresponding Member Jinhyun Choo Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
17 Nominated Member François NICOT France
18 Nominated Member MÁRCIO FARIAS Brazil
19 Nominated Member Arman Khoshghalb Australia
20 Nominated Member Francesco Calvetti Italy
21 Corresponding Member muge İnanir Turkey
22 Corresponding Member Omer Faruk usluogullari Turkey
23 Nominated Member Ali Parsa Pajouh Australia
24 Corresponding Member Fusao Oka Japan
25 Nominated Member Minna Karstunen Sweden
26 Nominated Member Fahd Cuira France
27 Nominated Member Toshihiro Noda Japan
28 Nominated Member Kenichi Maeda Japan
29 Nominated Member António Gonçalves Pedro Portugal
30 Nominated Member Sergio Castro Peru
31 Nominated Member David Masin Czech & Slovak Republics
32 Nominated Member Ioannis Antonopoulos New Zealand
33 Corresponding Member Kim De Beule Belgium
34 Nominated Member Erion Bukaci Albania
35 Nominated Member Mohammad reza Imam Iran
36 Nominated Member Mirva Gega Albania
37 Nominated Member George Belokas Greece
38 Nominated Member Achilleas Papadimitriou Greece
39 Nominated Member Zsolt Szilvagyi Hungary
40 Nominated Member Maosong Huang China
41 Corresponding Member Aliasger Haiderali United Kingdom
42 Nominated Member Teresa Freitas Portugal
43 Nominated Member Robert Charlier Belgium
44 Nominated Member Changbing Qin Singapore
45 Corresponding Member Valérie Whenham Belgium
46 Corresponding Member Veselin Zarev Germany
47 Corresponding Member Ning Guo China
48 Corresponding Member K.T. Chau Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
49 Nominated Member Michael Hicks Netherlands
50 Nominated Member Jürgen Grabe Germany
51 Nominated Member K. Rajagopal India
52 Nominated Member Oliver Stelzer Germany
53 Nominated Member Kaustav Chatterjee India
54 Corresponding Member Richard Wan Canada
55 Corresponding Member Tuan Nghia Do Vietnam
56 Corresponding Member Hong Lam Dang Vietnam
57 Corresponding Member Viet Hung Le Vietnam
58 Corresponding Member João Manso Portugal
59 Nominated Member RICARDO SCHIAVA Argentina
60 Nominated Member Mustafa Koc Turkey
61 Nominated Member Mehmet Baris Can Ulker Turkey
62 Corresponding Member Emmanouil Spyropoulos United Kingdom
63 Nominated Member Antonio Gens Spain
64 Nominated Member Ignacio González Tejada Spain
65 Nominated Member DIEGO GUILLERMO MANZANAL Argentina
66 Corresponding Member Germán López Pineda Spain
67 Corresponding Member Pablo Mira Spain
68 Corresponding Member Guiseppe Buscarnera United States
69 Nominated Member Chia Weng Boon Malaysia
70 Nominated Member Dipanjan Basu United States
71 Nominated Member Donatella Sterpi Italy
72 Nominated Member Ahmed Elkadi Egypt
73 Nominated Member Marcin Cudny Poland
74 Nominated Member Long Phung Vietnam
75 Nominated Member Andrzej Truty Poland
76 Nominated Member Lars Andresen Norway
77 Nominated Member Indra Noer Hamdhan Indonesia
78 Corresponding Member Ha Bui Australia

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