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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Lecture “Current and future challenges for computational geomechanics" Prof. Jidong Zhao

On January 22, the TC103 supporting committee of JGS held the TC103 seminar in Kyoto. The Lecture entitled Current and future challenges for computational geomechanics" was given by Prof. Jidong Zhao from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology during the period of hi

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1st Scott Sloan Lecture

On June 27th the 1st Scott Sloan honour lecture was held in London during the Scott Sloan Memorial Session of the NUMGE conference.

Prof. David Potts gave a lecture entitled "Using Nonlocal Strains to Achieve Objectivity in Finite Element Analyses".

TC103 tha

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Coupled problems 2023

Dear all,

TC 103 is organizing a special session in the COUPLED PROBLEMS conference that will be hold on 5-7 June 2023 in Greece.

The deadline for presenting a one page abstract is 03 Febr

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1st Scott Sloan Lecture

We are pleased to announce that TC103 elected Prof. David Potts to give the 1st Honour Lecture in honour of Prof. Scott Sloan.

The honour lecture is scheduled during the NUMGE conference that will be held at Imperial College (London) on June 26-28th 2023.

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UNSAT2023 - call for abstract

 Deadline for abstract submission for the 8th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT2023) is approaching (30th September 2022).

Submit an abstract at the conerence webpage (

We believe that this conference can be of interest to TC103&nb

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ISSMGE - August 22 Bulletin

You can find the new ISSMGE bulletin here:

In particular, note the news that on 14 March 2022, the Japan Academy decided to award the Japan Academy P

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TC103 Organized Sessions at ICSMGE 2022

TC103 (Numerical Methods in Geomechanics) organized technical sessions in the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022) (

Here the summary of the activity:

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TC103 Organized a Minisymposium in WCCM-APCOM 2022

TC103 organized a mini-symposium in the international conference of the 15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics and the 8th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics in 2022 ( WCCM-APCOM 2022, ), which was held in a fully virtual manner dur

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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!

Read the papers at:

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

Watch Lecture on ISSMGE Virtual University

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

Watch Lecture on ISSMGE Virtual University

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.

d) the Scott Sloan honour lecture will be delivered (at least) every four years during the Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (NUMGE) Conference or a similar event in which TC103 is strongly involved. 

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 SW Lee Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
12 Nominated Member Dalia Ragab Egypt
13 Nominated Member Eric Sze Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
14 Nominated Member V.P. DYBA Russia
15 Corresponding Member Giovanna Biscontin United Kingdom
16 Corresponding Member Alex Leung Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
17 Nominated Member Jinhyun Choo South Korea
18 Nominated Member François NICOT France
19 Nominated Member Arman Khoshghalb Australia
20 Nominated Member Francesco Calvetti Italy
21 Corresponding Member muge İnanir Turkey
22 Nominated Member Ali Parsa Pajouh Australia
23 Corresponding Member Fusao Oka Japan
24 Nominated Member Minna Karstunen Sweden
25 Nominated Member Toshihiro Noda Japan
26 Nominated Member António M G Pedro Portugal
27 Nominated Member Tiago de Jesus Souza Brazil
29 Nominated Member David Masin Czech & Slovak Republics
30 Nominated Member Ioannis Antonopoulos New Zealand
31 Corresponding Member Kim De Beule Belgium
32 Nominated Member Erion Bukaci Albania
33 Nominated Member Mohammad reza Imam Iran
34 Nominated Member Mirva Gega Albania
35 Nominated Member Zefeng Zhou Norway
36 Nominated Member George Belokas Greece
37 Nominated Member Achilleas Papadimitriou Greece
38 Nominated Member Zsolt Szilvagyi Hungary
39 Nominated Member Maosong Huang China
40 Corresponding Member Takayuki Shuku Japan
41 Nominated Member Kazunori Fujisawa Japan
42 Corresponding Member Kenichi Maeda Japan
43 Corresponding Member Aliasger Haiderali United Kingdom
44 Nominated Member Franz Tschuchnigg Austria
45 Corresponding Member Mohammad Rezania United Kingdom
46 Nominated Member Teresa Freitas Portugal
47 Nominated Member Robert Charlier Belgium
48 Nominated Member Changbing Qin Singapore
49 Corresponding Member Valérie Whenham Belgium
50 Corresponding Member Veselin Zarev Germany
51 Corresponding Member Ning Guo China
52 Corresponding Member Benjamin Cerfontaine United Kingdom
53 Corresponding Member K.T. Chau Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
54 Corresponding Member Ali Tolooiyan Australia
55 Nominated Member Michael Hicks Netherlands
56 Nominated Member Jürgen Grabe Germany
57 Nominated Member VISHWAS ABHIMANYU SAWANT India
58 Nominated Member Oliver Stelzer Germany
59 Nominated Member G. R. Dodagoudar India
60 Corresponding Member Richard Wan Canada
61 Corresponding Member Tuan Nghia Do Vietnam
62 Corresponding Member Hong Lam Dang Vietnam
63 Corresponding Member Viet Hung Le Vietnam
64 Corresponding Member Thibault Badinier France
65 Corresponding Member Antoine Wautier France
66 Corresponding Member João Manso Portugal
67 Nominated Member Diego Manzanal Spain
68 Corresponding Member Jorge Castro Spain
69 Corresponding Member Francisco Javier Torrijo Spain
70 Nominated Member Emmanuel BOURGEOIS France
71 Nominated Member RICARDO SCHIAVA Argentina
72 Nominated Member Mustafa Koc Turkey
73 Nominated Member Mehmet Baris Can Ulker Turkey
74 Corresponding Member Emmanouil Spyropoulos United Kingdom
75 Nominated Member Antonio Gens Spain
76 Nominated Member Diego Manzanal Argentina
77 Corresponding Member Germán López Pineda Spain
78 Corresponding Member Guiseppe Buscarnera United States
79 Nominated Member Chia Weng Boon Malaysia
80 Nominated Member Donatella Sterpi Italy
81 Nominated Member Ahmed Elkadi Egypt
82 Nominated Member Mahdi Taiebat Canada
83 Nominated Member Marcin Cudny Poland
84 Nominated Member Duc Long Phung Vietnam
85 Nominated Member Andrzej Truty Poland
86 Nominated Member Lars Andresen Norway
87 Corresponding Member Dr. Priyanka Ghosh India
88 Corresponding Member Aditya Singh India
89 Corresponding Member Kaustav Chatterjee India
90 Nominated Member Indra Noer Hamdhan Indonesia
91 Corresponding Member Ha Bui Australia

In the framework of the Virtual Time Capsule Project, TC103 encouraged a reflection about

1. The past:
what are the key developments in numerical methods?

2. The present:
what is the current use of numerical methods?

3. The future:
what will be the future? How can we improve it?

The material prepared by TC103 is accessible here. You will find a presentation on the development of numerical methods along time, summarized in the academic roadmap, and a survey on present and future needs of numerical methods.

Contact Technical Committee : Numerical Methods

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