TC306 Geo-education

Geo-engineering Education

Host Member Society: Greece
Short name:  
Geo-education  (TC306) 

GeoWorld Group: Geo-engineering Education (TC306)
Administrative Report August 2017: 

Mid-term Report April 2019: TC306Mid-termReport2017-2019.pdf

Honour Lecture: The John Burland Lecture

First John Burland Lecture: "Basic Geotechnical Engineering Skills - What Can Graduates Do?"
Delivered by Prof. John Atkinson, on October 20, 2016, on occasion of SFGE 2016 (Shaping the Future of Geotechnical Education), the International Conference on Geo-Engineering Education, organized by TC306 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Recorded at the Studio of Centro de Apoio à Educação a Distância - CAED/UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Camera: Kellison Vinícius and Belchior Thiago, Production: Ernane Oliveira and Fernanda Rosendo, Editing and finalization: Ernane Oliveira

Work Method: TC306 work is accomplished through meetings, working groups, task forces, ambassadorships.

MEETINGS. Meetings take place at ICSMGE and ECSMGE conferences and via e-mail (minutes are produced for both physical and e-mail meetings).

WORKING GROUP. Organization of Conferences & Workshops (coordinator: TC306 chair)

TASK FORCES. Webinars & Elearning (leader: Michele Calvello), TC208/TC306 Collaboration (leader: Muhsin Rahhal)

AMBASSADORSHIPS. Because education concerns all TCs, TC306 is keen on having ambassadors to other ISSMGE committees, ideally in reciprocal fashion. The role of these ambassadors will be to promote/ensure two-way dissemination.

Reciprocal ambassadorships. TC104 to TC306: Sam Divall, TC306 to 104: Marina Pantazidou

TC306 Ambassadors. To TC103: Giovanna Biscontin, to TC106: Katia Bicalho.


International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering Education 2020 (GEE2020)

The Conference Geotechnical Engineering Education 2020 (GEE2020) will be held in Athens, Greece, on June 24-25 2020. The Conference is organized by the Technical Committee TC306 for Geo-Engineering Education of the ISSMGE, under the auspices of the Helleni

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A vision for TC306 in Lee Shulman's words: Putting an End to Pedagogical Solitude

The following is a synthesis of excerpts from a short article by Lee Shulman that conforms to the 200 word limit allowed by the publisher for free use. Please check out the article here. Lee Shulman is an educational psychologist, professor emeritus at Stanford Graduate School of

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Prof. Carlo Viggiani delivered the first TC306 case-study webinar

The case-study webinar "Porto Tolle test embankment - A full scale experiment on the consolidation of a thick clay layer" delivered by Prof. Carlo Viggiani, Emeritus Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy), is avai

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Bare Essentials of Soil Mechanics by John Burland – a brief review

Professor John Burland has developed a suite of five short videos (2 to 6 minutes) on the engineering behavior of soil. The emphasis is on the particulate nature of soils and its implications for soil strength. All videos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonComme

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TC306 workshop 19th ICSMGE Seoul

Workshop Theme

GeoEngineering Education: What should graduates be able to do & What and How to teach to enable them to do it

Workshop Presentations

Introduction: Marina Pantazidou PDF, Panelists: Gye-Chun Cho PDF, Carlos Santamarina PDF, Cino Viggiani PDF


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First John Burland Lecture delivered

First John Burland Lecture: "Basic Geotechnical Engineering Skills - What Can Graduates Do?"
Delivered by Prof. John Atkinson, on October 20, 2016, on occasion of SFGE 2016 (Shaping the Future of Geotechnical Education), the International Conference on Geo-Engineering

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TC306 focuses on the fundamentals of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, i.e. topics typically covered in undergraduate curricula. Its primary, but not exclusive, audience is currently active, past and future geotechnical engineering educators.

Updated information on the activities of TC306 is reported in this main web portal hosted by ISSMGE. Other dissemination avenues include the following:

1.1) A web repository and forum for discussions (TC306 GeoWorld website);

1.2) Online access to proceedings of the TC306 conferences through the ISSMGE Online Library;

1.3) A series of “Case Study Webinars” (TC306 YouTube channel).

TC306 aims to enrich the toolbox of geotechnical engineering instructors through:

2.1) Debates on challenges of teaching fundamental concepts;

2.2) Recommendations for geotechnical curricula;

2.3) Reviews of: resources for geotechnical laboratory classes; e-learning resources; other transferable/reusable geotechnical education material; useful geotechnical engineering education references.

New material is first announced in the “News” Tab of the TC306 ISSMGE site and then archived in the TC306 GeoWorld website under “Files”.


Conference-related activities of TC306 include:

3.1) Organization of the TC306 conference on geotechnical engineering education and theme workshops and specialty sessions in ISSMGE conferences;

3.2) Organization and promotion of the John Burland Honour Lecture (the 1st John Burland Lecture was delivered by Prof. John Atkinson in 2016);

3.3) Collaborations with other ISSMGE Technical Committees (TCs) for promoting and publicizing education sessions in specialty conferences organized by these TCs.


TC306 aims to foster industry-academia collaboration to produce results that address two main needs expressed by the following questions:

4.1) “How can academia better tailor the teaching of geotechnical basics to the needs of the industry?” – involvement of industry in curriculum development.

4.2) “How can the industry collaborate with academia to co-produce (a) case study material suitable for undergraduate instruction and (b) geotechnical characterization data suitable for the development of course assignments and projects?” – involvement of industry in the development of educational material.


# Type Full Name Country
1 Chair Marina Pantazidou Greece
2 Vice Chair David Airey Australia
3 Secretary Michele Calvello Italy
4 Nominated by TC Chair Susan Burns United States
5 Nominated by TC Chair Anna Shidlovskaya Russia
6 Nominated Member Emil Mejlhede Kinslev Denmark
7 Nominated Member Toshifumi Mukunoki Japan
8 Nominated Member Muhsin Rahhal Lebanon
9 Nominated Member Takeshi Katsumi Japan
10 Corresponding Member Brian Byrne Ireland
11 Nominated Member Andy Leung Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
12 Nominated Member Jun Yang Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
13 Nominated Member Margarida Pinho Lopes Portugal
14 Nominated Member Manuel Matos Fernandes Portugal
15 Nominated Member Alberto Ledesma Spain
16 Nominated Member Jitendrapal Sharma Canada
17 Nominated Member Mark Jaksa Australia
18 Nominated Member Ali Pak Iran
19 Nominated Member C. H. Solanki India
20 Nominated Member Vasiliki Xenaki Greece
21 Nominated Member Thomas Shire United Kingdom
22 Nominated Member John Atkinson United Kingdom
23 Nominated Member Riccardo Berardi Italy
24 Nominated Member Caterina Di Maio Italy
25 Nominated Member Masrouri Farimah France
26 Corresponding Member Giovanna Biscontin United Kingdom
27 Nominated Member Bryan McCabe Ireland
28 Nominated Member Waldemar Coelho Hachich Brazil
29 Nominated Member Katia Bicalho Brazil
30 Nominated Member M. Rama Rao India
31 Corresponding Member Vasiliki Dimitriadi Greece
32 Nominated Member Tae-Hyuk Kwon South Korea
33 Corresponding Member Sadegh Nadimi United Kingdom
34 Nominated Member George Anoyatis Belgium
35 Nominated Member Huabei Liu China
36 Nominated Member Tugba Eskişar Tefçi Turkey
37 Corresponding Member Hideki Ohta Japan
38 Nominated Member Orianne JENCK France

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