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Update August 2020

By providing outstanding and unique opportunities for the Corporate Associates to work with the ISSMGE and the global geotechnical community, the Corporate Associates Presidential Group (CAPG) aims to grow the number of Corporate Associates. Details of why and how to join are provided on this link https://www.issmge.org/corporate-associates/why-how-to-join.

All Corporate Associates are welcome to call in and participate in the CAPG Core Team scheduled six weekly teleconferences of 1- hour duration.  Further details can be obtained from Sam Mackenzie (GHD, Corporate Associate), Sam.Mackenzie@ghd.com. 

Planned 2020/ 2021 CAPG Focus Activities

  • working towards a great outcome for our Corporate Associates at the ICSMGE 2021 in Sydney, Australia (12- 17 September 2021)
  • mobilising global support for the “Are we overdesigning survey? through innovative online workshops, that provide promotional opportunities for our Corporate Associates
  • making a significant effort to have a significant Corporate Associates presence at the International Foundations Conference and Equipment Expo (IFCEE 2021), May 10-14, 2021, Dallas, Texas, USA
  • promotion of short videos on geotechnical engineering created by Corporate Associates via ISSMGE Virtual University platform

 

REALISATION OF PLAN

CAPG SESSIONS AT 20th ICSMGE, SYDNEY, 2021

With the kind permission from the organisers, the CAPG will be hosting two sessions at the Sydney Conference.  The first will be a plenary session at which Peter Day and Past President Jean-Louis Briaud will present the findings of the ISSMGE “Are we overdesigning” survey.  The second is a parallel session at which CAPG members will present 15 papers on Innovations and Achievements in Geotechnical Engineering Practice.  The call for abstracts was over-subscribed.  Nineteen abstracts have been provisionally accepted from which the final 15 papers will be selected.

A CAPG dinner (Wednesday 15th September 2021) is planned to have all the Corporate Associates in one gathering, and a “save the date” invitation has been sent to all Corporate Associates.

TAKING THE OVERDESIGN SURVEY ONLINE

Thanks to a suggestion by Lucy Wu and the YMPG, we are taking the “Are we overdesigning” online, with the support of CAPG members in all ISSMGE Regions.  The African leg of this event. dubbed the “African Geotechnical Design Challenge”, kicked off with a virtual meeting on 20 August at which the purpose and format of the survey was explained.  Participants then have 10 days to submit their responses online.  On 10 September, we will hold a second virtual meeting providing feed-back on the responses received.  Both meetings will be recorded and uploaded to FaceBook and Youtube.  This event is being organised by the South African Member Society and sponsored by Keller (Corporate Associate).  The African event will serve as a blueprint for events in other regions.

International Foundations Conference and Equipment Expo (IFCEE), May 10-14, 2021, Dallas, Texas, USA

This is an important event in the geotechnical calendar in the USA. CAPG is very fortunate to be supported in our initiative for securing a speciality session by the ASCE G-I International Activities Council. In May 2020, an immense amount of effort has been made to deliver a proposal to the IFCEE 2021 organising committee. We expect a decision shortly on our application for a speciality session.

Promotion of Videos by Corporate Associates on ISSMGE Virtual University platform

Corporate Associates have the opportunity to contribute to the ISSMGE Virtual University via short videos (10 min) on “How to…”… related to activities from geotechnical engineering practice. The videos are meant for undergraduate students.

 

Peter Day, Chair CAPG

Sukumar Pathmanandavel, Co-Chair CAPG

Upload confirmed by CAPG Core Team Conference Call on 26 August 2020

Previous CAPG update (May 2020) placed in Archives (link below)

 

Update May 2020

This month we warmly welcome CCCC Fourth Harbor Engineering Institute Co. Ltd.  of Guangzhou, China as a Corporate Associate of the ISSMGE, bringing the number of Corporate Associates to 43 (https://www.issmge.org/corporate-associates/listing). By providing outstanding and unique opportunities for the Corporate Associates to work with the ISSMGE and the global geotechnical community, the Corporate Associates Presidential Group (CAPG) aims to grow the number of Corporate Associates to 60 in this ISSMGE Presidential Term (2017 to 2021). Details of why and how to join are provided on this link https://www.issmge.org/corporate-associates/why-how-to-join.

All Corporate Associates are welcome to call in and participate in the CAPG Core Team scheduled six weekly teleconferences of 1- hour duration. Our next call is on Wednesday 15th July 2020, starting at 9.45 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Further details can be obtained from Sam Mackenzie (GHD), Sam.Mackenzie@ghd.com. 

Wrap up of 2019 CAPG activities

New – Report on the ‘Geo-education for the Future’ – XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Cancún, México, November 2019 is now published on the ISSMGE Bulletin, 2020, Volume 14 Issue 2, pages 15 to 19, http://issmge2014.ust.hk/apr2020/3.CAPGmessage.pdf

Companion reports and information on other 2019 CAPG sessions are as follows:

  • Collaboration in geotechnical engineering – Impact on research and project delivery (Plenary session, April 2019, Perth, Australia), Volume 13, Issue 3, pages 25 to 29, http://issmge2014.ust.hk/jun2019/3b.Conference_report
  • Bridging the gap between designers and constructors: how do we ensure effective ‘transfer’ of design into construction? (Plenary session, September 2019, Reykjavik, Iceland), Volume 13, Issue 3, pages 25 to 29,  http://issmge2014.ust.hk/oct2019/2.CAPG.pdf
  • Geotechnical innovation (Plenary session, October 2019, Cape Town, South Africa), 8 Papers on innovation from Corporate Associates for the Africa session are available open source at https://www.issmge.org/publications/online-library. Search under Regional Conferences tab, then the 17th African Regional conference, and then CAPG session. 
  • Are we overdesigning? (Theme session, October 2019, Taipei, Taiwan), Volume 13, Issue 5, pages 14 to 18, (http://issmge2014.ust.hk/feb2020/2.Message.pdf)

2020/ 2021 CAPG Activities

Focussed on making ICSMGE 2021 in Sydney, Australia (12- 17 September 2021) a great outcome for our Corporate Associates; Making a significant presence by the Corporate Associates at the International Foundations Conference and Equipment Expo (IFCEE 2021), May 10-14, 2021, Dallas, Texas; Making a great contribution to the understanding of geotechnical engineering practice through “Are we overdesigning survey?; Supporting ISSMGE Virtual University through promotion of short videos on geotechnical engineering created by Corporate Associates. Details below.

20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Sydney, 12 - 17 September 2021 (ICSMGE 2021)

There will be a very high Corporate Associate involvement and profile in the conference, including we hope strong support to the sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for this highly prestigious conference, to be held for the very first time in Australasia. This conference will be a showcase for excellence in technical conferences post COVID -19. Details of the work CAPG are undertaking for this conference includes,

  • ISSMGE Plenary Session presenting the results of the "are we overdesigning?" survey
  • ISSMGE parallel session. CAPG has invited technical abstracts from the Corporate Associates, with an allocation of 15 papers; Dr Peter Day (CAPG Chair) has secured this important opportunity for Corporate Associates. Submissions are to be on innovation in research, investigation, design, construction, products and materials. Please look out for this email, already sent to Corporate Associates
  • ISSMGE CAPG Dinner (Wednesday 15th September 2021), to have all the Corporate Associates in one gathering to celebrate the CAPG achievements of the current presidential term. Yuli (Chaido) Doulala-Rigby (Tensar) is the CAPG Social Event Organiser and is contacting each Corporate Associate, to SAVE THE DATE. Please keep a look out for this email
  • Powerful, Informative Talks (PITs) – CAPG is supporting the Technical Program Committee of the ICSMGE 2021 to develop guidelines for inviting and conducting of these innovative short duration talks, modelled from similar initiative at the recent Geo-Congress, USA, to inspire and inform the geotechnical and broader world. Dr Hugo Acosta-Martinez (Aurecon) is contributing to the development of the guidelines.

International Foundations Conference and Equipment Expo (IFCEE), May 10-14, 2021, Dallas, Texas, USA

This is an important event in the geotechnical calendar, and it is organised by and has strong participation of members from ADSC – The International Association of Foundation Drilling, DFI (Deep Foundations Institute), G-I (Geo-Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers), and PDCA (Pile Driving Contractors Association). CAPG is very fortunate to be supported in our initiative for securing a speciality session by the ASCE G-I International Activities Council.

Dr Mark H Wayne (Tensar) will be our USA based Champion/ Anchor person for our work on this, supported by Dr Aly M. Mohammad (AECOM) also of USA. In May 2020, an immense amount of effort has been made by Dr Tim Newson (Vice President North America), Dr Jennifer Nicks (member of the ASCE G-I International Activities Council), Dr Hugo Acosta-Martinez (Aurecon), Ms Lucy Wu (Chair YMPG), and Dr Dimitrios Zekkos (Chair Innovation Development Committee) to deliver a proposal to the IFCEE 2021 organising committee. We expect a decision in June 2020.

“Are we overdesigning?” Survey

Complete details of how to undertake and submit the survey can be found both on the ISSMGE website (https://www.issmge.org/news/are-we-overdesigning-a-survey-of-international-practice). In addition to providing valuable insight into the practice of design across various countries in the world, the survey is also a great opportunity to benchmark companies approach to design of relatively simple geotechnical problems. 

Lucy Wu (Chair YMPG) and YMPG team have proposed an exciting initiative to hold “virtual conferences” at regular intervals in the coming months to encourage greater participation and completion of this survey. We anticipate the first of these “virtual conferences” to be held before end of July 2020 for Africa, followed by other regions as practicable between July and December 2020. These "virtual conferences" will ideally be hosted by Corporate Associates, with introduction and guidance through the session by a prominent geotechnical person in the region, and an easy to use and on time display of answers interface created by the YMPG.  Consideration is also being given to holding these “virtual conferences” in languages other than English. Further details including how to join these "virtual conferences" will be announced in due course. 

Contributing to the ISSMGE Virtual University through short videos on geotechnical engineering

The Innovation and Development Committee (IDC) of the ISSMGE has developed the Virtual University webpage (https://www.issmge.org/news/announcing-the-issmge-virtual-university-an-open-access-global-educational-initiative) which is gathering multiple videos relevant to our profession.  The IDC is seeking the support from all TCs and the CAPG to provide a 10 min short video on “How to…”… e.g. TC304 (Prof Andy Leung and Prof KK Phoon) prepared 15-min video on “How to perform reliability analyses with a spreadsheet”.

The Contribution from Corporate Associates would be more related to activities from geotechnical engineering practice. The videos are meant for undergraduate students. It is a norm that many do not have a chance to see any real equipment or site activities in action. A picture is better than a 1000 words as the saying goes. The IDC has informed CAPG that this kind of videos will be hard for academics to produce – not impossible, but hard. The IDC do not need sophisticated video editing.

Thank you for your continued support of the ISSMGE. Your participation and/or feedback is always appreciated.

Peter Day, Chair CAPG, & Sukumar Pathmanandavel, Co-Chair CAPG

Uploaded on to ISSMGE page post 27 May 2020 CAPG Core Team Conference Call

 

Historical Archives

CAPG Task forces

In May-September 2011 the CAPG put forward 28 creative suggestions on improving their position and visibility in ISSMGE. These were subject to a vote, and the 6 best ideas were identified as follows:

  1. J.-L. Briaud, ISSMGE President
  2. For Regional Conferences, the Organizing Committee should strive to increase industry/practitioner membership and lead roles such as Chair and the like. Keynote lecturers should be given as appropriate by industry. Emphasis on case records should be given in ISSMGE related publications.
    • D. Becker, Golder Associates
  3. Corporate Associates should have a possibility to make presentation of their work at the International and Regional Conferences.
    • M. Lisyuk, Georeconstruction
  4. Allow full page advertisement for CAs in the bulletin on a rotating basis.
    • J.-L. Briaud, ISSMGE President
  5. Open up the case studies database to public view and enable CA’s to add their case studies in a pre-approved and consistent format.
    • Chaido (Yuli) Doulala-Rigby, Tensar Intl Ltd.
  6. ISSMGE can organize workshops/seminars for CA on practical aspects of geotechnical engineering, during meetings of CAPG.
    • M. Lisyuk, Georeconstruction

Three Task Forces have been formed at the meeting, based on the best ideas selected previously by the CAPG members.

Progress of Task Forces

TASK FORCE 1 on Interaction
academician/consultants/contractors/manufacturers/clients
Research list – practice/academicians
Leader: Sukumar Pathmanandavel (Coffey, Australia)

The task force has decided that the development of Streams 1 & 2, as outlined below, will be the main focus in the short to medium term

Stream 1 – Improvement in Education and Research
 

When teaching students, improve the knowledge of the portion of uncertainty/non-accuracy typical of geotechnics – maths as a tool and not a certainty when used in geotechnics; use one’s common sense Improve the relevance of research to practice – solving existing problems


Stream 2 – Improvement in Client Perception
 

Be able to better assess quality of geotechnical consultants, contractors, manufacturers in international markets (quality label, database of performed projects including rating of performance, etc.) Have structured overview/database of available consultants, contractors, manufacturers and their capabilities Improve profile of geotechnical engineering in community, but specifically amongst the asset owner/decision makers Improve the profile of the contractor's geotechnical engineer to the client/consultant in such a way that he also can have a relevant weight in making joint decisions from a practical and site-specific-feedback point of view


The Task force's next steps are
 

  1. To clearly articulate the benefit for CAPG members to join our active committee and help develop the above 2 streams.
  2. To broaden the number of CAPG members participating in the regular meeting calls.
  3. To arrive at focussed and practical activities for Streams 1 & 2 to which the CAPG and ISSMGE can direct their efforts.


TASK FORCE 2. Open up the case studies database to public view and enable CA's to add their case studies in a pre-approved and consistent format

Leader: Chaido (Yuli) Doulala-Rigby (Tensar, UK)

A cover letter and the format for the Case Study (CS) was prepared by Yuli Doulala-Rigby.

The cover letter explains in brief what CAPG is and also outlines the expected content of the CSs to be submitted (up to 5 CSs per CA per year) – a good balance between technical and commercial information

The cover letter and CS template was circulated to the CAPG active members (as per Sukumar's email) including Philippe Henry, who has offered to help Yuli in this task, and Dimitris Zekkos who will help with publishing the CSs

ARCHIVES / CAPG Task forces

In May-September 2011 the CAPG put forward 28 creative suggestions on improving their position and visibility in ISSMGE. These were subject to a vote, and the 6 best ideas were identified as follows:
 

  1. Create an award for outstanding geotechnical project worldwide
    • J.-L. Briaud, ISSMGE President
  2. For Regional Conferences, the Organizing Committee should strive to increase industry/practitioner membership and lead roles such as Chair and the like. Keynote lecturers should be given as appropriate by industry. Emphasis on case records should be given in ISSMGE related publications.
    • D. Becker, Golder Associates
  3. Corporate Associates should have a possibility to make presentation of their work at the International and Regional Conferences.
    • M. Lisyuk, Georeconstruction
  4. Allow full page advertisement for CAs in the bulletin on a rotating basis.
    • J.-L. Briaud, ISSMGE President
  5. Open up the case studies database to public view and enable CA’s to add their case studies in a pre-approved and consistent format.
    • Chaido (Yuli) Doulala-Rigby, Tensar Intl Ltd.
  6. ISSMGE can organize workshops/seminars for CA on practical aspects of geotechnical engineering, during meetings of CAPG.
    • M. Lisyuk, Georeconstruction

Three Task Forces have been formed at the meeting, based on the best ideas selected previously by the CAPG members.

Progress of Task Forces

TASK FORCE 1 on Interaction
academician/consultants/contractors/manufacturers/clients
Research list – practice/academicians
Leader: Sukumar Pathmanandavel (Coffey, Australia)

The task force has decided that the development of Streams 1 & 2, as outlined below, will be the main focus in the short to medium term

Stream 1 – Improvement in Education and Research

When teaching students, improve the knowledge of the portion of uncertainty/non-accuracy typical of geotechnics – maths as a tool and not a certainty when used in geotechnics; use one’s common sense Improve the relevance of research to practice – solving existing problems


Stream 2 – Improvement in Client Perception

Be able to better assess quality of geotechnical consultants, contractors, manufacturers in international markets (quality label, database of performed projects including rating of performance, etc.) Have structured overview/database of available consultants, contractors, manufacturers and their capabilities Improve profile of geotechnical engineering in community, but specifically amongst the asset owner/decision makers Improve the profile of the contractor's geotechnical engineer to the client/consultant in such a way that he also can have a relevant weight in making joint decisions from a practical and site-specific-feedback point of view


The Task force's next steps are

  1. To clearly articulate the benefit for CAPG members to join our active committee and help develop the above 2 streams.
  2. To broaden the number of CAPG members participating in the regular meeting calls.
  3. To arrive at focussed and practical activities for Streams 1 & 2 to which the CAPG and ISSMGE can direct their efforts.


TASK FORCE 2. Open up the case studies database to public view and enable CA's to add their case studies in a pre-approved and consistent format

Leader: Chaido (Yuli) Doulala-Rigby (Tensar, UK)

A cover letter and the format for the Case Study (CS) was prepared by Yuli Doulala-Rigby.

The cover letter explains in brief what CAPG is and also outlines the expected content of the CSs to be submitted (up to 5 CSs per CA per year) – a good balance between technical and commercial information

The cover letter and CS template was circulated to the CAPG active members (as per Sukumar's email) including Philippe Henry, who has offered to help Yuli in this task, and Dimitris Zekkos who will help with publishing the CSs

The cover letter and CS template was amended to the circulation group's comments

– An email with cover letter and CS template was sent to all CAs on 4/4/2013;
– Deadline for receipt of CAs CSs was set at May 31st, 2013.

Planned activity:

– Depending on the CAs response, we might have to extend the May deadline;
– Collect all CSs received, review and circulate to a group of people to scrutinise suitability of CSs for publishing, i.e. not too heavily commercial or too technical;
– Once scrutinised, forward the Case Studies to CAPG Chairman for on line publication through the CAPG website;
– Send notification email to ISSMGE members informing them of the new facility and including the CAPG web link of where they can find the CAs' Case Studies.

 

CORE MEMBERS

Core team of members was formed to advance advancing the development of the CAPG task forces was formed.

The core team of CAPG members are:

Michael Lisyuk (Georeconstruction, Russia)
Sukumar Pathmanadavel and Glenys Fogarty (Coffey, Australia)
Kim Chan (GHD, Australia)
Karel Allaert (Jan de Nul, Belgium)
Gabriele Zapf & Nils Guhl (Siemens, Germany)
Yuli Doulala-Rigby (Tensar, UK)

Four regular meetings have been held (by telephone) at about 6 weekly intervals and have been well contributed by the CAPG active members

ARCHIVES / CAPG Aims and Goals

Corporate Associates Presidential Group was created in 2011 following the initiative of ISSMGE President Prof. J.-L. Briaud.

I would like CAPG to achieve two things:
  1. Tell me what ISSMGE can do for you; what benefits can ISSMGE provide to you?
  2. Grow significantly the number of Corporate Associates of ISSMGE.

Prof. J.-L. Briaud