Corporate Associates Presidential Group

Corporate Associates Presidential Group

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

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), 

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




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.


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)