Croatian Geotechnical Society

Hrvatsko Geotehnicko Drustvo
Croatian Geotechnical Society
Berislavićeva 6
10 000 Zagreb
Croatia

Tel: +385 1 55 35 882
Fax: +385 1 55 35 860
web: www.hgd-cgs.hr

President: Igor Sokolić ISokolic@geotehnicki-studio.hr
Secretary: Ivan Mihaljević mihaljevic.hgd@gmail.com
Treasurer: Davor Milaković davor.milakovic@igh.hr

Croatian Geotechnical Society

History

Introduction

There were three organisational phases that members of the Croatian geotechnical society have undergone:

1. From 1949 to 1983 there was a unique Yugoslav Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering with members from all six former Yugoslav Republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).

2. From 1983 to 1990 geotechnical societies were also active at the level of the former Yugoslav Republics. These societies were members of the Yugoslav Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, which was a member of the International Society as a unique Member Society. Geotechnical conferences were organised both in the Republics and at the Federal level.

3. After the dissolution of former Yugoslavia, most of the six Republics became independent States (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, and Slovenia, whereas Montenegro and Serbia make what is actually called Yugoslavia). The Croatian Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, independent of Societies in other Republics, was founded in 1990. It was accepted as a member of ISSMFE on 15 July 1992, after the recognition of Croatia as the Independent State.

In the following text the name of the former Yugoslav Republic, related to the event or personality from the first phase of history, is indicated in brackets.

First phase

The Yugoslav Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering was founded during the First geotechnical conference, which was held in Bled (Slovenia) from 7-9 October 1949. Prof. Branko Žeželj (Serbia) was elected as the first President of the Society, and Dr. Lujo Šuklje (Slovenia) was elected as the Yugoslav delegate in the International Society.

The Second Conference of the Yugoslav Society was held in Opatija (Croatia) in October 1950.

The Third Conference was held again in Bled (Slovenia) from 28-30 November 1951.

The Fourth Conference was held in Aranđelovac (Serbia) from 14-16 October 1952.

The Second President of the Yugoslav Society was Dr. Lujo Šuklje (Slovenia), and Prof. Dušan Krsmanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) was the Secretary. They were elected during the Fifth Conference, which was held in Ilidža, close to Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) from 2-7 June 1954. The Yugoslav Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering had 42 active members, 78 adjoined members, and 29 group members (geotechnical companies).

The Sixth Conference was held in Dubrovnik (Croatia) from 10-13 October 1955. Prof. Ervin Nonveiller (Croatia) was the newly elected President, and Prof. Dušan Krsmanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) was still the Secretary.

The Seventh Conference was held in Ohrid (Macedonia) from 21-26 April 1957. The Society had 51 active members, 66 adjoined members, and 42 group members.

Prof. Dušan Krsmanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) was elected President, and Ljubomir Filipović (Serbia) Secretary of the Yugoslav Society during the Eighth Conference of the Society, which was held in ÄŒortanovci, close to Novi Sad (Serbia) in June 1959.

The Ninth Conference was held in Belgrade (Serbia) from 10-13 January 1963.

The Tenth Conference was held in Portorož (Slovenia) from 24-27 March 1966. Ljubomir Filipović (Serbia) was elected President, and Prof. Ivan Sovinc (Slovenia) Secretary of the Society.

The Eleventh Conference was held in Skoplje (Macedonia) from 26-28 September 1968. The newly elected President was Prof. Ivan Sovinc (Slovenia), and the Secretary was Ivo Kleiner (Croatia).

The Twelfth Conference was held in Duilovo, close to Split (Croatia) from 29 September to 2 October 1971.

During the Thirteenth Conference, which was held in Budva (Montenegro) from 21-24 May 1975, Ivo Kleiner (Croatia) was elected President, and Prof. Hamid Dolarević (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Secretary of the Society, whereas Prof. Ivan Sovinc (Slovenia) was elected as the Yugoslav delegate in the International Society.

The Fourteenth Conference was held in Ilidža, close to Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) from 15-17 May 1978. Prof. Hamid Dolarević (Bosnia and Herzegovina) was the following President, and Dr. Dmitar Miladinov (Macedonia) Secretary of the Yugoslav Society.

The Fifteenth Conference was held in Ohrid (Macedonia) in 1981. Dr. Dmitar Miladinov (Macedonia) was elected President, and Prof. Petar Anagnosti (Serbia) Secretary of the Yugoslav Society.

The last, Sixteenth Conference of the Yugoslav Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, organised for all members of the former Yugoslavia, was held in Aranđelovac (Serbia) in 1986. During this Conference Prof. Petar Anagnosti (Serbia) was elected President, and Dr. Silvan Vidmar (Slovenia) Secretary of the geotechnical society of Yugoslavia, which was still composed of six Republics at that time.

Proceedings from some of these Conferences were available for conference attendants. The papers were written in one of the languages spoken in the Republic the author(s)were from.