Sociedad Mexicana de Ingeniería Geotécnica

Valle de Bravo No.19 
Col. Vergel de Coyoacán 
Tlalpan 14340 
México, D.F 

Tel:  +52 (55)
Fax: +52 (55)


President: Carlos Roberto Torres Álvarez (,
Secretary: Miguel Ángel Figueras Corte (

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On November 27, 1957, headed by Professor Leonardo Zeevaert W, the then young engineers:

Nabor Carrillo Flores
José A. Cuevas
Eulalio Juárez Badillo
Héctor Calderón Hermosa
Juan José Correa Rachó
Manuel González Flores
Enrique Ríos Lazcano
Enrique Tamez González
Francisco Zamora Millán

founded the Mexican Society for Soil Mechanics (SMMS).

Since then, its main purpose has been predominantly scientific and its aim is to spread the knowledge on soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering through education, research and professional practice. This purpose has been the basis for the Society's work for the last 44 years. Today, the Society has mainly a national coverage with near to 300 members, most of them located in Mexico City and in 7 chapters (regional delegations), which includes the states of:

Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit

The Board of Directors consists of 8 members, which, for the period 2017-2018, are as follows:

President - M. en C. Carlos Roberto Torrez Álvarez
Vice-President - Dr. Moisés Juárez Camarena
Secretary - M. en C. Miguel Ángel Figueras Corte
Treasurer - M. en I. Juan Luis Umaña Romero
Vocals - M. en C. María Guadalupe Olín Montiel
           - M. en I. Francisco Alonso Flores López                                 
           - M. en I. Carlos Omar Vargas Moreno
           - M. en I Héctor Valverde Reyes

The 25 past Presidents were:

Leonardo Zeevaert Wiechers (1957-1968) 
Raúl J. Marsal Córdoba (1969-1970) 
Alfonso Rico Rodríguez (1971-1972) 
Enrique Tamez González (1973-1974) 
Guillermo Springall Cáram (1975-1976) 
Edmundo Moreno Gómez (1977-1978) 
Carlos J. Orozco y Orozco (1979-1980) 
Luis Vietez Utesa (1981-1982) 
Gabriel Moreno Pecero (1983-1984) 
Raúl López Roldán (1985-1986) 
J. Raúl Flores Berrones (1987-1988) 
Luis M. Aguirre Menchaca (1989-1990) 
Gabriel Auvinet Guichard (1991-1992) 
Luis B. Rodríguez González (1993-1994) 
Raúl V. Orozco Santoyo (1995-1996) 
Alberto Jaime Paredes (1997-1998) 
Jorge Orozco Cruz (1999-2000)
Juan J. Schmitter M. del Campo (2001-2002)
Héctor Valverde Landeros (2003-2004)
José Francisco Fernández Romero (2005-2006)
Rigoberto Rivera Constantino (2007-2008)
Walter Iván Paniagua Zavala (2009-2010)
Juan de Dios Alemán Velazquez (2011-2012)
David Yañez Santillán (2013-2014)
Raúl Aguilar Becerril (2015-2016)

In order to achieve its goals, the society organizes conferences, seminars, symposiums, workshops and practical courses.It also publishes proceedings of the technical meetings and events. Currently, there are more than 60 titles available from the Society out of the more than 100 titles it has published since the fifties. A newsletter (bulletin) is delivered bimonthly to the members and starting in 1999 the Society has had its own web site at: where you can read the newsletter on line and get much more information about their ongoing activities and new publications.

The technical meetings and its proceedings, as well as publications normally are related to topics such as:

Geotechnical Site Characterization of many mayor cities all around Mexico. For instance, they include cities and regions as: Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Campeche, Cancún, Celaya, Cd. Juárez, Cd. Obregón, Cd. Victoria, Coatzacoalcos, Colima, Córdoba, Cozumel, Cuernavaca, Culiacán, Chetumal, Chihuahua, Chilpancingo, Durango, Ensenada, Gómez Palacio, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Guaymas, Hermosillo, Irapuato, Jalapa, La Paz, Lázaro Cárdenas, León, Los Mochis, Manzanillo, Matamoros, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexicali, México D.F., Minatitlán, Monterrey, Morelia, Navojoa, Nuevo Laredo, Oaxaca, Orizaba, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Reynosa, Río Bravo, Salamanca, San Luis Potosí, Tampico, Tapachula, Tepic, Tijuana, Tlaxcala, Toluca, Torreón, Tula, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Zacatecas.

Soil Dynamics and Seismic Geotechnical Engineering
Soil-Structure Interaction
Non Saturated Soils
Soft Soils
Cracking of Soils
Aging of Soils
Topics on Environmental Geotechnics
Dam Engineering and Tailing Dams
Slopes and Geosynthetics
Marine soils and Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
Soil Improvement
Groundwater seepage
Rock Mechanics
Guidelines for: Piles and Piers Design, Geotechnical Exploration, Soil Testing
Preservation of Historic Sites
Workshops notes on: Foundation Design and Construction according with the Mexico City Code, Piles and Piers Testing, Environmental Geotechnics, Computation Tools for Geotechnical Engineering

Every two years, in the third week of November of all even years, the Society prepares four mayor technical meetings:

The National Meeting of Soil Mechanics ( to date this meeting has been held 28 times)
The Nabor Carrillo* Lecture (so far this lecture has been held 23 times)
The Leonardo Zeevaert* Lecture (third lecture)
The Raúl J. Marsal* Lecture(seventh lecture)
The Eulalio Juárez Badillo* Lecture (first lecture)
The National Meeting of Soil Mechanics instructors (19 times)

*(To honor professors Nabor Carrillo-Flores, Leonardo Zeevaert, Raúl J. Marsal,and Eulalio Juarez Badillo the more prominent pioneers of the Mexican Soil Mechanics). 

In order to encourage the participation of its young geotechnical members, the Society has established the Manuel González-Flores** Award, in three areas: Education, Research and Professional Practice. The award is granted to three young engineers, providing that they are younger than 40 years, with outstanding careers in one of the aforementioned areas, and is scheduled every two years, back from 1990. The ceremony takes place during the National Meeting of Soil Mechanics. The award winners were:

Education: M. en C. Miguel Ángel Figueras Corte
Research: Dra. Claudia Marcela González Blandón
Professional Practice: M. en I. Guillermo Clavellina Miller

Education: M. en C. María Guadalupe Olin Montiel
Research: M. en I. Sergio Antonio Martínez Galván
Professional Practice: M. en I. Alfredo Cirión Arana

Research: Dra. Alexandra Ossa López
Professional Practice: M. en I. Oscar Luna

Education: Dr. Ricardo Enrique Ortiz Hermosillo
Research: Dra. Norma Patricia López Acosta. and Dr. Eduardo Botero Jaramillo
Professional Practice: M. en I. Oscar Sergio Aguilar Pérez

Professional Practice: Juan Paulin Aguirre

Education: Darío Hurtado Maldonado
Research: Juan Manuel Mayoral Villa
Professional Practice: Anastacio Pérez Rivera

Education: Reginaldo Hernández Romero
Research: Gerardo Silva González Pacheco
Professional Practice: Aarón Sámano Álvarez

Education: Teresa López Lara
Research: José Luis Rangel Nuñez
Professional Practice: David Yañez Santillán

Education: María De La Luz Pérez Rea
Research: Paul Garnica Anguas
Professional Practice: José Francisco Fernández Romero

Education: José Medina Mendoza
Research: Víctor Manuel Taboada Urtuzuástegui
Professional Practice: Martin Ramírez Reynaga

Education: José Luis Castillo Soto
Research: Xiangyue Li Liu
Professional Practice: Walter Iván Paniagua Zavala

Education: Margarita Puebla Cadena
Research: Venancio Trueba López
Professional Practice: Alfredo Sánchez Gómez

Education: Ricardo Padilla Velázquez
Research: Eduardo Rojas González
Professional Practice: Alberto Porras López

Education: José Alfredo Zepeda Garrido
Research: Efraín Ovando Shelley
Professional Practice: Luis Enrique Montañez Cartaxo

Education: Manuel Mendoza López
Research: Alberto Jaime Paredes
Professional Practice: Carlos Gutiérrez Sarmiento
**(To honor Manuel Gonzalez-Flores, one of the founders of the SMMS and a very creative geotechnical engineer, inventor of the "Control Piles System").

Besides the 70 national and international technical meetings, symposia and conferences; the Mexican Society for Soil Mechanics has hosted, the following international conferences:

First Pan-American Conference (Mexico City 1959)
Seventh International Conference (Mexico City 1969)
Tenth Pan-American Conference (Guadalajara 1995)
First Pan-American Conference on the Teaching-Learning Process of Geotechnical Engineering (Oaxaca 2000)
The Sixteenth Pan-American Conference that will be held in Cancun, Mexico on November 2019

Since its foundation in 1957, the Mexican Society of Soil Mechanics (SMMS) has been an active member of the ISSMGE. Furthermore, it has close relationships with related technical Association and Societies, such as the Mexican Society of Rock Mechanics (National Member of ISRM and IAEG), the Mexican Association of Tunneling Engineering and Underground Works (National Member of ITA). Currently, the SMMS is working with these organizations in order to merge them in just one single organization.

Finally, on the 19th May 2009, the society changed its name to become the “Sociedad Mexicana de Ingeniería Geotécnica” so as to include all areas concerned with geotechnics.