IS-Cambridge 2020

Technical Committee 204 (TC204), one of the technical committees of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and the Geotechnical Research Group at the University of Cambridge would like to invite  you to the Tenth International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground (IS-Cambridge 2020) to be held in Cambridge, United Kingdom from June 29th to July 1st, 2020.

TC204 of the ISSMGE was first established in 1989 as TC28 and has made major commitments towards collecting information concerning the geotechnical aspects of the design, construction and analysis of deep excavations, tunnels and large underground structures in the urban environment. The first symposium was held in New Delhi in 1994 and eight more symposia were held in London (1996), Tokyo (1999), Toulouse (2002), Amsterdam (2005), Shanghai (2008), Rome (2011), Seoul (2014) and Sao Paulo (2017). TC204 decided to hold a tenth in Cambridge in 2020. The 10th symposium will be organised by TC204 of ISSMGE and the Geotechnical Research Group at the University of Cambridge.

The IS-Cambridge 2020 symposium will include themes in line with the terms of reference of TC204 such as tunnelling in soft ground, deep excavations, field monitoring, physical and numerical modelling, the effect of ground movements on existing structures and mitigation measures. The symposium will act as a platform to disseminate the most recent research and field developments in the design and construction of underground excavations in soft ground through keynote lectures and technical presentations.

The first two days of the symposium will consist of technical sessions with presentations of General Reports and individual papers.

The third day will be dedicated to the technical visit to the work sites of the new Thames Tideway Tunnel project, which will be under construction at the  time of the symposium. Delegates joining the technical visit will enjoy a memorable trip to the project on a privately chartered boat  on the River Thames in the heart of London.  For more information, please visit the conference website (