ISSMGE News and Information Circular January 2021

ISSMGE News & Information Circular

January 2021


Due to the ongoing pandemic, the conference organisers have taken the difficult decision to postpone the conference until Feb-April 2022.  We hope to confirm the final date in the next circular.

  1. TERZAGHI ORATION – News from the ISSMGE President Charles Ng

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Antonio Gens from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain has been selected to deliver the Terzaghi Oration at the 20ICSMGE in Sydney. Professor Gens was selected from a pool of 16 outstanding nominations including 5 former Rankine Lecturers. After reviewing the abstracts of proposed case histories including photographs submitted by 6 finalists and consultation among some distinguished peers in our Society, I had the privilege to select Professor Gens to be our next Orator although the decision was extremely difficult since we had so many outstanding candidates. I am absolutely confident that Professor Gens will deliver an excellent lecture in Sydney. Please join me in congratulating Professor Gens.


The YMPG in collaboration with the Local Organising Committee for the ICSMGE would like to announce the winners of the Bright Spark Lecture Award to two very distinguished engineers: Dr. Ashani Ranathunga (Sri Lanka) and Dr. Brendon Bradley (New Zealand). They are both invited to give keynote lectures at the 20ICSMGE in Sydney.

For the full article, please refer to the News Bulletin, October 2020, page 30 (


These TCs are actively seeking nominations for members from the Member Societies.  Please make sure that your Member Society representative is aware of your interest in joining either of these Committees.

TC107 – Tropical Residual Soils

TC214 -  Foundation Engineering for Difficult Soft Soil Conditions.


The following webinar was recently added to the ISSMGE educational resources available from the website:

  • Prof. Pijusch Samui: "Machine Learning in Geotechnical Engineering
  1. ISFOG 2020 – Proceedings now available

The proceedings for ISFOG 2020 (a specialist conference on offshore geotechnics held under the auspices of TC209) have just been released.  The conference itself has been postponed to late 2021, but the decision was taken to make the proceedings available this time - to ensure the material comes out in a timely fashion, and to honour the commitment of authors to the conference.  The link to purchase the proceedings is at  The cost is USD150.00 and will be deducted from the cost of your conference registration. Registration will open to the public in June 2021. Registrants will be contacted closer to that date and given instructions on how to obtain credit for the purchase of the proceedings.


The latest edition of the ISSMGE Bulletin (Volume 14, Issue 6, December 2020) is available from the website


The ISSMGE Online library ( is in continuous development – please note the following additions/updates:

  • All Proceedings from Australia New Zealand Conferences on Geomechanics

The next deadline for receipt of applications for awards from the ISSMGE Foundation is the 31st January 2021. Click here for further information on the ISSMGE Foundation.


GI-ASCE would like to encourage visitors to its site ( for a wealth of resources and news available to all, including award lectures from the 2020 Geo-Congress (Geo-Institute of ASCE - YouTube) and updates regarding deadlines for paper submissions to relevant conferences (


For a listing of all ISSMGE and ISSMGE supported conferences, and full information on all events, including deadlines, please go to the Events page at  However, for updated information concerning possible changes due to the coronavirus outbreak (ie. postponements, cancellations, change of deadlines, etc), please refer to that specific event’s website.

As might be expected, many events have been rescheduled and we update the Events page whenever we are advised of changes.

The following are events that have been added since the previous Circular:


17th Danube-European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering - 05-09-2022 - 07-09-2022

Ramada Parc, Bucharest, Romania; Language: English; Organiser: Romanian Society for Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering; Contact person: Ernest Olinic, Address: Bvd. Lacul Tei 124;  Email:; Website: