ISSMGE News and Information Circular - May 2020

Message from the President:

We are all under the threat by the COVID-19 and have suffered and affected by it one way or the other. Many universities and training centres are closed. Many students and engineers may not be able to access and receive necessary education and training. This is a serious disruption to their future. However, the free ISSMGE’s online “Virtual University” should be able to assist them while they are at home or under quarantine. We have developed seven full courses including:

Course 1: Risk-Mitigation, monitoring & Observational Methods
Course 2: In Situ Testing
Course 3: Earthquake Engineering
Course 4: Foundations
Course 5: Soil Characterization
Course 6: Geo-Engineering Education
Course 7. Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

In addition, there are many webinars available online. Please visit the ISSMGE website to find out more details as follows:

Please let whoever needs the education and training know in your countries and regions.

Please watch out the COVID-19 and take great care of your health conditions.  God Bless you all.

Charles Wang Wai Ng


The Abstract submission deadline has been extended to 31st May 2020. For more information:

  1. ISSMGE Awards

Member Societies are hereby called to submit nominations for ISSMGE awards for the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering to be held in Sydney, Australia, in September 2021. Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary General by the closing date of 1 July 2020.  For more information and guidelines for the nomination of the various awards please click here.

  1. Technical Committees

TC221 – Tailings and Mining Waste – A NEW TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

This is a newly formed TC, and it is actively seeking nominations for members from the Member Societies.  Please make sure that your Member Society representative is aware of your interest in joining this committee.

TC217- Land Reclamation

The new chairman of TC217 – Land Reclamation , Prof Jian CHU, has requested that Member Societies nominate (or re-nominate) members.  If you are already a member of TC217, please could you advise your Member Society whether you wish to continue in that role.

  1. Current Technical Committee Members

As part of the annual maintenance of the online database, all Technical Committee members were sent an email from the ISSMGE webmasters asking them to confirm their membership by clicking on a link.  If you have not received the message, but believe you should have, please contact your Member Society to confirm your email address.

  1. Bulletin

The latest edition of the ISSMGE Bulletin (Volume 14, Issue 2, April 2020) is available from the website

  1. TC Guidelines – update

An updated set of Guidelines for the ISSMGE Technical Committees and Honour Lectures are now available from the website -

  1. ISSMGE Online Library – Open Access

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

17th African Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering;
17th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering,
Australia New Zealand conference series back catalogue,
XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI PCSMGE 2019)
9th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground, Sao Paulo, 2017 (TC204)

  1. Are We Overdesigning? A survey of international practice

A joint initiative by the CAPG, the YMPG, TC2015 - Safety and Serviceability and TC304 - Risk.  The survey is intended to assess the consistency of calculation models and design methods for a variety of geotechnical structures, and where possible, to compare the results with full scale tests and reliability analyses.  To participate in the survey please go to

  1. ISSMGE Foundation

The next deadline for receipt of applications for awards from the ISSMGE Foundation is the 31st May 2020. Click here for further information on the ISSMGE Foundation.

  1. 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.

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

         ISSMGE Events


Indian Institute Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India; Language: English; Organiser: TC 302 - Forensic Geotechnical Engineering; Contact person: Prof.Prashanth Vangla; Address: Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi; Phone: +91 9611189007; Email: [email protected]; Website:;