ISSMGE News & Information Circular


See the ISSMGE website – for full details of all ISSMGE activities.

Please distribute this Circular widely. 


All member societies were sent information on paper allocation on the 19th December 2019.  If you have not seen these details, please let the ISSMGE Secretariat ([email protected]) know as soon as possible .

  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. Tables of Giroud et al.  (1972-1973)

The French Society (CFMS) is happy to announce the on-line publication of "Tables pour le calcul des fondations par Giroud et al. (1972-1973) - Édition numérique". Please go to:

  1. Proceedings from the XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI PCSMGE 2019) now available in open access.

The Innovation and Development Committee of ISSMGE is pleased to announce that through the initiative of Dr. Norma Patricia López Acosta on behalf of the XVI PCSMGE Organizing Committee, the 356 papers from the proceedings and the invited lectures volumes of XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI PCSMGE) held in Cancun, Mexico, on November 17-20, 2019 are available in the online library here:

Detailed acknowledgements for the XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI PCSMGE) can be found on the ISSMGE online library acknowledgements section.

  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.

  1. TC306 Geo-Engineering Education Survey  - A message from the Officers of TC306

Dear ISSMGE member,

If you are an instructor in a civil engineering department, please contribute to a TC306 Geo-Engineering Education survey. The title of the survey is “What  Geotechnical Engineering Educational Material can we dream of?”

If you have very limited time but don’t want to miss the opportunity to contribute, just jump to Question 11 (the only required): Please imagine and describe  the “educational material of your dreams”.

You will find the questionnaire here:

Best regards,

Marina Pantazidou and Michele Calvello

(Chair and Secretary of TC306)

  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. Bulletin

The latest edition of the ISSMGE Bulletin (Volume 13, Issue 5, Oct 2019) is available from the website from:

  1. ISSMGE Foundation

The next deadline for receipt of applications for awards from the ISSMGE Foundation is the 31st January 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

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

         ISSMGE Events


POLIS University campus, Tirana, Albania; Language: English; Organiser: Albanian Geotechnical Society; Contact person: Erdi Myftaraga; Phone: +355699336911; Email: [email protected]