ISSMGE News & Information Circular - June 2020

ISSMGE News & Information Circular
June 2020


  1. Upcoming Webinars
  1. Prof. Luciano Picarelli  - "The Classification of Landslides in Soils in a Mechanical Perspective”.  Launch date 3rd June 2020, 12:00pm GMT;
  2. Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka – “Geosynthetics-Reinforced Soil Structures - Developments from Walls to Bridges.” Launch date 10th June 2020, 12:00pm GMT
  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. Bright Spark Lecture Award at Sydney ICSMGE 2021

The deadline for Bright Spark Lecture Award nominations has been extended to 1 August 2020. Two award recipients will be given the opportunity to give a keynote lecture at the 20th ICSMGE. More information can be found on:

  1. Corporate Associates Presidential Group:

The May 2020 update of Corporate Associates’ varied and exciting activities around the world can be found here  Why and how to join as a Corporate Associate are detailed in

  1. 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.

  1. Bulletin

The latest edition of the ISSMGE Bulletin (Volume 14, Issue 2, April 2020) is 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 30th September 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/amended since the previous Circular:


Streamed from Athens, Greece; Language: English; Organiser: TC306- Geo-engineering Education; Contact person: Marina Pantazidou; Email: [email protected]; Website:;

International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia; Language: English;Organiser: Australian Geomechanics Society; Contact Information: ICMS Australasia, Address: Level 9, 234 George Street, Sydney NSW, 2000, Phone: (+61 2) 9254 5000, Email: [email protected]: Website:

Non-ISSMGE Events

DFI DEEP MIXING 2021 - 05-07-2021 - 08-07-2021 (postponed from June 2020);
Polish Baltic Philharmonic and Congress Centre, Gdansk, Poland; Language: English; Organiser: Deep Foundations Institute, Contact person: Theresa Engler; Address: 326 Lafayette Avenue Phone: 9734234030, Fax: 9734234031, Email: [email protected]; Website:,