Society News

XIV Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment


The XIV Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment will be held in Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China on September 21-27, 2023. Based on the theme of “Engineering Geology for a Habitable Earth”, the congress is expected to enhance the disciplinary and research development of international engineering geology and the environment, and contribute to the advancement of major projects, ecological progress, and habitable earth with research and discussion in global climate change mitigation and adaption, geological hazard assessment and prevention, geotechnical properties of rock and soil mass, engineering geology applied to traffic, energy, urban and marine, ecological environment protection in major projects, and artificial intelligence, new theories and technologies in engineering geology, etc. We warmly welcome the worldwide engineering geological community to come to Chengdu to participate in this academic event.

It will be highly appreciated if you could recommend IAEG XIV 2023 Congress to your faculty, colleagues and students.

We are calling for full-length papers, and the deadline is December 31, 2022:

For the Notification, please refer to

223rd IAEG Connector


New Bylaws and YEG webinar announced — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

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Congratulations to our new officers of IAEG! — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

Congratulations to Anthony Bowden (AGS Sydney-NSW Chapter), who was elected Vice President for Australasia, 2023-2026.

SPARC International Symposium 2022


SPARC Hub at the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University ( is leading the effort to address the current key issues in unbound granular material testing, design and construction processes and make further advancements to maximise the benefits of increasing digitisation within the so-called Industry 4.0 revolution. 

The Hub organises a two-day online workshop on unbound flexible pavements in September 2022.

The workshop comprises keynote presentations from world-renowned experts in various countries and panel discussions with industry experts and leaders involved in unbound pavements testing, design and construction. It will be an excellent opportunity to update knowledge in this rapidly growing area.

  • Day1 (29 September 2022, AEST): The state of practice and advancements – materials, testing and design
  • Day2 (30 September 2022, AEST): Construction, operation and condition assessment of unbound flexible pavements

You can view the detailed program and register for the two-day online event!

It is free for all students.

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Vassillis Marinos is elected new president of IAEG — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, September 2022


The September 2022 News and Information Circular, from ISSMGE, is available to read online.

Piling and Ground Improvement Conference 2022


The 2022 Piling and Ground Improvement Conference will be held on November 16-18, 2022 at the ICC Sydney, Australia.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Network with deep foundations practitioners from around the world
  • Learn about all aspects of deep foundations, retention and ground improvement works
  • Attend informative technical presentations by industry experts
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall featuring innovative products and services

Keynote Speakers

  • “The Geotechnical Industry’s Role in Sustainable Development” Kimberly Martin, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, Keller
  • “Forms of Contracting, Approaches to Risk Sharing and the Impact on Innovation, Productivity and Project Outcomes” Phil Oxley, Mott MacDonald
  • “The Application of Dynamic Analyses for Testing of Non-Uniform Deep Foundations” Samuel Paikowsky, Ph.D., Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • “Driven Displacement Pile Ground Improvement for Liquefaction Mitigation”
    Armin Stuedlein, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, Geotechnical Engineering, Oregon State University

For more information, visit:

219th IAEG Connector


Major flooding around the world leads to Geodisasters — the latest IAEG Connector is available to read online.

Harry Poulos Award: Call for Nominations


The Australian Geomechanics Society (Sydney Chapter) has established the Harry Poulos Award in recognition of the extraordinary impact of Professor Harry Poulos’s contributions to pile foundation analysis and design and his work in understanding soil- structure interaction. His research has enabled a more reliable approach to be adopted for pile design, replacing procedures that previously relied purely on experience and empiricism. He has been a prolific contributor to and supporter of the activities of the international and Australian geotechnical community.

Basis of the Award

The award will be presented annually to a person selected by the Sydney Chapter Committee as having made a significant contribution to either practice or research in foundation engineering or soil-structure interaction. This contribution must have received national and international recognition. The award shall be given every second year to an international nominee.


Nominations should be made, following a call for submissions, to the Sydney AGS Chapter Committee. Anyone is welcome to make a submission (membership of AGS is not required). Submissions must be accompanied by a covering letter setting out the case for the award and have sufficient information for the committee to make an informed decision.

The submission should also include the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae. For Australian nominees, membership of the Australian Geomechanics Society is expected.


The Chairman of the Sydney Chapter Committee shall promulgate a sub-committee of 3 of the chapter committee’s members to consider the nominations. The sub-committee will consider the contributions of the nominees and the value of their practical contributions and the impact of their work on engineering practice.


The awardee will be required to make a presentation to a meeting of members of the Sydney Chapter of the society. The award memento, which will consist of a framed certificate and glass plaque, will be presented at the Sydney presentation, or as otherwise arranged. The presentation may be given to other AGS chapter meetings, subject to individual arrangements.

Submission Deadline

28th October 2022

To make a nomination for the Harry Poulos Award please download the nomination form accompanied by a comprehensive supporting document, and forward your submission to the Chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society Sydney Chapter, Dr Ali Parsa via: [email protected]

218th IAEG Connector


Landslide Nomenclature Commission #37 Publishes two reports — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

Registration Open: TRC – National Workshop on Transportation Geomechanics and Ground Improvement


National Workshop on Transportation Geomechanics and Ground Improvement organised by the Transport Research Centre, UTS will be held on 24 Nov 2022, at Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology Sydney. The details of the Workshop program including speakers and registrations can be found using the link below.

The early Bird Discount rate deadline is on 24 October 2022.

Workshop Chair:

Distinguished Prof Buddhima Indraratna
Email: [email protected]

Technical Program Coordinator:

Dr Trung Ngo (for all technical enquiries)
Email: [email protected]

IAEG Connector, 6 month round-up


I encourage everyone who does not subscribe to our incredible journal to see the list of articles that we have posted for the past 6 months!

There have been lots of geo-disasters around the world this week! Some parts of the world are having incredible droughts while others are having abundant rainfall. Most of the news items are a result of rain like the debris flows in Wellington, New Zealand and Pakistan, and the landslides in Skagway, Alaska (USA), Devon (UK), and Colombia (South America).

A collection of articles published in the last six months by the IAEG can be read online.

AGS Sydney Symposium 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities


The Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) Sydney Chapter is holding its 26th annual Symposium on Friday 11 November 2022, on ‘Reliability-based Design: Advances, Innovation and Experiences’. The symposium forms part of the continuing program of events organised by the AGS Sydney Chapter.

It aims to provide an opportunity to inform geotechnical engineers on reliability-based design and some of the advances, innovation and experiences. The symposium also provides a forum to present the state-of-the-art practice and recent geotechnical advancements made in the practice.


What sponsorship will do for you

  • Significantly increase your visibility and impact at the Symposium
  • Promote your organisation to hundreds of senior-level decision-makers in the industry, and
    nearly 2500 readers of Australian Geomechanics spread throughout Australia
  • Establish name and product recognition
  • Demonstrate to colleagues and clients that you support the industry.
  • Sponsorship is a direct line to customers who may never come to you
  • Sponsorship is a targeted, cost-effective marketing opportunity

Benefits of sponsorship

  • Ability to upload a video (2 minutes long) to play during the symposium, and/or provide LinkedIn link for each level of sponsorship
  • Recognition of your sponsorship at the Symposium and to readers of Australian Geomechanics
  • There will be three levels of sponsorship – Platinum, Gold and Silver.

1. Platinum Sponsor

(one only) – By tender (Minimum $3,000 inc GST)

The Platinum Sponsor will be entitled to acknowledgement on the presenter’s podium and in the Symposium proceedings, and to have their brochure included in the proceedings.

The sponsors will also have their company name on the badge of every symposium attendee and receive a full page advertisement in the Symposium proceedings Promotional benefits include recognition of company name on signage, acknowledgement in program and sponsorship of the bar.

The Platinum Sponsor will be able to set up a booth at the symposium to distribute promotional material to attendees.

Three of the Platinum Sponsor’s employees will be entitled to free admission to the Symposium.

Due to the demand for this sponsorship level, Platinum sponsorship will be
by a tender process to provide a fair and equal opportunity for all potential sponsors at this level.

Non-winning bids will be provided the option of Gold or Silver sponsorship.

2. Gold (Major) Sponsors

$2,500 (including GST)

Gold Sponsors will be entitled to acknowledgement as a Gold Sponsor in the Symposium’s proceedings, and will receive advertisement during the Symposium.

The Gold Sponsor’s employees will be entitled to two physical admissions.

3. Silver Sponsors

$1,500 (including GST)

Silver Sponsors will be entitled to acknowledgement as a Silver Sponsor in the Symposium’s proceedings, and will receive advertisement in the online Symposium.

Further Information

To register your interest, please complete the tender, or order form by 15th September 2022 on the following pages and return to: Saman Zargarbashi via [email protected]

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Richard Wolters Candidates Announced — the latest edition of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

17ARC – Abstract submission deadline has been postponed to August 20, 2022


Please be informed that Abstract submission deadline for 17ARC – the 17th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 2023 in Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) has been postponed to August 20, 2022.

Abstracts need to be uploaded to the website. The templates for the Abstracts and Full Papers are available at

Full Paper deadline is September 1st, 2022.

To submit your Abstract please register first, after confirming the authorization link in your email, please login to your personal account and submit your Abstract by 20 August and your Full Paper by 1st September.

If you don’t get the authorization email — please email to [email protected]

​​​​​​We look forward to welcoming you to our 17ARC conference in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in 2023.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, August 2022


The latest issue of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available to read online.

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List of IAEG Officers for Upcoming Election Released — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

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Special messages from IAEG’s President and Secretary General — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available to read online.

17ARC Abstract Submission Deadline


The abstract submission deadline for the 17ARC for ATC7 members is August 1st, 2022.

Author can submit, for each author, 3 papers.

Registration and abstract submission can be done via the 17ARC website:

Templates for the Abstracts and Full Papers are available at

To submit your Paper please register first at, after confirming the authorisation link in your email, please login your personal account and submit your Abstract.