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42nd IAEG Connector


The 42nd IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

TC204 conference, Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground


A call for papers has been issued by the Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground conference organisers. More information can be found in the “Call for papers” flyer.

Technical Committee 204 (TC204) is one of the major technical committees of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) first established in 1989 as TC28. The committee has made major commitments towards collecting information concerning the geotechnical aspects of the design, construction and analysis of deep excavations, tunnels and large underground structures in the urban environment and hence it is has served as a major platform for practitioners as well as academics to exchange experience and knowledge over the years.

The first two days of the symposium will consist of technical sessions with presentations of General Reports and individual papers. The third day will be dedicated to the technical visit to the work sites of the new Thames Tideway Tunnel project – this is a major tunneling scheme currently being undertaken in London ( which will be under construction at the time of the conference. Delegates joining the technical visit will enjoy a memorable trip to the project on a privately chartered boat on the River Thames in the heart of London. 

More information can be found on the conference website:

Call for abstracts – International Symposium for Offshore Geotechnics


The Fourth International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics (ISFOG) will be held in Texas on 16-19 August 2020.

The symposium features the fifth McClelland Lecture and strives to continue providing a specialist forum for practitioners and academics to share solutions and new ideas that address the dynamic challenges of working in offshore design and installation. ISFOG 2020 will highlight emerging technologies related to data science and emphasizes the recent surges in offshore renewables development in the United States and globally.

A call for abstracts has been announced, and they may be submitted between April 1 and May 31, 2019.

More information can be found in the call for abstracts flyer and on the Deep Foundations Institute website.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular March 2019


The March 2019 ISSMGE News & Information Circular is now available online.

41st IAEG Connector


The 41st IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

40th IAEG Connector


The 40th IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

Sydney YGP Call for Abstracts


The Sydney Chapter of AGS is calling for presenters for the Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Night on Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Four applicants (from industry and universities) will be chosen to give a 15-minute presentation on their preferred topic. Four to six applicants will be invited to display a poster on their preferred topic.

Successful applicants will be selected based on a one page abstract on the subject that they propose to present (due 22 March) and a one page CV. Following selection, a paper of four to six pages and/or an A1 poster would be required on the presentation subject, submission by 9 May for AGS review.

More information is available in the flyer.

36th IAEG Connector


The 36th IAEG Connector newsletter is available online and coincides with the launch of a new IAEG website and welcome from the new IAEG president, Rafig Azzam.

Call for Abstracts ISC’6


The 6th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization: “Toward synergy at site characterisation”, has called for abstracts.

The ISC (International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization) conferences are the major events in the life of ISSMGE’s TC102 (Technical Committee for Ground Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests). Since 1998, it will be the 6th time that geotechnical engineers and geophysicists from all over the world will gather and share their knowledge and experiences.

Besides the conventional site characterization topics, the conference will also focus on some other recent challenges. As numerical modelling plays a more important role in geotechnical practice, there is an increasing demand for links between in situ test results and material model parameters. Some recent research projects in this field (e.g. sophisticated numerical analysis of in situ tests) are very promising, thus a proper forum for discussing those results may be an important starting point in these areas. A special session will be dedicated to this topic which aims to facilitate cooperation between specialists in both fields. Another important aim is to facilitate more active cooperation between geotechnical engineers and geophysicists. While the combined use of the two disciplines can be very beneficial, the use of geophysics in everyday geotechnical works is still limited. In addition to having a session for geophysical testing, we are planning another special session dedicated to potential benefits of cooperation between these two fields, where best practices are presented and discussed. Such a forum may be beneficial for both geophysicists and geotechnical engineers.

Main themes

  • Equipment, Measuring Techniques, Sampling
  • Mechanical Testing (CPT, SPT, DMT, PMT, VST, PLT)
  • Geophysics in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Site Characterization, Case Studies, Uncertainties
  • In Situ Testing and Numerical Modelling
  • Engineering Applications
  • Problematic Soils (e.g. gravels, volcanics, expansive, sensitive, intermediate, mine tailings)
  • Education

Authors may also apply for the Silvano Marchetti Award. The ISSMGE Technical Committee TC102 – Ground Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests in cooperation with the University of L’Aquila, Italy has instituted the Silvano Marchetti Award (SMA) in memory of Professor Silvano Marchetti (1943-2016). The award is funded entirely by Studio Prof. Marchetti, Italy.

AGS NSW Research Award 2019


As part of their ongoing support of academic institutions and students, the Sydney and Newcastle Chapters of the Australian Geoechanics Society are offering the prestigious AGS NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology. The award aims to provide a forum for research students from NSW universities to showcase their research to the wider Geotechnical Community.

More details are available in the flyer.

Important dates:

5th May 2019
Closing date for submissions

17th June 2019
Selection of three finalists

17th July 2019
Finalists presentation

IAEG Newsletter, 2018 Issue 4


The IAEG Newsletter (2018 Issue #4), is now available to download.

ACIGS 2019 International Speakers Program


ACIGS is pleased to announce the first International Speakers Series for 2019 on geosynthetic applications in Transport Infrastructure and Mining Applications.

For more information, download the flyer.

Geosynthetics In Transport Infrastructure

February 19th, 2019
Engineers Australia,
600 Bourke Street, Melbourne
8.30AM – 12.30PM
Tuesday 19 February 2019

Register for Geosynthetics in Transport Infrastructure

Geosynthetics in Mining Applications

February 22nd, 2019
Rydges Hotel,
9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane
8.30AM – 12.30PM

Register for Geosynthetics in Mining Applications

ISSMGE News & Information Circular January 2019


The January 2019, ISSMGE newsletter is available online.

IAEG Top Posts of 2018


The IAEG have published a list of the top posts from their Connector E-News. The list of articles is available online.

ISRM Newsletter No. 44


The latest ISRM newsletter, number 44, is now available online.