Distinguished Colleagues, Dear Friends,


This is my thirty ninth progress report after 1185 days as your President. Note that previous reports are on the ISSMGE web site ( under “The Society” then under “The President” if you need them. In this report, I will talk to you about our upcoming webinar, the unveiling of our new web site, and an update on your present.


Webinar. The topic of the next webinar is “An Overview of Geosynthetics and Their Major Applications”. It will be presented by Robert Koerner (USA). Professor Koerner is a word expert on this topic and has written a well known book entitled “Designing with Geosynthetics”. The date and time are 22January2013 at 3:00 pm, GMT Time (London, GMT). The session number is 952 224 700, no password necessary. To register, go to 44ffeee0697fbd15a76a43d455496a9cbe5f1557&RT=MiMyMQ%3D%3D&FM=1


If you have problems, please contact my assistant Theresa Taeger at Remember not to use your phone but rather your computer by voice over IP when listening to the webinar as explained in my 1155 days progress report.


New ISSMGE Web Site. I am very pleased to announce the successful launch of your new ISSMGE website . The new website represents a huge amount of work by many people over the last two years. It germinated in our think tank: The Innovation and Development Committee lead by Dimitris Zekkos. The ebullient Professor Zekkos and his committee did it again and we now have a modern web site with great potential. It was paid for by your dues and developed by ( ), based on ISSMGE and long term partnership agreement. will also be responsible for its maintenance and continued improvement in the future. Here are some key features of the new website:

1. New improved responsive layout and design; the new design and colors resemble

the previous website so as to provide some continuity, but its layout is automatically
adjusted to different screens and computers. The website also has an improved
structure and navigation system.

2. The website now makes available ALL previous ISSMGE webinars as recordings of

the slides and presentations by the speakers  that you can listen to at your leisure. This
is an outstanding collection of lectures that are available to all of you at no cost and we must thank all the outstanding speakers for their generosity. Just visit the website under “resources” and access the webinars.

3. A slider and a block of announcements have been added on the home page to better

promote and highlight key announcements of ISSMGE. Please check the website
regularly to view updates of the slider and new announcements.

4. An improved database of upcoming geotechnical conferences has been organized.

5. The new website also includes a list of Member Societies and addresses

6. The website better integrates our professional networking platform (GeoWorld) as well as the International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories with ISSMGE

7. The website includes a dynamic search button (top right). This button will search only the ISSMGE website and facilitates your search for relevant ISSMGE information.


I am very excited about this new development. Please give us your feedback including things that need to be fixed. Additional improvements and features/content are planned for the website in the near future and I will be announcing these to you in future progress reports.


Your present. I have received many requests for the tie or scarf. I am sending them to you at the address you gave me but it will take a bit of time before you receive it as I process all the requests. So please be a bit patient but if you do not receive it by mid February2013, do let me know.


Best wishes,

Jean-Louis BRIAUD
President of ISSMGE
International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering