Distinguished Colleagues, Dear Friends,


This is my forty first progress report after 1245 days as your President. Note that previous reports are on the ISSMGE web site at if you need them. In this report, I will talk to you about the Paris ICSMGE conference, the upcoming webinar, the last two awards, the results of the VP elections, the new rules for the ISSMGE Foundation, and a special gift from the Japanese Geotechnical Society.


Paris ICSMGE conference: registration open. The general web site for the Paris conference is and you can now register on line at I really hope to see all of you at the conference. It is going to be a wonderful conference with activities from 31 Aug to 6 Sept 2013. The Young Engineers conference starts on Saturday and Sunday followed by two days of plenary sessions for the main conference on Monday and Tuesday with the Terzaghi Oration and many of the honor lectures from the Technical Committees. The ISSMGE awards will be given on Monday at lunch time. The gala dinner will be on Tuesday night. The concurrent sessions start on Wednesday morning until Thursday evening and Friday are the technical visits. Many other wonderful events are planned for you. See you all in Paris. This is the time where our professional family gets together, once every 4 years: DO NOT MISS IT!


Webinars. We just had another very successful webinar on Ground Improvement presented by our colleagues Serge Varaksin (France) and Noel Huybrechts (Belgium). If you missed it, you can simply access the ISSMGE web site at and listen to the recording. Our next free webinar will be on the topic of Geophysics and will be presented by Sebastiano Foti (Italy) in May2013. For further information check our web site or contact my assistant, Theresa Taeger, at


Awards. As you know we have dramatically increased the number of awards offered by ISSMGE. Two awards are yet to be decided: the Outstanding Young Geotechnical Engineers Award and the Public Relations Award. The deadline for these two awards has been extended to the end of March 2013. The nominations must come through the member societies. Please see the guidelines at and take the time to nominate a worthy colleague.


Vice Presidential Election results. The results of the elections for the 6 regional VPs are in and I wish to thank all those who competed for these very important positions. Your dedication to your profession is very much appreciated. The 2013-2017 Regional Vice Presidents will be


As you may know, we have three candidates for the presidential election which will be decided in Paris at the ISSMGE Council Meeting on 1Sept2013. The deadline for nominations is 14Mar2013 so you still have 4 days if you wish to be a candidate. The three candidates are in alphabetical order:


ISSMGE Foundation. We are receiving a good number of requests for grants to attend the Paris conference and we need more donations to sustain the level of funding that we wish to achieve. So please consider contributing to the Foundation. If you wish to make a gift to the Foundation, simply contact me. Note that in order to properly handle the increase number of requests we have modified the rules for applications. Please check the rules before you apply for an ISSMGE Foundation grant (


Present from the Japanese Geotechnical Society. JGS has sent me the attached notice of Free Online Access for all of you to the Special Issue of the Soils and Foundations Journal on the topic of Geotechnical Aspects of the 2011 Off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake, Vol. 52, Issue No.5, 2012. Thank you so much to JGS for your generosity in sharing with the world this extremely important issue of your Journal.


Best wishes,

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