Distinguished Colleagues, Dear Friends,


This is my twenty first progress report after 635 days as your President. Note that previous reports are on the ISSMGE web site ( under “From the President” if you need them. In this report, I would like to talk to you about ISSMGE webinars.


ISSMGE is launching its webinars series. The first webinar will be on 23 August 2011; it will be 90 minutes long and will be offered 2 times during the day at 9h00, and 16h00 (Texas time). The time in Texas on 23August2011 will be UTC/GMT - 5 . The topic is “Bridge scour depth prediction and levee overtopping erosion”. The speaker is Jean-Louis Briaud, President of ISSMGE and Professor at Texas A&M University. Professor Briaud has worked on scour and erosion for the last twenty years and delivered the ASCE Ralph Peck lecture on this topic in 2007. ISSMGE Webinars will be $200 per computer connected. However as an introductory offer, the first webinar will be free of charge. If you wish to connect and listen to this first ISSMGE webinar, please let my assistant, Hanna Prichard ( know that you wish to join the webinar. She will send you detailed instructions. As background, you will need a computer connected to the internet and equipped with speakers. On the day of the webinar, you will hear my voice on your computer speakers and you will see my slides and movies on your screen. You will also be able to ask questions by typing them in a box on the right side of the screen. I attach a few slides of bridge failures for your information. The content of the webinar will be as follows



Note that this ISSMGE Webinar will be recorded and that you can listen to the recorded webinar at a date and time of your choice after 23 August 2011 but the $200 payment will apply. The plan is to offer webinars at a frequency of about one per month in the future.


Please relay this message to all your members. Best wishes,

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