Distinguished Colleagues, Dear Friends,


This is my twenty second progress report after 665 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 the Council Meeting in Toronto at the upcoming PanAm conference, Webinars, ISSMGE and ISRM, the new ISSMGE Public Relations Committee, the result of the TCs evaluation, and the rules for the ISSMGE Foundation applications.


Council meeting in Toronto at Pan-Am conference: the ISSMGE Council will meet in Toronto, Canada at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel starting at 8:30 am on Sunday 2Oct2011 just before the Pan-Am conference ( All 88 National Societies must be represented at this meeting which is very important. Indeed our member societies meet only once every two years so the Council meeting is very important. I hope all of you plan to be there. If you cannot be there, make sure to send somebody to represent your Society or give your proxy vote to another National Society. I attach the agenda.



ISSMGE and ISRM. I have received 14 emails from ISSMGE individual members in response to my question asking if it would be a good idea for ISSMGE and ISRM to merge. 10 were strongly in favor and 4 were against the idea. One might read from this that the topic is not a big priority for ISSMGE members (low number of responses) but that the small sample indicate a definite vote in favor of the merger (71% majority).


Public Relations Committee. During its last telephone meeting, the ISSMGE Board voted unanimously to create a new board level committee called the Public Relations Committee (PRC). The idea is that we do very well at talking to each other (conferences, webinars, Technical Committees) but we do very poorly at connecting with the public and the media. The charge of the PRC will be to do just that. I attach the charge of the new PRC. Please let me know if you are interested in working on this very important committee.


To the TC Chairs and TC Members. Following the yearly report that you sent to the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), TOC chaired by Suzanne Lacasse presented its ”Evaluation of TCs” annual report to the ISSMGE Board. ISSMGE has 30 technical committees. The work of 25 TCs was found satisfactory, 2 were fairly satisfactory, 3 were unsatisfactory. Among the 3 that were unsatisfactory, one TC has been terminated, for another one the Chair has changed, and the third one has seen a quick turnaround. Please continue to contribute to the advancement of our profession through the important work done by the ISSMGE TCs. The next TC yearly report will be requested from you in June 2012 with the TOC “Evaluation of TC” annual report coming in July 2012.


Rules for Foundation applications. Just a reminder that to apply for grants from the ISSMGE Foundation, you should go to the ISSMGE web site
( where you will find the necessary information. Note that the Foundation Committee will make decisions on Feb 1 and Aug 1 of each year and that if you are sponsored by the Foundation you must file a report upon completion of the activity.


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

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