Distinguished Colleagues, Dear Friends,


This is my twenty third progress report after 695 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 GeoWorld, webinars, and the Council meeting in Toronto.


GeoWorld: I am very pleased to officially announce the grand opening of GeoWorld (( GeoWorld is to geotechnical engineers what Facebook is to social networking. It is a free professional network for interaction between geotechnical engineers worldwide. We owe this brilliant idea to our very own Dimitrios Zekkos who is also the inventor of, of the International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories, and the Chair of the Innovation and Development Committee. This idea germinated at the beginning of this year and was endorsed by the Students and Young Members Presidential Group, and by the ISSMGE Board. Please, take the time to go visit the site, create your own GeoWorld profile page, and listen to the introduction movie which will give you much more details. You can also find this movie on YouTube at . Now geotechnical engineers worldwide have a way to connect through this very simple electronic way. Your comments for future improvements are most welcome. See you on GeoWorld.


The first ISSMGE webinar took place on 23 August 2011. A total of 111 computers worldwide connected to listen to the webinar (map attached). This is a much larger number than any other webinar I have been associated with or heard of. The webinar went very smoothly thanks to my assistant, Hanna Prichard. I must admit that I was thoroughly exhausted at the end of the day after talking twice to my computer for 90 minutes. The comments were very positive so I am extremely happy with this new development in our International Society. The second webinar will be on 25 October 2011 on the topic of Intelligent Compaction. The speaker will be Professor Antonio Correia (Portugal), chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee on Transportation Geotechnics. Please contact Hanna at if you wish to attend this webinar; she will give you all the details. The fee for this webinar will be $200 per computer connected but many people can watch one computer screen to minimize cost per person. Remember that the ISSMGE Foundation can help. Note that the speakers are not getting paid and are doing these webinars as a contribution to the International Society and its members. The expenses arise from the support staff and our contract with WebEx, the company which facilitates the electronic distribution of the webinars.

Council meeting on 2Oct2011 in Toronto, Canada
This is a friendly reminder about our very important Council meeting in Toronto. Make sure that you come or are represented. The agenda is attached. By the way Dimitris Zekkos will demonstrate GeoWorld at the Council meeting.



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

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