Distinguished Colleagues, Dear Friends,


This is my thirtieth progress report after 910 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 our upcoming webinar, the page allocations and sponsorship for the Paris-2013 quadrennial conference, and the ISSMGE Board meeting on 29April2012 in Nigeria.

Webinar. Our next webinar will be presented by Kerry Rowe (Canada) on the topic of “Short and Long Term Leakage Through Composite Liners”. Here is another occasion to listen to one of the best in the business. The webinar will be free of charge and is set for 25 April 2012 at 14h00 UTC. Note that this is a different date from the date I announced to you in my last progress report. If you need more information, please contact Theresa at

Additional Proceedings page allocation for Paris 2013. In November 2011, all Member Societies received a letter from Neil Taylor announcing the distribution of page allocation for the 18th ICSMGE in Paris (1-5 Sept 2013, We asked to have any request for additional pages from the Member Societies by 25Jan2012; we received 9 requests. On 26Jan2012, I distributed all of the additional pages that I had as a special Presidential allocation to those 9 member societies. Since then I have continued to receive requests for additional pages (5 member societies), but I have no pages left to give. I talked to the Conference Organizing Committee in Paris and here is what you need to do if you absolutely need more pages.


1. Upload on the web site as instructed by the deadline of 15April 2012 all the abstracts corresponding to your allocation. If you have received additional pages before the January 2012 deadline use it here.

2. For those of you who requested additional pages since the January deadline, send an email to the following email address ( before 15April2012 and officially request additional pages.

3. The chance that you will receive additional pages at this time is remote but we wish to help everyone as much as we can. Please understand that we are facing limitations as well.

4. The Conference Organizing Committee meets on 29May2012 and will make a decision at that time.


The request for additional pages is a very good sign for the success of the Paris 2013 conference.

Sponsors for Paris 2013. Please help us continue to find sponsors for this magnificent conference. This is definitely going to be one the best ever judging from the outstanding work of the organizing committee and the large request for additional pages. If you wish to get marketing exposure, this is the one not to miss. To be a sponsor or if you know someone who wishes to be a sponsor, go to and then to “Sponsors – Exhibitors”.

Board meeting agenda. The ISSMGE Board will meet in Lagos, Nigeria on 29April2012. I attach the draft agenda for that Board meeting for your information. If you have something urgent and important that should be discussed by the Board and that you do not see on the agenda or if you have a comment on some of the topics included, please let me know. I plan to give you a brief report of the board decisions and discussion in my next progress report.



Best wishes,

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