Distinguished Colleagues, Dear Friends,


This is my thirty second progress report after 970 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 awards, upcoming webinars, the pages in the Paris 2013 conference proceedings, and welcome three new members of the Foundation Donors and one new Corporate Associates.


Awards: please submit the nomination package to the ISSMGE Secretariat and note the deadline and nominator associated with each award.

Outstanding TC: deadline 31 Aug 2012, nominated by the member society hosting the TC chair
Outstanding Geotechnical Project: deadline 31 Aug 2012, nominated by a member society connected with the project
Outstanding Innovator: deadline 31 Aug 2012, nominated by the member society of the innovator’s country
Outstanding Member Society: deadline 31 Aug 2012, self nominated by the member society
Outstanding Paper in the Case histories Journal: deadline 31 Aug 2012, nominated by the Journal Editorial Board
Young Geotechnical Engineer Awards (3): deadline 28Feb 2013, nominated by the member society where the project is located.

For more details check our web site at


Upcoming webinars.
The next webinar will be presented by  Eduardo Alonso (Spain) on 9 July 2012 at 14h00 UTC on the topic of “Unsaturated Soils:  Basic Concepts and Applications”. Unsaturated soils play an extremely important role in our field because if you can solve the problem of unsaturated soils you can solve the easier problem of saturated soils. Don’t miss this free webinar by one of the best on the topic. The following webinar will be presented by Frank Rausche (USA) on 18Sept2012 on the topic of Pile Driving.


Additional pages for Paris 2013 proceedings.
The Organizing Committee met in Paris on Tuesday 29May2012 and made decisions among others regarding the additional pages requests by various countries received before 15May2012. If you are one of those member societies, you will soon be contacted by the organizers with an answer. Please do not send any more request for additional pages as this part of the process is closed.


New Foundation Donors
I am delighted to announce that we have received a series of very generous contributions for the ISSMGE Foundation from China. The contributors are the

Chinese Institution of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (Gold), Zuyu Chen (Silver), and East China Architectural Design and Research Institute (Silver). On behalf of our 89 member societies (countries) and our 19000 individual members, we thank you very much for your support of our professional family.


New Corporate Associates.
I am delighted to announce that Vibropile is our newest Corporate Associates (CA). Serhat Baycan in Australia is our contact for Vibropile. We appreciate your support to ISSMGE. I look forward to interact with Vibropile in the future to make it worth your while. We also need to thank our very own Harry Poulos who helped in this process. By the way, if you are a CA representative, don’t forget the meeting in St Petersburg, Russia on 2 and 3 July 2012. I will be there. For more information contact the Chair of CAPG and meeting organizer: Michael Lisyuk at


This is all for now. Until next month, take care and continue your great work. In the mean time if I can be of some help, count on me.

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