Keynote Lectures

(Alphabetizing By Last Name)

Prof. Dr. Eng. Atilla Ansal

President of European Association for Earthquake Engineering (EAEE)

Professor Ansal received his Diploma Engineering degree on Civil Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1969 and his Ph.D. on Geotechnical Engineering from Northwestern University, USA in 1977. He was promoted to Associate Professorship in 1982 and to Professorship in 1988 in Istanbul Technical University. He moved to the Earthquake Engineering Department of Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute of Bogaziçi University in 2002. Since March 2012 he is working as full time professor in the Engineering Faculty of Ozyegin University. He served as visiting professor and researcher in different institutions in Norway, Portugal, Italy, Japan, USA and UK for extended periods of time during his academic career.

Atilla Ansal has been the Secretary General of European Association for Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) since 1994. He started the publication BEE in 2002 as the Chief Editor with Kluwer Publishers which later became part of Springer. BEE became one of the SCSI indexed journals and got its first impact factor in 2007. Ever since the 2007, the impact factor of BEE kept increasing and in 2011 was 1.559 which happen to be the second highest among SCSI Indexed earthquake engineering journals. Since 2010 BEE is being published as 6 issues per year. In addition he is the Editor in Chief of the popular book series by Springer on "Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering".

He published over 200 papers in journals, conference proceedings, books and as research reports on soil mechanics, soil dynamics, microzonation, liquefaction, site amplification, earthquake hazard scenarios. He was the Graduate Advisor for 13 Ph.D.Thesis, 24 M.S Thesis.


Lecture Title: To be determined 

Prof. Dr. Eng. Chandrakant S. Desai

Founding President, General Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG)

Chandrakant S. Desai is a Regents' Professor (Emeritus) , Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Desai has made original and significant contributions in basic and applied research in material-constitutive modeling, laboratory testing, and computational methods for a wide range of problems in civil engineering related to geomechanics/geotechnical engineering, structural mechanics/structural engineering, mechanical engineering and electronic packaging. Dr. Desai’s research on the development of the new and innovative disturbed state concept (DSC) for constitutive modeling of geomaterials and interfaces/joints has found significant engineering applications. In conjunction with nonlinear finite element methods, it provides a new and alternative procedure for analysis, design and reliability for challenging and complex problems of modern technology.  He has authored/edited about 20 books, 19 book chapters, and has been author/coauthor of over 320 technical papers in refereed journals and conferences.
Dr. Desai’s research contributions have received outstanding recognitions at national and international levels,  some of which are indentified as: (a)  development and applications of finite element method for problems involving interaction between structures and foundations, (b)  the thin-layer interface element for simulation of contacts (interfaces and joints), (c) the Residual  Flow Procedure for free surface seepage (d)  a novel fundamental approach for microstructural instability including liquefaction,  and  (e) the disturbed state concept for modeling of engineering materials and interfaces, including  thermo-mechanical and rate dependent  behavior of materials in electronic chip-substrate systems.   
His book on the finite element method (Desai and Abel) published in 1972 was the first formal text on the subject in the USA, second in the world. In 1979 he authored the pioneering and the first text for teaching the finite element method to undergraduate students. His book on Constitutive Laws for Engineering Materials (Desai and Siriwardane) in 1984 is considered to be the first on the subject that presented a combination of various material models based on continuum mechanics. In 2001, he authored the book on the Disturbed State Concept (DSC) that presents an innovative concept for modeling materials and contacts in a unified manner, combing the continuum mechanics models and a novel idea for introducing the discontinuities in the deforming material.  In 1977 he co- edited (Desai and Christian)  including   his own contributed chapters, the first book on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering that deals with problems from geotechnical and structural engineering. In 20013-14 he has coauthored (Desai and Zaman) the book, Advanced Geotechnical Engineering: Soil-structure Interaction using Computer and Material Models, which is unique because of its scope, contents and connection between research and applications.
He was the founding General Editor of the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics from 1977-2000. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Geomechanics, published by Geo Institute, ASC, 2001-2008, and now he serves as its Advisory Editor. He has served as a member of Editorial Boards of 15 journals, and has been chair/member of a number of committees of various national and international societies. He is Founding President of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG). He is credited with introducing the interdisciplinary definition of Geomechanics  that involves various areas such as geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics,  static and dynamics of  interacting structures and foundations, fluid flow through porous media, geoenvironmental engineering, natural hazards and earthquakes,  landslides and subsidence,  petroleum engineering, offshore and marine technology, geological engineering and modeling, geothermal energy, ice mechanics, and lunar and planetary geomechanics.
Dr. Desai has received a number of awards and  recognitions, e.g.,  Fellow, National Academy of Engineering, India; Lifetime Achievement Award, Alumni Association of VJTI, University of Bombay; The Distinguished Member Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE);  The Nathan M. Newmark Medal, by Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Institute, ASCE; The Karl Terzaghi Award, by Geo Institute, (ASCE); Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham, U.K.; Diamond Jubilee Honor, Indian Geotechnical Society;   Suklje Award/ Lecture, Slovenian Geotechnical Society; HIND Rattan (Jewel of India) Award,  by Non-resident Society,  New Delhi, India;   Meritorious Civilian Service Award by the U.S. Corps of Engineers; Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Prize by the German Government; Outstanding Contributions Medal by the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics;  Outstanding Contributions Medal in Mechanics by the Czech Academy of Sciences; Clock Award for outstanding Contributions  for Thermomechanical Analysis in Electronic Packaging by the Electrical and Electronic Packaging Division, ASME ; Five Star Faculty Teaching Finalist Award and the El Paso Natural Gas Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.


Constitutive Modeling of geologic materials and interfaces Significant for Geomechanics

Behavior of geologic materials,  interfaces and joints play the vital role for realistic and economical solutions for geotechnical problems under mechanical and environmental (fluid, thermal, chemical, electromagnetic, etc.) loadings. Characterization of the behavior, refereed as constitutive modeling, requires appropriate basic mechanics and physics, testing (laboratory and field), determination of parameters, validations at the specimen level and at boundary value problem level.
      A brief review of available constitutive models will be followed by a description of the unified Disturbed State Concept (DSC). Material behavior involves simultaneous occurrence of factors such as elastic, plastic and creep deformations, volume change, stress path effects, microstructural modifications leading to cracks, fracture, failure, liquefaction, softening or degradation and healing or strengthening. Most available models allow for specific number of these factors, while unified models are desired that allow for, as necessary, simultaneous occurrence of the foregoing factors. The DSC with the hierarchical single surface (HISS) plasticity provides for such unique and versatile unified model.
     A number of examples problems involving testing and modeling of a wide range of materials and interfaces like sand, clay, rocks,  asphalt, concrete, alloys, silicon  involving mechanical,  thermal, fluid and chemical effects will be presented. Solutions and validations for practical problems involving laboratory and field measurements using computer (finite element) procedure with the DSC/HISS will be presented. They would include challenging problems in geotechnical, ground improvement, transportation (pavement), earthquake and liquefaction, underground works,  seepage and consolidation, composites (electronic packaging), and motion of glaciers and ice sheets.
    The importance of appropriate constitutive modeling for realistic solutions in Geomechanics and general engineering cannot be overemphasized.

Prof. Dr. Eng. Amr Elnashai

Vice President and Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer of the University of Houston and the University of Houston System, respectively

Amr Elnashai is the Vice President and Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer of the University of Houston and the University of Houston System, respectively. He was Dean of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, USA, and the Harold and Inge Marcus Endowed Chair in Engineering before joining Houston. Before being dean of engineering at Penn State, he was head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amr is a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers as well as the UK Institution of Structural Engineers. He is author/co-author over 145 journal publications and 4 books and many other reports and publications. He advised 45 PhD students to graduation, and over 100 MS thesis students.


Lecture Title: Coupled Fire and Earthquake Analysis of Steel Buildings

Fire following earthquakes has caused very significant damage and loss of life in previous earthquakes. This presentation introduces an analysis environment that provides versatile and realistic assessment of the combined earthquake and fire effects on steel building frames. The advanced inelastic dynamic analysis platform ZEUS-NL is extended to conduct thermal stress analysis after large deformations and damage have been suffered by the structure. The deformed shape at the end of the earthquake is used as the initial condition for subjecting the structure to non-uniform temperature gradients that are varying with time. This second analysis may also be followed by another dynamic analysis under the effect of earthquake aftershocks. Examples of application are provided from previous earthquakes as well as experimental investigation. The tool presented is an open-source advanced analysis code that is available for use worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Eng. Bengt H. Fellenius

Professional Global Expert of Geotechnical Engineering

Dr. Bengt H. Fellenius is a professional engineer specializing in foundation design and studies by participation in project teams, special investigations, instrumented field tests, etc. Services are also provided in regard to construction problems, claims, and litigation in collaboration with Consultants and Contractors, as well as Owners. Dr. Fellenius, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa from 1979 through 1998, is an internationally recognized authority in the field of soil mechanics and foundation engineering, and, in particular, in deep foundations. He has gained a wealth of practical experience during more than 50 years of work at home and overseas through a variety of assignments that encompass foundation, embankment, and soil improvement design for water and sewage treatment plants, industrial plants, as well as bridges, highway, and airport projects, and marine structures and urban area development projects; some of which he has written up in 300+ technical journal and conference papers, articles, books, and book chapters. Copies of many of the papers are available for downloading from Dr. Fellenius' web site: [] Dr. Fellenius moved from his native Sweden to Canada in 1972 where he worked on foundation investigations and design and construction projects in North America and overseas. In 1973, he was one of the first to apply geotextile soil separation sheets to stabilize roadbeds and construction surfaces, investigating conventional carpet underlay (Celanese) for this purpose. He was active in promoting to the US market the splicing of prestressed concrete piles by means of mechanical full-strength splices, and he introduced to Canada and the USA ground improvement applications of lime column method for reducing soil compressibility and wick drains (the Geodrain and Alidrain) for accelerating consolidation and stabilizing landslides. He was one of the earliest (1977) to research and use dynamic testing and the Pile Driving Analyzer in actual project design and construction. In 1984 he introduced the Janbu method of determining soil compressibility and analysis of settlement. He has also had a fundamental part of the development of commercial software for analysis of settlement from loads on natural soils and soils subjected to soil improvement methods, design of piled foundations, and other software. In 1984, he published the design and analysis method for foundation design known as the “Unified Method of Design for Capacity, Drag Force, Settlement, and Downdrag”. Dr. Fellenius is and has been an active participant in many national and international professional societies and research associations and in Canadian and US Codes and Standards Development. For example, Member of the subcommittee for the American Society for Testing and Materials D-4945 Standard for High-Strain Dynamic Testing of Piles; Chairman of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, CGS, Technical Committee on Foundations writing the 1985 Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual; Member of the Ministry of Transportation Committee for the Development of the 1983 and 1992 Ontario Bridge Design Code; Author of three Public Works Canada publications: Marine Division Master Specifications for Piling, Pile Design Guidelines, and Hammer Selection Guide; Past Overseas Correspondent Member to the Geotechnical Engineering Advisory Panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers, ICE (London); and Past Member of Editorial Board for the ASCE Geotechnical Engineering Journal. Dr. Fellenius has given lectures and courses to several universities and been invited lecturer at international conferences throughout Europe, the Americas, and South-east Asia.


Lecture Title: Wick-drain acceleration of settlement and piled raft foundation response for a container port

Prof. Dr. Eng. I. M. Idriss

UC Davis professor emeritus of geotechnical engineering

I.M. Idriss, a UC Davis professor emeritus of geotechnical engineering, was on the second floor of a San Francisco high-rise when the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck on Oct. 17, 1989. As colleagues dove for cover beneath a conference table, Idriss stood in a doorway … where he had a perfect view of buildings swaying in response to the forces he had studied throughout his career.
“Each earthquake tells us a story,” Idriss explained, during an interview given on the 20th anniversary of this catastrophe. “Sometimes it confirms something we know, or sometimes it tells us something we didn’t know.”
In the wake of the Loma Prieta quake, Idriss was one of eight people named to Gov. George Deukmejian’s Board of Inquiry; the panel was assigned to find out why the Cypress section of I-880 and a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had failed … and how the state could prevent this from happening again. Idriss and his fellow panel members eventually recommended that all of the state’s approximately 24,000 bridges be inspected for quake-worthiness and — if necessary — retrofitted.
Following this inquiry, Idriss and several other UC researchers continued to work with Caltrans, serving on the state’s Seismic Advisory Board and on peer advisory panels for all the Bay Area toll bridge retrofit projects.
Idriss has spent half a century studying how soils react to the shaking that occurs during an earthquake. During that time, his geotechnical advice has been sought by government agencies and advisory panels around the world. He has been involved with the follow-up analysis of every major earthquake since the 1964 Alaska quake, including those at San Fernando, Mexico City, Northridge and Kobe; he has been part of the team of engineers that descends on a region in the aftermath of a major quake, to analyze damage and determine causes of structural collapse.
Loma Prieta was, however, the only quake he experienced in person.
His research on soil mechanics and foundation engineering has influenced the construction of dams, nuclear power plants, seaports, office buildings, residences, hospitals, railways and bridges around the world.
In 1999, Idriss received a UC Davis Distinguished Public Service Award, an honor that recognizes faculty members who have made public service contributions to the community, state, nation and world throughout their professional careers. This followed his 1989 election to the National Academy of Engineering, and the many high honors he has received from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Recognizing the value of such awards, Idriss subsequently established one himself: the UC Davis Prize for Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering — now known as the Idriss Award — which recognizes a graduate student’s achievements in outstanding scholarship, leadership and fellowship.


Lecture Title: To be determined

Prof. Dr. Eng. Buddhima Indraratna

Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia

Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna is a Civil Engineering graduated from Imperial College, London, and obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta in 1987. He pioneered the fields of modern railway geomechanics and soil improvement in early 1990s and brought Australia to the top of the world stage in these fields within a decade. His innovations in unique equipment for prototype process simulation, formulation of track degradation techniques that are adopted now in worldwide standards through rigorous computational methods for design and analysis, and cutting-edge scientific solutions to some major industry challenges facing heavy axle high-speed rail, have made him an internationally renowned expert and a highly sought after consultant. Prof Indraratna’s significant contributions to ground improvement and railway engineering have been acknowledged through numerous national and international awards, including the Inaugural Ralph Proctor Lecture and 4th Louis Menard Lecture of ISSMGE, Thomas Telford Premium in 2015, EH Davis Memorial Lecture of Australian Geomechanics Society in 2009, and the Engineers Australia Transport Medal in 2011.  Last year, he received the highest honor from the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, “The Outstanding Contributions Medal”.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, and Fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia.


Lecture Title: Application of Geo-inclusions for Sustainable Rail Infrastructure under Increased Axle Loads and Higher Speeds

Given the increasing demand for faster trains for carrying heavier loads, current ballasted railroads require considerable upgrading. As a response, this keynote reflects the state-of-the-art developments in track geomechanics, based on large-scale laboratory tests, computational modelling and field measurements where improved performance of ballast by geosynthetics (e.g. geogrids and geocells), as well as energy-absorbing rubber mats and infilled recycled tyres is examined. Full-scale monitoring of instrumented tracks supported by rail industry has been carried out, and the field data obtained for in situ stresses and deformations could verify the track performance, apart from validating the numerical simulations. This presentation will also focus on the role of geo-inclusions in reducing ballast degradation and subgrade soil fluidization through R & D innovations from theory to practice, facilitating enhanced rail design and construction principles to cater for higher speeds and heavier freight.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach

University Professor and Chair of Geotechnical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt

Director of the Institute and the Research Institute for Geotechnical Engineering of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Managing Partner, publicly appointed and sworn expert for geotechnical engineering, Inspector of earthworks and foundation engineering according to Building Regulations, Consulting Engineer. He was the chairman of International Technical Committee TC 18 "Deep Foundations" of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE),
Former Chairman of the International Technical Committee TC 5 "Environmental Geotechnics" of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE),
Member of the Board of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and Member of the Editorial Board of Landslides,
Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Geoingineering Case Histories,
President of the ELGIP European Network of Excellence (Europen Large Geotechnical Institutes Platform),
former Chairman of CEN Committee 341 "Geotechnical Investigation and Testing" of the European Committee of Standardization,
Leading member of the GeoTechNet European R & D Network (Geotechnical Network on polluted land),
Chairman of the Technical Committee "Environmental Geotechnics" of the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT) sometimes geothermal research,
Member of the DIN Standards Board, Department 05 "Foundation, Geotechnical Engineering",
Board member of the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT),
Chairman of the Advisory Board for Earthworks and Foundation Engineering, based at the Federal Chamber of Engineers in Berlin, for the approval of test experts,
Member of the Steering Committee of the Building Standards Committee (NABau) in DIN, Department 05 "Foundation Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering",
Member of the Executive Board of the German Construction Engineering Day,
Head of the Department of Environmental Geotechnics including Geothermal Energy of the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT),
Member of the scientific advisory board of the Center for German and International Building and Building Law (CBTR),
Member of the Advisory Council of the Underground Transportation Company (STUVA).


Lecture Title: Advanced new Methodology for the Identification of Stiffness and Strength of
Weak Rock as Basis for economic Foundation Design

Prof. Dr. Eng. Lyesse LALOUI

Chaired professor and Director of the Soil Mechanics Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland 

Dr. Lyesse Laloui is chaired professor and Director of the Soil Mechanics Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Lausanne, where he developed a major research group in the areas of Soil Mechanics, Geoengineering and CO2 sequestration. He is also Director of the EPFL Civil Engineering Section as well as adjunct professor at Duke University, USA. He also is acting as advisory professor at Hohai University, China. His main research interests are in Geomechanics (Constitutive and numerical modelling of multiphysical coupling processes, laboratory advanced testing), and Environmental and Energy Sustainability (Nuclear waste underground storage, Petroleum Geomechanics, CO2 Geological Sequestration, Geothermal Energy). His most known contributions address the mechanics of unsaturated soils and shales, the thermo-mechanics of clays as well as the development of the thermo-active foundations technology, with over $18 million in research grants, awards and endowments to his credit. He edited 10 books and published over 300 peer reviewed papers. His work is cited more than 3500 times with an h-index of 38. He is the Editor in Chief of the International journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment. He was a guest editor for 6 journal special issues, and the Honorary Editor and Chairman of the Geotechnique Symposium in Print 2013 on Bio- and Chemo-mechanical Processes in Geotechnical Engineering. He is a member of the Editorial board of 7
international journals. He is the vice-chair of the ISSMGE TC101 on Experimental Geotechnics. He gave keynote and invited lectures at more than 30 leading international conferences. He is the recipient of the “Excellent Contributions Award” of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics in 2008, the “2012 Vardoulakis Lecture” from the University of Minnesota, the "12th G.A. Leonards Lecture" from the University of Purdue in 2014, the “2016 RM Quigley Award” from the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and the 30 th Roberval Award at the French Academy of Science in 2018. He has been involved as an expert in several international projects and acts as a consultant in civil, geotechnical and geothermal engineering, including legal and arbitration cases. The patented “Geosynthetic element for soil bio-improvement” is currently being developed in the context of the start-up MeduSoil.



This study proposes an analysis of the multiphysical phenomena governing the thermo-mechanical behaviour of energy piles. The analysis is based on the results of a series of full-scale in-situ tests, laboratory experiments and numerical analyses. First, the thermo-mechanical behaviour of energy piles is considered. Attention is given to both single and groups of energy piles. Next, the response of soils and concrete-soil interfaces subjected to temperature changes is reviewed. The behaviours of clayey soils in different overconsolidation states as well as of both concrete-sand and concrete-clay interfaces are analysed. Finally, aspects considered of paramount importance for the analysis and design (e.g., geotechnical and structural) of energy piles are presented. Both floating and end-bearing energy piles are investigated. The goal of this paper is to increase the confidence of civil engineers on the performance of energy piles.

Prof. Dr. Eng. Mario Manassero

Vice-President for Europe of ISSMGE (2017-2021)

​​​​​​​Mario Manassero obtained his Civil Engineering degree in 1980 at Politecnico di Torino and received his Ph.D. at the same university in 1987. He has been visiting professor at University of Ancona (Italy) from 1988 to 1993, Ghent University (Belgium) in 1996 and at Colorado State University (USA) in 1995. Since 1998, he has been professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.
He has been chairman of Technical Committee (TC) no. 215 "Environmental Geotechnics" of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) for the period 2001 to 2014 and a member of the expert consulting board of the Italian Ministry of the Environment for the Environmental Impact Assessment of major national projects from 2008 to 2012.
His main research activities are devoted to the characterization of soil deposits by in-situ tests, soil improvement and reinforcement methods, containment systems for landfills and polluted subsoils, vacuum extraction of subsoil pollutants and the mechanical behavior of municipal and industrial solid wastes. He has also addressed more fundamental topics like the chemo-physical interaction between pore fluids and the solid skeleton of active clays, the multiphase coupled flows and the associated subsoil pollutant transport phenomena.
He has been invited lecturer in a number of international conferences and academic celebrations. Among them it is worth to mention the State of the Art Lecture on Environmental Geotechnics, at the Millennium Conference “GEOENG2000” jointly  organized  by ISSMGE, ISRM e IAGEA, Melbourne, Australia (November, 2000).
He has been appointed as the second R. Kerry Rowe Lecturer by ISSMGE TC 215 and the Lecture was delivered at the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE), Seoul (Corea), 2017.
He was involved un many committees for the preparation of guidelines and regulations, at national and international level, concerning civil engineering and environmental aspects and he was member of the Italian Geotechnical Society Committee, AGI-UNI-SC7, for the National Application Norm of the Eurocode n. 7 “Geotechnical Design” (CEN).
As far as his professional activity is concerned Mario Manassero was involved in many landmark engineering projects such as the protection of the Venice lagoon, the reclamation and rehabilitation of the Rome International Airport area, the stability assessment of the red mud tailing basin at Portoscuso (Italy), the pollutant containment diaphragm wall at Cengio (Italy) and the design of the Messina Strait bridge foundations and anchor blocs. He has also been geotechnical consultant of the Victoria State Environmental Protection Agency (Australia), contributing to the environmental planning for landfill locations as well as to the landfill design guidelines.
He has authored, co-authored and/or edited five books and more than 150 technical and scientific papers in journals and conference proceedings.



The design of landfill bottom barrier systems on the basis of their performances requires the modelling of the pollutant transport processes, while taking into consideration both advective and dispersive-diffusive phenomena. This modelling can be developed in the context of an environmental and health risk assessment, which allows the specific vulnerability of the site to be taken into account. A calculation procedure, based on closed-form analytical solutions, which can be considered suitable for a second-level risk analysis type, according to the ASTM and USEPA classifications, is presented in this paper. This procedure, although based on a very simple and intuitive conceptual model, is able to provide useful indications for design choices, at least in the preliminary dimensioning phase of a project.

Prof. Dr. Geol. Claudio Margottini

Embassy of Italy in Cairo (Egypt) – Scientific and Technological Attaché

Claudio Margottini is Scientific and Technological Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Cairo (Egypt), vice President of the International Consortium on Landslides, UNESCO Consultant and adjunct Professor at the UNESCO Chair in the University of Florence.
He is trained as a Geologist (Rome 1979) and Engineering Seismologist (UK London, 1983) and has pursued an Italian Government Agencies career (ENEA and ISPRA-Dpt Geological Survey of Italy) and an academic career as adjunct Professor of Engineering Geology for Cultural Heritage (Modena University, Italy 1999 - 2011) and adjunct Professor of Foundamentals of Geothermal Energy and Thermogeology at Huangzou University (Wuhan, China 2012-2016).
In the last 20 years, as Engineering Geologist, he was extensively supporting UNESCO and local institutions in many international project for the conservation of Cultural Heritages in Afghanistan (Bamiyan, Jam, Heart and Zohak), Ethiopia (Aksum and Lalibela), South Korea (Seokguram), Syria Maaloula), Peru (Machu Picchu), Bolivia (Tiwanaku), Georgia (Vardzia and Katski), Chile (Easter Island), Jordan (Petra), North Korea (Kogurio), Mongolia (Bayannuur), Nepal (Lumbini and Swayambu) and others.
Currently is also responsible for the interpretation of remote sensing data (radar interferometry) in the site of Pompei (Italy) and Scientific Coordinator of a EU project for the investigation of the natural hazard and monitoring present trends with radar interferometry, in the European UNESCO sites. The collaboration with UNESCO has also included studies for understanding the role of geology in shaping historic urban landscapes. Author and co-author of more than 300 publications and books.


Lecture Title: To be determined

Prof. Dr. Eng. Günther Meschke

Professor. Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Prof. Günther Meschke is the chair of the Statics and Dynamics at Ruhr-University Bochum. He received PhD degree in constructive engineering at Vienna University of Technology. He became professor at the Institute for Statics and Dynamics at the Ruhr-University Bochum since 1998.

His research and professional practice are primarily related to numerical structural mechanics, multi-field and multi-scale models for materials, numerical algorithms for multi-field simulations, numerical models for short and long-term damage and degradation of materials, implementation of industrial R&D projects and scientific consultancy in the design and calculation of supporting structures and reports on damage etc. 

In last 30 years, Prof. Günther Meschke has produced nearly 300 scientific essays and (co-)organized over 40 scientific conferences and minisymposia. His honors include Award of the City of Vienna for science and Kardinal Innitzer Studienfonds. Prof. Günther Meschke is a  member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the German Academy of Engineering Sciences(Acatech), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Acatech) and the Austrian Science Council.


Lecture Title: To be determined.

Prof. Dr. Eng. Aftab Mufti

Founder President of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII)

Dr. Aftab Mufti is an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the Founding President of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII). He is also the former Scientific Director and President of the Innovative Structures with Intelligent Sensing Canada Research Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence. His research interests include FRPs, FOSs, FEM, bridge engineering, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). At the University of Manitoba he introduced new research area of Civionics Engineering to monitor deteriorating infrastructure. He has authored or co-authored 5 books, plus provided chapters for 2 others, edited 9 books, and written more than 350 technical publications. Dr. Mufti is the recipient of 24 awards. He is the holder of several patents on the steel-free bridge deck concept, of which he is the principal developer. He has been involved in the writing of bridge design codes since 1992, and was the Chair of the Technical Sub-Committee on the Fibre Reinforced Structures of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, published in 2006. He is a fellow of 9 societies. On November 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and on July 1, 2010 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, highest civilian honour bestowed on Canadian citizens, for his contribution to and leadership in the field of civil engineering, notably for researching the use of advanced composite materials and fibre optic sensors in the construction and monitoring of bridges and other infrastructures.


Lecture Title: Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Civionics Enhances the Evaluation of the Load carrying Capacity of Ageing Bridges in Canada

Prof. Dr. Eng. William Powrie

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton

I am a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.
 My main technical areas of interest are: 1- transport infrastructure 2- sustainable waste and resource management, underpinned by an understanding of fundamental soil behaviour.
I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009 in recognition of my work in these areas. I am also Geotechnical Consultant to the internationally-leading groundwater control company, WJ Groundwater Ltd. I am committed to sustainability in daily life, especially in the key areas of transport and resource management. I cycle to work most days, and, wherever possible, re-use and recycle goods and materials.


Lecture Title: To be determined

Prof. Dr. Eng. Peter Robertson

Technical Advisor, Gregg Drilling & Testing Inc., USA and Gregg Canada Ltd.

B.Sc. (Nottingham, U.K.) (1972)
M.A.Sc. (British Columbia, Canada) (1975)
Ph.D. (British Columbia, Canada) (1983)
Dr. Peter Robertson brings more than 40 years experience as an educator, researcher, consultant and practitioner specializing in the areas of in-situ testing and site investigation, earthquake design of geotechnical structures, and soil liquefaction.  Peter is recognized as an expert both nationally and internationally in the areas of in-situ testing and soil liquefaction. He has been a consultant to various industrial clients and insurance companies in North America, Asia and Europe for projects involving liquefaction evaluation for major structures, stability of on-shore and off-shore structures, landslides, stability of natural slopes and tailings dams, and use and interpretation of in-situ tests.  He is the co-author of the primary reference book on Cone Penetration Testing (CPT).  He has also authored or co-authored over 250 publications as well a popular CPT Guide that is freely available via the several websites.  Peter has also assisted in the development of several inexpensive CPT-based interpretation software programs and has presented a series of free webinars in an effort to enhance education and practice.  Peter continues to provide private consulting to a wide range of clients.


CPT-based Soil Behavior Type (SBT) Classification System

Geotechnical engineers use classification systems to group soils according to shared qualities or characteristics based on simple cost effective tests. The most common soil classification systems used in geotechnical engineering are based on physical (textural) characteristics such as grain size and plasticity. Ideally, geotechnical engineers would also like to classify soils based on behavior characteristics that have a strong link to fundamental in-situ behavior. However, existing textural-based classification systems have a weak link to in-situ behavior since they are measured on disturbed and remolded samples.  The cone penetration test (CPT) has been gaining in popularity for site investigations due to the cost effective, rapid, continuous and reliable measurements.  The most common CPT-based classification systems are based on behavior characteristics and are often referred to as a Soil Behavior Type (SBT) classification.  However, some confusion exists since most CPT-based SBT classification systems use textural-based descriptions, such as sand and clay.  The presentation will provide an update of popular CPT-based SBT classification systems to use behavior-based descriptions. The update includes a method to identify the existence of microstructure in soils and examples are used to illustrate the advantages and limitations of such a system.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut F. Schweiger

President of the Austrian National Committee of ISSMGE

Prof. Helmut F. Schweiger is Head of the Computational Geotechnics Group at the Institute of Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Computational Geotechnics of the Graz University of Technology in Austria and has over 25 years of experience in developing and applying numerical methods in geomechanics. He studied Civil Engineering at the Graz University of Technology and obtained his Ph.D. form the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. His main research interests are the development of multilaminate models for soils and the assessment of the influence of the constitutive model for solving practical problems, in particular deep excavations, deep foundations and tunnels. Application of numerical methods in accordance with the design approaches defined in Eurocode7 is another topic he is involved in. His group was a member of several research projects funded by the European Commission. His research is reflected in more than 250 publications in International Journals and Conference Proceedings and invitations to keynote and plenary lectures at International Conferences on Soil Mechanics and Computational Geotechnics. He serves on a number of editorial boards of international journals, including Geotechnique and Computers and Geotechnics, and was chairman of 6th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Engineering. He is Vice-chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee TC103 „Numerical Methods” and Chairman of the European Technical Committee ERTC7 „Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering”. In 2005 he received the "Excellent Contributions Award Regional" of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, the "Best Paper Award" of the Japanese Geotechnical Society and in 2010 the "George Stephenson Medal" of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK for a paper published in Geotechnique. In 2018 he delivered the Szechy Lecture of the Hungarian Geotechnical Society. He is the president of the Austrian Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.


Lecture Title: Examples of successful numerical modelling of complex geotechnical problems

Over the last decades numerical methods have gained increasing importance in practical geotechnical engineering and it can be stated that numerical methods have become a standard tool in geotechnical design, widely accepted by the geotechnical profession. The advantages of numerical analyses for solving practical problems has been recognized and developments in software and hardware allow their application in practice with reasonable effort. However, there is still a gap between practice and research and, often unnecessary, oversimplifications are still made in practice and therefore the full power of numerical analyses is not always utilized. One reason for this discrepancy is a lack of transfer of knowledge from research to practice but also a lack of theoretical background of numerical methods, constitutive modelling and modern soil mechanics in practice. In this paper the application of advanced numerical models for solving practical geotechnical problems is shown whereas the examples have been chosen in such a way that different aspects are highlighted in each case.
Results from fibre-optic measurements for a pull-out test of a ground anchor in soft soil could be reproduced by employing advanced constitutive models, in particular for the grout, in the bonded length of the anchor. For this test a class-A prediction has been made and numerical results have then been compared with in-situ measurements. The back-analysis of a slow moving landslide is presented where the rate of deformation is influenced by water level changes in a reservoir for a pumping power plant, creep of lacustrine sediments and environmental effects such as rainfall infiltration. Finally some results of modelling cone penetration testing in silts are presented highlighting the effects of anisotropic permeability and partial drainage.

Dr. Eng. Alberto M. Scuero

Chairman & Executive President, CARPI TECH, Switzerland

A.Scuero graduated in Hydraulic Civil Engineering at Turin Polytechnic in Italy. After working for major civil engineering construction companies in Italy and Africa, in 1986 he joined CARPI, a private Dutch group that works in the field of waterproofing with geosynthetics. He has been involved in research on geomembrane technologies, for which he invented and holds several patents, in design and application of waterproofing geomembrane systems to all types of hydraulic structures, including 120 large dams. He was the coordinator of the ICOLD European Working Group who prepared ICOLD Bulletin 135 on Geomembrane Sealing Systems for Dams.


Lecture Title: Geomembranes for underwater rehabilitation of hydraulic structures

Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Sondermann

Chairman of the Board of the German Society of Geotechniques (DGGT)

1998: Managing Director Keller Grundbau GmbH: Responsible for all activities in Germany.
2000: Managing Director Keller Holding GmbH: Operational responsibility Continental Europe, Middle East including Africa-Asian activities (CEMEA) in business development and introduction of advanced technologies and methods.
Since 2003: Board Member Keller Group plc., London: 
2003 - 2011, Executive Director responsibility for CEMEA Division
2012 - 2016, Executive Director Group Engineering & Operation
Since 2017: Consulting Engineer Geotechnical engineering and operations
Since 2002: Lecturer at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Katzenbach) on special subjects in geotechnique, ground improvement, grouting and jet grouting.
2003 - 2014: Member of the Board of the German Society of Geotechniques (DGGT)
Since 2006: Chairman of the friend´s association of Geotechnical Institute Technical University Darmstadt
Since 2014: Chairman of the Board of the German Society of Geotechniques (DGGT)



Dr. Eng. Gabriella Vaschetti

The Secretary of the ICOLD European Working Group who prepared ICOLD Bulletin 135

VP - Technical & Marketing Manager, CARPI TECH, Switzerland
Vaschetti graduated in Civil Engineering at the Turin Polytechnic in Italy. After three years as assistant teacher to practical lessons in the same University, she worked as registered professional engineer for private consultants.
In 1992, she joined CARPI, a private Dutch group that works in the field of waterproofing with geosynthetics. She has been involved in the design and tendering phases for application of waterproofing geomembrane systems to all types of hydraulic structures, and in research and development of new application techniques.
She was the secretary of the ICOLD European Working Group who prepared ICOLD Bulletin 135 on Geomembrane Sealing Systems for Dams.


Lecture Title: Geomembranes saving waters in reservoirs and canals

Prof. Dr. Eng. Janusz Wasowski

Professor, CNR-IRPI, Italy

Dr. Janusz WASOWSKI is a research geologist at CNR-IRPI (National Research Council - Institute for Geo-hydrological Protection) in Bari, Italy. He is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Geology. Since 2011 he has held the positions of Visiting Professor at the Research School of Arid Environment and Climate Change, Lanzhou University, Gansu, China and of Science Officer of the Natural Hazards Group Programme, European Geosciences Union (EGU). 
He is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of engineering geology, natural hazards and applied remote sensing. For over 25 years Dr. Wasowski’s work has covered a broad spectrum of research topics ranging from slope instability and landslide assessment, collateral seismic hazards, geotechnical field investigation and in situ monitoring, to exploitation of air/space-borne remote sensing and geophysical surveying in engineering geology. He has also served as a consultant for the National Department for Civil Protection, Italy, the Government of Gansu Province, China, and the Centre National de l'Information Géo-Spatiale, Haiti, focusing on landslides and other geohazards and on the application of high resolution satellite multi-temporal interferometry for monitoring terrain deformations and infrastructure instability. 
Since 2007 Dr. Wasowski has been a member of the Editorial Board of Engineering Geology (Elsevier) and the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (The Geological Society, London). He is the author/co-author of over 100 articles/book chapters and the guest editor of several special issues published in international scientific journals.


Lecture Title: Radar satellite interferometry for monitoring ground and infrastructure instability related to mining and oil/gas field exploitation

Prof. Dr. Eng. Sherif Wissa

Director of the Geotechnical and Heavy Civil Engineering Department at Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair and Partners)

Prof. Dr. Sherif Wissa Agaiby is the Director of the Geotechnical and Heavy Civil Engineering Department at Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair and Partners). Dr Agaiby earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Cairo University, Egypt in 1983 and 1987, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA in 1991. 
Dr. Agaiby taught and conducted research in most fields of Geotechnical Engineering as a university faculty member (Cairo University; 1983 - 2004). Since joining Dar Al-Handasah, Dr. Agaiby has been actively involved in consulting and has participated in the planning, analyzing, designing, and providing during construction follow-up for major engineering projects worldwide. 
Dr. Agaiby is involved in many national and international scientific activities including: Chairperson of the Professional Image Committee, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), 2013 to 2017; Board Member, Council of Foundation of ITA-CET, Foundation for Education and Training on Tunneling and Underground Space Use; member of the Egyptian Code of Practice for Geotechnical Engineering and Foundations on Rock committee and the Site Investigation committee; member of the Egyptian Code of Practice committee for the Design and Construction of Tunnels and Underground Structures.


Lecture Title: To be determined