PhD position in EPFL: Effective stress law for partially saturated gas shales

Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS) at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) has an opening for a PhD Position in the field of geomechanics. PhD candidate will carry out research project in collaboration with Chevron Energy Technology Co. in U.S. in the topic: Effective stress law for partially saturated gas shales.

Suitable, highly‐motivated candidates should send an electronic application (including a cover letter describing interests and qualifications and a CV, as a single PDF) to  the email 

More information in the attached document and in the website

Géotechnique Letters journal will publish a themed issue

The journal Géotechnique Letters will publish a themed issue on Latest Findings on Micro to Macro Mechanics of Geomaterials (see attached pdf for further information)

Deadline for abstract submission: 10 April 2018
Communication of accepted abstracts: 10 May 2018
Paper submission deadline: 30 October 2018
First reply of the peer review: 20 December 2018

China-Europe Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, Vienna 13-16 August 2018

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the China-Europe Conference on geotechnical Engineering, in Vienna, 13-16 August 2018. There will be a large delegation from China including Hongkong and Taiwan, Europe and beyond. Please find the invitation bulletin for this conference in the attachment.

Please note that the abstracts are due on the 31st December, 2017. Abstracts can be uploaded via the conference website. The conference proceedings will be published in “Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering”.

More information on the conference is available at the website 

SoilModels, the Successor of the Soilmodels.info Project

Since 2007, the soilmodels.info website has been reached by thousands of geotechnical engineers to download free implementations of advanced constitutive models for geomaterials. Ten years later, its successor is introduced: “SoilModels : Hub For Geotechnical Professionals”. SoilModels transformed to community site joining advanced professionals in all fields of geotechnical engineering, motivating to share ideas, discuss new developments and offer consultancy services to potential users of advanced modelling approaches. You may find here all the implementations from the original soilmodels.info website, and much more…

The new website can be found at the following address: https://soilmodels.com/

Call for Papers — Themed Issue of the journal Environmental Geotechnics

A themed issue of Environmental Geotechnics on shallow geothermal energy for  buildings and infrastructure is planned for 2018. Engineering practitioners and researchers engaged in relevant topics (see the attachment for details) are invited to submit abstracts by 31 July 2017. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2017.

The details can be found in the attachment.

Obituary on Prof. Pierre Foray

Pierre Foray, Professor Emeritus of Grenoble INP passed away on March 24, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. His death a few years after his retirement has saddened many people including his former students, colleagues, and friends. Pierre is well known in the Geotechnical community in France and abroad. The ALERT-Geomaterials community has lost an extraordinary individual with his passing. Continue reading