Géotechnique 75th Anniversary

The journal Géotechnique is hosting an event on the 27th October 2023 at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London to celebrate its 75th anniversary (https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/page/ice-news/geot75). We wish to gather the geotechnical community to cherish Géotechniques past research and look forward, to future fundamental and applied research.

The day is organised around three main themes:

  • Theme 1 – Soil micromechanics: from surface physics and chemistry to macro engineering applications
  • Theme 2 – Bio-assisted geotechnics: effective strategy in a Net Zero Carbon World?
  • Theme 3 – Artificial Intelligence in geotechnics: virtual dream or practical reality?

Each theme session will include:

  • Introductory Lecture offering a multidisciplinary perspective of the research theme (Lecturers are Prof Carlos Santamarina, Prof Glyn Bengough, and Prof Darren Wilkinson)
  • Géotechnique Research Lecture to cherish the past and look forward to the future (Lecturers are Prof Catherine O’Sullivan, Prof Jason DeJong and Prof Antonio Correia)
  • Discussion
  • Poster session (10 posters per theme)

The event programme is available here.
Tickets are available here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/geotechnique-75th-anniversary-2368059

Going to Aussois following the landslide

Dear ALERT members,

Many of ALERT Workshop and School participants already contacted us about the difficulty to get a train connection to Aussois. Some of you received a message related to the cancelling of their train ticket.

The reason of these canceled trains is the rock slope instability that occured in the Maurienne Valley on Sunday 27th August (see a French article here). As a researcher in geomechanics, this instability problem is really interesting.

However, its consequence is the following: the train connections, the highway and the regional roads are currently closed due to this instability.

We may hope that the highways will be open very soon but it will not be the case for the train lines. That means that the travel by car to Aussois at the end of September should be possible.

The Bureau is in contact with the Center Paul Langevin to try to find a solution to the problem.

For the people coming from France to Aussois (by train), we propose you to take a train to Chambéry and we will organise a bus between Chambéry station and Aussois the Sunday 24th at 6:30 pm.

We will organise also a bus connection between Chambéry station and Aussois the Wednesday 27th at 6:45 pm. The same organisation will be foreseen at the end of the workshop (Wednesday 27th at 6:45pm at the station) and school (Saturday 30th at 3pm at the station) .

We will send directly a message to the participant that declared to come by train to Aussois.

We will do our best to organize the transfer.

For the people coming from Italy to Aussois, the situation is a bit more complex and we would suggest to organize your travel to Aussois by car.

We will of course keep you informed in case of any changes.

Thank you again for your support and hoping to see you in Aussois!

Best regards,
Frédéric COLLIN.

Reminder – ALERT Poster Session 2023

The ALERT Poster session will be held during the ALERT Workshop from September 25 to September 27, 2023 in Aussois.

Those who are interested are asked to submit their abstracts (both word/openoffice and pdf files are required) by email to the coordinators Nadia Benahmed (nadia.benahmed@inrae.fr) and Antoine Wautier (antoine.wautier@inrae.fr) using the attached abstract form (Template).

This year, the ALERT Committee has decided to award a prize (€500) to the poster that demonstrates the greatest originality, aesthetics and clarity, as well as the best scientific content, both in the poster and the abstract.

The deadline for the submission of the abstract is the September 10, 2023For those wishing to participate to the competition, please send your poster (in pdf format) at the same time as your abstract.

LAST WEEK Reminder – ALERT Workshop and School 2023

Dear ALERT community,

It is your last chance to register to attend the ALERT Workshop and School 2023 in Aussois! The deadline for the registration is the September 08th!

The preliminary programme for the School and the Workshop can be accessed here.

In the continuity of last year edition, a remote access to the doctoral school is proposed at the same price as the on-site option. However, this remote option only gives access to the passive attending of the presentations, and no questions could be asked.

This year, the ALERT Bureau has decided to offer one day of accomodation to:

  • all PhD students attending the doctoral school and belonging to an ALERT member institution (in a double room only);
  • all retired researchers attending the workshop.

Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open with your invoice. Please print the window with the invoice for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. If you are an ALERT members, the corresponding representative of your ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

Click here to register for the ALERT Workshop and School 2023.

The accommodation in Aussois will be processed in the order of the registrations (see the hints in the registration form). Please note that the number of rooms in the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin” is limited.
See also hints on how to get to Aussois.

Looking forward to meeting you in Aussois!

Conference “GeoShanghai 2024”

GeoShanghai is a series of international conferences on geotechnical engineering held in Shanghai quadrennially. The conference was inaugurated in 2006 and was successfully held in 2010, 2014 and 2018, with more than 1600 participants in total. Since the last conference, the geotechnical community have witnessed many advances both in fundamental understandings and engineering practices. To demonstrate the latest developments and promote collaborations in geotechnical engineering and related fields, we launch the 5th GeoShanghai International Conference to be held in May 2024. We sincerely invite you to join in this long-anticipated grand event!

Shanghai is a unique cosmopolitan city where traditional Chinese culture has been blended seamlessly into those from all over the world. The geotechnical and underground engineering in Shanghai is under rapid development (e.g., deep excavation of more than 80 m for drainage tunnel). We look forward to welcoming you in Shanghai!

Abstract due: August 31, 2023
Full paper due: October 15, 2023
Acceptance of full paper: December 15, 2023
Final full paper due: January 15, 2024

Website: http://www.geo-shanghai.org


Mingliang Zhou, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Department of Geotechnical Engineering, College of Civil Engineering,
Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Tel: +86-13918955481
Email: geoshanghai@tongji.edu.cn

Yu Qian, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208
Office: (803)777-8184
Email: yuqian@sc.edu

Yade Short Course on “Tackling Challenging DEM Problems”

The Yade DEM open-source software development team is excited to announce the Yade Short Course on “Tackling Challenging DEM Problems”, a satellite event to the DEM9 conference, where you will have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in discrete element modeling.

This hands-on course will provide in-depth tutorials on pore-scale networks, fluid & thermal couplings, and non-spherical particles, and it will take place over the three days preceding the DEM9 conference, during 15-17 September 2023 at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Erlangen, Germany.

Below is an overview of the syllabus:

Day 1: Introduction

  • Introduction to DEM, Yade, and Python
  • Hands-on installation and Python scripts

Day 2: Fluid & Thermal couplings

  • Theory on grain-fluid mixtures, long and short-range effects, and pore-scale triangulation
  • Hands-on session: Building a poroelastic script
  • Brief machine learning exercise: Training a deep surrogate

Day 3: Non-spherical particles

  • Clumps, potential blocks, potential particles
  • Hands-on session: Exploring particle-shape effects

Registration for the course is now open, and we encourage you to secure your spot as soon as possible. The registration fees are as follows:

Academic Participants:

  • DEM9 Participant: €300
  • Non-DEM9 Participant: €500

Industry Participants:

  • DEM9 Participant: €900
  • Non-DEM9 Participant: €1,100

To register, please fill out the Registration Form before the deadline on September 7th, 2023. If you have any questions or require further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at yadeshortcourse@gmail.com and to review the attached PDF Flyer.

Advanced course on Modeling of Localized Inelastic Deformation (LID 2023)

Advanced course on Modeling of Localized Inelastic Deformation (LID 2023) ,taught by Milan Jirásek in Prague, Czech Republic, 4-8 September 2023.

This course provides an overview of modeling approaches used in the mechanics of inelastic materials and structures, with special attention to objective description of highly localized deformation modes such as cracks or shear bands. It is one of the RILEM educational courses. The course is intended for graduate students at the doctoral level, but it can be equally useful to motivated master students, post-doctoral researchers, or senior researchers who are not specialists in this field.

For details see http://mech.fsv.cvut.cz/~milan/course2023.html
For registration please contact Milan.Jirasek@cvut.cz

1st Sino-German Workshop on Offshore Geotechnics “From installation to end-of-life of monopile foundations

In this workshop, internationally recognized and young colleagues will be gathered to provide an insight into their research on the topic of Offshore Geotechnics. This workshop is part of the SINO-GERMAN Mobility Programme, whose objective is to develop, validate and compare constitutive models and numerical methods for driven piles from installation to long-term serviceability. The project is a joint project with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the RUB University Bochum, Germany and the Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. In the name of the joint project it is my pleasure to invite you for a fruitful workshop.

All important information can be found in the attached flyer. In addition, please have a look at https://www.ibf.kit.edu/english/index.php. For further questions please contact: institut@ibf.kit.edu