TC101 Newsletter

No. 1 - June/July 2015

Dear TC101 Members,

This is the first TC101 Newsletter we decided to launch in order to improve communication and provide a platform for introduction of the TC's activities. Please let us know of any event, success or technical information of general interest you would like to communicate. 
Various information on the TC101 activities can also be found on the ISSMGE (  TC101 ( websites.

Prof. Junichi Koseki. Chair
Prof. Lyesse Laloui, Vice-Chair
Dr. Erdin Ibraim, Secretary

TC101 membership
ISSMGE recently introduced new rules concerning the TCs membership. All TCs members need to be nominated by their Member Society. Each Member Society can nominate up to 2 members with voting right, whereas there is no limit in the number of corresponding members. The corresponding members attend meetings and participate to the TC activities but cannot vote. The membership management is conducted through the ISSMGE website based on a single database kept up to date by the Member Societies. 

Following the ISSMGE Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) recommendations, to achieve more efficient and fruitful TC activities, TC Chairs are invited to monitor members' activity and to invite the Member Societies to replace 'sleeping' members (never seen at meetings or never responding to e-mails and requirements) by more active members. 

To date, TC101 includes 42 nominated members and 5 corresponding members from 23 Member Societies: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom. 

Nomination and selection process of the 4th Bishop Lecturer
TC101 established Bishop Lecture in commemoration to late Professor Alan W. Bishop, to be delivered by the world's most distinguished figures in experimental soil mechanics. Prof. Bishop's original designs for scientific apparatus, meticulous attention to experimental detail and rigorous approach to interpretation were acknowledged internationally. He was also highly successful in applying his research in geotechnical practice, particularly in the fields of embankment dam engineering and slope stability assessment.  The 1st Bishop Lecture was delivered by Professor Fumio Tatsuoka at the 5th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials in Seoul, Korea, 2011. The 2nd Bishop Lecture was delivered by Professor Richard Jardine at the 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Paris, France, 2013. The 3rd Bishop Lecture will be presented by Professor Herve Di Benedetto at the 6th International symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015.

Very recently, ISSMGE requested us to propose the 4th Bishop Lecturer for possible inclusion into the programme of the next ICSMGE Seoul, Korea, 2017.

The process for nomination and selection of the 4th Bishop Lecturer is in progress.  TC101 members were invited to nominate candidates and vote by email to TC Secretary (, deadline: 5th of August 2015. 

An invitation to deliver the lecture is the greatest honour that the Committee can bestow on their peers in recognition of their contributions within the field of geotechnical laboratory experimental research and practice. Bishop Lecturers will all have demonstrated, over a sustained period, the same spirit in scientific research, and commitment to practical geotechnical engineering, as Prof. Alan W. Bishop. 

IS BuenosAires 2015
The 6th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, Buenos Aires, Argentina organised by the TC101 and Sociedad Argentina de Ingeniería Geotécnica (SAIG) is approaching very fast. For registration and other travel and accommodation arrangements please visit the Symposium's website:

Wonderful success for a TC 101 publication

The book entitled “Multiphysical Testing of Soils and Shales” edited by Lyesse Laloui & Alessio Ferrari is having a wonderful success with more than 41415 chapter downloads on SpringerLink since its publication in 2012 (377 in 2012; 14928 in 2013 and 26110 in 2014). Currently there are more than 100 Chapter downloads/week.
This book was published in the context of the TC 101 International Workshop “Advances in Multphysical Testing of Soil and Shales (ATMSS)”, that was held at EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland) from 3rd to 5th, September 2012. The workshop aimed at stimulating the debate on the advances in experimental geomechanics. Contributions on unsaturated soil testing, non-isothermal experiments, shale testing, micro-scale investigations and image analysis techniques were presented and discussed.
Further details:

TC101 International Symposium 2019: selection process of the venue
The planning for the 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials in 2019 started a few weeks ago by launching the selection process of the venue. The size of the IS is somewhere around 200+ participants with a number between 150 and 200 published papers. 
1.    Call for expression of interest.  Deadline:  End of July 2015 
2.    Submission of extended bid documentation (format to be defined). Deadline: End of September
3.     Distribution of documentation to TC101 members
4.     Presentations of the bids during TC101 meeting in Buenos Aires (if no member of a group that is submitting a bid is attending the IS, the presentation can be done by any other TC101 member) followed by voting, if necessary (members not attending the IS can express their preferences by e-mail based just on documentation).