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SOUTHEAST ASIAN GEOTECHNICAL SOCIETY
Letter from the President
This is the very first time we put a letter from the President in our Newsletter. The reason is clear and simple: I believe the success of our society all depends on our members’ input. Your voices are the sources of motivation to sustain and to maintain the continuity of this member network. By soliciting your valuable comments and viewpoints, I thought I would share with you a snapshot of where we are today. It is hoped that this will be a great beginning for all of our members to start dialoging as well as to start that valuable feedback communications in the network. This feedback mechanism I believe will be everyone’s contribution to keep our society at the very leading edge.
It is my great honor and pleasure to be the President of this great society. After taking the office in last May, I attended the ISSMGE Council Meeting in Brisbane in October and the Asian Presidents’ Meeting in Kolkata in December. I realized the many challenges surrounded us. At the same time I found we have great opportunities lie ahead. I also found that, whether you are aware of or not, we Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society has already entered a new era. The most significant event triggering all the major changes is the formal inauguration of the Association of Geotechnical Societies in Southeast Asia (AGSSEA).
It is a very long and bumpy road to get the Association officially established. The idea of setting up an Association was brought up by some of our highly respected founding members and past presidents more than a decade ago. The last General Council Meeting in Kuala Lumpur right after 16SEAGC approved the Statues and assigned a Pro-tem Committee, supported by our Malaysian colleagues, to implement this idea. Thanks to their great efforts, Pro-tem Committee received applications from three ISSMGE member societies. After a marathon-type discussion about the Statues, SEAGS and societies from Vietnam and Hong Kong finally settled all the issues. The Association was officially established after the midnight of December 6, 2007. We are very pleased that Dr. Ooi Teik-Aun, our past president from 1993 to 1996, was elected as the first chairman of the Association. Dr. Za-Chieh Moh, our founder president, was unanimously voted to be the Honorary Founder Chairman of the Association.
The founding of the Association is a great achievement of our society.
Forty one years ago, Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society was founded. We are the only one as a “regional” society in the ISSMGE at that time, others are all “country” members. From the beginning, we have members from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. We even had members from Korea and other places. Our society is a great family for all geotechnical engineers with or without a home society. We are not, and have never been, limited by the geographic boundaries. We just care about the development of the geotechnical engineering and we just share all we have with all geotechnical engineers. That’s the spirit of our society. That spirit keeps our society grow and prosper for more than four decades.
That great spirit of caring and sharing also makes our society a strong support of the ISSMGE all the time. We have always been one of the most active societies in ISSMGE. Today most of our members are from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. We are also serving our members from Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and many other places. We enjoy it very much that we have members from so many places. That makes our society truly unique.
During the past years, some of our members founded their own country societies and have become member societies of ISSMGE. We always give our best wishes to all sister societies in ISSMGE. We also have heard the voice that people miss the good old days when we all share more activities and resources. It implies that we need a mechanism so that all ISSMGE member societies with common interests in this region can work together. This is the very essence of founding the Association. We expect that the Association will become a platform. It will bring all of us together and make great contributions in the future.
Now the Association is founded. People are wondering whether SEAGS will fade out and pass what we have to the Association? The answer is “No”.
On the contrary, we have to work even harder. SEAGS has its own value. SEAGS has its own mission. SEAGS has strong commitment to its members. The founding of the Association is an opportunity to us - an opportunity that we can share more and we can contribute more. We carry a responsibility for the Association because we initiated it. But only when we SEAGS stand strong and grow more rapidly, then we can better provide our unselfish devotion to this newly born Association.
We have so much to do in the very near future:
I am optimistic about the future of SEAGS. The confidence comes from your great support. I have received numerous advices from our senior members. I am very moved by that our past presidents always back me up whenever and wherever I fight for the benefits for our society. I am also very encouraged by our first-time elected General Council members’ contributions. They have contributed a lot and I am quite aware of their willingness to contribute more. I am very grateful to our Secretariat and Journal Editing Board. Their great works make our society a very respectable one. I also greatly appreciate all those members who are also members of the ISSMGE member societies of their hometowns. Their continuous support to this society makes me feel more obliged to make this society better. I particularly would like to thank those members, whom we may not meet often and whom we may not talk much, for their strong commitment to our society. Your message is received.
Finally I would also like to report to you that we have already started to organize the next SEAGC. It will be held in Taipei, 2010. Dr. John Li, our past president from 1998 to 2001, has kindly accepted to be the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 17SEAGC. It needs all of us to work together to make a successful conference. With all your inputs, it would also be a conference symbolizing the beginning of a great new era. Then I could follow my predecessors to pass the torch to our next president without any regret.
Dr. C. T. Chin, SEAGS President
International Symposium on Geotechnical Engineering, Ground Improvement and Geosynthetics for Human Security and Environmental Preservation on 6 to 7 December 2007.
The International Symposium on Geotechnical Engineering, Ground Improvement and Geosynthetics for Human Security and Environmental Preservation was held on 6 to 7 December 2007 at Miracle Grand Convention Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Details of the topics include: Design and Applications of Geosynthetics, Soil Improvement, New Challenge in Dam Engineering, Slope and Embankment Reinforcement, Erosion Control, Tsunami Reconstruction, etc. The Symposium was officially opened by Dr. Monthip Sriratana Tabucanon, Director-General of the Department of Environmental Quality and Promotion of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).
The two-day Symposium had an impressive line up of speakers including Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka of Tokyo University of Science and President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) as well as Prof. Pedro Pinto of the University of Coimbra, Portugal and President of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). There were more than 120 speakers, session chairs, delegates, exhibitors, and sponsors from 23 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Philippines, Singapore, U.S.A., U.K., Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and, of course, Thailand. In addition, there were 13 Exhibitors and 12 Sponsors.
This Symposium served as a forum for the geotechnical and geosynthetic professionals as a whole, and, in particular those who are involved in disaster prevention, mitigation, rehabilitation, and construction works for human security. It is our fervent hope that this Symposium will encourage research activities as well as promote environmental preservations in Thailand. Already, geosynthetics are being used for erosion control along Chao Phraya River banks as well as in the shorelines of the Gulf of Thailand.
Ribbon-cutting for the Exhibition Booths during the International Symposium on Geotechnical Engineering, Ground Improvement and Geosynthetics for Human Security and Environmental Preservation on 6 to 7 December 2007 at Miracle Grand Convention Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
4TH GEOSYNTHETICS ASIA 2008
17 to 20 June 2008, Shanghai, China
The Fourth Geosynthetics Asia 2008 Conference will be held on 17 to 20 June 2008 in Shanghai, China. As the organizer, the Chinese Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (CCIGS) and Chinese Technical Association on Geosynthetics (CTAG) are honored to host this premier event. Geosynthetics has a bright prospect in China. Shanghai is one of the largest commercial cities and economic centers of China. It is being developed into a modern international economic, financial and trade center. The following subjects and events will be covered:
a. Successful and Unsuccessful Application of Geosynthetics in Engineering
b. Geosynthetics in Environmental Engineering
For further information, please visit www.4acg-2008.com and contact the following address:
Chi Jing-Kui, Secretariat of 4acg-Shanghai 2008
No. 388 Yixian Road Shanghai 200434 P.R. China
6TH ASIAN YOUNG GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERS CONFERENCE
15 to 16 December 2008, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
The Indian Geotechnical Society is pleased to invite participants to the Sixth Asian Geotechnical Engineers Conference (AYGEC-2008), to be held in Bangalore under the aegis of Karnataka Geotechnical Center (KGC). This Conference is the sixth in the series following the first in Bangkok (1991), the second in Singapore (1994), the third in Singapore (1997), the fourth in Seoul (2001) and the fifth in Taiwan (2004). This Conference aims at providing interactive platform for the young geotechnical engineers from across Asia. The KGC extends warm invitation to all. The theme of the sixth AYGEC is “Next Generation Geotechnics”. Presentations from all areas of Geotechnical Engineering are welcome including but not restricted to:
National Nominations 15 March 2008
Abstract Submission 15 April 2008
Paper Submission 30 June 2008
For further information, please contact:
Prof. T. G. Sitharam
Organizing Secretary, AYGEC-2008
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India
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INDIAN GEOTECHNICAL CONFERENCE
17 to 19 December 2008, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
The annual conference of Indian Geotechnical Society in 2008 will be held at Bangalore, India. This Conference aims to bring together professional engineers, academicians, researchers, industries, government organizations and others with interest in geotechnical engineering to interact and exchange experiences in Indian context. IISc and KGC extend invitation to all. The conference themes are as follows:
For further information, please contact:
Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Organizing Secretary, IGC-2008
Dept. of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012, India, E-mail: email@example.com; Website: http:/ civil.iisc. ernet.in/~igc2008
10TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON LANDSLIDES AND ENGINEERED SLOPES
30 June to 4 July 2008, Xi’an, China
The 10th International Symposium on Landslides and Engineered Slopes will be held from 30 June to 4 July 2008 in Xi’an China. The following are the possible topics of the Symposium:
For additional information, please contact:
Zuyu Chen, Chairman, Organizing Committee
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
P.O. Box 366, Beijing 100044, China
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.landslide.iwhr.com