International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Enigineering


The ISSMGE is the pre-eminent professional body representing the interests and activities of Engineers, Academics and Contractors all over the world that actively participate in geotechnical engineering.

ISSMGE having its secretariat in London currently has more than 80 Member Societies and over 18,000 individual members.


The International Society had its origins in the First International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (ICSMFE) held in Harvard in 1936. A total of 206 delegates attended from 20 countries.

In order to ensure continuation of this very successful initiative, an Executive Committee was set up with Karl Terzaghi as President and Arthur Casagrande as Secretary; but war intervened and the Second ICSMFE was not held until 1948 in Rotterdam. Again this proved to be a great success, with 596 delegates. By the time of the Third ICSMFE in Zurich in 1953, the International Society had become firmly established, with Terzaghi as President and Donald Taylor as Secretary. In 1957 the Secretariat moved to the UK.

The quadriennial ICSMFE became an established pattern from 1953 and the Jubilee Conference was held in San Francisco in 1985, attracting 2000 delegates and guests.

In 1997, Council approved a change in name to the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) to reflect more accurately the activities of the Society.


The aim of the International Society is the promotion of international co-operation amongst engineers and scientists for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of geotechnics, and its engineering and environmental applications.


Individual membership of ISSMGE is achieved through membership of one of ISSMGE Member Societies. This is usually, but not necessarily, the Member Society of the same country as the individual.

The International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering is divided into a number of regions. To find out more about the member societies in these regions & their contact details, Visit official website of ISSMGE.

Anyone wishing to become a member of ISSMGE should contact their local Member Society. In case of difficulty contact the ISSMGE Secretariat. Organisations interested in Corporate Membership should contact the ISSMGE Secretariat.

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