Dr. Marc Ballouz elected as ISSMGE President 2022 – 2026

Dr. Marc Ballouz and Prof. Charles Ng at 20th ICSMGE

At 2022 ICSMGE’s Sydney Council Meeting, Dr. Marc Ballouz was elected as the next President of ISSMGE for the period 2022 – 2026. This is considered the highest position representing the profession worldwide.

The elections was conducted by 90 country members during the 20th ICSMGE conference in Sydney Australia on May 1st 2022. 

ISSMGE 2022 – 2026 Board

Dr. Marc Ballouz has been nominated as a candidate for the presidency of ISSMGE

Dr. Marc Ballouz has been recently nominated by the Geo-Institute of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and the Lebanese Geotechnical Engineering Society, as a candidate for the presidency of ISSMGE (Int’l Society for Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering).  The elections will be conducted by 90 country members during the 20th ICSMGE conference in Sydney Australia on May 1st 2022. 




Japanese Geotechnical Society Lecture

Japanese Geotechnical Society Lecture

Dr Ballouz was invited to give a lecture in Tokyo at the headquarter of the Japanese Geotechnical Society. The one hour lecture was followed by an interactive Q&A session and a celebration dinner.

End of 4 year term as a Board Member of the ISSMGE – 19th ICSMGE Closing Ceremony

19th ICSMGE Closing Ceremony

Dr. Ballouz has just ended his 4 year term, serving as a Board member of the ISSMGE. This was declared at the closing ceremony of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. It was a great opportunity to promote the profession of geotechnical engineering , and visit geo professionals in all five continents at each board meeting and each conference occasion.

Dr Ballouz vowed to keep dedicating a lot of his time in serving the profession within ISSMGE or other bodies.

Dr. Marc Ballouz gives online lecture on the ISSMGE website

Dr. Marc Ballouz is giving an online lecture on the 13th of December at 12.00 am, organized by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, talking about “Challenges in Shoring Deep Excavations in Urban Areas”. Dr. Marc Ballouz is the author of many journal and other publications promoting Geotechnical engineering such as the ISSMGE video entitled “What is Geotechnical Engineering” that is currently the most viewed youtube video related to geotechnical engineering. In 2013 he received the ISSMGE outstanding Public Relations award. This webinar lecture emanates mainly from Dr. Ballouz’s experience in shoring projects around the world with emphasis on case studies in urban cities. After the completion of the webinar, Dr. Ballouz will be happy to answer any questions, posted on the ISSMGE Q&A platform. The platform will remain active for two days, it is located below the present video and you may access it with your GeoWorld account.

Please follow this link in order to watch the webinar.


Dr. Marc Ballouz gives a keynote lecture at the 5th AYGEC

Dr. Marc Ballouz is giving a keynote lecture at the 5th AYGEC (African Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference), which takes place at Ghana between 10th and 12th of August 2016.

From Theory to Practice in Geotechnics

A journey emanating from experience on how to apply advanced theories learned in the classroom to real life projects. After a small introduction on problem solving, two case histories are presented. The first case is design of the SeaBreeze windfarm in Texas. This involved the analysis of the deep foundation system using dynamic simulation and pile group for each wind turbine subjected to wind loads and surge waves. The second case in the implosion of the 20 story old Hilton hotel in Downtown Beirut. The mission was to design the shoring of the existing basement walls using dynamic analyses and peak ground acceleration to withstand the demolition forces, with amazing pictures and surprising results.

Geotechnical Engineers – What is ISSMGE doing for you

Presentation by Dr. Marc Ballouz, during the Geotechnical & Structural Engineering Congress 2016 in Phoenix Arizona. Resources that ISSMGE, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, is putting at the disposition of all civil and structural engineers around the Globe.

ISSMGE Public Relations Award

Dr. Ballouz receiving the ISSMGE Public Relations Award, given every 4 years, here at the 2013 ISSMGE Paris Conference, at the Palais des Congrès, with about 3000 attending engineers from around the globe.