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January 18, 2023

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Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns

Welcome to the 239th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting environmental and engineering geologists around the world!

Our Commission 25 on Engineering Geology Models has been working on a major report for a long time. Today, they are presenting it to you. It is the lead article! They thought that it was so important that they translated the explanation into Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese! Congratulations to the committee!

We also have many news items too! There are two articles about landslides in India, Oregon (USA) and Colombia. Also, there was a large earthquake in Indonesia.


Commission 25 Releases Report on Use of Engineering Geological Models
Commission 25 main members:
Fred Baynes (Chair)
Steve Parry
Martin Culshaw
Jim Griffiths

Guidelines for the development and application of engineering geological models on projects is available for download at in a link in this report.

La Comisión IAEG 25 Directrices para el desarrollo y la aplicación de modelos geológico-ingenieriles en proyectos está disponible para descargar en y está previsto traducirlo al español durante 2023.

A Comissão C25 da IAEG disponibiliza para download no endereço as Diretrizes para o desenvolvimento e aplicação de Modelos Geológicos de Engenharia em projetos . A versão em português será desenvolvida pela ABGE durante o ano de 2023.


President's first message
Dear members of IAEG, dear colleagues and friends,

I would really like to wish you a happy and safe new year. Ι also trust, with no doubt, that we will be able to meet again in person and internationally collaborate more actively for the future of our profession.

We, the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment Engineering Geology serve the “ devoted to the investigation, study and solution of the engineering and environmental problems which may arise as the result of the interaction between geology and the works and activities of human-kind as well as to the prediction of and the development of measures for prevention or remediation of geological hazards” (text from IAEG Statutes).
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14th 'e-YEG' Webinar Series
Thursday 26th January 2023, 16:00 UTC (GMT)

YEG & IAEG present the 14th series of "e-YEG" webinars with invited presentations from Walter Amman (Switzerland) - Head of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos and Head of the Natural Hazards’ Division at the WSL in Birmensdorf, Switzerland, & Ms. Malena D'Elia Otero (Brazil). Click here to read more about the speakers.
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14th International Geochronology Summer School, Deadline
Prof. Dr. Markus Egli
Date: 27-31 August 2023
Location: Morteratsch (Switzerland)

Topics to be covered in lectures, excursions and workshops include dating techniques such as numerical methods (radiocarbon, exposure dating with cosmogenic nuclides, OSL, 137Cs, 210Pb, etc.), dendrochronology, anthracology, archaeomagnetic dating, palaeolimnology, as well as relative methods like soil weathering and Schmidt-hammer technique.
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News from The Netherlands: From Rock to Opera

Ingeokring, the Dutch group of the IAEG celebrated Robert Hack’s rich career in the field of engineering geology during its Autumn symposium “From Rock to Opera”. The symposium, co-organized with Delft University of Technology was very well attended. Among the audience, President Vassilis Marinos and President Stratis Karantanellis. Both brainstormed with the Ingeokring members on how to promote education in engineering geology and involve more young people in IAEG and YEG.

Caption of photo: Robert Hack (standing, 5th position from left) and his wife, both rock & opera-lovers, surrounded by the symposium speakers and organizers, IAEG President Vassilis Marinos and YEG President Stratis Karantanellis. Niek Rengers, ex-IAEG president (standing, 5th position from the right) handed over the Professor Price Prize to Robert Hack for his exceptional contribution to engineering geology in the Netherlands and beyond.

Kick off 2023 with unlocking new potentials with MINEX Kazakhstan 2023!
We wish you success in the New Year and invite you to the MINEX Kazakhstan Mining and Exploration Forum and Exhibition.

The Forum will take place on 19-20 April 2023 in Astana under the central theme "Managing natural resources to accelerate national development."

MINEX Forum has been held in Kazakhstan since 2010 and is one of the most impactful industry events in the Central Asian region. The previous forum and exhibition gathered more than 900 representatives from 170 mining and service companies, government bodies, manufacturers of equipment for exploration, mining and processing of ores and minerals from 16 countries.
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5 IAEG Sponsored Conferences Approved by IAEG Council in September, 2022
At the yearly IAEG Council meeting via Zoom in September, the Council approved five national group's proposals for regional meetings over the next three years. They are listed below with dates. Many thanks to the national groups for their proposals:

1) 14th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (November 6-8, 2023)

2) 2nd Latin American Regional Conference of IAEG in Pucon, Chile (November 13-15, 2024)

3) 4th European Regional Conference of IAEG in Dubrovnik, Croatia (October 2-6, 2024)

4) 4th African Regional Conference of IAEG in Botswana (middle of 2024)

5) 15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG in Dhaka, Bangladesh (November 27-28, 2025)

Save the Date: Next International Symposium on Landslide (ISL2024) and Rock Slope Stability (RSS2024) merged
International Symposium on Landslide
The 14th ISL and RSS 2024 will be held in Chambéry, France, from 8 to 12 July 2024.

The choice of the venue offers an ideal setting for discussing the science and engineering in a relaxed atmosphere around the beautiful Alpine landscapes.

Focusing on the general topic: "Landslides across the scales: from the fundamentals to engineering applications", the event will be placed under the sponsorship of JTC1 (Joint Technical Committee of FedICGS on Natural Slopes and Landslides).
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Save the Date for Next Year's Congress!
The XIV Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment will be held in Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China from September 21 to 27, 2023. Based on the theme of "Engineering Geology for a Habitable Earth", the congress expects to enhance the disciplinary and research development of international engineering geology and the environment, and contributes to the advancement of major projects, ecological progress, and habitable earth with research and discussion in global climate change mitigation and adaption, geological hazard assessment and prevention, geotechnical properties of rock and soil mass, engineering geology applied to traffic, energy, urban and marine, ecological environment protection in major projects, and artificial intelligence, new theories and technologies in engineering geology, etc. We warmly welcome the worldwide engineering geological community to come to Chengdu to participate in this academic event. Read More

Annual Report and Video for YEG
The YEG (Young Engineering Geologists) group of IAEG has been very active this past year. Dr. Stratis Karantenellis has been the main leader, but because he has moved from Greece to the University of Michigan in the United States, he has handed off some of the duties to a wonderful group of new leaders. Below are links to the annual report and also a link to a video they have produced! Enjoy!

Link to video here.

Link to report here.

List of Articles in the Bulletin of Engineering Geology for the past five months
Click here to read October 2022.
Click here to read November 2022.
Click here to read December 2022.

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IAEG Secretary General message
Dear colleagues, We would like to catch your attention to submit proposals of hosting IAEG international events including 15th IAEG Congress in 2026, regional conferences of different continents (like Asian Regional Conference, European Regional Conference, African Regional Conference,Latin American Regional Conference etc.). If you have the plan to host such an IAEG international event, please prepare a proposal which is going to be presented to the Council for approval at the council meeting held on September 14th this year.

Please contact me if you would like to apply for any IAEG International Events.

Thank you for your attention!

Faquan Wu, Secretary General, IAEG

Electronic newsletter number 3 for 2022 from IAEG
Four times a year, the home office of IAEG puts out a comprehensive newsletter for IAEG. Click on the link below to get this latest edition. Read More

Forming a national group
The organisation of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment is generally conducted through National Groups although individual membership is also permitted. Associate membership is encouraged and wherever possible associate members will form part of a National Group. Groups of engineering geologists wishing to form a National Group should contact the Secretary General who will assist them in preparing their application for consideration by the Executive Committee and Council. Read More

Submit a photo of engineering geology in action to the IAEG Connector
The executive committee of IAEG at our recent meeting in Athens suggested we need to have a good photo at the beginning of every IAEG Connector about engineering geology. We have to be careful about publishing photos because of copyright laws. So, we are asking our members to submit photos that they will allow us to use in our newsletter. The photos will show the diversity of what we do! They can be photos of something geological or engineering geologists working on some project. The photographer will get credit for the photo in the newsletter.

If you would like to submit a photo for us to review, send it to Scott Burns, Editor at

3rd JTC1 Workshop on Impact of global changes on landslide risk
The Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC1) of FedICGS is delighted to invite you to join us at the 3rd JTC1 Workshop on Impact of global changes on landslide risk, to be held in Oslo, Norway, on 7-10 June 2023. Anthropogenic impacts and related climate change are unquestionably changing the landslide risk and impacting how we assess and manage the risk(s). The aim of the workshop is to promote discussion between scientists and engineers on whether we are capable of predicting and quantifying the expected changes in landslide risk and how we could implement the knowledge gained from academic research on landslide risk management into practice. Read More

7 Spectacular Speakers at 4th GeoAfrica
Seven eminent speakers – including JP Giroud – are set to make keynote addresses at the 4th African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (4th GeoAfrica). IGS Egypt is looking forward to welcoming delegates to the event on February 20-23, 2023, at the Cairo Marriott Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Read More


'Sister Society' Newsletter Links

IGS (Geosynthetics)

ISSMGE (ISSMGE News & Information Circular)

IUGS E-Bulletin #189

IUGS E-Bulletin #191

IAPG - Geoethics

Geosynthetics Magazine

International Geosynthetics Society

Geosynthetics Conference: Register now!
Hotel Block Closes Jan 13. Book your hotel at the discounted rate before it expires! From Feb. 5-8 at the Kansas City Convention Center.  Register Now


Joshimath - continued development of the landslide
The Landslide Blog
The controversy around the Joshimath landslide crisis has continued to develop over the past week. Most importantly, there is clear evidence that the landslide itself is still moving, although the magnitude of those movements is unclear. Read More

Landslide causes 12-foot drop under highway in Oregon, US
A landslide closed a section of a highway Monday morning in Oregon, dropping up to 12 feet in certain spots. The Oregon Department of Transportation said it was part of an already-active landslide.  Read More

One year after volcanic blast, many of Tonga's reefs lie silent
One year on from the massive eruption of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, the island nation of Tonga is still dealing with the damage to its coastal waters. When Hunga-Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai went off, it sent a shockwave around the world, produced a plume of water and ash that soared higher into the atmosphere than any other on record, and triggered tsunami waves that ricocheted across the region - slamming into the archipelago which lies southeast of Fiji. Read More

6.2 earthquake shakes west Indonesia, no casualties reported
An undersea earthquake shook part of western Indonesia on Monday morning, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake was centered 40 kilometers southeast of Singkil, a coastal district in Aceh province at a depth of 37 kilometers, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Read More

Rosas in Cauca, Colombia: A truly extraordinary landslide
The Landslide Blog
This is a truly extraordinary period for landslides, with so many events occurring that it is hard to decide which to cover. In India, the Joshimath landslide is continuing (rightly) to gain a lot of attention as the situation continues to deteriorate.  Read More

'Surprise' magma chamber discovered bubbling under active Mediterranean volcano
A new magma chamber bubbling beneath an active submarine volcano off the coast of Greece has been discovered. While it doesn’t necessarily mean the volcano poses an immediate danger, the magma chamber's discovery suggests the underwater volcano has the potential to reach "boiling point" within the next two centuries.  Read More

Science Headlines
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IAEG Events
IAEG Congress
September 2023
Chengdu, China
14th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
November 6-8, 2023
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
2nd Latin American Regional Conference of IAEG
November 13-15, 2024
Pucon, Chile
Pucon, Chile
October 2-6, 2024
Dubrovnik, Croatia
4th African Regional Conference of IAEG
Middle of 2024
15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
Dhaka, Bangladesh

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