Time Capsule Project (ISSMGE)

The International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) launched the Time Capsule Project to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences with past, present, and future challenges in geotechnical engineering (https://www.issmge.org/the-society/time-capsule).

Contributions from the ISSMGE member societies were published for the International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Sydney in May 2022. Discover the Swiss contribution on this page now. Contributions of the other ISSMGE member societies can be found here


Prof. Puzrin: Tribute to Prof. Haefeli and his research on creeping landslides and the stabilization of the Leaning Tower of St. Moritz”


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Prof. HäfeliProf. HuderSelisberg ViaductPermanent AnchorsGotthard Base TunnelSwelling RockCross Rail

Research and education

Large-scale projects from the past 60 years

Lessons learnt / Damage events

Past, present and future issues in geotechnical engineering

Short articles are being published on the ISSMGE website to discuss past, present, and future issues in geotechnical engineering (Introducing the Time Capsule Project (TCP) Blog Posts | ISSMGE

We don’t need no education – Charles John MacRobert (Stellenbosch University)

Ethics in Geotechnical Engineering – Emilio Bilotta (University of Naples Federico II)

Mind the Gap: Research and practice – Ceres Chung (Geotechnical Engineering Office, Hong Kong)

Are we witnessing the emergence of the Third Era in Geotechnical Engineering Practice? Roger Estephan (Dar) and Grace Abou-Jaoude Estephan (Lebanese American University)Know of directly useful geotechnical research? Speak up! – Marina Pantazidou (National Technical University of Athens)