Dear colleagues: On behalf of the Chilean Geotechnical Society (SOCHIGE), you are cordially invited to participate in the 17th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVII PCSMGE) and 2nd Latin-American Regional Conference of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) to be held in La Serena, Chile in November 2024. We are delighted to organize this event, for the second time, after hosting it back in 1991.
With an average width of 180 kilometers and a length of about 5000 kilometers, Chile is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the majestic Andes Mountains to the east. These characteristics result in a country with a wide variety of climates and vegetation, as well as both soil and rock conditions along its territory. As part of the Circum-Pacific Belt, Chile is one of the great seismically active regions in the world, which is of particular interest to geoscientists and geotechnical engineers worldwide.
The Panamerican congress will serve as a unique platform for dissemination of knowledge and fruitful interactions among researchers and practitioners from different generations and nationalities. We are excited to keep growing as a community and your attendance is essential to the success of this conference. We look forward to receiving you in our country!
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• Tuesday 12th: Workshops / Short courses / Registration / Opening
• Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th: Conference
• Saturday 16th: Technical visits / Side Activities
• Deadline for abstract submission: 31st August 2023
• Notification of abstract acceptance: October 30th, 2023
• Draft paper submission deadline: February 29th, 2024
• Notification of paper acceptance: May 31st, 2024
• Final paper due: July 31st, 2024
Edgar Bard (Chile)
Carlos Ovalle (Chile/Canada)
Bernardo Caicedo (Colombia)
Alexandra Ossa (Mexico)
Heraldo Giacheti (Brasil)
Lab and in situ testing
Physical and constitutive soil modeling
Residual and saprolitic soils
José Campaña (Chile)
Juan Manuel Pestana (Venezuela/USA)
Miguel Manica (Mexico)
Werner Bilfinger (Brasil)
Seismic analysis of natural soil deposits and geotechnical structures
Infrastructure and transport works
Foundation of buildings and large works
Monitoring and observational method
Juan Manuel Fernandez (Chile)
Mario Terceros (Bolivia)
Walter Paniagua (México)
Mauricio Sales (Brasil)
Use of geosynthetics
Rehabilitation of geotechnical structures
Advances in instrumentation and sensing systems
New image-based technologies in geotechnics
Sergio Sepúlveda (Chile – Canada)
Stella Moreiras (Argentina)
Victor Hernández-Madrigal (México)
Environmental Geology and Geotechnics
Applied Hydrogeology and Water Resources
Rock Mechanics and applications
Geohazards remote sensing and monitoring
Geologic hazard and risk assessment, and territorial planning
Cesar Pasten (Chile)
Douglas Cortés (USA)
Marta Miletic (USA-Canada)
Joan Larrahondo (Colombia)
Yolanda Alberto (Chile-Mexico-Canadá)
Renato Pinto da Cunha (Brasil)
Machine learning and big data in geotechnics
Sustainability and climate change
Matías Silva (Chile)
Pooneh Maghoul (Canadá)
Cristina de Hollanda Cavalcanti Tsuha (Brazil)
Geotechnical Engineering and sustainable development
Education of Earth Sciences and Geotechnical Engineering
Academia and practice in Geotechnical Engineering. How to diminish the gap
Geotechnical works and their impact on communities
The Young Member Presidential Group (YMPG), the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), and the organising committee of the Seventeenth Panamerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PANAMGEO 2024), invite all ISSMGE member societies to nominate their most promising young geotechnical engineers to participate in the “Bright Spark Lecture Award”. Those selected will present their work as keynote speakers at the PANAMGEO, along with a paper to be included in the proceedings of the event. The award, introduced by the ISSMGE, was created to recognise the careers of promising young engineers and academics and to give them a forum to present their work. More information about the award can be found on the ISSMGE website: https://www.issmge.org/the-society/awards/bright-spark-lecture-award.
The Conference Venue will provide a functional and pleasant setting for the Technical Sponsors Exhibition. Refreshments will be served close to the exhibition site to ensure that attendees have plenty of time to visit the exhibit booths.
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Peñuelas Norte 56, Coquimbo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
Images and videos from Sernatur Chile (www.sernatur.cl)
Discover the virtues and surprises that the so-called “Small North” of Chile hides. Located less than 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the capital, Santiago (there are daily flights between the two cities), this destination offers its visitors nice weather throughout the year, extensive plantations of vineyards and fruits, and one of the clearest skies in the world for gazing at the stars. One of the favorite touristic places for Chileans – and we’re sure soon yours too – is the city of La Serena and its surrounding areas. Its beaches, coastline and outdoors, where many sports and leisure activities can be enjoyed, as well as its wide gastronomic offer, its beautiful night skies, and many more appeals, make this city a notable destination for those who would like to know the Small North of Chile.
Take advantage of the beaches of La Serena during the spring and summer, walk along the long Avenida del Mar or go shopping at Recova, the area’s most famous market and arts & crafts fair. In Coquimbo, 9 km from La Serena. you can’t miss La Herradura beach and Barrio Inglés’ nightlife. You can also try your luck at the casino. If you have a sports soul, come and enjoy the many adrenaline sports of La Serena and Coquimbo: trekking, sport fishing, surfing and paragliding are some of the activities waiting for you.
The Elqui valley is a spectacle in itself. The Valley, deeply carved by the Elqui River (formerly called the Coquimbo River), begins only 15 km from La Serena, from where the road makes its way into the Andes Mountains. The sun shines more than 360 days a year in the Elqui Valley, a privileged climate that makes the perfect ripening of the grapes possible in order to produce the best pisco and some of the best wines of Chile. With one of the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere, several international astronomical organizations have installed their observatories here on the summits of the Pachón and the Tololo hills. But for those who love to gaze at the night sky, the spectacle of stars is visible to the naked eye or also with smaller telescopes. The Elqui Valley’s special climatic conditions, with sunny days and cold nights, as well as its fertile land and protected hillsides, make this the most exceptional wine region of northern Chile. In addition to the cultivation of grapes for the production of pisco, Syrah is the leading variety planted for the production of red wine, and Sauvignon Blanc for white wine. Many wineries are open to the public and have wine tastings, tours of their vineyards and facilities, which can be visited entirely in a few hours. The small and sunny traditional town of Vicuña is the main city of the Elqui Valley. This is where Gabriela Mistral, Chilean poet, Nobel Prize winner in 1945, was born. In addition to all these enjoyable scenarios, the Elqui Valley is known for its mystical energy. The locals say it is caused by the clarity of the skies and the direct light that comes from the stars, which translates into healing energies, giving its visitors a moment of total relaxation and disconnection, which can be further enhanced with the wide range of alternative therapies, meditation and spa centers that exist in the place.
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