17th PAN-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON SOIL MECHANICS AND GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
2nd LATIN-AMERICAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF IAEG LA SERENA · CHILE · 2024
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November 12-16

2024

cordially invited to participate

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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REGISTRATION

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ISSMGE Scholarship

The ISSMGE Foundation was created to aid individual ISSMGE members throughout the world to enhance their geotechnical engineering knowledge and practice by providing financial support for participation in technical and professional activities approved by the ISSMGE Foundation. If you want to apply, see the requirements in the button bellow:

Key dates

Conference - November 2024

• Tuesday 12th: Workshops / Short courses / Registration / Opening

• Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th: Conference

• Saturday 16th: Technical visits / Side Activities

Papers

• Deadline for abstract submission: 31st August 2023

• Notification of abstract acceptance: October 30th, 2023

• Paper submission deadline: April 30th, 2024

• Notification of paper acceptance: up to July 31st, 2024

• Final paper due: July 31st, 2024

Conference Themes

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

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

  • Unsaturated soils

  • Soft soils

  • Residual and saprolitic soils

  • Rockfill

  • Soil geochemistry

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

José Campaña (Chile)

Juan Manuel Pestana (Venezuela/USA)

Miguel Manica (Mexico)

Werner Bilfinger (Brasil)

  • Numerical modeling

  • Seismic analysis of natural soil deposits and geotechnical structures

  • Mining structures

  • Talings dams

  • Infrastructure and transport works

  • Foundation of buildings and large works

  • Transportation geotechnics

  • Monitoring and observational method

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Juan Manuel Fernandez (Chile)

Mario Terceros (Bolivia)

Walter Paniagua (México)

Mauricio Sales (Brasil)

  • Soil improvement

  • Use of geosynthetics

  • Special foundations

  • Rehabilitation of geotechnical structures

  • Advances in instrumentation and sensing systems

  • New image-based technologies in geotechnics

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Sergio Sepúlveda (Chile – Canada)

Stella Moreiras (Argentina)

Victor Hernández-Madrigal (México)

  • Engineering Geology

  • 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

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Cesar Pasten (Chile)

Douglas Cortés (USA)

Marta Miletic (USA-Canada)

Joan Larrahondo (Colombia)

Yolanda Alberto (Chile-Mexico-Canadá)

Renato Pinto da Cunha (Brasil)

  • Energy geotechnics

  • Geotechnical uncertainty

  • Biogeotechnics 

  • Machine learning and big data in geotechnics

  • Sustainability and climate change

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

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

Invited Lectures

Below is a list of some of the invited lectures that will be featured at the congress. More speakers and topics will be announced soon

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CASAGRANDE LECTURE: SOIL PROPERTIES: CASAGRANDE´S PROLOGUE TO THE FUTURE

Prof. Carlos Santamarina, G. Wayne Clough Chair and Professor at Georgia Tech

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TC212 1st ISSMGE Harry Poulos Honour Lecture: “Rethinking piles in light of current knowledge

Alessandro Mandolini, Professor of “Foundation Engineering” at Department of Engineering – Università degli Studi della Campania “L. Vanvitelli”

fernando, marinho, panamgeo

TC106: 2nd Pan-American Distinguished Lecture on Unsaturated Soils Exploring the Interplay Between Water, Grains, Suction and Infrastructure

Prof. Fernando A. M. Marinho, PhD, Associate Professor in Universidade de São Paulo

Stead, panamgeo, canada, la serena

Progress toward understanding complex rock slope failure mechanism

Prof. Doug Stead, Emeritus Professor Simon Fraser University, Canada.

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Assessment of liquefaction effects on infrastructure

Prof. Katerina Ziotopoulou, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. University of California, Davis.

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WHAT COULD TAILINGS FACILITY ENGINEERING LOOK LIKE IN 2030?

Andy Small, PEng. Geotechnical Engineer specialized in dam safety and dam design. ICOLD and CDA leading member. Senior geotechnical consultant at Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB).

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GEOTECHNICAL LESSONS LEFT BY XXI CENTURY (2000-2024) LARGE EARTHQUAKES

Ramón Verdugo, Ph.D. CMGI Ltda.

Marcio Almeida, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, panamgeo

Offshore Geotechnical Solutions: from advanced physical modelling to applications

Prof. Marcio Almeida, Full Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro COPPE-UFRJ

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TC221: Special Session on Tailing Dams

Christina Winckler (MSc) - Fernando Schnaid (PhD) - Edgar Quiroz (MSc) - Arcesio Lizcano (PhD) Osvaldo Flores (PhD) - Davis Solans (PhD) - José Campaña (MSc) - Ramón Verdugo (PhD) Moderator: Luis Valenzuela (MSc)

Bright Spark Lecture

The Young Member Presidential Group (YMPG), the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), and the organizing committee of the XVII Panamerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PANAMGEO 2024) are delighted to announce the winners of the Bright Spark Award. These exceptional individuals will have the opportunity to present their insightful work at the conference.

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Ph.D Kshama Roy

Principal Specialist, Energy Systems, DNV Canada Limited & Adjunct Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

“A Simplified Soil Constitutive Model for Sand: Advancing Soil-Structure Interaction Analysis for Sustainable and Resilient Buried Infrastructures”

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MSc Emilia Castillo Fuentes

PhD Student Imperial College London.

“Foundation systems for floating wind turbines”

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MSc. Mauro Sottile

SRK, Principal Consultant, Geotechnics

“A comparison of advanced constitutive models to evaluate flow liquefaction of upstream raised tailings dams”

1st Latam/Panam Geotechnical Engineering Professors' Meeting

We invite professors of Geotechnical Engineering to participate in this meeting to be held on Tuesday,
November 12, 2024 and will feature the following speakers/topics:

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Aplicaciones de la Inteligencia Artificial en la docencia

PhD. Humberto Ivan Pehovaz

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Caracterización geotécnica de regiones de América

Ph.D Gabriel Auvinet

Diego, manzanal, reunión profesores, panamgeo

Laboratorio de suelos: Trayectoria de esfuerzos y teoría del estado crítico

Ph.D Diego Manzanal

Raúl, aguilar, panamgeo

Dinámica de suelos: Influencia del tiempo en propiedades físicas del terreno

Ph.D Raúl Aguilar

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Diseño sísmico de represas y tranques

Ph. D Felipe Ochoa

Congress meetings

Within the framework of the congress, we will hold the following meetings for our attendees:
• ISSMGE Board Meeting 
• 1er Encuentro Latam/Panam Profesores/as Ingeniería Geotécnica
• ISSMGE Southamerica & Caribe Member Societies
• IAEG Southamerica Member Societies
• ISSMGE TC221: Tailings and Mine Waste
• ISSMGE TC308: Energy Geotechnics
Within the framework of the congress, we will hold the following meetings for our attendees:
• ISSMGE Board Meeting 
• 1er Encuentro Latam/Panam Profesores/as Ingeniería Geotécnica
• ISSMGE Southamerica & Caribe Member Societies
• IAEG Southamerica Member Societies
• ISSMGE TC221: Tailings and Mine Waste
• ISSMGE TC308: Energy Geotechnics

PRE-CONGRESS COURSES

We extend a cordial invitation to our attendees to pre-register for the pre-congress courses to be held on Tuesday, November 12th.
Remember that once pre-registered, an executive will contact you to make the payment of the course of your interest in order to secure your place.
Values described in each course.

• Risk Management Applied to Geotechnical Structures Course

Date: November 12th | Course duration: full day  | Speaker: André Assis | Course language: English

Course value: USD 350
REGISTRATIONS HERE   |   MORE INFORMATION 

• Novedades tecnológicas en la mitigación y control de riesgos naturales y antropológicos

Date: November 12th | Course duration: half day  | Speakers: Roberto J. Luis Fonseca, Marlon Jiménez, Durval Parraga Morales y Sergio Mark Leyton | Course language: Spanish

Course value: USD 200
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• Innovación en la ejecución, control y diseño de pilotes

Date: November 12th | Course duration: full day  | Speakers: Rodrigo Salgado, Mario Terceros, Raffaele Di Laora, Kyle Rolins, Walter Paniagua, Oscar Taiba, Sebastián Lobo-Guerrero, Carlos Medeiros, Franz Werner | Course language: English & Spanish

Course value: USD 350
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• Sistema de bombas de calor geotérmicos y consideraciones de diseño de geoestructuras energéticas

Date: November 12th | Course duration: full day  | Speakers: Guillermo Narsilio, Alessandro Rotta Loria,  Norma Patricia López Acosta, Mauricio Cárcamo Medel | Course language: Spanish

Course value: USD 350
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• Introducción a la caracterización dinámica de sitios mediante técnicas de Ondas de Superficie

Date: November 12th | Course duration: full day  | Speakers: Esteban Sáez, César Pastén | Course language: Spanish

Course value: USD 350
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• Geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring as a tool for decision making

Date: November 12th | Course duration: full day  | Speakers: Roberto Gesche, Summer Sun | Course language: English

Course value: USD 350
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• Investigation and analysis of the seismic stability of mine waste and tailings

Date: November 12th | Course duration: half day  | Speakers: Rob Moss, Ricardo Moffat | Course language: English

Course value: USD 200
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• Physical and Numerical Modeling of Geotechnical Problems

Date: November 12th | Course duration: full day  | Speakers: Fernando Saboya, Márcio Almeida, Maria Cascão | Course language: English

Course value: USD 350
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• Dam Safety: Internal erosion adn filter design

Date: November 12th | Course duration: full day  | Speakers: Jonathan Fannin, Ricardo Moffat | Course language: English

Course value: USD 350
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• Cimentaciones para infraestructura de parques solares y eólicos

Date: November 12th | Course duration: half day  | Speaker: Hugo Acosta-Martínez | Course language: Spanish

Course value: USD 200
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• Partial saturation influences on the strength, critical state and CPT interpretations in silty tailings

Date: November 12th | Course duration: half day  | Speaker: Adrian Russell | Course language: English

Course value: USD 200
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Organizing Committee

Daniela Pollak

Daniela Pollak

Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee
Gonzalo Montalva

Gonzalo Montalva

Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee
Luis Valenzuela

Luis Valenzuela

Chair of the Scientific Committee
Sergio Sepúlveda

Sergio Sepúlveda

Chair of the 2nd Latin-American Regional IAEG Conference
Carolina Jadue

Carolina Jadue

Treasurer
Omar Núñez

Omar NÚñez

Co-Secretary

FRANCISCA LEZANA

Co-Secretary
Claudio Román

Claudio Román

Scientific Committee Coordinator
Juan Pablo Mira

Juan Pablo Mira

Administrative Coordinator
Daniela Pollak

Daniela Pollak

Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee
Gonzalo Montalva

Gonzalo Montalva

Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee
Luis Valenzuela

Luis Valenzuela

Chair of the Scientific Committee
Sergio Sepúlveda

Sergio Sepúlveda

Chair of the 2nd Latin-American Regional IAEG Conference
Carolina Jadue

Carolina Jadue

Treasurer
Omar Núñez

Omar NÚñez

Secretary
Claudio Román

Claudio Román

Scientific Committee Coordinator
Juan Pablo Mira

Juan Pablo Mira

Administrative Coordinator

STEERING COMMITTEE

Marc Ballouz

President of the ISSMGE

Walter Paniagua

ISSMGE VICE-PRESIDENT FOR NORTH AMERICA
México

André Assis

ISSMGE VICE-PRESIDENT FOR SOUTH AMERICA
Brasil

Timothy Newson

ISSMGE IMMEDIATE PAST VICE-PRESIDENT FOR NORTH AMERICA
Canada
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Alejo Sfriso

ISSMGE IMMEDIATE PAST VICE-PRESIDENT FOR SOUTH AMERICA
Argentina

Juan Paulin

Secretary of the XVI Panamerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
México

REGIONAL SUPPORT / SPONSORS

PAPER'S SUBMISSION

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Paper submission deadline: February 29th, 2024

April 30th 2024

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Technical Sponsors Exhibition

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.

Should you be interested in booking a space at the conference, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

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LA SERENA, COQUIMBO REGION, CHILE

Playa La Serena

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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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