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Dear colleagues,


It is my great pleasure to invite you to the fifth International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk (ISGSR2015), which will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The 5th ISGSR is a continuation of a series of symposiums on geotechnical risk assessment and management, safety and reliability, which started in 2007 in Shanghai, China.


The most recent and very successful conference was held at the end of 2013 in Hong Kong, China. It proved again the great value of sharing knowledge and experiences from research and practice between the international geotechnical engineering community, especially the members of TC304 and TC205 of ISSMGE and of GEOSNet.


The 5th ISGSR will be even more special, because it will be combined with the presentation of the end results of the Geo-Impuls programme in the Netherlands. It is a five year long, joint industry programme which aims at reducing geotechnical failure substantially in 2015. Implementing Geo Risk Management and the tools developed by the Working Groups in our projects and organizations are the key conditions in reaching this ambitious goal. The Dutch geo-engineers and managers would be honoured to present and discuss their results with the international geo-community.


On behalf of the organizing committee I am looking forward to welcoming you in Rotterdam in October 2015!


Sincerely yours,

Paul Cools, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee


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Conference themes


1. Geotechnical Risk Management and Risk Communication

2. Variability in Ground Conditions and Site Investigation

3. Reliability and Risk Analysis of Geotechnical Structures

4. Limit-state design in Geotechnical Engineering

5. Assessment and Management of Natural Hazards

6. Contractual and Legal Issues of Foundation and (Under)Ground Works

7. Case Studies, Monitoring and Observational Method


Key dates (updated!)


1 November 2014: abstract submission
15 November 2014: notification
1 February 2015: full paper submission
1 April 2015: notification of review
15 May 2015: final paper submission



Supported by ISSMGE


TC304 Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment & Management

TC205 Safety and Serviceability in Geotechnical Design

TC212 Deep Foundations

TC302 Forensic Geotechnical Engineering