Welcome by the Chair of 5th ICTG
It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to the 5th ICTG (International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics) following the previous successful events at Nottingham (UK), Minho (Portugal), Hokkaido (Japan) and Chicago (USA). The 5th ICTG is hosted by the Transport Research Centre of University of Technology Sydney (UTS-TRC) and and warmly co-hosted by the International Society of Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) and the Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW). The 5th ICTG has also received further support through the memberships of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), Transport Research Board (TRB), Geo-Institute and USUCGER, Japanese Geotechnical Society (JGS), and the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society (SEAGS). The conference is proactively sponsored by numerous national and international transportation and geotechnical firms. This is indeed a rare conference where three technical committees of the ISSMGE (TC202-Transportation Geotechnics, TC211-Ground Improvement and TC307-Sustainability) have joined hands to launch an impactful event encompassing the challenges facing the transportation infrastructure worldwide.
Throughout the world, the accelerated post-COVID infrastructure boom has reflected the need for extensive expansion of roads, rail and ports planning and development, as well as the implementation of ground improvement schemes for sustainable mega-construction projects which encompass soft and unstable subsoil conditions and highly fractured and weathered rock mass. In this context, the launching of the 5th ICTG in Sydney is crucial and timely. The idea of hosting this forthcoming major event in the dynamic and stunning city of Sydney follows the successful 4th ICTG held in Chicago as a hybrid event in 2021, and the substantial contributions to advancing the field of transportation infrastructure and ground improvement that the Transportation Research Centre (TRC) of University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has made through rigorous design and real-life applications.
The Conference will aim at promoting concepts and applications predominantly in the fields of transport infrastructure design, ground improvement, sustainability and circular economy perspectives, and natural hazards mitigation. This major event will act as a platform to disseminate the most recent research and field advances to the geotechnical community around the globe through active pathways of academia and practice. Outstanding Keynote lectures and State-of-Practice presentations, and brain-storming technical discussions will contribute to three days of scientific and technical discourse, followed by attractive excursions encompassing the awesome natural landscape of the state of New South Wales (NSW).
On behalf of the Organising Committee, I look forward to welcoming you to the iconic city of Sydney for the 5th ICTG.
Buddhima Indraratna, PhD (Alberta), MSc and BSc-Hons (London)
FTSE, FIEAust, FASCE, FGS, FAusIMM, FIES, DIC, CEng, CPEng
Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering
Director, UTS Transport Research Centre,
Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney
Chief Editor, Journal of Ground Improvement, ICE (UK)
Honorary Distinguished Professor
- Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
- Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China
- Beijing Jiaotong (Transport) University, China
- Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG), India
Welcome by the ISSMGE President
Many countries in the world now have transportation infrastructure as a high priority in their socio- economic strategies. The geotechnical problems facing the design and construction of roads, railways, harbours, and airports have exacerbated over the year with our growing populations and the inevitable demand for more efficient passenger mobility as well as freight and supply chain efficiencies.
The series of ICTG (International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics) is among the most influential gatherings in the field of road and infrastructure hosted by the Technical Committees of ISSMGE. Indeed, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 5th ICTG-Sydney (International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics) hosted by the Transport Research Centre of University of Technology Sydney (UTS-TRC) in close collaboration with the ISSMGE’s Technical Committee TC202 (Transportation Geotechnics) and the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS). Moreover, the themes of the 5th ICTG have warmly embraced the related roles and activities of Ground Improvement (TC211) and Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering (TC307), thus expected to attract a large cross section of our international geotechnical community.
The 5th ICTG to be held in the heart of the beautiful City of Sydney hopes to congregate many academics, practitioners, and students in a warm and welcoming atmosphere to disseminate their contributions, engage in productive dialogue and to share insightful solutions to address the current challenges of transportation infrastructure. I have no doubt that the 5th ICTG will also represent the latest innovative developments and timely extensions to the state of practice in transportation geotechnics.
On behalf of the ISSMGE, I encourage you all to join me, so I would welcome you in person in Sydney Australia at the 5th ICTG.
Marc Ballouz , Ph.D,
Owner/Director Int’l IGM
Serving the geotechnical engineering profession worldwide
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