The evolution of FedIGS can be summarized in the following two figures. In a first phase (1936 to 2000), ISSMGE, ISRM, IAEG, and then IGS were formed. There was a consistent desire to collaborate, several discussions took place but no formal structure was established and each attempt to get organized faded.
In the second phase (2000‐2009) there was a recognition that a formal structure was essential, and FedIGS bylaws were proposed. The councils of the three founding societies (ISSME, ISRM, and IAEG) approved the FedIGS bylaws. In 2010, FedIGS handled a significant restructuring with a simplified vision for the organization.
1. No dues paid by member societies
2. FedIGS is unfunded; each member society pays its own way and so does the president
3. One meeting per year attended by presidents, past presidents and secretaries general
4. Limited number of joint technical committees in areas of clear overarching needs
5. No corporate associate members from industry
6. No FedIGS conferences; instead emphasize cooperation between member conferences
7. Emphasis on learning from each other and sharing successes and difficulties
8. Increase in size (IGS joins in 2014)
9. Simple web site currently sponsored by IGS
Prof. Chungsik Yoo elected President of FedIGS
The IGS immediate Past-President
Chungsik Yoo was elected President of the Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS), for the 4-year term starting on 15 July 2022. Prof. Yoo succeeds Prof. Xia-Ting Feng as President of the Federation.
JTC1: Natural Slopes and Landslides Committee
Prof. Picarelli Luciano, Italy, ISSMGE
JTC2: Representation of Geo-engineering Data Committee
Prof. Hehua Zhu, China, ISRM
JTC3: Education and Training Committee
Prof. Takeshi Katsumi, Japan, IAEG