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History of FedIGS

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.

Phase I: 1936-2000

Phase 1

1936

ISSMGE Created

 

1962

ISRM Created

1964

IAEG Created

1980

Committee of SG’s

1983

IGS Created

1990

Continued Discussion

2000

Geo Engineer Conference

Phase II: 2000-2009

In the second phase (20002009) 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.

Phase II: 2000-2009

Phase 2

2000

Geo Engineer

2002

JEWG

2004

Presidents sign agreement, appoint JTF

2004

JTF report back: Formal structure with board

2005

JTF report accepted: Statement of principles

2005

All 3 councils accept statement of principles

2006

Terms of agreement finalized

2006

ISRM, IAEG councils approve

2007

ISSMGE council approves

2007

FedIGS Established – William Van Impe Named President

Phase III: 2009- The Present

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

Presidents of FedIGS

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.

Chungsik Yoo

Prof. Chungsik Yoo

Current FedIGS President (2022 - 2025)

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Feng

Xia-Ting Feng

Past President (2018 - 2021)

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Jean-Louis Briaud

Past President (2014‐2017)

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Neilen-van-der-Merwe

Neilen van der Merwe

Past President (2010‐2013)

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William Van Impe

Past President (2007‐2010)

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JTC Chairs and Host Sister Societies

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

Prof-Picarelli-Luciano

Prof. Picarelli Luciano

Italy, ISSMGE

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Prof. Hehua Zhu

China, ISRM

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Katsumi-Takeshi

Prof. Takeshi Katsumi

Japan, IAEG

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