Ir. Kenny Yee: 50th Anniversary of SEAGS

Message from Ir. Kenny Yee
Hon. Secretary-General of AGSSEA (2007 – present)

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On behalf of the Association of Geotechnical Societies in Southeast Asia (AGSSEA), it is a great pleasure for me to extend the best wishes to the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society (SEAGS) on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

A Golden Jubilee is always worthwhile to celebrate when the past is as successful as in this case. Since the establishment of SEAGS, it has provided a platform for the promotion of cooperation among engineers, geologists and other scientists in Southeast Asia for the advancement of knowledge in geotechnical engineering. The conferences, symposia and published journals which it has organized over the years are generally considered to be models for effective interchange of scientific information. SEAGS has also worked hard to strengthen its relationship with its own member societies. Many of these member societies have now established their own national societies with direct affiliation to the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). Needless to say, the cooperation and interaction remain cordial, strong and effective.

As geotechnical engineers, we have great challenge in front of us. The detailed nature of our work tasks may vary, but most of the problems we are and will be facing have and will continue to have regional characteristics and for this reason strong regional communities are important. For this and other reasons, AGSSEA has been created in 2007 as a regional grouping of learned societies. SEAGS as one of the founding members of AGSSEA plays a pivotal role in promoting regional initiatives vis-à-vis regional short courses, touring lectures, symposia and joint publications of AGSSEA-SEAGS’ Newsletter and “Geotechnical Engineering” journal.

AGSSEA currently has eight national member societies including the Vietnam Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (VSSMGE), Hong Kong Geotechnical Society (HKGES), Geotechnical Society of Singapore (GeoSS), Thai Geotechnical Society (TGS), Chinese Taipei Geotechnical Society (CTGS), Indonesian Society for Geotechnical Engineering (HATTI), Malaysian Geotechnical Society (MGS) and SEAGS. It is important that AGSSEA continues to facilitate networking and strengthen collaboration between member societies and I hope the SEAGS’ successful past will be an inspiration to meet this challenge.

Last but not least, I wish you a fantastic celebration and a most successful 50th SEAGS Anniversary Symposium in Bangkok.

With Best Wishes,

Ir. Kenny Yee
Hon. Secretary-General of AGSSEA (2007 – present)