The Secretariat of the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society has been located at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok from the very inception of the Society.

Much of the geotechnical engineering research in Thailand has been conducted at the Asian Institute of Technology and Chulalongkorn University. Other universities such as Kasetsart University, King Mongkut’s University Thonburi, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Suranaree University, etc. are fast catching up. This has been concentrated on detailed studies of the quarternary deposits found in the southern part of the lower Central Plain in which the city of Bangkok is situated. Dr. Za Chieh Moh, the first Chairman of the Division of Geotechnical Engineering at the Asian Institute of Technology and his colleagues, Dr. E.W. Brand and Dr. John D. Nelson, initiated a comprehensive research program on the engineering behaviour of these quarternary deposits. Other early researchers include Dr. Chai Muktabhant and Mr. Nibon Rananand. The current leaderships in geotechnical engineering in Bangkok is spearheaded by Dr. S. Sambhandaraksa, Dr. Warakorn Mairaing, Dr. Wanchai Teparaksa, Dr. Noppadol Phienwej, and others.

At the Asian Institute of Technology, Prof. A.S. Balasubramaniam and his colleagues Prof. Prinya Nutalaya, Prof. T. Akagi, Mr. Soren Holmberg, Prof. Onodera, Dr. H. Ohta, Dr. A. Tomiolo, Dr. G. Rantucci, Dr. F. Prinzl, Dr. R.J. Whiteley, Prof. D.T. Bergado and Dr. S. Chandra, Dr. N. Phienwej, Dr. P.H. Giao and others have been active in research and development on large variety of geotechnical engineering topics. Among the infrastructure projects recently completed in Bangkok includes the New Bangkok International (Suvarnabhumi) Airport, Bangkok Chonburi Motorway, Outer Ring Road, Second Stage Expressway, Bangkok Elevated Transit System and Bangkok Mass Transit Underground System.

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