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The 16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (16ARC) is to be held on October 14-18, 2019, in Taipei, Taiwan. The main theme of the 16ARC is “Geotechnique for Sustainable Development and Emerging Market Regions”. The conference will provide a nice platform for knowledge sharing and exchanging of the geo-technologies facilitated in the Asian regions. Chinese Taipei Geotechnical Society (CTGS) is the organizer of the 16ARC under the auspices of ISSMGE. To honor the glory of historic ARCs, the 16ARC is planned at a scale of 800+ participants and 500+ papers. The delegates are welcomed not only from the Asian societies/countries but also from other continents. The conference program (listed as follows) includes: 2-day pre-conference short courses, 4-day in-house plenary/parallel/poster sessions and exhibitions, and a 1-day technical tour.

Important dates of the 16ARC are as follows:

Abstract submission Deadline – 2018.03.31 (for ATC/TC session papers, abstracts are due on 2018.05.31)

Notification of abstract acceptance – 2018.06.30

Full paper submission deadline – 2018.10.01

Full paper review – 2018.10.01~2018.12.01

Final paper received – 2019.02.015

Notice of oral/poster presentation after overview – 2019.03.15

So far, the organizer has received nearly 400 abstracts mainly from the Asian countries. More abstracts are expected from the ATCs and TCs who are interested in participating at the 16ARC through the ATC/TC workshops or sessions. Highlights of the 16ARC are summarized as follows:

  1. Conference Speakers
Lecture Speakers Affiliation Country/Society Lecture
Keynote I Prof. Charles W.W. Ng The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ISSMGE Debris-Barrier Interaction: Physical and Numerical Modelling
Keynote II Prof. Mark Randolph The University of Western Australia Australia Geotechnical Considerations Associated with Offshore Renewable Energy Installations
Keynote III Prof. Ikuo Towhata Japanese Geotechnical Society Japan Construction Engineer Should Play More Major Roles in Sustainability of Urban Environment
Keynote IV Prof. Jianye Ching National Taiwan University Chinese Taipei GS Role of Generic Soil Database in Site-Specific Decision Making
Mentoring Lecture Dr. Za-Chieh Moh Moh and Associates Chinese Taipei GS Integrated Solutions for Geotechnical Projects
Invited Lecture I Prof. Eun Chul Shin Incheon National University Korea Stability Analysis of Soil bag Retaining Wall under Seismic Loading
Invited Lecture II Prof. Meei-Ling Lin National Taiwan University Chinese Taipei GS Long Term Effects of Landslides Induced by Catastrophic Events
Invited Lecture III Prof. Jian-Min Zhang Tsinghua University China to be announced
Invited Lecture IV Prof. Harianto Rahardjo Nanyang Technological University Singapore Unsaturated Soil Mechanics for Sustainable Urban Development
Invited Lecture V Prof. Deepankar Choudhury Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay India Sustainable Foundation Solutions for High-Rise structures under Earthquake Conditions – Theory to Practice
Theme Lecture I Prof. Askar


L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University Kazakhstan Geotechnical Considerations of Piling Construction and Testing in Problematical Soils of Kazakhstan
Theme Lecture II Dr. Noppadol Phienwej Asian Institute of Technology /Southeast  Asian Geotechnical Society Thailand Geotechnical Challenges in the Bangkok MRTA Underground Structures Construction
Theme Lecture III Prof. Masyhur Irsyam Indonesian Society for  Geotechnical Engineering Indonesia Development of Seismic Source and Hazard Maps Indonesia 2017

Lecture IV

Ir. Dr. Tan Yean Chin G & P Professional Malaysia to be announced

Lecture V

to be announced Iran to be announced
  1. Pre-conference short course program is scheduled with five subjects, including: 1. Statistical estimation of soil properties (supported by TC304), 2. State of the art in geomechanics and associated numerical simulation, 3. Deep excavation and ground improvement in urban area, Modern monitoring for geotechnical engineering, and 5. Deep-seated catastrophic landslides-mechanisms, precursors, and hazard evaluation (supported by ATC3). The short courses will be offered with no charge to two representatives from each of the Asian societies. For others who are interested to participate, a minimal fee will be collected. Detailed information of the short courses and their registration will be available soon at the conference website.
  2. Young Geotechnical Engineer Session (YGES) is planned for young scholars/engineers/students who are under the age of 36 (35 or younger by December 31, 2019). The submitted papers should not be presented for any other sessions, and they need registration. Selected papers will give oral presentations at the YGE session(s) which are scheduled in the first two days of the 16ARC. Among the YGES participants who are nominated by Asian Societies as the candidates of Young Member Presidential Group (YMPG), a select group of candidates will give oral presentations and compete for the official member of YMPG. The selected two official members of YMPG will deliver ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture at 16ARC.
  3. Technical Tours: On the fifth day (Oct. 18), technical tours are offered. Participants can choose among three tours which are all in the region of Northern Taiwan. The tours will cover engineering projects that have been accomplished or are still under construction. Geotechnical works of deep excavation, tunneling, slope engineering, cofferdam foundation, earth dam, and airport construction will be visited. Minimal charge will be collected to control the amount of participants.
  4. Social Program: Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner are scheduled respectively on Monday (Oct. 14) and Wednesday (Oct. 16) evening. Welcome reception is open to all conference participants who have successfully registered (including the invitees). Gala dinner is offered with a minimal charge to control the amount of attendees. The International Advisory Board (IAB) members of the 16ARC, invited lecturers and two representatives from each of the Asian Societies who attend the Asian Council Meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 15) will be invited to a private dinner hosted by CTGS after the council meeting.
  5. Registration: Registration fee includes welcome reception, conference program book, proceedings in flash disc, free entries to plenary/parallel/poster sessions and exhibitions, souvenirs, refreshment and lunch during the 4-day in-house program.
Registration Type Fee
Author (ISSMGE Member) US$ 450
Author (Non-ISSMGE Member) US$ 500
Early-Bird (ISSMGE Member) US$ 500
Early-Bird (Non-ISSMGE Member) US$ 550
Regular (ISSMGE Member) US$ 550
Regular (Non-ISSMGE Member) US$ 600
Student (w/ valid student ID) US$ 250
On-site Regular/Student fee + US$100

NOTE: Please note that the registration fees above are only for reference, the formal fee will be available soon at the conference website

  1. Accommodations: Rates of the hotels (3~5 stars) in Taipei are in the range of US$60-US$400 (single room per night, with breakfast and wifi internet). Detailed hotel information will be available soon at the conference website.
  2. Spouse program information will be provided by the contracted travel agency through the 16ARC Secretariat. 1/2-day or 1-day city tours in the vicinity of Taipei, or 2- to 4-day tours to other astonishing scenic spots (e.g., Sun-Moon Lake, Kentin National Park, Taroko National Park) in Taiwan are available. To sign up for the tours in the spouse program, conference attendees must first register their spouses/guests during registration. Rational tour cost will be charged to the registrants and must be paid in full before the conference. More detailed information will be available soon at the conference site.
  3. Sponsorship and Exhibitions: Please visit for more details.
  4. Contact information for conference secretariat: Email (, Website (