The 8th edition of IAGIG (Annual Conference of Italian Young Geotechnical Engineers) was held in Udine, on 18 – 19 May 2018. The event aimed to gather young professionals from various fields of Geotechnical Engineering and to share knowledge and experience among young professionals as well as the academia.
IAGIG 2018 was organised by the Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI) and the board of Italian Professional Engi-neers of Udine with the support of the University of Udine and of support of AGI-IGS, the Italian Chapter of IGS.
More than 150 participants attended the conference with 23 oral presentations and 27 posters on different topics such as: geotechnical structures: monitoring and control, earthquake geotechnical engineering, environmental ge-otechnics, case histories and lessons learnt, in situ and laboratory tests, ground improvements and reinforcement methods, slope stability, engineering with geosynthetics.
At the end of the first day the attendees could round up in an informal-social dinner that was a nice moment to strengthen former collaborations and make new once as well as share further experiences.
IAGIG was a place for discussions on issues related to both practice and the latest research findings on geotechnical engineering and it encouraged exchanges of experiences and knowledge among the young geotechnical engineers. Some contributions were delivered by young Italian engineers working out of Italy and eager to share their recent professional experiences. This year’s novelty was an additional session to present the activities of Italian members in other young groups of national and international geotechnical associations. Fabio Tradigo (YMPG of ISSMGE), Francesca Burali D’Arezzo (Gruppo Geotecnici Roma) and Laura Carbone (YMIGS) introduced the different groups, the main missions and activities and shared their personal motivation and experience to inspire other young members to be involved too.
Members of the Italian Chapter of IGS also contributed to the thematic sessions discussing the geosynthetic rein-forcement on soft soils, geosynthetic reinforced walls and slope stabilization with geosynthetics. The short written report of each presentation or poster is shared in the IAGIG web-page (www.iagig.unisa.it).
The conference ended with a technical visit to the new Logistic Platform of Trieste Port where the young attendees had the opportunity to see the construction site at different construction stages.
Next edition of IAGIG will take place in May 2019.
Laura Carbone (YMIGS) and Sabatino Cuomo (IGS member).