Dear Colleagues,

We hope that you and your families are well during this difficult time. 
As you know, the 16thIACMAG conference to be held in Torino, Italy in 2020, was already postponed to May 5-8, 2021 due to Covid-19 outbreak. 

At that time, May 2021 seemed a safe time to reschedule the conference.
Unfortunately, after almost one year, the health situation all over the world is still very critical.
We all have to keep on dealing with uncertainties and it is clear that the conference period in May will not be as safe as we hoped. 
Attendees’ safety has always been the Local Organizing Committee’s priority. 
With this in mind, we have seriously considered all possible solutions, including the in-person event transformation into a virtual one.
In light of the enduring interest and dedication of colleagues from all over the world (about 200 studies submitted despite the crises), we have finally agreed that a new postponement was the best possible option.
Therefore, we have decided together with the IACMAG Board to postpone the conference to a hopefully safer time in 2022. 
New dates will be August 30 – September 2, 2022. The conference will be held in Torino at the Politecnico di Torino, as originally planned.
Conference organizational activities for the new dates in 2022 will immediately start. 
As you know, e-proceedings including all accepted papers have already been published by Springer as previously scheduled. The scientific outcome of this first conference publication was excellent but we aim at new and possibly more important goals for next year scientific program. Therefore, a new call for abstracts will be announced within the next few months. 
Conference preparation will happen on many levels. One important precursory activity is the organization of a warm-up webinar while approaching the in-person event. This virtual event will take place on May 6, 2021. The scientific program will include cutting-edge lectures delivered by top-quality invited speakers. Detailed information on this online event will be circulated as soon as possible.
As concerns already registered attendees, we are glad to inform you that this postponement is a fully-equivalent replacement for the planned event. Therefore, all entitlements will be moved forward to the new dates without any action required from your side.
Moreover, all already regularly enrolled participants will be granted the following benefits:

  • Automatic registration for the conference in 2022 (no additional fee will be required regardless of any possible increase in the official 2022 registration fees)

  • Free attendance for the warm-up webinar

  • Possibility to submit a new abstract for 2022 without any additional fee

For further clarifications on the above information you may contact our organizing secretariat at iacmag2020@symposium.it
All local and international organizing and scientific committee members remain firmly committed to the success of the 16thIACMAG conference. Our focus is to provide the IACMAG community with a great opportunity to come together in-person and share our experience and knowledge in a safe and professionally stimulating environment.
Keep on following us on www.iacmag2020.org
We look forward to meeting you in Torino!

LOC Executive Committee
Marco Barla
Matteo Baralis
Alice Di Donna
Alessandra Insana
Donatella Sterpi



Challenges and Innovations in Geomechanics

Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of IACMAG - Volume 1

Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of IACMAG - Volume 2



The Local Organizing Committee has decided the new dates for the conference which will be held in Turin in May 5-8, 2021.
Pre-conference courses will take place in Grenoble, Milan and Turin in May 3-4, 2021.

Based on the change in dates, the early-bird registration will be available until March 1st, 2021

Conference proceedings will be published by December 2020. With this, we hope to meet the authors' wishes.

We kindly remind that the final accepted papers will be published in the proceedings as long as at least one co-author is registered to the conference. Therefore Authors of accepted papers are requested to register by the 31st of July 2020. Nevertheless, in the unlikely event that the conference will be canceled, pre-registration will be partially refunded.

We look forward to welcome you safely in Italy next year.



Read the pre-conference courses newsletter

Read the conference Newsletter No. Read the conference Newsletter No. 3

Read the conference Newsletter No. 2 - Call for Abstract

Read the conference Newsletter No. 1

IACMAG Board Officers

  • John Carter, President, Australia
  • Musharraf M. Zaman, Executive Vice President, and Secretary, Newsletter, USA
  • Jian-Hua Yin, Vice President, Hong Kong, China
  • Giancarlo Gioda, Vice President, Italy
  • Chandrakant S. Desai, General Secretary and Treasurer, USA
  • Devendra Narain Singh, Secretary, India
  • Patrick Fox, Vice President, North America
  • Kok Kwang Phoon, Vice President, Singapore
  • Helmut Schweiger, Vice President, Austria


Local Organizing Committee

Executive Board


  • Stefano Aversa, Università degli Studi Partenope (Italy), President GNIG
  • Carlo Callari, Università degli Studi del Molise (Italy)
  • Annamaria Cividini, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Gabriele Della Vecchia, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Massimiliano Ferronato, Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
  • Sebastiano Foti, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Alberto Guadagnini, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Nicola Moraci, Università degli Studi di Reggio Calabria (Italy), President AGI
  • Guido Musso, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Claudio Scavia, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Gioacchino Viggiani, Universitè Grenoble Alpes (France)


International Scientific Committee

  • Georgios Anagnostou, Switzerland
  • Monica Barbero, Italy
  • Giovanna Biscontin, UK
  • Radim Blaheta, Czech Republic
  • Daniela Boldini, Italy
  • Ronaldo I. Borja, USA
  • Mounir Bouassida, Tunisia
  • Sébastien Burlon, France
  • Luigi Callisto, Italy
  • Francesco Calvetti, Italy
  • Marco Camusso, France
  • Marta Castelli, Italy
  • Andrè Luis Brasil Cavalcante, Brazil
  • Francesco Cecinato, Italy
  • Deepankar Choudhury, India
  • Paulo Coehlo, Portugal
  • Yannis F. Dafalias, USA
  • Felix Darve, France
  • Christine Detournay, USA
  • Andrea Dominijanni, Italy
  • Itai Einav, Australia
  • Ahmed-Waeil Elgamal, USA
  • Davide Elmo, Canada
  • Derek Elsworth, USA
  • Xia-Ting Feng, China
  • Antonio Gens, Spain
  • Anna Giacomini, Australia
  • D. Vaughan Griffiths, USA
  • John Harrison, Canada
  • Ivo Herle, Germany
  • Michael A. Hicks, Netherlands
  • Tomasz Hueckel, USA
  • Buddhima Indraratna, Australia
  • Boris Jeremic, USA
  • Mingjing Jiang, China
  • Cristina Jommi, Netherlands
  • Minna Karstunen, Sweden
  • Rolf Katzenbach, Germany
  • Nasser Khalili, Australia
  • Lyesse Laloui, Switzerland
  • Farid Laouafa, France
  • Shaojun Li, China
  • Peng Lin, China
  • Mario Manassero, Italy
  • Majid Manzari, USA
  • David Masin, Czech Republic
  • Gunther Meschke, Germany
  • Ian D. Moore, Canada
  • Akira Murakami, Japan
  • Guillermo Narsilio, Australia
  • Majidreza Nazem, Australia
  • Catherine O’ Sullivan, UK
  • Ali Pak, Iran
  • Panos Papanastasiou, Cyprus
  • Manuel Pastor, Spain
  • Jean-Michel Pereira, France
  • David Potts, UK
  • Amit Prashat, India
  • Iulia Prodan, Romania
  • Sebastiano Rampello, Italy
  • Ronald Kerry Rowe, Canada
  • Hang Ruan, China
  • Shunsuke Sakurai, Japan
  • Marcelo Sanchez, USA
  • Diganta Sarma, New Zealand
  • Alessandra Sciotti, Italy
  • Guglielmo Scovazzi, USA
  • Patrick Selvadurai, Canada
  • Daichao Sheng, Australia
  • Hema J. Siriwardane, USA
  • Kenichi Soga, USA
  • Jean Sulem, France
  • Claudio Tamagnini, Italy
  • Chun'an Tang, China
  • Rafiqul A. Tarefder, USA
  • David G. Toll, UK
  • Antonio Topa Gomes, Portugal
  • Erol Tutumluer, USA
  • Giulia Viggiani, UK
  • Shanyong Wang, Australia
  • Wei Wu, Austria
  • Yang Xiao, China
  • Hai-Sui Yu, UK
  • Lidija Zdravkovic, UK
  • Jidong Zhao, Hong Kong






Symposium srl

Via Gozzano 14, 10073 Ciriè (Torino) - Italy

Phone +390119211467 - Fax +390119224992


The aim of the conference is to give an up-to-date picture of the broad research field of computational geomechanics. Contributions from experts around the world will cover a wide range of research topics in geomechanics. The conference program will include plenary lectures, mini-symposia, selected oral and poster presentations.

Download here the program at a glance

Chloé Arson 
Associate Professor Georgia Institute of Technology
Coupling continuum damage mechanics and discrete fracture models: a geomechanics perspective

Chandrakant S. Desai

Emeritus Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson (USA)

Liquefaction as Microstructural Instability and Validations: The Disturbed State Concept

Xia-Ting Feng

Professor at the Northeastern University, China

Development of cellular automata software for engineering rockmass fracturing processes

Ahmed Elgamal

Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean, University of California, San Diego (USA)

Nonlinear Seismic Response of Ground-Structure Systems: Developments and Challenges

Juan Carlos Santamarina

Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Energy geoengineering: in need of robust numerical tools

Kenichi Soga

McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering and Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Large deformation modeling of soil-pore fluid coupled problems using the Material Point Method

Jean Sulem

Professor at the Laboratoire Navier, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, IFSTTAR, CNRS (France)

New advances in strain localization analysis: application to seismic faulting and compaction banding


R. Kerry Rowe

Professor at Queen's University, Kingston (Canada)

Geosynthetics for construction on soft foundation soils


Véronique Dansereau

Postdoctoral research associate at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France

A continuum viscous-elastic-brittle, Finite Element model for the fracture and drift of sea ice

Giovanni Grasselli
NSERC/Energy Simulation Industrial Research Chair in Fundamental Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics,  University of Toronto
Modeling failure in layered geological formations - FDEM: a micro-mechanical approach that bridges across scales

Helmut F. Schweiger

Institute of Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Computational Geotechnics, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Numerical simulation of CPT with the Sand and Clay Model (CASM) including effects of bonding

A.P.S. Selvadurai
Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
Multi-Phasic Approaches for Estimating THM Properties of Heterogeneous Rocks

Alessandro Tarantino

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK

Clay Micromechanics: state of the art and perspectives


May 6, 2021 - online platform

Download here the Scientific Programme.

Registration fees

• Pre-registered for IACMAG 2022: free of charge

• Standard registration:50,00€(Italian VAT included)

Webinar participants will receive a 50,00 € discount on the registration fee for the IACMAG 2022 Conference.




Due to the postponement of the conference the information and details of the originally planned satellite courses will be updated shortly.


Mechanics of geomaterials from micro to macro

Local Organizers: Alice Di Donna, Angela Casarella and Cino Viggiani, Laboratoire 3SR

Download the course leaflet for more information on the program and the registration fees and procedure.


Multi-physics processes in geomechanics by coupled numerical analysis

Local Organizer: Donatella Sterpi, Politecnico di Milano

Download the course leaflet for more information on the program and the registration fees and procedure.


Energy tunnels for a self-sustainable metro: feedback from the feasibility design of the Turin metro line 2

Local Organizer: Marco Barla, Politecnico di Torino

Download the course leaflet for more information on the program and the registration fees and procedure.


May 6, 2021 - online platform

Download here the Scientific Programme.

Registration fees

• Pre-registered for IACMAG 2022: free of charge

• Standard registration:50,00€(Italian VAT included) 

Webinar participants will receive a 50,00 € discount on the registration fee for the IACMAG 2022 Conference.




  • The conference programme will include selected oral communications and poster presentations, divided in parallel sessions or mini symposium (see complete list at the bottom of this page).
  • Abstracts must be submitted, using the conference template, through the on-line conference submission system. Abstracts submitted by other means will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the International Scientific Committee and external peer reviewers.
  • Authors can indicate the most appropriate parallel session or mini symposium for their work as well as their preferred method of presentation. The International Scientific Committee reserves the right to reassign the accepted paper to a more appropriate session and/or method of presentation.
  • It is anticipated that the final paper will be published in the conference proceedings provided that at least one author is registered to the conference.
  • Proceedings will be published by a leading international publisher (to be disclosed at a later stage) and indexed in Scopus and Web of Science.


All abstracts must be written in clear English with grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication and submitted in PDF format, following the instructions available on the conference template to be downloaded from the online submission system. Authors, when submitting their abstracts, will be asked to select one of the following sessions/mini symposia:

Parallel sessions:

  • PS1 - Laboratory and field testing
  • PS2 - Monitoring and remote sensing
  • PS3 - Constitutive modelling
  • PS4 - Coupled T-H-M-C processes
  • PS5 - Multiphase modelling
  • PS6 - Reliability and risk analysis
  • PS7 - Surface and near surface structures: excavations, foundations, tunnels
  • PS8 - Deep structures: tunnels, caverns
  • PS9 - Dams and earth structures
  • PS10 - Natural slopes
  • PS11 - Coastal engineering
  • PS12 - Mining engineering
  • PS13 - Earthquake and dynamics
  • PS14 - Soil-atmosphere interaction
  • PS15 - Ice mechanics
  • PS16 - Landfills and waste disposal
  • PS17 - Ground improvements, reinforcement, geosynthetics
  • PS18 - Preservation of historical sites
  • PS19 - Gas and petroleum engineering
  • PS20 - Underground storage of petroleum, gas, CO2 and nuclear waste
  • PS21 - Geothermal energy
  • PS22 - Offshore technology
  • PS23 - Energy geostructures


Mini Symposia:



  • New call for abstract: May 6. 2021
  • Deadline Abstract submission: October 30, 2021
  • Acceptance notification: October 15, 2021
  • Paper submission: January 30, 2022
  • Paper submission (2nd review): April 1, 2022
  • Early bird registration July 1, 2022
  • Authors’ registration: May 1, 2022



More than 200 abstracts have been published by Springer. The Organising Committee wishes to thank all the Authors for their highly appreciated work.In view of the postponement of the conference to 2022, a third volume of the proceedings will be prepared. A new peer review process is launched. Authors are invited to submit their abstract following the general instructions and deadlines published on the website. 

Call for paper will start at the and of the abstract submission.


Instruction for the authors:

Papers must be submitted using the conference paper template. Consent to publish to the publisher (Springer) is also required. Paper length should be between 6 (minimum) to 8 (maximum) pages. Shorter or longer papers will not be accepted. 


Registration fees

Authors registration fee (until May 1, 2022)

  • Senior € 450,00  
  • Student € 250,00 

Early registration fee (until July 1, 2022)

  • Senior € 450,00 
  • Student € 250,00 

Standard registration fee 

  • Senior € 500,00
  •  Student € 275,00

On-site registration fee 

  • Senior € 550,00
  • Student € 300,00 


  • all fees include Italian VAT 22%
  • student registrants will be required to show evidence of their student status by emailing their student certificate to iacmagstudent@symposium.it 
  • on-site registrations will be subject to availability.


Registration  fees will include:

  • access to all sessions
  • coffee break and standing buffet lunches at the conference venue
  • welcome cocktail reception on August 30, 2022 at the Valentino Castle
  • conference kit


Conference social event on Thursday September 1, 2022  at the National Car Museum 

Participation fee: € 80,00 including VAT, transportation, visit to the Museum and dinner.

Accompanying persons’ program

Registration fee: € 150,00, VAT 22% included

The program includes:

  • welcome cocktail reception at the Valentino Castle on August 30, 2022
  • social dinner on Thursday September 1, 2022
  • half-day city centre walking guided tour



The cancellation policy is currently being updated. Exact terms will be posted within short.

What happens if the Conference is cancelled due to Coronavirus?

We are all confident that August 2022 will be a safe period but should the Conference be cancelled due to a disease outbreak, Authors will be entitled to a partial fee reimbursement. A fee of 150 Euros (100 Euros for students) will be charged - or, better said, not reimbursed - to cover paper publication in the Conference proceedings.

Registered congress participants agree that neither the Organizing Committee nor the conference Secretariat are liable or assume any responsibility for damage or injuries to persons or property during the congress  Participants are advised to arrange for their own health, travel and personal insurances. The congress organization does not cover individuals against cancellation of bookings, theft or damage to belongings.
All best endeavours will be made to present the congress programme as published. However, the congress Organizing Committee and the Secretariat reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the congress, for any cause beyond our reasonable control. The congress Organizing Committee and the Secretariat are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alteration.

How to get to Torino

Torino lies in the centre of Europe and takes advantage of a well structured connection system by plane, train and car.

By air

Caselle International Airport (www.aeroportoditorino.it), 20 minutes away from the city centre, allows daily connections with the main European cities.

Moreover Malpensa International Airport (www.milanomalpensa1.eu/en), one of the main European hubs connected to more than 120 cities all over the world, is located only 60 minutes' drive from Torino.

By train

Torino has two main railway stations, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, both in the city centre. They are connected, also with frequent high speed rail services, to the main destinations in Italy and France, and from there to the rest of Europe.

Lyon can be reached in 2.5 hours, Paris in about 5 hours and Milan in only 50 minutes.

More info at www.trenitalia.com

By car

Motorways A6 Torino-Savona, A4 Torino-Milan-Venice, A21 Torino-Piacenza-Bologna, A5 Torino-Aosta, A32 Torino-Bardonecchia connect Torino to most Italian cities, to France, Switzerland, Austria and the rest of Europe.

Porta Susa high-speed railway station (Photo: www.rfi.it)

About Torino

Roman castrum, medieval town, first capital of Italy. Torino offers a lasting memory of castles, old beautiful palaces, royal residences, monuments. Torino is one of the cultural leading cities in Italy. The city’s lively cultural scene includes music, theatre, visual arts, photography, film, design, dance and heritage as well as a wide choice of museums, 46 in town, such as the world famous Egyptian Museum, the beautiful Galleria Sabauda with Italian and Flemish painting collections, the Automobile Museum, the Modern Art Gallery, the Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Cinema Museum with its unique interactive approach.

Around Torino thousands of excursion opportunities: the Alps, the lakes, the artistic cities and villages, the golf courses, the wine and food tours.

Discover Torino in this beautiful video (video: www.turismotorino.org)


Torino offers both luxury and characteristic shops. Most of the luxury shops are located in the city centre on via Roma: fashion boutiques, jewelry shops, perfume shops and food and wine stores which feature the best of the regional products. Then there are the characteristic shops in the little alleys of the inner city, full of cafes and craftshops. Torino has a little bit (or, as is often the case, a lot) of everything and for all budgets as well.


Torino is one of the undisputed world capital of taste. It has always boasted a renowned food and wine tradition. The region’s extraordinary cuisine can be enjoyed in over 600 city restaurants. Restaurants are usually open from 12.00 to 14.30 and from 19.30 to 22.30. For those who prefer something different to the classic menus, Torino proposes a most pleasant alternative: wine bars. Torino is also renowned for the ability of its pastrycooks.


Located in the north-west of Italy Torino has a continental weather. Average temperature in May is 18°C .

Torino and its museums (video: www.turismotorino.org)

More info on Turin? visit www.turismotorino.org

To find out whether, depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence and the duration and reasons for your stay, you need a visa to enter Italy, see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at  www.esteri.it/visti/index_eng.asp  or check with your local Italian Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel. The rules change regularly, so you should check you have the most up to date information for your trip.

Exhibition guide

Attracting about 400 people from all over the world, IACMAG2020 will provide an important forum for companies to showcase their latest technologies, products and services.

Supporting and exhibiting opportunities

The conference supporting opportunities will include various levels of support and diverse promotional solutions for all budgets. You will have a rare opportunity to showcase your organization to some of the most influential individuals in the field. IACMAG 2020 also provides an excellent forum for your company's marketing and educational needs.  

Download the conference supporter and exhibitor prospectus including all the sponsorship opportunities and fees.

Innovation hub

The INNOVATION HUB, to be held at the conference venue on Wednesday May 5, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, will be a special event opened to all the IACMAG2020 participants to meet and share ideas with startup and innovative enterprises while drinking a good glass of Italian wine and eating finger foods. This is what we call the aperitivo!

Startup and innovative enterprises will have a great opportunity to boost their visibility, know-how and products in a pitch presentation to all the conference participants.

If you are a startup or an innovative enterprise don’t miss this special opportunity! Contact the organizing secretariat at iacmag2020@symposium.it for more information on reservation procedure and fees.






The hosting institution, Politecnico di Torino

IACMAG 2022 will be held at the Politecnico di Torino.

For more than 150 years, the Politecnico di Torino has been one of the most prestigious public institutions at both the International and the Italian levels concerning education, research, technological transfer and services in all sectors of architecture and engineering.

It was founded in 1859 as Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (Technical School for Engineers), and it became Regio Politecnico di Torino in 1906.

A long history which bore out the University as a reference point for education and research in Italy and in Europe, a research university of international level which attracts students from more than 100 countries and which activates about 800 collaborations per year with industries, public institutions and local organizations.

The University was able to create a true international and multicultural environment and a world research network on the main subjects of reference by strengthening education in English; supporting international mobility of students and teachers; attracting foreign students, doctoral students, and researchers; taking part in combined research projects and programs.

More information on Politecnico at http://www.polito.it