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7th IAGIG (Italian Young Geotechnical Engineers) Meeting – Catania (Italy), 19 – 20 May 2017

The 7th edition of IAGIG (yearly Conference of Italian Young Geotechnical Engineers) was held in Catania, on 19 – 20 May 2017. The event aimed to gather young professionals of the various fields of Geotechnical Engineering. The participants currently work as practitioners, employees of public Institutions or Enterprises, contractors, PhD students and research fellows.

IAGIG 2017 was organised by Giuseppe Maria Gaspari on behalf of the Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI), and in collaboration with the boards of Italian Professional Engineers and the University of “Kore” in Enna and the University of Catania. In particular, the Organizing Committee decided to have the IAGIG in Catania to honour the memory of Prof. Michele Maugeri, Full Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and IGS Council member from 2002 to 2010.

Figure 1. The IAGIG 2017 attendees in the Catania University conference hall.


Figure 2. The attendees at the Catania Underground construction site during the technical visit.


The conference, started with a technical visit to the new Underground line of Catania (Nesima station) where the young attendees had the opportunity to see the construction site at different construction stages and even to visit a TBA where the excavation works were more advanced.

The conference followed with high quality technical sessions focusing on geotechnical modelling, slope stability recent advancements and reinforcement methods, seismic engineering and design criteria, construction procedures and technologies for special projects.

More than 200 participants attended the conference with 20 oral presentations to the audience and 29 posters discussed during two special dedicated sessions. At the end of the first day the attendees could round up in an informal-social dinner.

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 also by young Italian engineers who are working out of Italy and eager to share their recent gained professional experiences abroad. Members of the Italian Chapter of IGS also contributed to the thematic sessions talking about the geosynthetic interface behaviour on slopes, geo-encased stone columns and slope stabilization with geosynthetics. The short written report of each presentation or poster is shared in the IAGIG web-page (

Next edition of IAGIG will take place in May 2018.


Reported by

Laura Carbone and Sabatino Cuomo, IGS members