Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud, the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, recently visited and gave lectures to geotechnical societies in Hanoi and Bangkok.
Briaud is president of ISSMGE, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.
His visits coincided with the celebration of the Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year), which started on Feb. 9 (Chinese New Year’ Eve) and ended on the 15th day, Feb. 24.
In Hanoi, Briaud was part of a two-day seminar held at the National University of Civil Engineering Feb. 18-19. The event was organized by the Vietnam Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the National University of Civil Engineering, AA-Corp and Roscience, and supported by ISSMGE, the Association of Geotechnical Societies in Southeast Asia (AGSSEA), and the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society (SEAGS).
In Bangkok, Briaud was part of a one-day seminar at the Chaphya-park Hotel Feb. 21. This event was organized by the Engineering Institute of Thailand and the Thai Geotechnical Society, and supported by ISSMGE, AGSSEA and SEAGS
Both events were attended by more than 100 participants.
Briaud received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in geotechnical engineering in eCanada and joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1978. He is registered professional engineer and a member of several professional societies including the ASCE, American Society of Testing Materials, and the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundational Engineering. He has been honored several times for his pioneering work on soil erosion, bridge scour and numerous contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering.
The ISSMGE is the preeminent professional body representing the interests and activities of engineers, academics and contractors all over the world who actively participate in geotechnical engineering.