Abstract submission deadline 31 August 2023
Abstract notification acceptance 31 August 2023
Paper submission deadline 31 December 2023 31 January 2024
Paper acceptance notification 29 February 2024


On behalf of the organizing committee, I am delighted to invite you to attend the International Conference of Geotechnical Engineering (ICGE’24) scheduled in Hammamet, Tunisia, on April 25-27, 2024. This conference aims to bring together researchers and engineers around the most recent advances in geotechnical engineering. The attendance of experts in geotechnical engineering will provide an enriched technical program highlighting the strong link with soils mechanics specialists. The program of the ICGE’24 includes keynote lectures delivered by high selected speakers, technical-scientific parallel sessions, one-day workshops and site visits. In this international event, Dr Marc Ballouz, the president of ISSMGE, and Prof. Marawan Shahien, the VP for Africa of ISSMGE, confirmed their presence. This is a great honor to the participants in the ICGE’24. Furthermore, a diverse social program, including the Gala dinner and post-conference excursions around Hammamet, will be enjoyable for all the participants. You are welcome in Tunisia.

Chairman of ICGE'24

Abstract submission deadline 31 July 2023 31 August 2023.
Abstract acceptance notification 31 August 2023.
Paper submission deadline 31 December 2023.
Paper acceptance notification 29 February 2024.

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Confirmed keynotes

Marc Ballouz, Ph.D

President ISSMGE Owner/Director Int'l IGM Design and practice of challenging foundation systems


Professor, Hacettepe University Immediate ISRM Past President Geo-engineering aspects of the devastating earthquakes

Wilhelm Degen, Ph.D

Technical Director at Betterground Design, Installation and Quality Control of Variable Diameter Stone Columns

Marawan M. Shahien

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering & Foundations VP for Africa of ISSMGE

Seawater desalination station in Sfax

Presented by Mr Wadii MIOUB - Bouzganda

Seawater desalination station in Sfax

Presented by Mr Wadii MIOUB - Bouzganda

The project involves the construction of a seawater desalination plant in Sfax, Tunisia, with over 80% of the construction completed as of February 2024.

Financed by Japan to support Tunisia's economic and social development, the plant aims to address water stress, enhance water supply capacity, and improve water quality.

With an investment of approximately 36.7 billion Japanese Yen (around 780 million Tunisian Dinars), the plant is designed to produce 100,000 cubic meters of water per day initially, expandable to 200,000 cubic meters.

The project, initiated in April 2022, targets stable water supply for Sfax and the northern regions, contributing to water conservation. The initiative signifies Japan's commitment to enhancing living conditions and promoting industry in Tunisia through infrastructure development, aligning with the countries' strong bilateral cooperation

Doubling of the Roman Road in Djerba RR117


Doubling of the Roman Road in Djerba RR117


The project to widen the Roman road RR117 in Djerba aims to modernize and improve the road infrastructure connecting Zarzis to Djerba in Tunisia.

The ongoing works are focused on doubling the regional road 117, an initiative that started in 2021 and has shown significant progress by 2023.

This road infrastructure project is crucial for enhancing connectivity and facilitating travel between these two key Tunisian cities, Zarzis and Djerba.

This project will significantly contribute to the socio-economic development of the region by enhancing accessibility and strengthening the existing road infrastructure.

Atelier : Argiles gonflantes : caractérisation et mesures préventives

Presented by Pr. Mounir BOUASSIDA and Sergio Andrew MAGNIGNAVY - SIMPRO

Atelier : Argiles gonflantes : caractérisation et mesures préventives

Presented by Pr. Mounir BOUASSIDA and Sergio Andrew MAGNIGNAVY - SIMPRO

L’objectif majeur de l’atelier de travail programmé lors de l’ICGE’24, à propos des argiles gonflantes, est de clarifier quelques aspects liés à la caractérisation de cette catégorie de sol ; en outre, une méthode de réduction de la pression de gonflement sur une fondation superficielle est proposée (Bouassida et al, 2022).

Un cas d’étude où cette solution a été appliquée sera présenté.

Programme de l’atelier de travail :

Argiles gonflantes : caractérisation et mesures préventives

Intervention n°1 - Mounir Bouassida (40 mn) : Cadre de la problématique posée

– Construire sur les sols gonflants en Tunisie

Phénomène de gonflement ? Régions (zones concernées).

Pathologie observée : deux cas d’études.

Réparation : analyse des causes des désordres ; remèdes ; ordre de grandeur du coût.

Intervention n°2 – Sergio Andrew Magnignavy (50 mn) : Méthodes de caractérisation des argiles gonflantes.

Synthèse des contributions existantes pour quantifier le potentiel (ou la pression) de gonflement. Nouvelle méthode de caractérisation (abaque proposé) – Avantages par rapport aux méthodes existantes.

Mesure de la pression de gonflement

Intervention n°3 - Mounir Bouassida (50 mn) : Proposition d’une solution pour réduire la pression de gonflement.

Principe – Mise en œuvre – Avantage

Application dans le cadre d’un projet de construction en cours d’exécution : choix du matériau. Méthode d’exécution – Suivi dans le temps. Clôture de l’atelier.

Korbous Cliff rehabilitation

Presented by Mr Malek BANNOUR - MEHAT

Korbous Cliff rehabilitation

Presented by Mr Malek BANNOUR - MEHAT

The cliff of Korbous is subject to stability problems classified as dangerous by experts.

Several areas in this cliff have been treated by different tools of stabilizing fractured rock masses and prevention of rock falls.

Several technical solutions were used to protect the new road, namely the retaining wall, active and passive barriers, anchoring and buttresses.

Works and maritime structures also took place, in addition to rehabilitation work on the road destroyed during the landslide.


Geotechnical Engineering

  • Soil characterization
  • Soil Behavior
  • Ground Improvement
  • Foundations
  • Urban excavations
  • Underground constructions
  • Slope stability and landslides
  • Unsaturated soils and hydraulic works
  • Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering

Rock Mechanics

  • Characterization of intact rocks and rock masses
  • Computational methods for rock mechanics big data
  • Constitutive models in prediction of rock behavior
  • Dynamic phenomena in rock mechanics
  • Fracture and damage of rocks
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Petroleum reservoir and well geomechanics
  • Rock heterogeneity and multiscale approaches
  • Rock slope supporting structures
  • Rock tunneling
  • Rock material valorization
  • Seismic behaviors of rock masses
  • Geothermal applications
  • 3D printing technology in Rock Engineering

Applied geophysical engineering

  • Exploration geophysics
  • Characterization of sub-soil with geophysical methods
  • Geophysical modelling and inversion
  • Environnemental geophysics
  • Hydrological problems
  • Numerical approaches for seismic site responsable
  • Seismic risk management
  • Dynamic soil-structure interaction effects
  • Seismic hasard, ground motion records and prediction
  • Risk management with applied geophysics

Geomatics and Environmental Engineering

  • Georisk: Modelling and Monitoring
  • Remote Sensing and GIS Application for Land use
  • Climate change: process and impacts
  • Geo-Matching : Concepts and Modelling (ACM)
  • GEODESIGN: Modelling and technologies
  • Architectural photogrammetry and applications to Cultural Heritage
  • Smart city and environment
  • Reactive-city: modelling and visualization of the city in movement
  • GIS and Augmented reality

    • Mounir Bouassida (Chairman)
    • Abdelbacet Oueslati
    • Abdeaziz Lahmili
    • Abdehak Mabrouki
    • Ahmed Rouabhi
    • Ali Karrech
    • Amjed Kallel
    • Badreddine Sbartai
    • Belgacem Jellali
    • Dalel Azaiez
    • Denis Kalumba
    • Esve Jacobsz
    • Fatheddine Melki
    • Haifa Sallem
    • Hajer Maazoun
    • Halima Jebali
    • Hatem Karoui
    • Haythem Gharsallaloui
    • Hedi Sellami
    • Hniad Othmane
    • Houcem Trabelsi
    • Jamel Kamoun
    • Jamila El Brahmi
    • Kais Ben Abdallah
    • Khadija Baba
    • Meriem Fakhreddine Bouali
    • Mohamed Salah Laouar Laouar
    • Moncef Zairi
    • Nabil Abou Bekr
    • Nabil Kazitani
    • Noomen Rebai
    • Ouadif Latifa
    • Rachid Bouferra
    • Salah Messasset
    • Salma Souissi
    • Sami Hamdi
    • Sayed Hemeda
    • Seifeddine Tabchouche
    • Sihem Louati
    • Sofiene Helali
    • Souhir Ellouze
    • Tarek Kormi
    • Wissem Frikha
    • Zeineb Bensalem
    • Zied Saada
    • Essaieb HAMDI (Chairman)
    • Belgacem Jellali
    • Dalel Azaiez
    • Eya Rezgui
    • Ghada Snoussi
    • Hatem Karoui
    • Hlima Jebali
    • Imen Bel Hadj Ali
    • Jamel Kammoun
    • Kais Ben Abdallah
    • Karim Elleuch
    • Marwa Ben Khlifa
    • Nadia Mezni
    • Nadhem Kassabi
    • Nesrine Gabsi
    • Salma Souissi
    • Sergio Andrew Manigniavy
    • Sihem Louati
    • Slimene Sedrette
    • Sofiene Ezzeiri
    • Zeineb Ben Salem

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