La Société canadienne
de géotechnique
The Canadian
Geotechnical Society
La Société canadienne de géotechnique
The Canadian Geotechnical Society
The Canadian
Soil Mechanics and Foundations
About the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division
The mandate of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division is to promote classical geotechnical and foundation engineering research, to promote the documentation of case histories and experience of practicing engineers, and to promote and facilitate the continuing education of our members. This occurs through the regular technical meetings at the local level, through short courses and symposia, through support for the Cross Canada Lecture Tour, through our annual conference and via our liaison with the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.
Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division consists of the following members:
Dipanjan Basu
University of Waterloo
Past Chair
Alex Baumgard
BGC Engineering Inc.
Andrew Take
Queens University
Laifa Cao
SPL Consultants Ltd.
Mohamed Meguid
McGill University
Robert Chapuis
Montreal Polytechnic
Jeff Lam
Rocscience Inc.

Affiliations with Other Organizations

The Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division is affiliated with the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

ISSMGE Bulletin Archive


G.G. Meyerhof Award

The Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division (SMFD) is now soliciting nominations for the G.G. Meyerhof Award, awarded yearly by CGS to an accomplished geotechnical engineer with outstanding contributions to soil mechanics and foundation engineering.  This award is given to CGS members at the CGS annual conferences and facilitated by the SMFD. Nominations are due by May 15 to the National Office (admin@cgs.ca). The nomination package may include letters of support detailing the contributions of the qualified candidate and a full CV of the candidate if applicable. If you have any questions related to the nomination process, please contact Lisa McJunkin (admin@cgs.ca) or the Division Chair Dr. Dipanjan Basu (dipanjan.basu@uwaterloo.ca).


Current News - ISSMGE Survey

Are We Overdesigning? A survey of international practice has been developed by the ISSMGE. This is a joint initiative by the CAPG, the YMPG, TC205 - Safety and Serviceability and TC304 - Risk. The survey is intended to assess the consistency of calculation models and design methods for a variety of geotechnical structures, and where possible, to compare the results with full scale tests and reliability analyses. To participate in the survey please go to https://www.issmge.org/news/are-we-overdesigning-a-survey-of-international-practice. Submissions will be accepted until October 2020.

Upcoming Events


Latest News
6th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization
The Early Bird deadline will expire on March 1! “Toward synergy at site characterisation” 7-11 ... More Details
Reports / Documents
Please contact the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division at SMFD@cgs.ca if you have any comments or suggestions.