NGS and IGS jointly hosted ‘Indo-Nepal Webinar for Geotechnical Excellence’

Date: April 6, 2024

Organized by: Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) and Nepal Geotechnical Society (NGS)

Overview: The inaugural session of the “Indo-Nepal Webinar for Geotechnical Excellence” successfully took place on April 6, 2024, marking a significant step forward in the collaborative efforts of the Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) and Nepal Geotechnical Society (NGS). This initiative, stemming from a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed at the IGC 2023 in Roorkee, aims to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of geotechnical engineering, specifically addressing challenges in the Himalayan region.

Theme of the Webinar: Hydro Tunnelling in the Himalayas

Brochure of the event:

Indo_Nepal Webinar_April 6

Objectives Achieved:

  • Increased awareness and understanding of complex geotechnical issues in the Himalayas among an international audience.
  • Enhanced networking opportunities among geotechnical professionals and researchers from India and Nepal.
  • Identification of areas for future collaboration and joint initiatives.
  • Dissemination of critical knowledge and expertise, is vital for advancing regional geotechnical practices.

Key Speakers:

  1. Mr. Arvind Kumar Mishra, India – Delivered a detailed analysis on “Analysis of highly fragile deep slopes and dam abutments in Himalaya,” highlighting the unique challenges and innovative approaches in managing fragile geological structures.
  2. Dr. Gyanendra L. Shrestha, Nepal – Focused on “Tunneling in Nepal Himalaya and Associated Risks,” offering insights into the complexities and risk mitigation strategies essential for tunnel construction in geologically sensitive areas.

Program Highlights:

  • The event was moderated by Dr. Dhundi Raj Pathak, NGS, ensuring a smooth flow and engaging discussions.
  • The webinar opened with introductions by Dr. Anil Joseph and Dr. Mandip Subedi, presidents of IGS and NGS respectively, who both emphasized the importance of Indo-Nepal collaboration in geotechnical research and practice.
  • Prof. Dr. Netra Prakash Bhandary, Chair, GeoMandu 2024 extended an invitation to the upcoming GeoMandu 2024, encouraging continued engagement and participation in future events.
  • Prof. Dr. Neelima Satyam, IGS concluded the session with remarks that underscored the success of the webinar and the potential for future joint efforts.

Participation: The webinar attracted 450+ registrations and 200+ participants, including engineers, researchers, and academics, demonstrating a strong interest and commitment within the geotechnical community towards collaborative learning and problem-solving.

Youtube Video Link of the webinar: 

Presentation files of the webinar:

Reference video link of Bhutan Hydropower:

Conclusion: The “Indo-Nepal Webinar for Geotechnical Excellence” has set a solid foundation for future collaboration between the geotechnical societies of India and Nepal. By sharing expert knowledge and discussing region-specific challenges, both societies are well-positioned to advance geotechnical practices and contribute significantly to the safety and effectiveness of construction projects in the Himalayan region.

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