This book constitutes the imprint of the Plenary Conferences delivered by distinguished geotechnical engineers of renowned international quality in the XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI PCSMGE), which was held from November 17 to 20, 2019 in Cancun, Mexico.
Experience and youth are combined in this special volume that includes the 9th Arthur Casagrande Lecture, the Plenary Conference of ISSMGE President, three Bright Spark Lectures, and thirteen manuscripts of the Invited Lecturers of practically all the technical sessions of the XVI PCSMGE 2019, among them Analytical and physical modelling in Geotechnics, Unsaturated soils, Soft soils, Foundations and retaining structures, Excavations and tunnels, Offshore Geotechnics, Transportation in Geotechnics, Natural hazards, Preservation of historic sites, Rock mechanics, Education and Energy Geotechnics.
This special volume covers both the research and the applied Geotechnics, including the recent developments in geotechnical engineering. Besides, it provides valuable references for engineering practitioners and graduate students and helps to identify new issues and to shape future directions for research. We are very pleased to disseminate all these contributions among the scientific community.
We would like to express our thanks to all the Invited Lecturers for their high quality and valuable contributions. In addition, we are especially grateful to Eduardo Martínez, Alejandra Liliana Espinosa and José Alfredo Promotor for their assistance with the preparation of this Invited Lectures Volume.
Norma Patricia López Acosta, Chairwoman, Editorial Committee
Alexandra Ossa López, Chairwoman, Technical Committee
Walter I. Paniagua Zavala, Chairman, Organizing Committee
Cancun, Mexico, November 17 to 20, 2019