Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS)
The Society is aimed at promoting cooperation amongst engineers and scientists for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering, Soil Dynamics, Engineering Geology, Rock Mechanics, Snow & Ice Mechanics and allied fields and their practical applications.
Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) was founded in 1948 and is affiliated to the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).
IGS carries out its activities through twenty-five active local chapters with membership open to individuals, institutions and business houses. Close interaction amongst Geotechnical engineers of all shades is the hallmark of IGS activities. It brings out a quarterly newsletter and the Indian Geotechnical Journal, which has a wide circulation and is retrieved internationally. The Indian Geotechnical Conference is held every year in different parts of the country to provide a common forum for interaction between Geotechnical engineers from India and abroad.
IGS Mumbai Chapter keeps itself abreast of latest technologies by arranging various seminars. The society has eminent Foundation Engineers and Soil Engineers as members and has grown to a strength of 170 members.
The organisation of the Mumbai Chapter is well structured and team spirit has been its hall mark. By virtue of concerted efforts of the Executive Committee, the Mumbai Chapter was awarded the “Best Chapter Award” in 1997
The Road To Success
In 1975, Prof. R. K. Katti of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, was requested to commence activities in Bombay as a local chapter. Prof. Katti got in touch with several organisations of Bombay, including the Bombay Port Trust, the Indian Railways, Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay, Asia Foundation and Construction Limited, Cementation Company Limited and Associated Instruments Manufacturing India Limited. Thus, the Bombay Chapter was born.
The society was run from the premises of Institution of Engineers (India), Maharashtra Centre at Haji Ali. The initial finances of the Chapter came from the surplus balance of the IGS Conference held in Bombay in 1970 at the IIT. Membership was open to all interested in and associated with Geotechnical activities.Presently the Chapter boasts of a membership of 360 Looking forward, the Chapter resolves to better its past performance in the promotion of Geotechnical Engineering
Ever since, the Bombay Chapter has been renamed “Mumbai Chapter” after the identityof the metropolis of Bombay was changed to Mumbai. The Chapter has promoted Geotechnical Engineering all through by organisation of lectures and seminars by prominent local, national abd international authorities as well as by organising field visits to sites in and around Greater Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.The Mumbai Chapter was awarded the “Best Chapter Award” in 1997