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The Madras Chapter of Indian Geotechnical Society was inaugurated on 22-4-1988 by
Dr. S. Panchanatham. Dr. V.V.S. Rao was the Chairman and Dr. A.Sargunan was the Secretary. The first National Seminar on "Geotechnical Challenges in Civil Engineering" was organized in June 1988. The Annual Indian Geotechnical Conference IGC 1983 was earlier organized at IIT Madras in December 1983. The name is now changed to IGS Chennai Chapter after the city was renamed as Chennai.
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  Chairman, - - Dr. V.V.S. Rao

Secretary - Dr. A. Sargunan

First Seminar - 'Geotechnical Challenges in Civil Engineering' in June 1988
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1988-1991 Dr. V.V. S. Rao
  Dr. A. Sargunan
1992-1994 Dr.V.V.S. Rao
  Dr. S.V. Ramaswamy
1995-1997 Dr. S.V. Ramaswamy
  Dr. K. Ilamparuthi
1998-2000 Dr. B. Ramanathan
  Er. M. Elangovan
2001-2003 Dr. S.V. Ramaswamy
  Er. M. Elangovan
2004-2005 Dr. K. Ilamparuthi
  Er. Anirudhan I.V.
2005-2006 Dr. K. Ilamparuthi
  Er. Anirudhan I.V.
2007-2009 Dr. S.R. Gandhi
  Er. Anirudhan I.V.
2010-2011 Er. Anirudhan I.V.
  Dr. K. Premalatha
2012-2015 Dr. A. Boominathan
  Dr. M. Muttharam
2015-2017 Dr. A. Boominathan
  Dr. M. Muttharam
The chapter constituted IGS-Chennai Chapter Prize for the best paper on “Deep Foundations/Retaining Structures” that will be given away biannually during Indian Geotechnical Conference.
The chapter conducts paper competition for Post graduate and research scholars in the field of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering and give away awards for four students . The award includes assistance to attend the annual conference.
Dr. V.V.S. Rao Dr. Sargunan Dr. Ramanathan Dr. S.V. Ramaswamy Shri Shankar Guha Dr. Varghese Chummar Dr. V.S. Raju Dr. M.R. Pranesh
Dr. VVS Rao, Dr.Sargunan, Dr. Ramanathan, Dr. Ramaswamy, Er. Shankar Guha, Dr. A V Chummar, Dr..V.S. Raju, Dr. Pranesh


by Dr. S.V. Ramaswamy

Immediately after independence the government of Madras started building a number of earth dams to harness the river water for irrigation. This kindled the interest of civil engineers in the emerging field of soil mechanics. The Public Works Department established the Soil Mechanics Research Station for testing the soil samples and to control the quality of construction in the earth dams. At the same time Highways Department also established Highways Research Station where soil-testing section was an important component.

Soil Mechanics Research in Madras got a further boost when the postgraduate department of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering was started at College of  Engineering, Guindy, Madras in 1958. This was one of the earliest such programmes in India. In the initial years out of ten seats available two seats each were reserved for students from the states of  Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The postgraduate programme in Soil Mechanics and Foundation engineering started in Indian Institute of Technology in the late sixties gave further impetus to the geotechnical engineering activities in Madras.

A number of consulting firms were active in site investigation and foundation design from early sixties. Problems encountered in expansive soils, soft clays and loose fills needed experts in soil mechanics for solution. Construction of large factories, harbour facilities, multi-lane highways and multi storey buildings further expanded the scope of geotechnical engineers in Madras.

Research work in two post-graduate institutions and expanding consulting and construction activities resulted in active participation of  geotechnical engineers from Madras in technical conferences. In the Annual Geotechnical Conferences organized by  Indian Geotechnical Society in different cities there was always a sizeable contingent from Madras. Their contribution in the form of papers, key-note lectures, panel discussions and organizational work was significant.

Seminars, Symposiums and lectures were regularly organized  by Anna University, IIT, HRS and other organizations. The Annual Indian Geotechnical Conference was organized at IIT Madras in December 1983.

As a result of regular participation of  geotechnical engineers from Madras in the activities of  Indian Geotechnical Society and increasing geotechnical activities in Madras, there were proposals to start a chapter of  Indian Geotechnical Society in Madras even in the early sixties. However the matter was not pursued as the parent body at Delhi was itself getting reorganized.  Starting a chapter gained  momentum in the eighties and the chapter was formed in 1987. Dr. V.V.S. Rao was the Chairman and  Dr. A.Sargunan was the Secretary. The first National Seminar on "Geotechnical Challenges in Civil Engineering"  was organized in June 1988.

The chapter has been organizing seminars and symposiums  every year since then. The emphasis in these seminars is on field practices and practicing engineers were encouraged to actively participate in the organization and  deliberations of these seminars. At the request of Bureau of  Indian Standards the chapter undertook a programme, "Installation, Testing and Exhumation of Under-reamed Bored Piles in Sands"   to determine whether under-reams can be formed in sandy soils. The programme was attended by a number of engineers from all over India and it formed the basis for revision of BIS Code on under-reamed piles. The chapter organized the Indian Geotechnical Conference IGC 1996 at Anna University in December 1996, which was attended by more than three hundred delegates. IGC 2006 with the theme Geotechnical Engineering – Indian Experience was successfully conducted during 14-16 December 2006 under the chairmanship of Prof. S.R. Gandhi.  

The chapter strives to maintain close contact with the students. They were encouraged to attend the seminars and there were concessions in the registration fees for them.  Seminars for under-graduate students and post-graduate students have been held. Two post-graduate students, one each from Anna University and IIT, were depute to attend the Indian Geotechnical Conference at Bangalore in December 1995. The chapter donated five soil mechanics text books to Crescent Engineering College and Anna University and at the presentation ceremony in the colleges a special lecture was delivered.


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