September 26, 2013

The seventh international conference on case histories in geotechnical engineering was held in Chicago, Illinois from May 1 through May 04, 2013 to commemorate the legacy of Professor Ralph B. Peck for introducing Observational Methods in Geotechnical Engineering. In a special session on this subject, six world renowned leaders who had worked with Professor Peck made technical and non-technical presentations. These included Gholamreza Mesri, Edward Cording, Elmo DiBiagio, Shamsher Prakash, Nancy Peck Young, and David Rogers.

A symposium was also held to honor Dr. Clyde N. Baker, Jr., for his contributions on the design of foundations for high-rise buildings in Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Taiwan, Dubai, and other countries. Six speakers, Tony Kiefer, Bernie Hertlein, Robert Lukas, William Walton, William Baker, and Robert Schock, delivered special presentations outlining Dr. Baker’s work.

Keynote Lecture for the conference was delivered by Prof. W D Liam Finn, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Canada, and Guoxi Wu, BC Hydro, Burnaby, Canada.

Ten State of the Art and Practice Lectures were delivered: Clyde Baker (USA), Jonathan Bray (USA), George Gazetas (Greece), Buddhima Indraratna (Australia), Ed Kavazanjian (USA), Suzanne Lacasse (Norway), Pedro Pinto (Portugal), Harry Poulos (Australia), Rodrigo Salgado (USA), and Ikuo Towhata (Japan).

A luncheon was held to recognize Dr. Shamsher Prakash for his achievements and to thank him for the direction he has provided for the Geotechnical Case Histories and Earthquake conference series over the past four decades. After serving the profession for more than fifty five years, Dr Prakash has decided to retire and this conference was his last major professional activity on behalf of Missouri University of Science and Technology

Proceedings for this conference consist of a Printed Abstract Volume and CD-ROM containing eleven SOAP Lectures, 8-General Reports, and 315 papers contributed from58 countries. The proceedings are available for purchase online at The cost of the proceedings is $250.

Papers published in the proceedings of the first four Case Histories conferences can be downloaded free of charge from the MST website dedicated to the Case Histories conferences at :