ICPMG 2022 Group photo

The International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG) is held under the auspices of ISSMGE TC104. ICMPG constitutes the biggest gathering of the physical modelling community, offering a forum for academics, engineers, researchers, technicians and students, where the latest developments in modelling techniques, technologies, similitude laws, and all other aspects of physical modelling in geotechnics can be discussed. Following preliminary workshops in Manchester, California and Tokyo (all in 1984), the 1st International Conference (Centrifuge 88) was initiated in Paris in 1988, under the leadership of Prof. Jean-François Corté. It was initially scheduled every 3 years, and since 1994 it has been taking place every 4 years.

The 2nd International Conference (Centrifuge 91) took place in Boulder, Colorado (1991), followed by the 3rd one (Centrifuge 94) in Singapore (1994), and the 4th one (Centrifuge 98) in Tokyo, Japan (1998). The 5th ICMPG was held in St. Johns, Canada (2002), followed by the 6th ICMPG in Hong Kong (2006). After 22 years, the conference returned to Europe, with the 7th ICPMG being held at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2010), under the leadership of Prof. Sarah Springman. The 8th ICPMG was organised by the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) at the University of Western Australia (UWA), in Perth, Western Australia, under the leadership of Prof. Christophe Gaudin. This was followed by the 9th ICPMG in London (2018), which was held at City University London, under the leadership of Prof. Andrew McNamara. Back in Asia, the 10th ICPMG was held in Daejoon, South Korea, jointly organized by KAIST and K-water Research, under the leadership of Prof. Nam-Ryong Kim, who took over from the late Prof. Dong-Soo Kim.

The 11th ICMPG will be coming back to Europe in 2026, and will be held once more at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, this time under the leadership of Prof. Ioannis Anastasopoulos.