Advances in Multiphysical

Testing of Soils and Shales

ISSMGE TC-101 workshop

3-5 September 2012

EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

The workshop:

The workshop has focused on the significant advances of knowledge regarding the experimental analysis of soils and shales that have been achieved during the last decade. Some fundamental issues have been solved, and important achievements have been made in certain areas, including the development of multiphase testing facilities for non-isothermal conditions and the characterization of the microstructural arrangement for complex geomaterials.

This outstanding progress in the field has had relevant consequences in the theoretical developments of geomechanical theories, such as the constitutive modelling of multiphysical and multiscale processes, as well as important engineering applications. The workshop has been aimed at stimulating the debate on the advances in experimental geomechanics; contributions on unsaturated soil testing, non-isothermal experiments and chemo-osmotic experimental evidences have been welcomed. The workshop proceedings was published in the Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering.

Please find the final programme of the workshop.

The host:

The workshop has been held between 3 and 5 September 2012 at the conference facilities of the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland). The workshop was organized by the Laboratory for Soil Mechanics (LMS) at the EPFL.

Workshop organization:

Prof. Lyesse Laloui

Swiss Federal institute of Technology, Switzerland

Dr. Alessio Ferrari

Swiss Federal institute of Technology, Switzerland





National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (NAGRA)



BG Consulting Engineers



Wille geotechnik



Norwegian Geotechnical Institute




Laboratory for Soil Mechanics
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

Workshop secretary:
Barbara Tinguely

+41 21 693 23 15
+41 21 693 41 53