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Whilst attempts for performing lateral load tests in boreholes can be found in German and Russian literature, Louis Ménard effectively developed and patented the pressuremeter as an everyday soil testing instrument, which today plays an important role in the design of foundations.

The work of Ménard’s organization with colleagues and the support of the “Laboratoires des ponts et chaussées (LPCs)” in France have led to an alternative state of practice compared to the more commonly known theoretical failure criteria and deformation theories. UK, Canada, USA and Japan have made significant contributions to the advances of technology and practice of pressuremeter testing.

A set of empirical rules that were first published in Ménard’s “Sol Soils” journal have been the basis of all other research, design guidelines and codes of practice that are used by geotechnical practitioners.

The creation of the International Committee on Pressuremeter “ICP” was proposed during the International Symposium for the 60th Anniversary of the pressuremeter in 2015 “ISP7-Pressio2015”, held under the auspices of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). ICP offers an opportunity to exchange experience in the field of pressuremeter practice between manufacturers, practitioners, contractors, consultants, engineers, academics and scientists. The main objectives of this committee are to provide scientific, technical assistance and a data base on the use and interpretation of the pressuremeter test results, and it will help to advance the knowledge of pressuremeter testing by providing information on the latest methods, technologies and advanced testing equipment through its website.

Our Honorary President Michel « MIKE » Gambin has left this world

As Michel Gambin leaves us, I remember our last conversation. With my friend Robert Heintz, we attended the Symposium “Charles-Augustin COULOMB: A geotechnical tribute” organized by the CFMS on 25 september 2023. At the end of the day, we decided to go to Michle's...


Date : 14th June 2023 Presents: Catherine Jacquard (CJ), Jacques Monnet (JM), Julien Habert (JH), Jean-Pierre Baud (JPB), Robert Heintz (RH)*, Romain Meyer (RM) *, Roger Frank (RF) *, Alexandre Lopes (AL) *, Wissem Frikha (WFF) *, Philippe Reiffsteck (PR) *. (*) by...


Date : 06th October 2023 Presents : Catherine Jacquard (CJ), Jacques Monnet (JM), Jean-Pierre Baud (JPB), Robert Heintz (RH), Roger Frank (RF), Alexandre Lopes (AL) , Wissem Frikha (WFF) , Emad Sharif (EAU), Anna Shidlovskaya (AS), Ramdane Bahar (RB), Marek Tarnawski...


Next ISP 8 will be held at the university of Luxembourg, amphitheater with capacity for 200 persons for lectures. Free at the first week of September 2025, big space for exhibition, students can be present and give good opportunity to promote the pressuremeter. Robert...