Keynote Speaker

Prof. Alessandro Mandolini

University of Campania (Italy),
Chair of ISSMGE TC212.
Deep foundations
Pile Foundations: 80 Years Of Research And Practice (1943-2023)


Present Academic Position

  • Full professor of “Foundation Engineering” at Department of Engineering – Università degli Studi della Campania “L. Vanvitelli”
  • Head of the Department of Engineering – Università degli Studi della Campania “L. Vanvitelli”


  • 1989: Graduated in Civil Engineering (5 years) – Università di Napoli “Federico II”, Italy
  • 1993: Ph.D in Geotechnical Engineering – Università di Roma “La Sapienza” and Università di Napoli “Federico II”, Italy


Awards and Recognitions

  • 1995: Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI) Award for the PhD thesis
  • 1998: Gold Research (Bishop) Medal by the Institution of Civil Engineering of London (UK)
  • 2008: IACMAG Excellent Paper Junior Award
  • 2015: Elected Chairman of the ISSMGE TC212 “Deep Foundations”

Main Distinctions related to Recognition of Scientific Work

  • Referee for several International Journals, Reviewer for several National and International Conferences, Foreign Examiner for Doctoral Dissertations
  • Invited Lecturer at over 30 national and international Conferences
  • Panellist at over 10 national and international Conferences
  • State-of-the-Art Reporter at XVI ICMSGE in Osaka (Japan), 2005
  • Member of UNI/CIS/SC7 for the “Eurocode 7”
  • ‘Harry Poulos’ Honour Lecturer at GeoMEast 2018
  • ‘Bengt Fellenius’ Honour Lecture at 4th CFPB 2019


  • Author and/or co-Author of more than 150 papers for scientific journals, national and international Conferences
  • Co-Author of a book titled “Piles and Pile Foundations” edited by CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group

Pile Foundations: 80 Years Of Research And Practice (1943-2023)

In 1943 Karl Terzaghi published his famous book “Theoretical Soil Mechanics”, with only 7 pages dedicated to piles. Today, 80 years later, thousands of research papers and textbooks are proof of significant advances made in this field (new pile types, experimental full-scale observations, different method of analysis and design in a wide variety of soil conditions as encountered in practice, taking proper account for general loading conditions, etc.). In the keynote paper, a tentative is made to “distill” this broad literature, trying to pull out some fundamental aspects aimed to establish that undeniable expertise for any professional involved in piling problems.