The ISSMGE Time Capsule Project (TCP)

The ISSMGE Time Capsule Project (TCP) is an initiative designed to bring the ISSMGE individual members closer together, to look to the future.


The New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) is pleased to support ISSMGE’s Time Capsule Project (TCP).


The ISSMGE TCP has the following aims:

  • To bring through some of the collective experience of their member societies and technical committees in an accessible way for broader geotechnical community, and enable positive and uplifting conversations across the individual membership, in a challenging time for all of us.
  • To assist the current and future generation of geotechnical engineers with a road map that helps them access the past, present and future in geotechnical engineering, globally, and stir their collective curiosity.
  • To provide a platform for the up-and-coming cohort of geotechnical engineers to stand for, and to tell the story of their member society/ technical committee, and in this way take on the leadership of addressing the challenges of the communities of the future.



The NZGS is pleased to offer the following items to the TCP:

  1. The MBIE/NZGS Modules,
  2. ISSMGE Outstanding Member Society Award (2013)


NZGS proudly announces that the Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering Practice Series, commonly known as the Geotechnical Modules, have now been published in their final version.

The “Modules Finalisation Project” involved the update of the Geotechnical Modules that we have been using  as Preliminary (Version 0) since 2016, to incorporate new scientific knowledge and feedback received from the geotechnical community. The project was funded and led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and was carried out with the collaboration of the three organisations, MBIE, Engineering New Zealand and the New Zealand Geotechnical Society.

It has been a tremendous effort by the team involved, and I would like to thank everyone that provided input, authors, reviewers and editors. I would like in particular to thank the past Chairs of NZGS Charlie Price, Tony Fairclough and Ross Roberts, for their efforts during their term and beyond to progress the Modules, and Mike Stannard, who coordinated the project.

The Modules were released on 29 November 2021 as part of MBIE’s annual updates to the Building Code. They are not regulation but have regulatory status in that they are guidance under Section 175 of the Building Act. This means consenting authorities can use them to support decision making when issuing building consents.

You can access the Modules through the NZGS website here and through the MBIE website here.


More Information HERE