The 4th Louis Menard Lecture was delivered by Distinguished Prof. Buddhima Indraratna at the 19th International Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering held in the Seoul (South Korea). The naming of the lecture is in memory of late Louis Menard, an inventor that pioneered the field of ground improvement and field monitoring and awarded to those making substantial contributions to the field of ground improvement.

The lecture on the “Recent advances in vertical drains and vaccum preloading for soft soil stabilisation” was delivered in front of packed audience of approximately 2500 geotechnical academics and professionals. In addition, it reached a more global audience through the live broadcast available in the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) website.