Geotechnical aspect of land reclamation and ground improvement: call for book chapters

Closes: 30 April 2024

Editors: Myint Win Bo, Bo & Associates Inc., Canada, Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan, Lakehead University, Canada, and Dipanjan Basu, University of Waterloo, Canada
Submit your 200 words abstract by: 30 April 2024
Accepted chapters invited by: 31 May 2024.
Full submissions: 31 August 2024 (no publication fees)
To be indexed by: Scopus and Web of Science

Submit your proposal

Despite the world having large areas of land, most are not available for human settlement due to extreme weather because these lands were either in very cold regions or in extremely hot and dry regions. In addition, some of the areas are in remote locations with difficult accessibility, such as mountainous regions. Because of this, most people on Earth have settled in regions with better weather and easier accessibility.

It is evident that the Far East, with its favourable climate, is home to most of the world's population and most of the megacities around the world were built along river mouths where transportation to other countries is possible via seas and ocean, and inland through rivers. Examples of such cities are New York, London, Bangkok, Seoul, Yangon, Tokyo, Manila, Shanghai, Sydney, Jakarta, Mumbai, etc. At the same time, the global population has been increasing at a very fast pace and reached 9 billion before the end of 2022. Most of the population growth was concentrated in or near these megacities. To accommodate such populations, expansion of land for residential, commercial, and industrial spaces as well as increasing capacity of seaports and airports are becoming necessary.

While seaports must be located on the shores of seas or oceans, airports are required to be located at a distance from the human settlement areas to prevent noise pollution and interference. In addition, such megacities have limited areas available for expansion as these cities are usually bounded by seas and rivers. Moreover, the underlying geological conditions are usually not favourable as these areas are usually underlain by a recent deposit of quaternary alluvial soil or marine deposits. These types of deposits consist of either highly compressible soft clay or loosely deposited granular soils which are often prone to excessive settlement and liquefaction. Therefore, ground improvement techniques are required to make such deposits amenable to construction.

Expansion of infrastructure development around these megacities is carried out through land reclamation at the foreshore or offshore areas and supplemented with the necessary improvement of the ground by different ground improvement techniques. To form lands with sufficient bearing capacity, minimum post-construction settlement, and adequate shore protection for averting erosion from waves and currents in the foreshore area, significant geotechnical input is required to overcome and resolve issues that arise during the development stage.

Scientists, engineers, and researchers around the world are invited to submit technical articles to be formed as book chapters for a forthcoming publication to be edited by Myint Win Bo, Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan and Dipanjan Basu.

The book will include chapters on the themes described below but may also include additional topics. Chapter length will vary depending on the scope of the subject area, but an average length would be 2000 words and a maximum length of around 5000 words (minimum 4 pages, maximum 15 pages). Not all submitted proposals will be accepted. Proposals should include chapter title, authors and 200 words outlining the scope of the chapter.

  • Submit your 200 words abstract by 30 April 2024.
  • Accepted chapters will be invited by 31 May 2024.
  • Full submissions by 31 August 2024.

Contact information

For inquiries and submissions, please contact Myint Win Bo.


  • Method of reclamation
  • Design of land reclamation and ground improvement
  • Geotechnical investigation for land reclamation and ground improvement
  • Borrow sourcing for reclamation material
  • Application of in-situ testing in land reclamation and ground improvement project
  • Laboratory testing, quality control and material testing in land reclamation and ground improvement project
  • Design and installation of shore protection structures in land reclamation projects
  • Ground improvement for land reclamation projects
  • Application of biotechnology in ground improvement
  • Sustainable use of material in land reclamation and ground improvement
  • Application of artificial intelligence in ground improvement
  • Application of geotechnical instrumentation in land reclamation and ground improvement