The International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG) was established in 1976 to amalgamate several facets of Geomechanics, including both fundamental and practical aspects, while exemplifying the need for rational geotechnical processes through proper integration of theory, experimental methods, field performance verification and the development of computational procedures and rigorous solutions for practical industrial problems. The IACMAG aims to foster innovation, leadership and collegial interaction among professionals in the field of geomechanics through international forums for exchanging new ideas, experiences and dialogue. In this regard, the IACMAG aims to recognise professionals who have made a significant contributions in the field of Geomechanics by presenting Awards in a number of different categories every 3 years.

During the 15th IACMAG conference, held in Wuhan (China) Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna, was awarded the most prestigious accolade, the “Outstanding Contributions Medal” which recognises individuals who have made outstanding and seminal research contributions to scientific advancement and computational developments in geomechanics over a long period of time through both basic and practical aspects. Prof Indraratna’s impactful contributions made particularly in the areas of ground improvement and railway geotechnics were recognised and cited in selecting him for this coveted award by the IACMAG’s awards committee. Under his leadership over the past 2 decades, this prestigious award epitomizes the immense impact of the research conducted within the UOW’s Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering (CGRE) on both academia and industry. Prof. Indraratna said “This esteem honour would not be a reality without the concerted efforts through many talented research staff and PhD students whom I have guided over the past 25 years.”