An official handing over ceremony was held for the outgoing president and executives of GGS and GhIGS to the new presidents and executives. This was held on Thursday 5th September 2019 at the Engineers Centre of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE). In attendance was the president of the GhIE, Ing. Leslie Ayeh.

In his outgoing speech, Ing. Prof. Samuel Ampadu reiterated the aims of the GGS which were to promote the study of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, and to advance the practice of geotechnical engineering in Ghana. He mentioned that the GGS was part of the larger International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and urged members to visit the website for online resources such as webinars, lecture series and geotechnical case histories. He mentioned that Ghana and for that matter GGS hosted one of the Technical Committees of the ISSMGE which is the TC107 on Laterites and Lateritic Soils.

There was a solemn handing over to the new executives of both societies. The societies had respective presidents, but rest of executives were the sample people and this was aimed to promote smooth running of the two societies.

GGS Executives

President Vice President/Southern Rep. Secretary Treasurer Northern Rep. Student Rep.
Ing. Dr. Nii Q. Allotey Ing. Michael Obeng Konadu Ing. Dr Fred Owusu-Nimo Ing. Dr Patrick Bekoe Ing. Felix Ayeh Ms. Samuella Boadu

GhIGS Executives

President Vice President/Southern Rep. Secretary Treasurer Northern Rep. Student Rep.
Ing. Joseph K. Oddei Ing. Michael Obeng Konadu Ing. Dr Fred Owusu-Nimo Ing. Dr Patrick Bekoe Ing. Felix Ayeh Ms. Samuella Boadu

After the handing over ceremony there was a forum on deep excavations in Accra. This was led by Ing. Joseph Oddei. He highlighted what a deep excavation was and why it becomes necessary for such an excavation, the potential risks and hazards, implications of negative impact, key issues of interest, and capacity requirements. Pictures of a deep excavation that had been done in Accra were shown highlighting the damaging effect to adjacent infrastructure. Lastly, a discussion on how to improve the activities and programs of the two societies was led by Ing. Mike Konadu. Key among the suggestions was the creation of a mentorship program for young engineers in geotechnical engineering, making the GGS website vibrant, exploring the more convenient ways of paying dues through mobile money (momo) and creating a WhatsApp platform for GGS members.