The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
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September 2014 Newsletter

Headlines and Deadlines

Headlines and Deadlines

6ICEGE - Christchurch, New Zealand:  Abstract deadline Extended to 15 September 2014

BGA Hydraulic Fracturing Debate – 17 September 2014

BGA Early Career Meeting:  How Eurocode 7 Gets Misunderstood – 22 September 2014:  FULLY BOOKED

Call for Papers:  ICE Proceedings – Geotechnical Engineering:  Themed Issue in 2016:  “Innovations in Deep Foundations design & Construction”:  1 October 2014

Joint Meeting with IGS: Geosynthetics – Design & specification, the way forward – 15 October 2014

BGA Touring Lecture 2014 – 4-6 November 2014

Geotechnical Engineering Lecture – 12 November 2014

Keynote lectures announced for ECSMGE in Edinburgh:  13-15 September 2015

Other 2014 and 2015 events to put on your calendar:


HOT TOPIC!(note later start time) 17 September 2014 – 6.15 pm BGA Hydraulic Fracking Debate The geotechnical & geo-environmental challenges of fracking in the UK are surmountable - Yes or No? Tea & Coffee available from 5.30 pm.  Book online at
  25 September 2014 ICE Health & Safety Conference Full details at
  30 September (11.00 am – 1.00 pm) CIC Roundtable Discussion (London) – improving the image of construction as an attractive career CIC, currently working on major national news engagements to showcase the construction professions and promote diversity within the industry, are keen for input and ideas. To take part, please let Ann-Marie Casserley know at Ground Forum and she will forward your details to Rosanna Bortoli from CIC.
New! 2 October EGGS one-day Conference Advances in Geological/Geotechnical Data Handling and Modelling – Burlington House, Piccadilly, London – full details at and register by 25th September with
  3 October 2014 6.30 for 7.45 pm James Watt Dinner Hosted by IESIS at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Argyle Street, Glasgow – tickets £52 per head;  see
  15 October 2014 – 6.00 pm Joint Evening Meeting with IGS “Geosynthetics – Design & specification, the way forward” by Steve Corbet of AECOM. Tea and Coffee available from 5.30 pm.   Book online at
New! 29 October ICE BIM 2014 Full details at
  4-6 November 2014 BGA Touring Lecture Prof Eduardo Alonso on “Rapid Landslides”;  University of Sheffield, University of Manchester and Central Square, Newcastle.  See BGA Website for full details.  Advance registration not required.
Booking now open! 12 November – 6.30 pm Geotechnical Engineering Lecture Dr Fleur Loveridge to present “Thermal Response Testing: Challenges and New Applications”. Online registration required at
  13 November 2014 GE Next Generation awards – inaugural event supported by Arup, Bachy Soletanche and BAM Ritchies Expanding on GE’s Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year Award, two age categories will celebrate career achievements by leading recent recruits in the ground engineering sector. Prof John Burland to be guest speaker. Full details at or email for more information.
Date for your diary 10 December 2014 Fleming Award Sponsored by Skanska – shortlist and full details available shortly.



Fully Booked 22 September 2014 – 6.30 pm BGA Early Career Group Meeting: sponsored by Arup at 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BJ:  Prof Brian Simpson and Georgios Katsigiannis on “How Eurocode 7 Gets Misunderstood”.  Contact for waiting list.
  Mid-September Pipe Jacking Association Bursaries available (circa £2,000) for appropriate MSc or other post-graduate research projects allied to pipe jacking industry. Full details of past research activities at and further information available from
  ICE Textbooks for undergraduates As part of our mission to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers, ICE Textbooks have been created as concise introductions to their subjects and will provide undergraduates with clear, accurate, and practical information on the major principles of civil and structural engineering.First in a series of 12:

  • Hydraulics for Civil Engineers (208pp, £30)
  • Core Principles of Soil Mechanics (288pp, £30).

For further information please visit



Mini-Symposia: 6ICEGE Christchurch, New Zealand;  full details at and suggestions to
Abstract deadline Extended 15 September 2014 6ICEGE  2– 4 November 2015:  6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering - Christchurch, New Zealand.
  9–11 Sept 2014 DECGE Danube-European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering in Viennacelebrating golden jubilee – full details at
  21-25 Sept 2014 German Geotechnical Society:  10ICG 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics - in Berlin:
  23–26 Sept 2014 German Geotechnical Society:  33rd Baugrundtagung German Soil Mechanics Conference - in Berlin
Early Bird Registration extended 25 September 2014 7th Int’l Congress on Environmental Geotechnics 10-14 November 2014: Melbourne, Australia plus four pre-congress short courses
  28 September – 1 October 2014 Tunnelling in a Challenging Environment 2nd Eastern European Tunnelling Conference in Athens on (EETC2014, Athens);  full details at
  9–10 October 2014 63rd  Geomechanics -Colloquy 2014 - Salzburg  hosted by the Austrian Society for Geomechanics, session topics will be:

  • Tunnel excavation material: waste or mineral resource?
  • Full face versus sequential excavation?
  • TBM-specific investigation / tests for ground characterization
  • Maintenance and sustainability oriented design

abstract template (1 page) and details at

  14–16  October 2014 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium "ARMS8 The Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics (JCRM) is organising this symposium to be held in Sapporo in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan.  See Bulletin No. 2 of ARMS8 at or visit for information on abstract submission.
Further Deadline Extension Abstracts for Conference proceedings to be submitted by 31stOctober 2014 6th IS-TC 101:  Deformation Characteristics of Soils 15th to 18th November 2015 - Buenos Aires: Conference organized in parallel with Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering will bring together practitioners, researchers and educators engaged in understanding the deformation properties of geomaterials before failure, and the small strain parameters as fundamental characteristics of geomaterials. Visit
FIRST BULLETIN – abstracts due November 2014 Albanian Geotechnical Society (AGS) October/November 2015 -Tirana, Albania. International Conference on: Geo-Environment and Construction – see BGA website
  10-14 November 2014 7th Int’l Congress on Environmental Geotechnics Melbourne, Australia plus four pre-congress short courses
  19 – 21 Nov 2014 GEOMATE 2014 Brisbane: see for full details
ISRM 31 December 2014 2016 Rocha Award See for full details and submit nominations;
  10-13 May 2015 ISRM Congress Montreal, Canada – full details at
  12 May 2015 In conjunction withISRM Congress inMontreal Shale and Rock Mechanics Workshop, as Applied to Slopes, Tunnels, Mines and Hydrocarbon Extraction. Details at
  10 –12 June 2015 3rd Int’l Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics Oslo, Norway:  Symposium under auspices of TC209 - full details – will also host ISSMGE Third McLelland Honor Lecture to be given by Knut H. Andersen.
  15 to 18 November 2015 6th IS-TC 101:  Deformation Characteristics of Soils Buenos Aires: Conference organized in parallel with Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering will bring together practitioners, researchers and educators engaged in understanding the deformation properties of geomaterials before failure, and the small strain parameters as fundamental characteristics of geomaterials. Visit



New and FREE!  Read “Ahead of Print” articles Until 19thSeptember ICE Proceedings – Ground Improvement

If you would like to propose your own article for publication, contact

NEW! call for papers` 1 October 2014 Geotechnical Engineering – ICE Proceedings Themed issue on Innovations in Deep Foundations design and construction in 2016 focussing on:submit online at lm4Lak/viewform

submit a brief (<200 words) summary of your proposed paper

  2014 ICE Publishing Awards for papers published in 2013 The Winning Papers have now been announced and are currently available to read here.  ICE Publishing sends out a limited number of emails promoting free journal papers, so to ensure you receive future alerts, please join the mailing list for Best of Research and Practice.
  Paris, September 2013 18th ISSMGE Conference database hosting entire Proceedings now available from
  Latest bulletin ISSMGE
  Technical Committees 2013-17 ISSMGE Letter from Pierre Delage, Chair of Technical Oversight Committee, following Board mtg in London in March 2014 – see BGA website or contact me for a copy.
  TC211 ISSMGE Newsletter – see BGA website or contact me for copy
  Environmental Geotechnics Please click the following link to access
  ICE Virtual Library Newsletter Exclusive savings every month - ICE Virtual Library newsletter
  Now in ISI’s WEB OF SCIENCE Géotechnique Letters  Read in full at Geotechnique Letters Web of Science announcement with details of Themed Issue: Experimental micro-mechanics for geomaterials
New!  Issue 2 of Volume 1 just published Geotechnical Research July 2014 (vol 1, issue 2) Geotechnical Research ICE Publishing’s first Gold Open Access journals. Contact for further details.
New journal launched Manuscripts invited on a range of disciplines Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (GETE) More information is available on the following link:
August issue now available CIC Newsletter Now published twice a month Much of the information will be available on the website but let me know if you would like me to forward the newsletter to you.
  Updated version Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Report ‘Migrants in low-skilled work. The growth of EU and non-EU labour in low skilled jobs and its impact on the UK.’ – updated version published 8 July 2014 in response to a commission from the Government available at
20% discount!(plus P&P) Quality Geotechnical books from Whittles Publishing Logging the Chalk,  Manual of Soil Laboratory Testing vol. III and others NB:  For Logging the Chalk this will be 20% off the retail price of £135.00, not the previous price of £115.00 before the extent was increased significantly. Full details at; contact Jenna Sutherland directly on 01593 731 333 quoting BGAWP14.
  “A Particle of Clay” Judith Niechcial’s biography of her father,  Sir Alec Skempton, available from Whittles Publishing – see above.


5      ECSMGE XVI – EDINBURGH:  13 – 15 September 2015: 

Good news for authors Proceedings Will be included/indexed in Scopus, Google Scholar and to be sent for inclusion in the ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index
Keynote Lectures announced Titles are provisional and subject to change.) ·      The Contribution of Monitoring to Resilient Infrastructure and Development: Professor Kenichi Soga (University of Cambridge, UK).·      Geotechnical Engineering for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure: Professor António Gomes Correia (Universidade do Minho, Portugal).

  • Recent Developments in Soil Mechanics with Applications and Case Studies: Professor Giulia Viggiani (Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy).
12 months to go! 16th European Conf on Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering The BGA is pleased to be hosting this prestigious event in Edinburgh in just over a year’s time.  Please promote to as wide an audience as possible – contact me if you need a further copy of the promotional slide
Acknowledgment of Abstracts If you’ve not heard from the organisers, please check your Spam Box as particularly robust firewalls have been known to reject auto-generated e-mails!
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