The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.

December 2014 Newsletter

 Book now for Fleming Award event next week – 10 December 2014

 Headlines and Deadlines

 Book now for Fleming Award event next week – 10 December 2014

John Mitchell Award Lecture – Tuesday 13 January 2015

Crossrail Technical Paper Competition – Wednesday 28 January 2015

BGA/EGGS evening lecture – Rammed Earth:  11 February 2015

ICE Conference – Engineering Underground Space 2015 – Innovating Infrastructure – 18 February 2015

GE Awards extended entry deadline – 23 January 2015

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


MISSED IT? 15October 2014 – 6.00 pm Joint Evening Meeting with IGS “Geosynthetics – Design & specification, the way forward” by Steve Corbet of AECOM. Recording now available to view online at

12 November Geotechnical Engineering Lecture Dr Fleur Loveridge presented her paper written with Prof William Powrie on “Pile heat exchangers: thermal behaviour andinteractions”.  View online at:



  4 December 2014 – 6.00 pm IGS/EGGS Joint Mtg & AGM Burlington House:  The future of Geosynthetics by Peter Assinder
Booking essential  to attend in person or view online 10 December 2014 Fleming Award Sponsored by Skanska – see BGA Website for full details;  registration essential at
  14-21 December 2014 ICE and Snow Designed for young people and children accompanied by adults, the event attracts professional engineers and their families from around the UK and is an opportunity for graduates and students and unaccompanied or accompanied like-minded professionals to gather in a unique, inspiring environment(Meribel, France. Full details at
  Employer Ownership Fund - open until December Follow up fund to the Employer Ownership Pilot, For further information, see or



NEW!  Online booking now open 13 January 2015 – 18:30 John Mitchell Award Lecture Colin Eddie of Morgan Sindall will present his own perspective on the past, present and future of tunnelling;  registration essential at
New!  Extended entry deadline 23 January 2015 GE Awards London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane:  contact George Thornton on +44 (0) 20 7391 4530 or to submit entries;  full details at
NEW – deadline for comments 31 January 2015 BS5930 (2015) revision Draft for Public Comment The draft available for online comment has been revised to include the correct version of Figure 6 and Table 7. The new version is available at the following link:
New – booking open 11 February BGA/EGGS Joint Evening Lecture Peter Walker of the University of Bath will talk about “Rammed earth: a beautiful and sustainable construction material”.  Book online at
NEW! Booking now open – early bird discounts until 19 December 18 February 2015 ICE Conference – Engineering Underground Space 2015 – Innovating Infrastructure Chaired by Prof Robert Mair.  Discount available for BGA members.  Full details and registration at:
NEW 28 February 2015 – 6.00 pm Crossrail 2014 Technical Paper Competition At ICE – winners’ presentations;  advance registration not required but contact or  020 3229 9984 for information
  20 May 2015 NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2015.
NEW! 10 June 2015 GE Awards Event London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane:  contact George Thornton on +44 (0) 20 7391 4530 or to submit entries;  full details at;  £150 per table discount for BGA members.
NEW! 8-9 September 2015 Construction Industry Council Construction Industry Summit: Government and Industry in Partnership - London


  22 September 2014 BGA Early Career Group Meeting Prof Brian Simpson and Georgios Katsigiannis on “How Eurocode 7 Gets Misunderstood” - presentation slides now available at:
  BGA sponsored delegate EYGEC 2015 - DURHAM Regional Geotechnical Groups are invited to propose a young engineer (aged less than 34 on 31st December 2014) from within their region as a candidate for BGA sponsorship to attend this prestigious conference immediately preceding the ECSMGE in Edinburgh next September.  Often regional candidates are selected by competition for best paper  submitted.  Contact details for your regional group are on the new BGA  website at
New Report EYGEC 2014 Read the BGA Sponsored delegates’ report of the Conference in Barcelona last September in Ground Engineering
New ISSMGE Bulletin 23rd European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (EYGEC-2014) Positive feedback received from several participants indicating a profitable and enjoyable experience;  the electronic version of the Proceedings can be downloaded from: and photos taken during the Conference are available in:



  ISSMGE Webinar by Dr. Cor Zwanenburg on the Geotechnical Aspects of Peats.
Deadline Extension EUROCK 2015 7-10 October 2015 – ISRM Regional Symposium and 64th Geomechanics Colloquium  in Saltzburg, Austria;  see
Deadline Extension 15 December 2014 Albanian Geotechnical Society (AGS) 26, 27 & 28 November 2015 -Tirana, Albania. International Conference on: Geo-Environment and Construction – see BGA website
Abstract deadline VIETROCK 2015 12-13 March 2015:  Hanoi, Vietnam;  see for further information
ISRM 2016 Rocha Award See for full details and submit nominations to;



REMINDER 5 January 2015 Full paper submission IMCET2015:  International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey held in WOW Kremlin Palace & Topkapı Palace Hotel, Kundu/Antalya, Turkey, April 14-17, 2015
ISRM 12-13 March 2015 VIETROCK 2015 Hanoi, Vietnam;  see for further information
  14-17 April 2015 IMCET2015: International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey held in WOW Kremlin Palace & Topkapı Palace Hotel, Kundu/Antalya, Turkey
  1-2 May 2015 ISP7-PRESSIO 2015 The International Symposium for the 60th Anniversary of the pressuremeter “ISP7” organised by the Tunisian Association of Soil Mechanics (ATMS) as part of the 16th ARCSMGE from 27-30 April 2015 in Hammamet, Tunisia. full details at
ISRM 10-13 May 2015 ISRM Congress Montreal, Canada – full details at
ISRM 12 May 2015 In conjunction with

ISRM Congress in Montreal

Shale and Rock Mechanics Workshop, as Applied to Slopes, Tunnels, Mines and Hydrocarbon Extraction. Details at
  14-15 May 2015 9th Int’l Industrial Minerals Symposium İzmir, Turkey;  full details at
NEW! 4-6 June 2015 2nd Int’l Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring “Castle of Poppi,” Tuscany, Italy.  Run by John Dunnicliff, Consulting Engineer;  10% discount for BGA members.   For more information, visit:;
  10 –12 June 2015 3rd Int’l Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics Oslo, Norway:  Symposium under auspices of TC209 - full details at – will also host ISSMGE Third McLelland Honor Lecture to be given by Knut H. Andersen.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 15 June 2015 2nd Int’l Workshop on Geomechanics and Energy 3-5 November 2015 - Brussels:  under the auspices of EAGE.
  14-16 June 2015 3rd Int’l Conf on the Flat Dilatometer DMT Under the auspices of TC 102/ISSMGE – in Rome;  see BGA website or ) for further information
Rocks 28 June – 1 July 2015 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium Westin St. Francis, Union Square, San Francisco, California, USA;  full information from Peter Smeallie at  or visit
ISRM 7-10 October 2015 EUROCK 2015 ISRM Regional Symposium and 64th Geomechanics Colloquium  in Saltzburg, Austria; see
  13-15 October 2015 5th Int’l Symposium for Geotechnical Safety and Risk Rotterdam, Netherlands;  full details and preliminary programme at
  2– 4November 2015 Mini-Symposia:6ICEGE Christchurch, New Zealand;  full details at and suggestions to
  2– 4November 2015 6ICEGE


6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering - Christchurch, New Zealand.
  3-5 November 2015 2nd Int’l Workshop on Geomechanics and Energy Brussels:  under the auspices of EAGE.
  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
  26, 27 & 28 November 2015 Albanian Geotechnical Society (AGS) Tirana, Albania. International Conference on: Geo-Environment and Construction – see BGA website


  October 2014 Géotechnique Newsletter


Latest bulletin ISSMGE
  ISSMGE Webinar series launched – appx every 2 months ,.usually towards the end of or beginning of the month.
  ISSMGE International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories – now indexed at Georef Database
free! 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
Issue 3 of Volume 1 just published Geotechnical Research July 2014 (vol 1, issue 3) Geotechnical Research ICE Publishing’s first Gold Open Access journals

  • Quarterly online-only publication
  • Launched March 2014
  • Robust blind peer review process
  • £1000 Article Publication Charges (APC)
  • Discounts/waivers for INASP countries

Contact for further details.

Recently  launched journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (GETE) More information is available on the following link:

November issues now available CIC Newsletter Now published twice a month Much of the information will be available on the website at but let me know if you would like me to forward the newsletter to you.
ICE journal launched   Bio- and Chemo- Mechanical Processes in Geotechnical Engineering Edited by Lyesse Laloui –contains the papers selected for the seventeenth Géotechnique Symposium in Print and covers a wide range of geotechnical processes;see for further details.
Launch of Journal – first papers published January 2015 Editors in Chief: Tomasz Hueckel and Lyesse Laloui Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment Publishing high quality research results of lasting importance on geomechanics, focussing on applications to geological energy production and storage, and the interaction of soils and rocks with the natural and engineered environment. Detailed instructions of how to prepare manuscripts at


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

9 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 under 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
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).
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opportunities still available Exhibition & Sponsorship Brochure at

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