The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.
The Conference Organising Committee of the XVI ECSMGE is offering Registration Fee Waivers to up to 10 applicants. These are only open to those without the resources to pay the registration fee and who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. The Conference Organisation Committee will not provide any contribution to travel or accommodation costs for attending the conference. Full details with guidelines for applicants and an application form are attached below.
Download: XVI ECSMGE Registration Fee Waiver - Guidelines for applicants
Download: XVI ECSMGE Registration Fee Waiver - Application Form
1. Applications must be received by Friday 1 May 2015.
2. Applications should be sent to Professor David Toll by email at d <dot> g <dot> toll <at> durham <dot> ac <dot> uk.
3. Awards are made on a competitive basis at the discretion of the XVI ECSMGE Conference Organising Committee.
4. Applicants are expected to demonstrate on their application form the professional benefit to be gained by participation in the XVI ECSMGE.
5. Awards will only be made to those who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference.
Preference will be given to those who:
1. Have submitted a paper and will present either orally or in poster form in Edinburgh
2. Are based in Europe
3. Are younger members (aged 35 years or less)
Candidates who do not meet all three of the above criteria may be considered, but awards will only be made to those who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints.
Conference registration is open now and available at a reduced rate until 29th May. Please register here.
The technical tours are filling up, so please book a place when you register. Tours include:
Firth of Forth: Queensferry Crossing: Delegates will take a boat trip on the Maid of the Forth to view the construction works for the Queensferry Crossing cable-stayed bridge and the existing cantilever rail and suspension road bridges. There will also be a visit to the Education and Contact Centre for the Queensferry Crossing where the investigation and construction of Scotland’s landmark project will be explained.
Innocent Railway: A walking tour of Edinburgh’s early, and now redundant, railway tunnels and earthworks including the 517m tunnel under Holyrood Park.
The Railway Research Centre: The Railway Research Centre at Heriot- Watt University investigates the main issues for modern rail networks which include the need to cope with more traffic, heavier loads and higher speeds. It includes the UK’s biggest purpose built laboratory test track bed, which can predict the effects of high speed trains and simulate the effects of decades of operation on major lines
Antonine (Roman) Wall: The Antonine Wall is the most northerly of the Roman Empire’s defenses and part of the World Heritage “Roman Frontiers” site. The visit will include Rough Castle, the best preserved for with highly visible earthworks construction; Watling Lodge with excellent surviving sections of ditch and bank; and the Castlecary section of the wall, where the effects of mining collapse will be discussed.
Haymarket Rail Tunnel Upgrade: Visit to inspection and monitoring work at Haymarket Tunnel, a key part of the Edinburgh rail infrastructure, dating back to the 1830s. Edinburgh’s Haymarket Rail Station is the most congested in Scotland having achieved passenger growth of 138% in the 15 years to 2012 ( compared to the 47% national average). The tunnel works are an important part of the overall upgrade of the station to cope with radically increased passenger traffic.
Edinburgh Geological Tour: A series of walking tours of Edinburgh’s Geology, based around Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park, George Square Buildings, Carlton Hill building stone and possibly the Geology of Queensferry Oil Shales. (The cost of these tours includes a donation of £10 per head to the Edinburgh Geological Society to help support their very valuable educational activities in the future).
Falkirk Wheel: A visit to one of the 21st century engineering wonders, the visitor centre provides excellent details of the construction of the canals and the unique boat lift which links the Union, and Forth-Clyde Canals. Delegates will take a boat trip on the lift that link the two canals.