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

April 2015 Newsletter

Headlines and Deadlines

Headlines and Deadlines

 BGA Evening Meeting on Victoria Station upgrade – 15 April 2015

BGA Evening Meeting on Warsaw Metro – 13 May 2015

Early Bird registration closes  for ECSMGE (13-15 September 2015) in Edinburgh:  29 May 2015

BGA AGM and prize-giving followed by Prof Hugh St John repeating his 2014 Fujita Lecture and concluded by a drinks reception – 17 June 2015

1       PAST EVENTS 2015

MISSED IT? 11 February BGA/EGGS Joint Evening Lecture Peter Walker of the University of Bath spoke about “Rammed earth: a beautiful and sustainable construction material”.  View recording at earth 11 Feb 2015

  17 March 2015 3rd workshop on EC7 & New Design Challenges Presentation slides are now available online on
  18 March 2015 Rankine Lecture 2015
A recording of the 2015 Rankine Lecture given by Dr Suzanne Lacasse of NGI on “Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice” at  Imperial College last month will be available as soon as some technical issues have been resolved – details will be posted on the BGA website as soon as possible.


2       Nominations for committee  membership 2015-2018

DEADLINE APPROACHING 13 April 2015 Election of committee members 2015


The BGA functions only with the commitment of its members and their willingness to give active support to our activities. Nine of our Executive Committee are directly elected by the BGA membership to hold office for three years, so there are three vacancies to fill each year. Nominations are now being invited to stand for election this year. The term of office will be from June 2015 to June 2018. Further details of the requirements for nomination are available on the website.



New! 15 April 2015 BGA Evening Lecture Peter Rutty and Yu Sheng Hus of Mott MacDonald and Felix Schroeder of Geotechnical Consulting Group on “Assessing the impact of new works at Victoria”;  book on-line at
Membership 30 April 2015 benefits withdrawal members (both BGA and ICE) whose subscriptions remain outstanding have now been deleted from mailing lists and will be removed from the database entirely. Please urge any of your colleagues to whom this applies to contact Membership Services Team on 020 7665 2227.
RoGEP 5 May 2015 Next application submission date Achieve RoGEP accreditation and join over 200 ground professionals – see BGA website for full details and latest RoGEP update.
New! 13 May 2015 BGA Evening Lecture Federico Bizzi, Andrea Pettinaroli and Elena Rovetto to speak on “Excavation Works and Geotechnical Challenges of the Warsaw Metrol Line 2 Construction:  book on-line at
  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! 17 June 2015 AGM, Evening Lecture and drinks reception Following the AGM, including the presentation of BGA prizes, Prof Hugh St John will repeat his Fujita Lecture which he gave in Seoul in 2014, on “Urban Development: Decision Making Processes in the Planning of Sub-structure Construction”;  booking details to follow.
  10-11 September 2015 Int’l Symposium on Geohazards & Geomechanics Warwick University – abstracts due 1st February 2015.  Full details at


  31 May 2015 IGS UK Chapter Student Contest 2015 Win scholarship and complimentary conference registration in to (28-29 September 2016) in Istanbul;  submission of 3-page technical paper to IGS UK Chapter and then if successful, abstractofthe technical paper for EuroGeo6 by 30 October 2015 and full paper by 31 March 2016. Application forms for IGS UK membership at
Sale at silly prices! ongoing prices ranging from 50p to £5.00. The ICE Library Team are having a spring clean and selling spare copies of books to make space for development.  Call in next time you are in One Great George Street




Ground Engineering Currently free Access to new website You will need your BGA membership number to register - for joint ICE members it is the same.
  Latest bulletin ISSMGE
    ISSMGE Webinar series launched – appx every 2 months ,.usually towards the end of or beginning of the month – see
  9th Newsletter ISSMGE – TC211

Ground Improvement

See BGA Website;  topics covered are:

-   nomination of the TC members by the Member Societies

-   International Symposium ISP7 PRESSIO 2015

-   organization of WORKSHOP TC211 in Edinburgh (September 2015)

-   recent and upcoming events and activities related to TC211

Gold Open Access – permanently free ICE Publishing Geotechnical Research
Editor’s pick -permanently free ICE Publishing Géotechnique Letters



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
Registration now open – note revised date 1– 4November 2015 6ICEGE


6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering - Christchurch, New Zealand.
ISRM 31 December 2015 Rocha Medal 2017 Nominations invited – see BGA website for further information


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

5 months to go! 16th European Conf on Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering The three Keynote Lecturers have been appointed as have the six Invited Lecturers. A draft technical programme is available on the website and Registration is Now Open.
Early Bird Registration open until 29 May – offering significant discounts to BGA members
Keep up to date with developments! LinkedIn Group set-up Receive all the latest news on this important event (all are welcome):

Very few opportunities remaining Exhibition & Sponsorship Brochure at

Bookings at

8       linked-in

Have you joined yet? BGA LinkedIn Group All BGA members pre-approved for membership of the Group To preserve the group as a useful forum to discuss geotechnical matters and BGA business, please respect the rules:  nothing political, nothing offensive, no job vacancies, no overt promotions – thank you!
Have a look! Associated Societies LinkedIn Account Keep up to date with all the Associated Societies’ activities at Associated Societies of the Institution of Civil Engineers



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