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

May 2015 Newsletter

Headlines and Deadlines

Headlines and Deadlines

 BGA Evening Meeting on Warsaw Metro – 13 May 2015

BGA Early Career Group – joint meeting with BTSYM – 14 May 2015

Early Bird registration ECSMGE (13-15 September 2015) in Edinburgh:  extended until 12 June 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

ECSMGE XVI – EDINBURGH:  13 – 15September 2015: 

4 months to go! 16th European Conf on Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering Paper acceptance emails will be sent this week. If authors have not heard about their papers by Monday 11 May they should contact Sara Armstrong (  Full details of the programme are available on the Conference web site
Early Bird Registration open until 29 May at – offering significant discounts to BGA members


Power point slides inviting registration in 14 European Languages now available – see BGA website
Keep up to date with developments! LinkedIn Group set-up Receive all the latest news on this important event (all are welcome):
Some sponsorship Opportunities still available Exhibition & Sponsorship Brochure at at


MISSED IT? 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.
  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”;  recording available to view at:



Look out for AGM information 10th June 2015 Deadline for casting your votes Papers for the AGM, including details of candidates for the Committee Election and ballot papers, will be sent out to members shortly.



Next week!

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 or contact
Followed by: 14 May 2015 – 6.00 pm BGA ECG/BTSYM on Groundwater Control Techniques Dr Martin Preene speaking at ICE – no advance registration required.  Full details at
NEW! 20-21 May 2015 2-day meeting co-ordinated by GeolSoc of London & UK IAEG National Group Sustainable Exploitation of the Subsurface – Geological Society, Burlington House, London;  contact Jess Aries at or tel 0207 432 0983
  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”;  book online for AGM, Lecture & Reception at
  10-11 September 2015 Int’l Symposium on Geohazards & Geomechanics Warwick University – Full details at


NEW – next week! 14 May 2015 – 6.00 pm BGA ECG/BTSYM on Groundwater Control Techniques Dr Martin Preene speaking at ICE – no advance registration required.  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 – TC211Ground 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 withISRM Congress in Montreal Shale and Rock Mechanics Workshop, as Applied to Slopes, Tunnels, Mines and Hydrocarbon Extraction. Details at
NEW – Call for Abstracts 15 May 2015 3rdInt’l Conf on Transportation Geotechnics Guimarães, Portugal, 4-7 September 2016. full details at$
Registration now open 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
ISRM – first announcement 13-15 June 2017 EUROCK 2017 Ostrava, Czech Republic – further details at shortly.
ISSMGE – advance notice 17-22 September 2017 ICSMGE 2017 Seoul, Korea:  further details available in due course from


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