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

June 2015 Newsletter

Headlines and Deadlines

Headlines and Deadlines

  • Voting for BGA Executive Committee Election closes – 10 June 2015
  • Early Bird registration extended for ECSMGE (13-15 September 2015) in Edinburgh: 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
  • other 2015, 2016 events and beyond to put on your calendar

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

Just over 3 months to go! 16th European Conf on Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering Authors and Keynote Lecturers are busy preparing their oral or poster presentations.   Full details of the programme are available on the Conference web site
Early Bird Registration extended open until 12June at – offering significant discounts to BGA memberswho are also ISSMGE members

More added

Power point slides inviting registration in 19 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

2     AGM AND lecture

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, were e-mailed to members last week and are now on the BGA Website. Ballot papers should be returned to me in a sealed envelope with your membership number (or ICE number if you are a joint member) or your name on the reverse.
Bring a printed copy of your booking confirmation e-mail with you! 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”.   This Lecture will not be broadcast live. Book online for AGM, Lecture & Reception at


3     PAST EVENTS 2015

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 is now available. Part 1 =​/icegroup/review/127463124/9fb465248d. Part 2 =
Missed it? cont 15 April 2015 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:
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:   recording available 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.
  15 June 2015 Géotechnique Syposium in Print
  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
  8-9 July 2015 Geotechnica Warwickshire exhibition centre:
  10-11 September 2015 Int’l Symposium on Geohazards & Geomechanics Warwick University – Full details at
NEW 14 October 2015 Joint Lecture with IGS Dr Michael Heibaum will speak on “Flooding mitigation including the use geosynthetic construction methods”
NEW 17 November 2015 Géotechnique Lecture By Dr Catherine O’Sullivan of Imperial College. Note:   this falls on a Tuesday!
NEW 9 December 2015 Fleming Award Details to be announced shortly.


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 New European VP at large Prof Charlie Li of NTNU elected
Early Bird Registration extended 3June 2015 49th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium 28 June – 1 July – San Francisco:
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
NEW! 12-19 June 2016 12th Int’l Symposium on Landslides Napoli: Supported by ISSMGE and ISRM
  4-7 September 2016 3rdInt’l Conf on Transportation Geotechnics Guimarães, Portugal, 4-7 September 2016. full details at$
  13-15 June 2017 EUROCK 2017 Ostrava, Czech Republic – further details at shortly.
  17-22 September 2017 ICSMGE 2017 Seoul, Korea: further details available in due course from



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