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

July 2015 Newsletter

Headlines and Deadlines

Headlines and Deadlines

Register now for ECSMGE (13-15 September 2015) in Edinburgh

Geotechnica – 8-9 July 2015 including AGS Data Format Working Group presentation

Near Surface Physics Group -  Geophysics for Critical Infrastructure:  16 July 2015

MyICE not available on 18 July 2015 – planned electrical maintenance at One Great George street

Comments on Code of Practice for the UK surface water source heat pumps due by 24 July 2015.

Young Engineers - Garden Bridge & Taichung Theatre:  28 July 2015

Fleming Award 2015 – entries to be submitted by 31 July 2015

6ICSE 2016 – early bird registration extended to 1 August 2015;  abstracts due 1 September 2015

Subscriber-only access for GE’s website shortly to take effect

other 2015, 2016 events and beyond to put on your calendar

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

Just over 2 months to go! 16th European Conf on Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering Full details of the updated programme are available on the Conference web site
Register now– significant discounts available to BGA memberswho are also ISSMGE members
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

Bookings at


2       News from Ground Forum

New Tier 2 work permits Recruiting  Ground Engineers from outside EU Employers are advised to consider invoking the Shortage Occupation List for priority over non-shortage occupations and no obligation to prove effort to recruit from within UK or EU. For further information please visit:

3       AGM AND skempton medal

AGM   New Committee Members Kelvin Higgins, Miguel Pacheco Andrade and Rob Talby were elected to serve on the Committee in place of Mike Winter, Stuart Hardy and Peter Rutty:  Martin Preene will be the next Vice Chairman when Stephan Jefferis takes over from Chris Menkiti after the ECSMGE event.
  2014 accounts and 2016 subscriptions The accounts agreed at the AGM can be viewed on the BGA website.

UK personal subscriptions have been increased by £1 across the board (overseas by £2) and corporate subscriptions by £5 and £7 respectively, reflecting the increased cost of Ground Engineering.

SKEMPTON MEDAL   2 medals presented Following the Lecture by Prof Hugh St John (a previous Skempton Medal Winner) Judith Niechcial, Sir Alec’s daughter, presented medals to Martyn Stroud and Duncan Nicholson in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the industry.



NEW 8-9 July 2015 Geotechnica AGS Data Format Working Group presenting in the afternoon of 9th July at Warwickshire exhibition centre.  Full details at
New 16 July 2015 Near Surface Geophysics Group BGS (Keyworth) - Geophysics for Critical Infrastructure:  Book by 9th July.  full details at
New 24th July 2015. CP2 Surface water source heat pumps: Code of Practice for the UK now available for public consultation and comment via the following link:
NEW 31 July 2015 Fleming Award 2015 The Award, sponsored by Cementation Skanska, is presented to the Project Team which most demonstrates excellence in geotechnical design and construction with an emphasis on teamwork across the different disciplines involved in the project.

Submissions marked “Fleming Award 2015” to be sent to the BGA or Cementation Skanska with confirmation that permission to enter the Competition has been sought from clients/co-entrants – full details

NEW – abstract deadline 1 September 2015 Int’l Conference on Scour and Erosion 12-15 September 2016 - Under the auspices of ISSMGE TC  213 at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford
  10-11 September 2015 Int’l Symposium on Geohazards & Geomechanics Warwick University – Full details at
  14 October 2015 Joint Lecture with IGS Dr Michael Heibaum will speak on “Flooding mitigation including the use geosynthetic construction methods”
  17 November 2015 Géotechnique Lecture By Dr Catherine O’Sullivan of Imperial College.  Note:  this falls on a Tuesday!
New 19 November 2015 Ground Engineering  Next Generation Awards  see for further information
  9 December 2015 Fleming Award Details of thefinal of the competition will be announced when a shortlist has been decided
  12-15  September 2016 Int’l Conference on Scour and Erosion Under the auspices of ISSMGE TC 213 at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford


New – not to be missed! 28 July 2015 The Garden Bridge and National Taichung Theatre Specifically aimed at young engineers, the lecture by Drs Francis Archer and Christian Dercks  will be followed by networking/social opportunity – book online at




Ground Engineering Subscriber-only access for GE’s website


Subscription barriers shortly to be put in place on Content will be exclusively available to BGA members and individuals who subscribe directly to GE. To ensure the system recognises you as a BGA member, please make sure you sure the email address that is linked to your BGA membership details. If you need assistance, please contact GE’s customer services on 020 3033 2626
  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



NEW – abstract deadline 15 September 2015 EUROCK 2016 See for details.
Early Bird registration extended to 1st August 2015 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 28-29 April 2016 “Design of piles in Europe - How did EC7 change daily practice" Leuven, Belgium - Organised by ISSMGE European TC3 – Piles under the auspices of Belgian Member Society.  A pre-registration form and details of sponsorship opportunities available from the conference website
  12-19 June 2016 12th Int’l Symposium on Landslides Napoli:  Supported by ISSMGE and ISRM
ISRM 29-31 August 2016 EUROCK 2016 Cappadocia, Turkey - see for details.
ISRM Rocha Medal 2016 Winner announced Dr Chia Weng Boon to present paper at EUROCK 2016
  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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