The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
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August 2015 Newsletter

Headlines and Deadlines

Headlines and Deadlines

  • Register now for ECSMGE (13-15 September 2015) in Edinburgh
  • Fleming Award 2015 – entries to be submitted by 31 July 2015
  • 6ICSE 2015 – early bird registration extended to 3 August 2015; abstracts due 1 September 2015
  • ISSMGE Webinar on Landslides – 12 noon GMT on 10 August 2015
  • 5th Int’ll Conf on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation (Sept 2016). Abstracts due 31 August 2015
  • Comments on draft of prEN ISO18674-2 due by 9 September 2015
  • Joint BGA/IGS Lecture: 14October 2015
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal – special offer for BGA members for remainder of 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:

Not long now! 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
Book for Conference Dinner (16 September in the National Museum of Scotland), Technical Tours and get information about accommodation on the conference website or via the July issue of the Conference Newsletter


BGA Medal, Cooling Prize, Masters’ Dissertation Prize to be presented at the BGA plenary session on Monday evening, 14 September (followed by Whisky tasting tour)
Technical Committee Workshops Sunday 13 September – a series of workshops on “Safety and serviceability in geotechnical engineering” – see BGA website for further details
Engage your European Colleagues 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): ""&HYPERLINK ""trk=group-name
Some sponsorship opportunities still available Exhibition & Sponsorship Brochure at at


2       News from Ground Forum

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:


Submit your entry now! 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
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
New - Deadline for comments 9 September 2015 prEN ISO18674-2 Geotechnical investigation and testing - Geotechnical monitoring by field instrumentation - Part 2: Measurement of displacements along a line: Extensometers is out of enquiry ballot. Draft available at
new 10 September 2015 Ground Source Energy Expo 2015 RICOH Arena, Coventry
10-11 September 2015 Int’l Symposium on Geohazards & Geomechanics Warwick University – Full details at ""dHYPERLINK ""434549f0dad4014a3dc5a4b218ed
14 October 2015 Joint Lecture with IGS Dr Michael Heibaum will speak on “Flooding mitigation including the use geosynthetic construction methods”. Details and online booking available shortly.
17 November 2015 Géotechnique Lecture By Dr Catherine O’Sullivan of Imperial College.   Note: this falls on a Tuesday!
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


28 July 2015 The Garden Bridge and National Taichung Theatre The evening encouraged young engineers from various Associated Societies and the ICE to network. The ICE hopes to repeat the event later this year. See report at




New! 2015 revision of BS5930 Code of practice for ground investigations Same number, new title:   On sale shortly. See BGA website for an article by David Norbury outlining the work undertaken and appreciation of the panel members’ contributions.
New! Special offer for BGA members for remainder of 2015 Canadian Geotechnical Journal Access all content electronically from CGJ from 1996 to 2015 for just $50 US instead of $246 US.   E-mail and type “CGJ_BGA personal subscription” in the subject field; you will need your BGA membership number. Full details on BGA website.
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 or 020 3033 2626
Latest bulletin ISSMGE
ISSMGE Webinar series – appx every 2 months, usually towards the end of or beginning of the month – see
New 11th Newsletter ISSMGE – TC211Ground Improvement See BGA Website;   topics covered are:-          organization of WORKSHOP TC211 in Edinburgh (September 2015)

-          Publication of a new book: “Ground Improvement Case Histories” involving TC211 members

-     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 - ISSMGE FedIGS website now officially launched at
NEW 12 noon GMT 10 August 2015 ISSMGE Webinar Landslide Risk Mitigations with a Special Emphasis on Observation with Fiber Optic Sensors:
NEW – call for abstracts 31 August 2015 5th Int’ll Conf on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation 5-9 September 2016 -Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: under auspices of TC102, ISSMGE; submit abstract via
abstract deadline 15 September 2015 EUROCK 2016 See for details.
Early Bird registration extended to 3rd 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
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.
4-7 September 2016 3rd Int’l Conf on Transportation Geotechnics Guimarães, Portugal, 4-7 September 2016. full details at$
NEW 5-9 September 2016 5th Int’ll Conf on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: under auspices of TC102, ISSMGE; 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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