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

September 2015 Newsletter

Headlines and Deadlines

Headlines and Deadlines

 Last chance to register for ECSMGE (13-15 September 2015) in Edinburgh

Comments on draft of prEN ISO18674-2 due by 9 September 2015

ECG Lecture:  Updating CIRIA C580 – design of embedded retaining walls – 7 October 2015

Joint BGA/IGS Lecture:  14October 2015

AGS Quality Results in Ground Investigation seminar:  14 October 2015

Géotechnique Lecture: 17 November 2105

Fleming Award:  9 December 2015

Canadian Geotechnical Journal – special offer for BGA members for remainder of 2015

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

Next week! 16th European Conf on Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering Full details of the updated programme are available on the Conference web site
Register by Friday 11 September before fee changes to on-site rate!– significant discounts available to BGA memberswho are also ISSMGE members
Book for Conference Dinner (Wednesday 16 September in the National Museum of Scotland), Technical Tours and get information about accommodation on the conference website or via the latest 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
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

Bookings at


2       News from Ground Forum

Deadline approaching Tier 2 work permits Recruiting  Ground Engineers from outside EU If you are providing evidence to MAC on your experience of working with work permits, and have not done so, please contact Diane Jennings at Ground Forum at by Friday 11th September.Information at
Consultation launched Closing date:

2 October 2015

Government’s plans for constructions skills and apprentices

  • requirement to support apprenticeships and skills through public procurement extended to all Government procurement
  • threshold reduced from £50 million contracts and programmes to £10 million.
  • Procurement Policy Note 06/15 for sustainable skills development through major projects to be replaced by one capturing wider scope this week.
  • new policy takes effect from 1 September.
  • e-mail comments on above to Danna Walker at  CIC at


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
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
BDS Event – new 5 October 2015 Lessons from Incidents & Geotechnical

Investigations at Dams

For more information see or contact Tim Fuller (BDS Secretary) on 020 7665 2234 or email :


NEW! 8 October 2015 BDA Digital Data in Geotechnics & Construction Seminar ½ day event:  National Space Centre, Leicester;  full details at
Booking now open 14 October 2015 Joint Lecture with IGS Dr Michael Heibaum will speak on “Flooding mitigation including the use geosynthetic construction methods”.  Book online at
NEW! 14 October 2015 AGS Quality Results in Ground Investigation seminar 9.30 am – 4.30 pm at Mander Hall Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD:  £50 members, £85 non-members
Booking now open Tuesday 17 November 2015 Géotechnique Lecture By Dr Catherine O’Sullivan of Imperial College on “A Particulate Perspective on Soil Mechanics”.  Book online at
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
Booking Open 9-10 December 2015 The Civil Engineering Triennial Summit 2015 - London ICE, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering - are joining forces to deliver a summit on resilience and growth for the world’s future cities.  Book online at
NEW 16 March 2016 Rankine Lecture & Dinner Prof Richard Jardine on “Geotechnics and Energy".
12-15  September 2016 Int’l Conference on Scour and Erosion Under the auspices of ISSMGE TC 213 at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford


NEW! Booking now open 7 October 2015 Updating the CIRIA Guidance C580 for the design of embedded retaining walls Dr Stuart Hardy and Lauren Doughty will provide background to the project, results of industry wide survey and discuss key decisions essential to successful design.  Hosted by Arup at 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ who are kindly sponsoring networking drinks afterwards. Book online at:




  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.
  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.
New! Latest bulletin ISSMGE
ISSMGE Webinar series – appx every 2 months, usually towards the end of or beginning of the month – see
11th Newsletter ISSMGE – TC211

Ground 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

New before 14 September  

“Building on Fill”

3rd Edition

The bible for geotechnical professionals by Ken Watts and Andrew Charles:  special pre-publication 25% discount on all orders received by next Monday and reductions for bulk orders of 20 copies and over available to BGA members on request. See for further information.
Gold Open Access – permanently free ICE Publishing Geotechnical Research
Editor’s pick -permanently free ICE Publishing Géotechnique Letters



abstract deadline 15 September 2015 EUROCK 2016 See for details.
Abstract deadline extended 30 September 2015 5th Int’l Conf on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation 5-9 September 2016 -Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia:  under auspices of TC102, ISSMGE;  submit abstract via
Booking open 13-15 October 2015 5th Int’l Symposium on Geotechnical Safety & Risk Rotterdam, Netherlands:  supported by ISSMGE – full details and booking at
1– 4November 2015 6ICEGE


6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering - Christchurch, New Zealand.
  15-18 November 2015 6th IS-TC 101: Deformation Characteristics of Soils Conference examining the deformation properties of geomaterials before failure, and the small strain parameters as fundamental characteristics of geomaterials. Visit Buenos Aires:
ISRM 31 December 2015 Rocha Medal 2017 Nominations invited – see BGA website for further information
NEW – CALL FOR PAPERS! 10 February 2016 13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies EPFL, Lausanne, 14th-18th November, 2016:  see www.ghgt.infofor 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$
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
14-18 November 2016 13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies  

EPFL, Lausanne – see www.ghgt.infofor further information


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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