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

December 2015 Newsletter

Dear BGA Member,

Dear BGA Member,

Another year nearly over, which means your subs will be due shortly!  Please visit MyICE to settle if you have not already done so.

Flyers, booking arrangements and full details of all BGA events will be available shortly on the BGA website at It would be really helpful if you could let us know if your commitments prevent you from attending an event for which you have previously registered so that a) someone else may do so and b) we have a full theatre.

REMINDER:  international events will not generally be listed in this newsletter in future - members are directed to or BGA social media (Linked In, Twitter and Facebook) for full details.

Headlines and Deadlines

  • Ground Support in Mining and Underground Construction 2016 – abstract submission deadline extended to 14 December 2015
  • John Mitchell Award Lecture – booking open: 13 January 2016
  • Rankine Dinner Tickets: on sale shortly after 13 January 2016
  • Cooling Prize entry deadline: 29 January 2016
  • BGA Medal entry deadline: 29 January 2016
  • Joint Lecture with EGGS at Burlington House: Tuesday 16 February 2016
  • Rankine Lecture 2016 – 16th March 2016
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal – special offer for BGA members for 2016
  • 17-22 September 2017 – ICSSMGE – Seoul (not October!)
  • other 2016 events and beyond to put on your calendar
  14 October 2015 Joint BGA/IGS Lecture “Flooding Mitigation, including the use of geosynthetic construction methods” by Dr Michael Heibaum – available to view at
  Tuesday 17 November 2015 Géotechnique Lecture By Dr Catherine O’Sullivan of Imperial College on “A Particulate Perspective on Soil Mechanics”.  Recording available via ICE website at by logging on with your BGA membership number and password
  9 December 2015 Fleming Award Tough decision for the judges but the “Chantry Lane Chalk Mine Remediation Project” in Hatfield selected as the winner.  Recording available shortly, including Duncan Nicholson’s keynote lecture on “Developments in the observational method for retaining walls”.  Thanks to Cementation Skanska for supporting the event and sponsoring the drinks reception afterwards.
Booking Open 13 January 2016 John Mitchell Award Lecture Dr Martin Pedley speaking on “Developments in geotechnical engineering & construction during the last 25 years – a personal perspective”.  Full details and online booking at
New! 14 January 2016:  1.00 pm – 5.30pm British Drilling Association “Digital Data in Geotechnics and Construction” at  The Geological Society, London.  £75 for BDA members; £95 for non-members including post-event drinks & canape reception.

New! 29 January 2016 BGA Medal Deadline for submitting papers published during the 2015 calendar year – see BGA website for full details.
New! Tuesday 16 February – 1800 hours Joint BGA lecture with EGGS At Burlington House – Drs Martin Preene and Toby Roberts and Emilio Linde-Arias will discuss Groundwater Control in Urban Areas.  Advance registration not required.
Call for papers by 29th February 2016 SUT 8th Int’l Conf Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics Committee:  “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments” – London (12-14 September 2017)
  16 March 2016;  5.30 pm Rankine Lecture Prof Richard Jardine on “Geotechnics and Energy" at Imperial College.  Details of lecture on BGA Website;  no advance registration necessary but come early to get a place.  Additional seating in Clore Theatre.
  16 March 2016 Rankine Dinner £85 per head; maximum of 2 tables per company;  no advance reservations can be made.

Booking for the dinner will open shortly after the John Mitchell Award Lecture on 13th January and members will be advised of the precise date after Christmas.

New Wednesday 13 April BGA Evening Lecture Geotechnical Challenges of HS2 – further details in due course
New Wednesday 18 May Joint evening meeting with OES Blue Piling Technology by Jasper Winkes – further details in due course
New – note the date in your calendar Wednesday 15 June BGA Annual Conference Including the AGM – further information in due course.
  12-15  September 2016 Int’l Conference on Scour and Erosion Under the auspices of ISSMGE TC 213 at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford
New! 12-14 September 2017 SUT 8th Int’l Conf Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics Committee:  “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments” – London
New! Wednesday 28 September BGA Evening Meeting Details to be confirmed
New! Wednesday 12 October Joint BGA/IGS invitational lecture George R Koerner – topic to be confirmed


New! 29 January 2016 Cooling Prize Deadline for submitting papers by engineers under the age of 30 on 31 December 2015 – see BGA website for full details.
New! 10 March Cooling Prize evening Presentation of shortlisted papers at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and award of prizes.
  5-7 July 2016 YGES 2016 Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Symposium 2016 will take place at the University of Strathclyde.  Further details to follow in due course.




Extended to 2016 Special offer for BGA members for remainder of 2015 and 2016 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.
Digest on BGA website Latest bulletin ISSMGE
    ISSMGE Webinar series – appx every 2 months, usually towards the end of or beginning of the month – NEXT ONE ON 14TH DECEMBER – SEE BELOW.
CIC Blog 29 October 2015 Prof Barry Clarke
CIC newsletter 26 November 2015 ICES Launches Professional Registration The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors officially launch its routes to Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician


  11 December 2015 at 10.30 am AGI Croce Lecture in Rome Prof Sarah Springman to deliver: “Lessons learnt for geotechnical engineering practice from field case histories and centrifuge modelling”.  Italian National Association of Building Contractors (ANCE) – Conference Room Colleoni, Via Guattani 16, Rome. Details at or
ISRM:  Final deadline extension 14 December 2015 Ground Support 2016 8th Int’l Symposium on Ground Support in Mining and Underground Construction:  12 – 14 September, 2016 at Kulturens Hus in Luleå, Sweden. Full details at
NEW 14 December 2015 ISSMGE Webinar Samuel I K Ampadu (Ghana) on Characterizing lateritic soils
Abstract deadline extended 20 December 2015 6th European Geosynthetics Congress September 25-28, 2016, Istanbul.
ISRM 31 December 2015 Rocha Medal 2017 Nominations invited – see BGA website for further information
  31 January  –2 February  2016 1st International Geomechanics Forum - Application to Hydrocarbon Reservoirs Abu Dhabi: Main topics will be Conventional and Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources, Geologic Carbon Storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery. More details on the Forum webpage:;
CALL FOR PAPERS! 10 February 2016 13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies EPFL, Lausanne, 14th-18th November, 2016:  see for further information
New!  Abstract Deadline 15 February 2016 GEOMATE 2016 Bangkok (14-16 Nov);  further information at


New – 2nd bulletin available on BGA website 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
New 2-4 June 4th Int’l Conf “New Developments in Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering”:  Nicosia, Cyprus
  12-19 June 2016 12th Int’l Symposium on Landslides Napoli:  Supported by ISSMGE and ISRM
  26-29 June 2016 2016 US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium Houston, Texas.  Full details and abstract submission at
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, full details at$
  5-9 September 2016 5th Int’l Conf on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia:  under auspices of TC102, ISSMGE;  full details at
ISRM 12-14  September 2016 Ground Support 2016 8th Int’l Symposium on Ground Support in Mining and Underground Construction at Kulturens Hus in Luleå, Sweden. Full details at
  25-28 September 2016 6th European Geosynthetics Congress Istanbul - Turkish chapter of IGS:


  14-18 November 2016 13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies  

EPFL, Lausanne – see for further information


  13-15 June 2017 EUROCK 2017 Ostrava, Czech Republic – further details at shortly.
  9-13 January 2017 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Santiago, Chile;  full details at
  17-22 September 2017 ICSMGE 2017 Seoul, Korea:  further details available in due course from


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