www.britishgeotech.org.uk. It would be really helpful if you could let the BGA 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." />

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

March 2016 Newsletter

Flyers, booking arrangements and full details of all BGA events are available on the BGA website at www.britishgeotech.org.uk. It would be really helpful if you could let the BGA 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.

Flyers, booking arrangements and full details of all BGA events are available on the BGA website at www.britishgeotech.org.uk. It would be really helpful if you could let the BGA 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.

The BGA is arranging for the ICE Bar to be open after 2016 Lectures to enable members to network with fellow participants – please support this initiative and make the most of the facilities available.

Headlines and Deadlines

  • BGA ECG Event at ICE: 7th March 2016
  • Cooling Prize Competition Final in Wales: 10th March 2016
  • ICE Engineering Underground Conference – 10% discount for BGA members: 15th March 2016
  • Pre-Rankine afternoon seminar on “Research on Offshore Foundations”: 16th March 2016
  • Rankine Lecture 2016 – 16th March 2016
  • Rankine Dinner 2016 – sold out: 16th March 2016
  • Deadline for receipt of abstracts by BGA for Seoul 2017: 21 March 2016
  • BGA Executive Committee Elections – deadline for receipt of nominations: 12 noon on 11th April 2016
  • BGA evening Lecture: Geotechnical Challenges of HS2:  13th April 2016
  • Joint BGA/OES Evening Lecture on Blue Piling: 18th May 2016
  • 17-22 September 2017 – ICSSMGE – Seoul (not October!)
  • other 2016 events and beyond to put on your calendar
  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 https://vimeo.com/icegroup/review/146753781/24deeb4ac7; you may need to log 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 at https://vimeo.com/icegroup/review/150686830/316f3bd830, 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.
  13 January 2016 John Mitchell Award Lecture Dr Martin Pedley’s talk on “Developments in geotechnical engineering & construction during the last 25 years – a personal perspective” is now available at https://vimeo.com/icegroup/review/152708217/e896fdcea4.  Thanks are due once again to Cementation Skanska for sponsoring the drinks reception afterwards.
  16 January 2016 Joint BGA lecture with EGGS At Burlington House – Drs Martin Preene and Toby Roberts and Emilio Linde-Arias discussed Groundwater Control in Urban Areas. Available shortly to view online at https://vimeo.com/157285248.
NEW – 10% discount for BGA members Tuesday 15 March – full day conference ICE Engineering Underground Space 2016 Supported by BGA, with BGA Chairman Stephan Jefferis chairing one of the panel sessions and other BGA members contributing.  Full programme and registration at www.ice-underground.com;
New Wednesday 16 March: 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm. Pre-Rankine Seminar Free half-day seminar at Imperial College on “Research on Offshore Foundations”, chaired by Profs David Potts and Guy Houlsby.  Full details on BGA website.
New – online viewing link Wednesday 16 March - 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. For those unable to attend in person, the Lecture may be viewed online at https://ice-org.webex.com/ice-org/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee0ff76007646c72d0992d16b8196f047.
  Wednesday 16 March Rankine Dinner Sold out
New:  registration deadline Friday 25 March AGS Members’ Day Thursday 7 April: Barbican Centre, London - http://ags.org.uk/
Election to BGA Executive Committee – deadline for receipt of nominations Monday 11 April - 12 noon  3 vacancies Nominations supported by at least 3 members of the Association should be sent with the written consent of the candidate and a short CV or personal statement of appx 1/3 of one A4 page (~300 words) which will be included with the ballot paper if a ballot is required, to the Secretary.  The vacancies are created by retiring Committee Members:

Prof K Soga – Cambridge

Prof G Madabhushi – Cambridge

Prof S Jefferis has become the Chairman.

New Tuesday 12 April – 6.15 pm Crossrail technical papers competition final At ICE – advance booking not required;  contact mikeblack@crossrail.co.uk for further information.
Booking opening shortly Wednesday 13 April – 6.00 pm BGA Evening Lecture Sarah Trinder and Nick Sartain speaking on “Geotechnical Challenges of HS2” – check BGA website for details.
New Sunday 17 April Consultation on revising the Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010) respond as an individual or organisation using the online survey:http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/about-ons/get-involved/consultations-and-user-surveys/consultations/consultation-on-revising-the-standard-occupational-classification-2010--soc2010-/index.html to tell the Office of National Statistics tell them as much as you can about how and why you use SOC2010 and NS-SEC
Booking now open Wednesday 18 May – 6.00 pm Joint evening meeting with OES Blue Piling Technology by Jasper Winkes – register online at  https://www.ice.org.uk/events/blue-piling-technology-driving-piles-offshore;
note the date in your calendar Wednesday 15 June BGA Annual Conference Including the AGM and prize giving – preliminary programme available shortly.
New 1-2 September 2016 MTGS 2016 Meeting of Teachers of Geotechnical Subjects: Edinburgh Napier University:  contact Dr Daniel Barreto - d.barreto@napier.ac.uk for further information
  12-15  September Int’l Conference on Scour and Erosion Under the auspices of ISSMGE TC 213 at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford – see http://www.icse2016.com/ for further information.
New! Wednesday 28 September BGA Evening Meeting Chris Ford of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to speak on “Lessons from landslips affecting Network Rail infrastructure”.  Further details in due course.
  Wednesday 12 October Joint BGA/IGS invitational lecture George R Koerner – topic to be confirmed


  12-14 September 2017 SUT 8th Int’l Conf Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics Committee:  “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments” – London


BGA ECG Event sponsored by Mott MacDonald 7 March at 6.00 pm at ICE Alan Powderham’s 2009 Terzaghi Lecture:  “An international tour of the observational method”. Book to attend in person at https://www.ice.org.uk/events/an-international-tour-of-the-observational-method.  The event will also be broadcast live online at https://ice-org.webex.com/ice-org/onstage/g.php?MTID=e269ac642ed47001e3b4ffb13e7aef30f (advance registration to view online is not required) – but you’ll miss the networking in the ICE Bar afterwards!
  10 March Cooling Prize evening Presentation of shortlisted papers (by Helen Dunne, Aidan Hopkins and Paul Sargent following high quality entries by all candidates) at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and award of prizes.  Book online at https://www.ice.org.uk/events/cooling-prize-final
  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 Canadian Geotechnical Journal Access all content electronically from CGJ from 1996 to 2015 for just $50 US instead of $246 US.  E-mail nrcresearchpress-csp@subscriptionoffice.com and type “CGJ_BGA personal subscription” in the subject field;  you will need your BGA membership number. Full details on BGA website.
New Ground Forum -MAC report Review of Tier 2: Balancing migrant selectivity, investment in skills and impacts on UK productivity and competitiveness available online at:



Digest on BGA website News & Information Circular and

Latest bulletin

ISSMGE See BGA website and http://www.issmge.org/en/resources/issmge-bulletin/790-vol-9-issue6-december-2015  


Bi-monthly webinars   ISSMGE Webinar series – appx every 2 months, usually towards the end of or beginning of the month http://www.issmge.org/en/resources/recorded-webinars.


Deadline for abstracts 21 March 2016 Seoul 2016 See BGA website for instructions – send to abstracts@britishgeotech.org.uk
  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 www.etc3.be/symposium2016
  2-4 June 4th Int’l Conf “New Developments in Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering”:  Nicosia, Cyprus
New 7-9 June 3rd Int’l course on Geotechnical & Structural Monitoring “Castle of Poppi,” Tuscany, Italy;  for information visit: www.geotechnicalmonitoring.com, or contact: secretariat@geotechnicalmonitoring.com
  12-19 June 2016 12th Int’l Symposium on Landslides Napoli: http://www.isl2016.it.  Supported by ISSMGE and ISRM
New 13-15 June 2016 TC303 Seminar on Floods (no 21) Kyoto:  https://sites.google.com/site/kyotoseminar2016/home
  26-29 June 2016 2016 US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium Houston, Texas.  Full details and abstract submission at www.armasymposium.org
ISRM 29-31 August 2016 EUROCK 2016 Cappadocia, Turkey - see www.eurock2016.org for details.
  4-7 September 2016 3rd Int’l Conf on Transportation Geotechnics Guimarães, Portugal, full details at http://civil.uminho.pt/3rdEICTG2016$
  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 www.ISC5.com.au
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 http://groundsupport2016.com/
  25-28 September 2016 6th European Geosynthetics Congress Istanbul - Turkish chapter of IGS:  http://www.eurogeo6.org.
New 11-13 October 2016 9th All Ukrainian Scientific Technical Conference Dnipropetrovsk:  “Soil Mechanics, Geotechnics and Foundation Engineering: Problems, Innovations and Implementation of Eurocodes in Ukraine”. See http://britishgeotech.org/?p=2524.  Under the auspices of ISSMGE.
  14-18 November 2016 13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies EPFL, Lausanne – see www.ghgt.info for further information



  • overseas activities 2017
NEW DATE! 21-22 June 2017 EUROCK 2017 Ostrava, Czech Republic – further details at www.eurock2017.cz shortly.
  9-13 January 2017 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Santiago, Chile;  full details at http://16wcee.com/
NEW 15-17 July 2017 GeoMEast 2017 Int’l Conf Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt http://www.geomeast2017.org/
  17-22 September 2017 ICSMGE 2017 Seoul, Korea:  further details available in due course from http://www.icsmge2017.org/


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