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

April 2016 Newsletter

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.

Event News

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.

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 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


  Monday 7 March BGA ECG Evening Lecture Alan Powderham’s International Tour of the Observational Method:  recording at
  Wednesday 16 March Rankine Lecture Prof Richard Jardine on “Geotechnics and Energy" at Imperial College.  Recording of lecture on BGA and ICE Websites at


  Tuesday 12 April – 6.15 pm Crossrail technical papers competition final At ICE – advance booking not required;  titles and authors now announced so contact for further information.
PLACES AT A PREMIUM! Wednesday 13 April – 6.00 pm BGA Evening Lecture Sarah Trinder and Nick Sartain speaking on “Geotechnical Challenges of HS2” – contact for reserve places.

Bar open afterwards!

  Sunday 17 April Consultation on revising the Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010) respond as an individual or organisation using the online survey: to tell the Office of National Statistics tell them as much as you can about how and why you use SOC2010 and NS-SEC
New Monday 18 April Recent Advances in Tunnelling Induced Damage to Masonry Structures Half-day workshop: chaired by Prof Lord Robert Mair and Dr Matthew DeJong.  No registration necessary. See BGA website for further information
Booking now open Wednesday 18 May – 6.00 pm Joint evening meeting with OES Blue Piling Technology by Jasper Winkes – register online at;
note the date in your calendar Wednesday 15 June BGA Annual Conference Including the AGM and prize giving – preliminary programme available shortly.
  1-2 September 2016 MTGS 2016 Meeting of Teachers of Geotechnical Subjects: Edinburgh Napier University:  contact Dr Daniel Barreto - 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 for further information.
  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



NEW 23 February 2016 BGA ECG – Professional Reviews Event See presentation slides at Dropbox -
New 10 March Cooling Prize evening Won by Helen Dunne of University of Oxford.  Prize includes engraved decanter and sponsored place at EYGEC in Sibiu, Romania, in June 2016
  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 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:


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