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

May 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.

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

  • 6 June 2016 – deadline for electronic and postal voting in BGA elections
  • 8 June 2016 – talk on MH370 at ICE
  • 15 June 2016 – 13th BGA Annual Conference and AGM with full programme of stimulating topics
  • 5-7 July 2016 – YGES at Strathclyde
  • 28 September 2016 – BGA Evening Lecture: Chris Ford on “Lessons from landslips affecting Network Rail infrastructure”.
  • other 2016 events and beyond to put on your calendar
  Wednesday 18 May – 6.00 pm Joint evening meeting with OES Blue Piling Technology by Jasper Winkes – recording available to BGA/OES and ICE members shortly
Have you voted yet? Monday 6 June Voting for BGA elections Electoral Reform Services are managing the BGA Executive Committee elections this year.  Please check your SPAM box for an e-mail with instructions.
New Wednesday 8 June Talk on MA370 OES Event at ICE:   full details at
Booking now open Wednesday 15 June BGA Annual Conference Including the AGM and prize giving – full programme and booking at
  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.
    20-21 September 2016 Construction Industry Summit:  full details at
  Wednesday 12 October Joint BGA/IGS invitational lecture George R Koerner – topic to be confirmed


New – date for your diary 6-7 September 2017 2nd Conf:  Coupled phenomena in environmental geotechnics Leeds: call for papers to be announced in September 2016
  12-14 September 2017 SUT 8th Int’l Conf Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics Committee:  “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments” – London


MORE INFORMATION 5-7 July 2016 YGES 2016 Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Symposium 2016 will take place at the University of Strathclyde.  Full details at




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.
Digest on BGA website News & Information Circular and

Latest bulletin

ISSMGE See BGA website and


Bi-monthly webinars   ISSMGE Webinar series – appx every 2 months, usually towards the end of or beginning of the month


  20 May 2016 Grouting 2017 Honolulu, Hawaii.  See BGA website for details.  Submit abstracts to

  2-4 June 4th Int’l Conf “New Developments in Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering”:  Nicosia, Cyprus
  7-9 June 3rd Int’l course on Geotechnical & Structural Monitoring “Castle of Poppi,” Tuscany, Italy;  for information visit:, or contact:
  12-19 June 2016 12th Int’l Symposium on Landslides Napoli:  Supported by ISSMGE and ISRM
  13-15 June 2016 TC303 Seminar on Floods (no 21) Kyoto:
  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:
  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  Under the auspices of ISSMGE.
  14-18 November 2016 13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies EPFL, Lausanne – see for further information


New 24-25 November 2016 3rd Int’l Conf GEOTEC 2016 Hanoi:  24-25 November – keynote speaker list includes Dr Jamie Standing of Imperial College;  see


  • overseas activities 2017
  9-13 January 2017 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Santiago, Chile;  full details at
  18-20 January 2017 Int’l Workshop 2½ days on “Advances in Laboratory Testing and Modelling of Soils and Shales”, in Swiss Alps.  Details at
New 4-6 June 2017 Geo-Risk 2017


Denver, Colorado:  ASCE /Geo-institute conference on “Geotechnical Risk from Theory to Practice”;  full details at
  21-22 June 2017 EUROCK 2017 Ostrava, Czech Republic – further details at shortly.
  9-12 July 2017 Grouting 2017 Honolulu, Hawaii;  full details at
  15-17 July 2017 GeoMEast 2017 Int’l Conf Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
  17-22 September 2017 ICSMGE 2017 Seoul, Korea:  further details available in due course from
New 12-15 November 2017 2nd Pan Am Conf Dallas:  PanAm-UNSAT 2017: The Second Pan American Conference on Unsaturated Soils,


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