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

September 2016 News

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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

  • 25-28 September 2016 – 6th European Geosynthetics Congress relocated to Ljubljana instead of Istanbul
  • 28 September 2016 – BGA Evening Lecture: Chris Ford on “Lessons from landslips affecting Network Rail infrastructure”
  • 12th October 2016 – BGA Joint Lecture with IGS: “Geomembrane Performance in Landfill” by George R Koerner
  • 14th October 2016 – Fleming Award Competition 2016 – submissions due
  • 18th October 2016 – BGA ECG Event: The role of numerical modelling in the design of major rock engineering projects” by Anastasios Stavrou
  • 16th November 2016 – Geotechnical Engineering Lecture: “Geotechnical Engineering: the art of burying success” by Prof Jørgen S Steenfelt
  • 7th December 2016 – Fleming Award Competition – entries sought. Keynote lecture: “Geotechnical Characterisation: Recent Developments and applications” by Tony O’Brien
  • 2017 events and beyond to put on your calendar



    Ground Forum The AGS-BDA Task force survey is live and requires your input; Download the position paper from the AGS or from the BDA. Other news via BGA website
  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.
ICE West Midlands 14 September 2016 Re-engineering our cities’ conference Coventry: further information at
update 20-21 Sept 2016 Construction Industry Summit: Lord Digby Jones to speak on “A Post Brexit Country”.   Full details at
Booking open Wednesday 28 September BGA Evening Meeting Chris Ford of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to speak on “Lessons from landslips affecting Network Rail infrastructure”.   Book online at
Booking open Wednesday 12 October Joint BGA/IGS invitational lecture George R Koerner – “Geomembrane Performance in Landfill”; book online at
NEW: Friday 14 October Fleming Competition Submissions due -
Check website for updated information Tuesday 18 October EGGS Aberfan 50 years on - The Ground Engineering Legacy - . Contact convener:
  Friday 28 October 2016 ICE Transport Asset Management Conference 2016 Full details at
Booking open 16 November 2016 Geotechnical Engineering Lecture “Geotechnical Engineering: the art of burying success” by Prof Jørgen S Steenfelt.   Book online at
  7 December 2016 Fleming Award Competition .Keynote lecture:   “Geotechnical Characterisation:   Recent Developments and applications” by Tony O’Brien



New 4-7 January 2017 Joint QRA Annual Discussion Meeting & Engineering Group Conference University of Durham - Quaternary engineering geology: Implications for glaciated & periglaciated terrains. Meeting Organisers/Leaders: David J A Evans (Durham), Julian Murton (Sussex), David Giles (Portsmouth) & Chris Martin (BP). Registration & full details at:
  11 January 2017 ICE John Mitchell Award Lecture Dr Andrew Ridley – further details to be announced
  5-7 September 2017 ICE Coasts, Marine Structures & Breakwaters Conference 2017 Liverpool:
  6-7 September 2017 2nd Conf: Coupled phenomena in environmental geotechnics Leeds: call for papers to be announced in September 2016
  12-14 Sept 2017 SUT 8th Int’l Conf Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics Committee:   “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments” – London
First notification Spring 2018 Engineering in Chalk 2018 BGA 2-day conference – full details to follow but holding website at


GROUND FORUM – see their website at          

New 20th September 2016 Flyer and registration form Brussels: seminar on Strengthening the European Electric Vehicle Market
new   press release Pipe Jacking Association sponsored research thesis published covering the disaggregation of soil during slurry pipe jacking: ‘City Research’
  5 October 5th 2016 BDA Seminar Long Term Health & Wellbeing
New 25 October 2016 Flyer and registration


Brussels: Smart Cities: Promoting Sustainability, Innovation and Cooperation
new   CIC Press Release: Built environment professions working together on the opportunities and challenges of Brexit
new   New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Summit new speakers announced - email with booking link.
new   CIC Press Release: Environments Award Shortlist & shortlisted entries



Last chance! 9 September 2016 Deadline for entry to NEC Graduate Awards Graduates from a first or post-graduate civil engineering, or related, degree course in 2014 or 2015 and in the first two years of post-graduate employment are eligible to share in a £4,000 prize pot and act as an ambassador to the profession. Full details at Simply complete the FREE online entry form. Employers may also be recognised.
Booking open 18 October 2016 BGA ECG Event At ICE Westminster:   The role of numerical modelling in the design of major rock engineering projects” by Anastasios Stavrou;   book online at
    City University new MSc Course in Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering – see for flyer or e-mail for further information and to apply



  Construction Industry Council Brexit Digest Volumes 2-5: A round up of the latest news, views and opinion pieces about Brexit and its relationship to built environment professions
  ICE ICE Informs Summary of ICE activities influencing and informing government and other authorities of the engineering perspective on infrastructure etc. contact or for further information.
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 ISSMGE News & Information Circular and

Latest bulletin

See BGA website and
Bi-monthly webinars ISSMGE   Webinar series – appx every 2 months, usually towards the end of or beginning of the month
new CIC Newsletter August 2016 issue
  ISSMGE 2016 Geotechnical Business Directory Powered by GeoWorld, the professional networking platform for geotechnical engineers co-developed by and ISSMGE, the directory is expected to include 5500+ individuals and 400+ companies from 136+ countries. The online platform of the directory is available here: Members are invited to register for participation in the directory at or contact Dimitrios Zekkos (



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
Relocated 25-28 September 2016 6th European Geosynthetics Congress Ljubljana instead of Istanbul - Turkish chapter of IGS: programme unchanged.
New 7 October 2016 Geofluid 2016: Workshop on Flat Dilatometer and Seismic Dilatometer Piacenza, Italy. More Information and registration at


  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.
  12 October 2016 Austrian Tunnelling Day Saltzburg, Austria:  Flyer of the Austrian Tunnel Day (German only)
  13-14 October 2016 65th Geomechanics Colloquium Saltzburg, Austria:  Flyer of the Geomechanics Colloquium
  19 October 2016 COMBRAMSEG 2016: Workshop on Flat Dilatometer and Seismic Dilatometer Belo Horizonte, Brazil.   More Information and registration at


  14-18 November 2016 13th Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies EPFL, Lausanne – see for further information


ISSMGE – full paper deadline 15 November 2016 ICSMGE 2017 full papers of accepted abstracts to be submitted on approved template to
  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
New 7-9 December 2016 SASW2016

3-day workshop:

State of The Art In SASW Method: Engineering Applications To Soils, Pavement and Concrete at Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sabah: contact Chairman - Mr. Khairul Anuar Mohd Nayan - ( for further information


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! 28-29 March 2017 Conference on Maritime Energy:


Decommissioning of Offshore Geotechnical Structures: Hamburg;   under the auspices of ISSMGE TC209
  4-6 April 2017 9th Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Constructions in Soft Ground São Paulo, Brazil. Under the auspices of ISSMGE TC 204. Coinciding with 4th Brazilian Tunnelling Congress and Latin American Tunnelling Seminar. Full details at;   abstracts due by 15th June but extension may be granted.
  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: authors have been informed if their abstracts were approved by BGA and submitted to Seoul. Instructions for preparing full papers in accordance with prescribed template have been distributed. Programme & registration at
  12-15 November 2017 2nd Pan Am Conf Dallas:   PanAm-UNSAT 2017: The Second Pan American Conference on Unsaturated Soils,


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