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

November 2016 News

Dear BGA Member,

Dear BGA Member,

Flyers, booking arrangements and full details of all BGA events are available on the BGA website at

Attending BGA Events in person: Please 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.

Watching BGA Events live online: There is now an option to register to watch BGA events on line as well as to book in person. The viewing link will be sent to those who have registered about a week in advance.

Networking after BGA Lectures: members tell us they value mixing with other industry professionals when attending lectures in person.

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.

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

Headlines and Deadlines

  1. 15th November 2016: ICSMGE Seoul 2017 – deadline for submission of full papers to
  2. 16th November 2016: respond to Ground Forum re All Party Parliamentary Group re impact of Brexit on future skills needed in the Construction industry.
  3. 16th November 2016 – Geotechnical Engineering Lecture: “Geotechnical Engineering: the art of burying success” by Prof Jørgen S Steenfelt
  4. 5th December: ICE & RICS carol concert St Margaret’s Westminster followed by complimentary drinks reception & mince pies at ICE
  5. 7th December 2016 – Fleming Award Competition – Finalists announced; keynote lecture: “Geotechnical Characterisation: Recent Developments and applications” by Tony O’Brien
  6. 11th January 2017: John Mitchell Award Lecture by Dr Andrew Ridley
  7. 20th January 2017: deadline for Cooling Prize 2017 submissions
  8. 27th January 2017: deadline for Masters Dissertation Prize 2016 submissions
  9. 31st January 2017: deadline for BGA Medal 2016 submissions
  10. 15th March 2017: 57th Rankine Lecture: Prof Eduardo Alonso at Imperial College followed by Rankine Dinner 2017
  11. Other 2017 events and beyond to put on your calendar
Recording available to SKS and ICE members Wednesday 12 October Joint BGA/IGS invitational lecture George R Koerner – “Geomembrane Performance in Landfill”;; watch online via the ICE Website at  but you will need your membership number to do so


Waiting List 16 November 2016 Geotechnical Engineering Lecture “Geotechnical Engineering: the art of burying success” by Prof Jørgen S Steenfelt.   Contact ICE Events on 020 7665 2226 to be put on the waiting list or Book to watch online at
New 17 November 2016 ICE NW Geotechnical Group Meeting Eurasia Tunnel:   Deane Main Lecture Theatre, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Deane Campus, Bolton, United Kingdom, BL3 5AB; book at
CALL FOR PAPERS ANNOUNCED 30 November 2016 2nd Conf: Coupled phenomena in environmental geotechnics Leeds (6-7 September 2017): call for papers – see
New! 5 December 2016 ICE and RICS Carol Service 5.00 pm at St Margaret’s, Westminster, followed by complimentary drinks reception & mince pies at ICE. All welcome. Book at
Finalists announced 7 December 2016 Fleming Award Competition ·         Crag End Landslip (Volker Stevin, Atkins, Northumberland County Council & Keller)

·         Crossrail C300 & c410 Compensation Grouting (Crossrail, BAM Ferrovial Kier JV, Keller Bam Ritchies JV)

·         Farnley Haugh Emergency Works (Renewals Collaborative Delivery Partnership (RCDP) – Network Rail, CML, Aecom

Keynote lecture:   “Geotechnical Characterisation:   Recent Developments and applications” by Tony O’Brien;   book online at


  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:
Booking open 11 January 2017 ICE John Mitchell Award Lecture Dr Andrew Ridley – book online at
New 31st January 2017 BGA Medal 2016 BGA members’ papers published in the calendar year 2016 may be submitted for consideration for this prestigious award. Full details on the BGA website shortly.
New 15 February 2017 Joint BGA Lecture with EGGS At ICE- speaker and topic to be advised.
New 15 March 2017 57th Rankine Lecture Prof Eduardo Alonso on Triggering and Motion of Landslides, Imperial College. Advance booking not required
New 15 March 2017 57th Rankine Dinner Details of a modified booking system will be announced on the BGA website shortly and notified to all members; provisional reservations are not available.
  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 – deadline 30 November 2016 – see
update 12-14 Sept 2017 SUT 8th Int’l Conf Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics Committee: “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments” – London; further details at and sponsorship opportunities now available
  Autumn 2018 Engineering in Chalk 2018 BGA 2-day conference – full details to follow but holding website at


NEW – URGENT! 16 November 2016 All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment Response required direct to Ground Forum at to ENQUIRY: Impact of Brexit on future skills needs in the Construction Industry: Further information about the Enquiry:

16th November


BDA Health and safety seminar Prices are £75 for BDA member companies and only £95 for non-members
  7-8 December 2016 New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Summit new speakers announced - email with booking link.
  12 December 2016 BDA Land Drillers training day
New - deadline 22 December 2016 Government consultation on Building Regulations in Wales Approved Documents A (Structure), B Volume 2 (Fire safety), C (Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture).  See
    Brexit Digest Brexit digest – a summary of articles from the media. Sign up for e-newsletter at


NEW – deadline for submissions 20 January 2017 48th Cooling Prize competition Download flyer, rules and application form from BGA Website.
New 27 January 2017 Masters Dissertation Prize 2016 University tutors are reminded of the opportunity to enter their best student’s dissertation on a geotechnical subject. Further information will be available on the BGA website shortly or contact


New 31st January 2017 BGA Medal 2016 BGA members’ papers published in the calendar year 2016 may be submitted for consideration for this prestigious award. Full details on the BGA website shortly.
  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 2017 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 October 2016 issue
New Int. J. Rock Mech. & Geomech. for Europe first issue available at


Abstract deadline passed – ask for an extension! 1st November 2016 2017 US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 25- 28 June 2017 - San Francisco: Submit abstracts to ; full details 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
Extended deadline (from 17.9.2016) for abstract submission 23 November 2016 2nd Pan Am Conf 12-15 November 2017 - Dallas: PanAm-UNSAT 2017: The Second Pan American Conference on Unsaturated Soils,  Send your abstract 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
  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
  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.
Call for Papers 25-28 June 2017 2017 US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium San Francisco: full details at
  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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