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

October 2016 News

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.

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. TOMORROW: 12th October 2016 – BGA Joint Lecture with IGS: “Geomembrane Performance in Landfill” by George R Koerner
  2. 14th October 2016 – Fleming Award Competition 2016 – submissions due
  3. 18th October 2016 – BGA ECG Event: The role of numerical modelling in the design of major rock engineering projects” by Anastasios Stavrou
  4. 16th November 2016 – Geotechnical Engineering Lecture: “Geotechnical Engineering: the art of burying success” by Prof Jørgen S Steenfelt
  5. 7th December 2016 – Fleming Award Competition – entries sought. Keynote lecture: “Geotechnical Characterisation: Recent Developments and applications” by Tony O’Brien
  6. 2017 events and beyond to put on your calendar


Recording available to SKS and ICE members Wednesday 28 September BGA Evening Meeting Chris Ford of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch spoke on “Lessons from landslips affecting Network Rail infrastructure”.   View online at but you will need your BGA or ICE membership number to log on.



TOMORROW! Wednesday 12 October Joint BGA/IGS invitational lecture George R Koerner – “Geomembrane Performance in Landfill”; book online at; watch 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
Book now to avoid disappointment 16 November 2016 Geotechnical Engineering Lecture “Geotechnical Engineering: the art of burying success” by Prof Jørgen S Steenfelt.   Book online at
New – CALL FOR PAPERS ANNOUNCED 30 November 2016 2nd Conf: Coupled phenomena in environmental geotechnics Leeds (6-7 September 2017): call for papers – see
Booking now open 7 December 2016 Fleming Award Competition Keynote lecture:   “Geotechnical Characterisation:   Recent Developments and applications” by Tony O’Brien;   book online at



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:
New 6-7 September 2017 2nd Conf: Coupled phenomena in environmental geotechnics Leeds: call for papers – deadline 30 November 2016 – see
  12-14 Sept 2017 SUT 8th Int’l Conf Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics Committee:   “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments” – London
First notification Autumn 2018 Engineering in Chalk 2018 BGA 2-day conference – full details to follow but holding website at


GROUND FORUM – see their website at          

New 13 October NERC Town hall meeting to discuss funding of NERC Data centres – see

  25 October 2016 Flyer and registration


Brussels: Smart Cities: Promoting Sustainability, Innovation and Cooperation
    New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Summit new speakers announced - email with booking link.

16th November


BDA Health and safety seminar Prices are £75 for BDA member companies and only £95 for non-members
New 12th December BDA Land Drillers training day
    Brexit Digest Brexit digest – a summary of articles from the media. Sign up for e-newsletter at



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



  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

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



  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


New! Deadline for full paper submission extensed 20 October 2016 GeoMEast 2017 Int’l Conf Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
  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
  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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