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

December 2016 Newsletter


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 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

  • 12th December 2016: download application form for 2017 Rankine Dinner
  • 31st December 2016: deadline for submission of applications for 2017 Rankine Dinner
  • 11th January 2017: John Mitchell Award Lecture by Dr Andrew Ridley
  • 20th January 2017: deadline for Cooling Prize 2017 submissions
  • 27th January 2017: deadline for Masters Dissertation Prize 2016 submissions
  • 31st January 2017: deadline for BGA Medal 2016 submissions
  • 15th March 2017: 57th Rankine Lecture: Prof Eduardo Alonso at Imperial College followed by Rankine Dinner 2017
  • Other 2017 events and beyond to put on your calendar
Recording available to SKS and ICE members Wednesday 18 October BGA ECG event The role of numerical modelling in the design of major rock engineering projects by Anastasios Stavrou;;

Recording available to SKS and ICE members Wednesday 16 November ICE Geotechnical Engineering Lecture 2017 The art of burying success by Prof Jørgen Steenfelt:
Winners announced 7 December 2016 Fleming Award Competition After a tough competition Crag End Landslip (Volker Stevin, Atkins, Northumberland County Council & Keller) was eventually chosen as the winning project. Tony O’Brien of Mott MacDonald gave the keynote lecture on  “Geotechnical Characterisation:  Recent  Developments and applications”.  A recording of the evening’s proceedings will be available shortly.  Thanks are due to Cementation Skanska for sponsoring the prize and post-event reception.


Application form available 12th December 2016 57th Rankine Dinner 2017 Application form available to download from BGA website
application form return deadline 31st December 2016 57th Rankine Dinner Application form to be returned; success or otherwise and payment facilities advised early January


  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
  31 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.
Watch this space! 15 February 2017 Joint BGA Lecture with EGGS At ICE- speaker and topic to be advised.
New 23 February 2017 BTS/NAFEMS seminar on Modelling Soil Structure Interaction during Tunnel Excavation Warwick University: full details at
  15 March 2017 57th Rankine Lecture Prof Eduardo Alonso on Triggering and Motion of Landslides, Imperial College. Advance booking not required; full details on BGA website or at
Update 15 March 2017 57th Rankine Dinner Application form for tickets available to download from 12th December 2016 to be returned to BGA by 31st December;  provisional reservations are not available. Applicants will be advised of their success or otherwise and payment facilities early in January. Full details on BGA website or at
Abstract deadline 26 May 2017 Ground Related Risk to Transportation Infrastructure Geological Society Conference: 26-27 October 2017; see for full details
  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
NEW 26-27 October 2017 Ground Related Risk to Transportation Infrastructure Geological Society Conference: abstracts due 26 May 2017; see for full details


  Autumn 2018 Engineering in Chalk 2018 BGA 2-day conference – full details to follow but holding website at


deadline for submissions 20 January 2017 48th Cooling Prize competition Download flyer, rules and application form from BGA Website.
  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 available on the BGA website or contact


  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


  • UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP)
New – application dates for 2017 Notification dates The UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (UK RoGEP) now has over 400 registrants
  18 October 2016 13 December 2016 The names of all registrants are provided in the list published on the ICE website
  24 January 2017 4 April 2017 Apply to join the UK RoGEP if you are chartered with ICE; the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3); or the Geological Society London (GSL).
  25 April 2017 4 July 2017 Visit for further details or contact
  25 July 2017 3 October 2017  
  24 October 2017 10 January 2018  


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 ICE ICE Informs November – Infrastructure at the Heart of the Autumn Statement:  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
  CIC Newsletter October 2016 issue
  Int. J. Rock Mech. & Geomech. for Europe first issue available at
New – Scopus Acceptance ICE’s Gold Open Access journal Geotechnical Research ACCEPTED into Elsevier’s Scopus and soon to be indexed back to Issue 1 Volume 1.     More information about the journal at


  • overseas activities 2016-17
NEW - Next Tuesday!



13 December 2016

Webinar by Marc Ballouz (Lebanon) 12:00 (noon) GMT: Challenges in shoring deep excavations in urban areas (followed by a 48 hour-Q&A Session)
  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 – abstract deadline 15 March 2017 GeoChina 2018 International Conference Hangzhou, China:   23-25 July 2018;  Full 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.
NEW 28-29 April 2016 ICNACE’17 3rd International Conference on New Advances in Civil Engineering – Helsınkı -
  4-6 June 2017 Geo-Risk 2017


Denver, Colorado: ASCE /Geo-institute conference on “Geotechnical Risk from Theory to Practice”; full details at
New - registration now open 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
Registration now open 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. Registration at:

  12-15 November 2017 2nd Pan Am Conf Dallas:  PanAm-UNSAT 2017: The Second Pan American Conference on Unsaturated Soils,


New 25-23 July 2018 GeoChina 2018 International Conference Hangzhou, China:   Abstracts due 15 March 2017;  Full details at


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