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

February 2017 Newsletter

Flyers, booking arrangements and full details of all BGA events are available on the BGA website at www.britishgeotech.org.uk.

Flyers, booking arrangements and full details of all BGA events are available on the BGA website at www.britishgeotech.org.uk.

Sad News: We are very sorry to inform you that Andrew Lord, who chaired the BGS from 1993 to 1995, died on 14 February aged 75.

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.

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 http://britishgeotech.org/events/conferences/ or BGA social media (Linked In, Twitter and Facebook) for full details.

Headlines and Deadlines

  1. Thursday 9 March 2017: BGA presentation on Geotechnical Engineering in the coastal environment:
  2. Tuesday 14 March 2017: ECG Professional Reviews event – hosted by Mott MacDonald in London
  3. Wednesday 15 March 2017: Pre-Rankine workshop at Imperial College
  4. Wednesday 15 March 2017: 57th Rankine Lecture: Prof Eduardo Alonso at Imperial College followed by Rankine Dinner 2017
  5. Tuesday 21 March 2017: 48th Cooling Prize Competition Finalists announced – competition at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  6. Wednesday 5 April 2017: BGA lecture on New Mexico City airport
  7. Sunday 30 April 2017: abstract submission deadline for Engineering in Chalk Conference 2018
  8. Wednesday 17 May 2017: BGA lecture on Understanding Landslide Impacts in Scotland
  9. Tuesday 21 June: BGA Annual Conference
  10. Other 2017 events and beyond to put on your calendar
Recording available to SKS and ICE members 11 January 2017 ICE John Mitchell Award Lecture Dr Andrew Ridley spoke on “Monitoring the performance of clay slopes” to a full Telford Theatre before hosting a post-lecture reception in the Smeaton Room. A recording of the lecture is available at https://www.ice.org.uk/eventarchive/john-mitchell-lecture-2017
Updated information 15 February 2017 Joint BGA Lecture with EGGS Vix Edmonds & Matthew Free spoke about Wylfa Power Station – rock mass classification and engineering seismology. A recording will be available shortly.


Booking now open 9 March 2017 BGA evening event Geotechnical Engineering in the coastal Environment:   Case Studies from Central Felixstowe and Clacton-on-Sea presented by Peter Phipps and Lucy Wiggins of Mott MacDonald. Book online at https://www.ice.org.uk/events/geotechnical-engineering-in-the-coastal-environmen
New! 14 March 2017 BGA ECG event At Mott MacDonald offices in 10 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RB on preparing for ICE Professional Review – avoiding “geotechnical failures”. Led by David Beadman of Byrne Looby Partners & Peter Rutty of Mott MacDonald. RSVP to francesca.waldron@mottmac.com
New! 15 March 2017

13:00 – 16:30

Pre-Rankine workshop Free at Imperial College: “Recent Developments in Energy Geotechnics: fundamentals to applications”; advance registration not required.
  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 https://www.ice.org.uk/events/57-rankine-lecture-london
Sold out 15 March 2017 57th Rankine Dinner e-mail Shelagh.fleming@ice.org.uk to be placed on the waiting list.
New 21 March 2017:

1800 hours

48th Cooling Prize Final Hosted by the Northern Geotechnical Group at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle-on-Tyne NE1 1SE. see www.britishgeotech.org.uk for details.
New 29 March 2017 Geological Society Perspectives on Land Contamination event at Burlington House;   see www.geolsoc.org.uk/contland-launch-event. Book your place at slh@ivyhousenv.co.uk.
New 5 April 2017

1800 hours

BGA Evening Meeting ICE Westminster - Nick O’Riordan will speak on “New Mexico City International Airport: Some challenges of building on virgin Lake Texcoco clays”. Registration details available shortly.
New – Abstracts invited 30 April 2017 Engineering in Chalk 2018 17-18 September 2018 at Imperial College:   submit your abstract via https://www.chalk2018.org/abstract-submission; further information available at http://www.chalk2018.org.
New 17 May 2017

1800 hours

BGA Evening Meeting ICE Westminster – Mike Winter will speak on “Understanding Landslide Impacts in Scotland”; registration details shortly.
Abstract deadline 26 May 2017 Ground Related Risk to Transportation Infrastructure Geological Society Conference: 26-27 October 2017; see http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/GeoRiskTransport17 for full details
  5-7 September 2017 ICE Coasts, Marine Structures & Breakwaters Conference 2017 Liverpool: https://www.ice.org.uk/events/call-for-papers-breakwaters
  6-7 September 2017 2nd Conf: Coupled phenomena in environmental geotechnics Leeds: call for papers – deadline 30 November 2016 – see https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/5Rg0BFpvnesd?domain=tinyurl.com.
New -Registration now open 


12-14 Sept 2017 SUT 8th Int’l Conf Offshore Site Investigation & Geotechnics Committee: “Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments” – London; further details at http://www.sut.org/event/osig2017/ and sponsorship opportunities now available;   registration at http://www.sutconnects.com
  26-27 October 2017 Ground Related Risk to Transportation Infrastructure Geological Society Conference: abstracts due 26 May 2017; see http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/GeoRiskTransport17 for full details


New! Keynote speaker announced 17-18 September 2018 Engineering in Chalk 2018 BGA 2-day conference at Imperial College, London in association with the Engineering Group of the Geological Society; Rory Mortimer announced as a keynote speaker – further details at http://www.chalk2018.org


New 15 March 2017 Post Rankine Lecture drinks BGA Early Career Group are organising a gathering of young engineers in the H Bar at Imperial College following the Lecture
Finalists announced 21 March 2017 48th Cooling Prize competition A strong field made the Review Panel’s task particularly difficult but the following have been selected to present their papers at the event hosted by the Northern Geotechnical Group:   Francesc Mirada (Arup), Vipul Kumar (Mott MacDonald), Ronan Royston (Oxford University) and Daniel Martinez Calonge (Imperial College).  Full details at www.britishgeotech.org.uk shortly.


New New Ground Forum website now live.   Updated site includes changes to the home page and improved structure of the content. The list of Master Courses available in the UK have been uploaded to the website under the Training and Careers tab. any articles, reports or information of benefit other Ground Forum Members welcome. www.ground-forum.org.uk
    Brexit Digest Brexit digest – a summary of articles from the media. Sign up for e-newsletter at http://cic.us6.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=6b20ea5b6c&id=f4c2b1fdc6
    Immigration Skills Levy Birketts (solicitors) have a useful summary with links to further information http://www.birketts.co.uk/resources/legal-updates/1860/hr-matters--immigration-skills-charge--what-difference-will-it-make/


  • UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP)
  application dates for 2017 Notification dates  
  25 April 2017 4 July 2017 The UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (UK RoGEP) now has over 400 registrants
  25 July 2017 3 October 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).
  24 October 2017 10 January 2018 Visit ice.org.uk/rogep for further details or contact registers@ice.org.uk


  ICE ICE Informs February: Summary of ICE activities influencing and informing government and other authorities of the engineering perspective on National Needs Assessment, Metro Mayoral Elections in May, and the State of the Nation Report on Digital Transformation. contact alex.green-wilkes@ice.org.uk or Gloria.liu@ice.org.uk for further information.
New – papers invited The Japanese Geotechnical Society (JGS) JGS’ official journal - Soils and Foundations (S&F) S&F launched the 'Geo-disaster Report' in October of 2015. The geo-disasters caused by the 2015 Gorkha Nepal earthquake and the 2015 heavy rain in Japan have been reported as open access in S&F, and the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake-induced geo-disaster in Japan will be reported soon.

Accepted articles freely available after a 12-month embargo period. Only subscribers can access the full text of all articles immediately after they are published in ScienceDirect. Online subscription fee is 8,000 JPY (~71 USD)/year. Submit your paper to S&F, and subscribe to the recently published volume in ScienceDirect (https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/w6YOBizeLvcn?domain=sciencedirect.com).

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 nrcresearchpress-csp@subscriptionoffice.com 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 http://www.issmge.org/publications/issmge-bulletin/vol-10-issue-6-december-2016
Bi-monthly webinars ISSMGE Webinar series appx every 2 months, usually towards the end of or beginning of the month http://www.issmge.org/en/resources/recorded-webinars.
  CIC Newsletter October 2016 issue http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6b20ea5b6c&id=1d2df974bc&e=64cb54ae4b
  Int. J. Rock Mech. & Geomech. for Europe first issue available at http://ijrmg.upg-ploiesti.ro/contents-v1n1.php
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 http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/toc/jgere/current


  • overseas activities 2017
New ISSMGE Technical Committees Volunteers required Please contact Neil Smith at neilsmith@appliedgeotechnical.co.uk if you are interested in serving on the new TC218 on Reinforced Fill Structures or TC217 on Land Reclamation.
Registration open 1-14 March 2017 American Rock Mechanics Association: SedHeat workshop Salt Lake City, Utah:  Unlocking the Energy Elephant: Science and Engineering for Geothermal Energy in Sedimentary Basins http://www.unlockelephant.org.


abstract deadline 15 March 2017 GeoChina 2018 International Conference Hangzhou, China:   23-25 July 2018;  Full details at http://geochina2018.geoconf.org/
  28-29 March 2017 Conference on Maritime Energy:


Decommissioning of Offshore Geotechnical Structures:  Hamburg;  under the auspices of ISSMGE TC209
  4-7 April 2017 EPFL doctoral school on Unsaturated Soil Mechanics Lausanne, Switzerland:   providing PhD students with the fundamentals of mechanical and hydraulic behavior of unsaturated soils and to introduce modern trends in experimental methods and constitutive modelling. Engineering applications involving unsaturated Soils will be also discussed. The school features a one-day guided tour of the Mont Terri Underground Research Laboratory. Full details at  http://terreunsat.epfl.ch/
  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 www.is-saopaulo.com.;   abstracts due by 15th June but extension may be granted.
New – call for abstracts 10 April 2017 ISSMGE's regional quadrennial conference XVI Danube-European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering  at Skopje, R. Macedonia – June 2018. See BGA website at www.britishgeoteh.org.uk
  28-29 April 2017 ICNACE’17 3rd International Conference on New Advances in Civil Engineering – Helsınkı - http://icnaceconference.com/
New – Abstract Deadline 1 May 2017 CPT18: 4th Int’l Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing Organised by TU Delft, the Netherlands, on 21-22 June 2018.. Further details can be found at: www.cpt18.org


abstract deadline 31 May 2017 16ECEE 18-21 June 2018 - 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Thessaloniki, Greece.  http://www.16ecee.org/submission/abstracts
ISRM 15 to 17 May 2017 VIII International Research and Practice Conference St Petersburg, Russia: Innovative Issues of Mining Enterprises Design: Geo-mechanical Support Of Planning, Design And Mining Operations.  E-mail VANoskov87@yandex.ru for further information.
  4-6 June 2017 Geo-Risk 2017


Denver, Colorado: ASCE /Geo-institute conference on “Geotechnical Risk from Theory to Practice”; full details at www.georiskconference.org
  13-15 June 2017 4th Int’l Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring


Rome, Italy. Directed by John Dunnicliff, featuring sessions on “New Monitoring Trends” and “Case Histories and Lessons Learned”, with presentations given by practitioners and exhibitors; on 12 June six “Master Classes” will cover installation, data acquisition, data processing, tricks and tips from everyday experience on piezometers, inclinometers, extensometers, total stations, GNNS, terrestrial radar.

The course is intended for project managers and other decision-makers concerned with management of RISK during construction, geotechnical and structural engineers, end users, consultants, service providers, manufacturers and researchers. Further information at www.geotechnicalmonitoring.com

registration now open 21-22 June 2017 EUROCK 2017 Ostrava, Czech Republic – further details at www.eurock2017.cz shortly.
Call for Papers 25-28 June 2017 2017 US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium San Francisco: full details at www.armasymposium.org
  9-12 July 2017 Grouting 2017 Honolulu, Hawaii; full details at https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/NDvNBt2ORkSx?domain=submissions.mira
  15-17 July 2017 GeoMEast 2017 Int’l Conf Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt http://www.geomeast2017.org/
New Next start:   September 2017 Graz University of Technology and the Mining University Leoben

Master's Programme "NATM-Engineering"; see www.natm.at


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: https://www.icsmge2017.org/registration/registration_01.asp


  1-4 October 2017 GeoOttawa 2017 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:   70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 12th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference. see http://www.geoottawa2017.ca/techthemes.php)..
  18-21 October 2017 IMMAT 2017 Izmir, Turkey: 6th International Congress of Mining Machinery and Technologies – http://www.immat.org.
  12-15 November 2017 2nd Pan Am Conf Dallas:  PanAm-UNSAT 2017: The Second Pan American Conference on Unsaturated Soils,


  18-21 June 2018 16ECEE 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Thessaloniki, Greece.  http://www.16ecee.org/submission/abstracts
New June 2018 ISSMGE's regional quadrennial conference XVI Danube-European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering  Skopje, R. Macedonia


  25-23 July 2018 GeoChina 2018 International Conference Hangzhou, China:   Abstracts due 15 March 2017;  Full details at http://geochina2018.geoconf.org/
New 21-22 June 2018 CPT18: 4th International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing


In Delft, the Netherlands, on. The call for abstracts is open, with a deadline of 1 May 2017. Further details can be found at: www.cpt18.org



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