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

April/May e-Newsletter

April/May BGA Newsletter
No description available

Dear BGA Member,

E-newsletters will now be distributed approximately every other month.

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

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.

Corporate Sponsorship for Networking after BGA Lectures in London: members tell us they value mixing with other industry professionals when attending lectures in person and the BGA have been fortunate to secure corporate sponsorship for the ICE Café Bar to be open after Lectures – please support this initiative and make the most of the facilities available.

Recordings of past events on ICE website: for the first three months access is restricted to ICE and Society members who will need their membership number to do so.

International events are not generally listed in this newsletter unless organised under the auspices of ISSMGE Technical committees or ISRM; members are directed to or BGA social media (Linked In, Twitter and Facebook) for full details.

Headlines and Deadlines

  • Franz Pacher, Pioneer of Rock Mechanics and modern Tunnelling, died on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, in Salzburg at the age of 99.
  • Prof Neil Taylor of City University reappointed as Secretary General of ISSMGE
  • ISRM certificates available from BGA Secretariat for members as at 31st December 2017 if required
  • Tuesday 19 June: BGA AGM and Annual Conference
  • Skempton Medal to be presented to David Hartwell at AGM
  • Wednesday 26 September – Michael Jefferies of Golder Associates on The Critical State of Soil Mechanics: 125 years of developments
  • Tuesday 2 October: BGA ECG Lecture
  • Wednesday 17 October:Joint Lecture with IGS UK Chapter – Prof Jie Han on Geosynthetics in walls and roads: Recent US research and developments
  • Wednesday 31 October: Geotechnical Engineering Lecture
  • Wednesday 21 November – Annette Esnault Filet of Soletanche Bachy
  • Thursday 6 December – Fleming Award Competition
  • BGA Survey to be extended at AGM – your participation (if you’ve not already responded) would be appreciated
  • Other 2018 events and beyond to put on your calendar



7 March 2018

BGA Evening Meeting

Electrokinetic treatment of soils presented by Prof Colin Jones and David Alder of Electrokinetic Ltd : view recording at


21 March 2018

58th BGA Rankine Lecture

Dr Nick O’Riordan of Arup spoke on “Dynamic soil-structure interaction - Understanding the Holocene, instrumenting the Anthropocene”. View recording at


18 April 2018

BGA Evening Meeting

John Endicott of AECOM will speak on “Top-down Construction for deep excavations in urban areas - lessons from Hong Kong”. Watch recording at

Thursday 17 May 2018

BGA Joint Evening Meeting with BTS

Crossrail’s Experience of Geotechnical Baseline Reports – A Client’s Perspective.Recording available shortly.



Closing date:

4 June 2018

Science Technology Engineering & Maths – competition

ICE looking for ideas for up to 3 new challenges to excite and inspire young people in the classroom - cash prize to be awarded as well as satisfaction of seeing your idea brought to life. Details at

6 June 2018

Ground Engineering Awards 2018

Celebrate 10th Anniversary of GE Awards and Ground Engineering magazine’s 50th anniversary. 16 categories plus the brand new ‘Project of the Decade’ selecting the best project from the winners over the past 10 years. Entries and details: BGA members should contact GE Sales Team to obtain discount on places at the event.

New - registration now open

TUESDAY 19 June 2018

BGA AGM and Annual Conference

Programme and sponsorship opportunities available on BGA website at

Free to attend but please book online at

Newsletter No 9 now available

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; further details at; registration open.


Next meeting

2 October 2018

BGA ECG event

At ICE Westminster:


2-3 July 2018

15th BGA Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium (YGES)

University of Surrey:event website and online registration portal now launched

Deadline for registration: 30 May 2018

Deadline for submission of summary paper: 30 May 2018

Reminder - deadline

31 May 2018 and 30 November 2018

BGA Fund

Applications for a BGA Fund Award to assist students with expenditure such as field trips etc will be considered twice a year.Information and forms at


Updated site includes changes to the home page and improved structure of the content, including non-BGA events of interest to ground engineers.

Brexit Digest

Brexit digest – a summary of articles from the media. Sign up for e-newsletter at

5. UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP)

Application Deadline

Result issued no later than

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 April 2018

03 July 2018

Those becoming Chartered within the last 12 months can apply with a simplified application process at a reduced cost of £30

24 July 2018

02 October 2018

Visit for further details or

23 October 2018

09 January 2019



New: Call for Papers deadline

28 May 2018

International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics: Call for Papers

Physical Modelling of Landslides: download the Call for Papers. For more information on the journal, please visit the website.

Online Access problems

Ground Engineering

If you are experiencing difficulty logging on to the GE Members’ Area please contact the GE Editor direct at; she will ask the corporate subscriptions department to resolve it for you.


ICE Informs


Govt Spring Statement.


ICE200 BBC Question Time

contact for further information.


The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists

AGS Magazine – March/April issue now available

AGS e-magazine, focussing on geotechnics, engineering geology and Geoenvironmental engineering as well as the work and achievements of the AGS, reviews topical issues, insights and concerns, publishes new guidance notes, working group activities and provides information on upcoming conferences and industry seminars. Contact for further information.

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.comand type “CGJ_BGA personal subscription” in the subject field; you will need your BGA membership number. Full details on BGA website.

NOTE: Important information for members


News & Information Circular and Latest bulletins

See BGA website and : note items on:

New TC 309 on Machine Learning and Big Data

SSMGE Foundation – (applications by 1st August 2018)

TCs and conferences

Bi-monthly webinars


Webinar series

appx every 2 months, usually towards the end of or beginning of the month



TC211 Ground Improvement update

Summary of the TC activities for the period 2013-2017;

Presentation of the new terms of reference for 2017-2021:

Introducing a new theme on INNOVATIONS

New TC board

New Terms of reference/purposes

Launch of a new TC211 website – more information to be sent to the TC members in the near future

Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment

Submit papers


22-26 May 2018


ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium –St Petersburg, Russia :


5-8 June 2018

DFI-EFFC Int’l Conf on Deep Foundations & Ground Improvement:

Rome:Urbanization and Infrastructure Development - Future Challenges: registration and further information at

2nd Announcement

7-9 June 2018

XVI Danube-European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering

Skopje, Macedonia: includes the one-day seminar organized by the International Tunnelling Association. More information at

10-13 June 2018

GEESD 2018

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil DynamicsAustin, Texas: full details at


17 – 20 June 2018

American Rock Mechanics Association

52nd US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium – Seattle, Washington, USA.

Further Newsletters published

18-21 June 2018


16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Thessaloniki, Greece.


20-22 June 2018

American Rock Mechanics Association

2nd Discrete Fracture Network Engineering (DFNE) Conference, Seattle, Washington USA.

25-27 June 2018


Porto, Portugal: European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering

June 2018

ISSMGE's regional quadrennial conference

XVI Danube-European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, Skopje, Macedonia

New - Call for papers deadline

30 June 2018

2nd JTC1 Workshop

Triggering and Propagation of Rapid Flow-like Landslides in Hong Kong.Abstracts to

25-23 July 2018

GeoChina 2018 International Conference

Hangzhou, China: details at

21-22 June 2018

CPT18: 4th Int’l Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing

In Delft, the Netherlands.Further details

Revised Date

19-21 September 2018

Int’l Conf on Geotechnical Engineering & Architecture

St Petersburg, Russia – under the auspices of ISSMGE TC 207

25-28 Sept 2018

Int’l Symposium on Energy Geotechnics

Lausanne, Switzerland: under auspices of ISSMGE TC 308. full details at; abstracts by 1st October 2017.

1-3 November 2018

Symposium on advanced offshore engineering

Hanoi, Vietnam: under the auspices of TC 308 (Energy Geotechnics) and TC–209 (Offshore Geotechnics); call for papers now out.

24-28 November 2018

GeoMEast 2018

Cairo; full details and abstract submission by 15 December 2017 at

29 November 2018

40th Anniversary symposium

Vienna:launch of the roller integrated Continuous Compaction Control (CCC) celebration.Abstracts invited –

Update available

3-5 December 2018

2nd JTC1 Workshop

Triggering and Propagation of Rapid Flow-like Landslides in Hong Kong.



26-28 June 2019

7th Int’l Symp on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials

IS-Glasgow 2019; ISSMGE TC101;Glasgow, UK: details at submission via website open now

1-6 September 2019


Reykjavik, Iceland: details at

6-10 October 2019


17thAfrican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa; Email:

14-18 October 2019

16 ARC

Taipei:16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering;abstracts due by 31 March 2018; details at

9. linked-in

Have you joined yet?

BGA LinkedIn Group

All BGA members pre-approved for membership of the Group

To preserve the group as a useful forum to discuss geotechnical matters and BGA business, please respect the rules: nothing political, nothing offensive, no job vacancies, no overt promotions – thank you!

Become a Member

Join the British Geotechnical Association to keep up to date with the latest BGA news