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

June/July e-Newsletter

June/July BGA Newsletter
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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

  • Sunday 15 July – David Toll at the University of Cambridge
  • What happened at the AGM
  • Monday 17-Tuesday 18 September – Chalk 2018 at Imperial College
  • 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
  • Monday 22 - Friday 26 October:Global Engineering Congress at ICE
  • Wednesday 31 October: Geotechnical Engineering Lecture
  • Wednesday 14 November :Glossop Lecture by Dr Kevin Privett
  • Wednesday 21 November – Annette Esnault Filet of Soletanche Bachy
  • Thursday 6 December – Fleming Award Competition


  • Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – John Mitchell Award Lecture
  • Wednesday 6 February – Joint evening lecture with EGGS at Burlington House
  • Tuesday 19 February – Skempton Lecture
  • Tuesday 5 March – 50th Cooling Prize Competition – ICE Westminster
  • Wednesday 20 March – Rankine Lecture and Dinner
  • Wednesday 10 April – BGA Evening Lecture
  • Wednesday 15 May – BGA Evening Lecture
  • Wednesday 19 June – 70th AnniversaryAnnual Conference and AGM
  • Other 2019 events and beyond to put on your calendar



Committee Elections

Chairman & Vice Chairman

Martin Preene and Kelvin Higgins serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively for a further year

Treasurer and Secretary

Yvonne Ainsworth continues as Hon Treasurer and Nick Armstrong (who took over from Neil Smith in Autumn 2017) as Hon Secretary

Retiring Members

Kelvin Higgins (now VC), Rob Talby and Miguel Pacheco Andrade

Newly Elected Members

Hugo Wood, David Waring and Matthew Coop

Treasurer’s Report

2019 Subscriptions

Agreed that

Individual, standard student and retired member subscriptions increased by £3

concessionary student subscriptions remain at £20

retired life membership (electronic communication only and no int’l membership) remains free to those over 65 at 1st January if a paying member for more than 5 years;

corporate membership increased by £10.


Wide range of presentations including Cooling Prize and Masters winners

Prize Giving

Cooling Prize

Joe Newhouse, Imperial College & Mott MacDonald

Ground movement due to shaft construction

BGA Medal

Olufemi Ajayi, Louis Le Pen, Antonis Zervos and William Powrie

A behavioural framework for fibre-reinforced gravel (Géotechnique, 67, No 1, 56-68)

Masters Dissertation

Jack Templeton, University of Oxford

Numerical modelling of lateral buckling of subsea pipelines

Skempton Medal

David J Hartwell

Awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the practice ofgeotechnical engineering over a substantial periodof time.

New Prize!

Best Annual Conference Academic Posters

(1)Deryck Chan (University of Cambridge)


(2)Hendarto Salim (Imperial College, London)

(1)Centrifuge modelling of basement heave in over-consolidated clay


(2)Land subsidence in Jakarta induced by water extraction in the last 100 years

Exhibition and refreshments in Great Hall

Networking opportunities during refreshment breaks with displays from 11 Commercial sponsors and exhibitors and 12 academic posters

Date for 2019

Wednesday 19 June 2019

BGA’s 70th Anniversary

Book it in your calendar!



Sunday 15 July

Short Course on Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

David Toll at the University of Cambridge.Part of the WindAfrica project (EPSRC Grant EP/P029434/1) investigating the behaviour of wind turbine foundations in unsaturated soils. Contact Talia da Silva with your name and affiliation ( to see if any places remain.


31 July 2018 and 12 September 2018

AGS Event: early bird registration

Ground Risk: Why Take the Chance? A Lessons Learnt Conference:;Cavendish Conference Centre, London.early bird registration until 31st July;full details 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.


Wednesday 26 September

Michael Jefferies of Golder Associates

“The Critical State of Soil Mechanics: 125 years of developments” at ICE Westminster – booking to open shortly


Tuesday 2 October


Around the World in 80 Minutes:ICE Westminster.Full details available soon


Wednesday 17 October

Joint Evening meeting with IGS UK Chapter

Prof Jie Han on Geosynthetics in walls and roads: Recent US research and developments – booking to open shortly


Monday 22 October

Global Engineering Congress

At ICE Westminster – Dr Jamie Standing of Imperial College speaking on tunnelling;see for full details

Wednesday 31 October

Geotechnical Engineering Proceedings Lecture

At ICE Westminster – topic and speaker to be advised


Wednesday 14 November

Glossop Lecture

At The Royal Institution;19th Glossop medalist, Dr Kevin Privett, on “The lines of evidence approach to challenges faced in engineering geological practice”; full details are available on the website


Wednesday 21 November

BGA Evening Lecture

Grouting and Strengthening of Low Permeability Soil Using Biocalcis by Annette Esnault Filet of Soletanche Bachy;further details available shortly


Thursday 6 December

Fleming Award Competition

Invitation to enter this event celebrating the life of Dr Ken Fleming and emphasising project teamwork will be circulated shortly.



Wednesday 23 January

John Mitchell Award Lecture

Clif Kettle of Clif Kettle Consulting


Wednesday 6 February

Joint evening lecture with EGGS

at Burlington House – topic and speaker to be advised


Tuesday 19 February

Skempton Lecture

Special event – David Hartwell on aspects of his career


Tuesday 5 March

50th Cooling Prize Competition

Special event – Christine Cooling to give keynote address on the history of the Competition and her father’s work while the judges deliberate;rules and entry forms available in the autumn


Wednesday 20 March

59th Rankine Lecture and Dinner

Prof George Gazetas (National Technical University, Athens) at Imperial College London


Wednesday 10 April

BGA Evening Lecture

Rory O’Rourke of Datum will speak on Monitoring to answer the requirements of SPERWall


Tuesday 30 April

BGA ECG event

Topic and speaker to be advised


Wednesday 15 May

BGA Evening Lecture

European Codes and Development in the Design of Ground Anchors by Dr Devon Mothersille of Geoserve Global


Wednesday 19 June

Annual Conference and AGM

Celebrating the BGA’s 70th Anniversary


2-3 July 2018

15th BGA Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium

YGES 2018|: University of Surrey:very successful event enjoyed by all;best presentation awarded to Sara Bandera from Imperial College London.

Don’t miss out!

Early Career Group

Mailing List

Members and colleagues with an interest in ECG activities should email to join their mailing list – if you failed to confirm your consent to comply with GDPR regulations you may have “unsubscribed” accidently!

Play your part!

Early Career Group

Committee Officers required

Seeking new members to join the ECG committee, starting in October for a 1-2 year term, especially for Chair, Events Co-ordinator and Communications officer. Contact for information or express interest.

Next BGA ECG meeting

2 October 2018

BGA ECG event

At ICE Westminster:Around the World in 80 minutes – details to follow

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


Tuesday 5 March

50th Cooling Prize Competition

Special event – Christine Cooling to give keynote address on the history of the Competition and her father’s work while the judges deliberate;rules and entry forms available in the autumn


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

6. 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 July 2018

02 October 2018

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

23 October 2018

09 January 2019

Visit for further details or contact



Until 20 July

Just launched - New ICE bookshop site

30% Discount off all ICE Titles – but you will need to reset your password;contact if you have any issues

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

June 2018

Government Construction Strategy – ICE's 12 point plan

How artificial intelligence can enhance infrastructure

What does Brexit mean for infrastructure connectivity?

ICE 200 – People and Projects

Explore Engineering

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 : items on:

New TC 309 on Machine Learning and Big Data seeking new members – contact BGA if interested

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


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.


22-24 January 2019

Winter School

"Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment",Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland;more information on program, venue and registration can be found on the dedicated webpage.Early bird registrations now open until 31st of October 2018. For further information contact


6-8 March 2019

Energy Geostructures: Analysis and Design

Intensive Course at EPF Lausanne, 2nd Edition;full details at

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

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