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

October e-Newsletter

October 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 at

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

  • 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 October - Friday 26 October:Global Engineering Congress at ICE
  • Wednesday 31 October - Geotechnical Engineering Lecture – Dr Michael Pender of University of Auckland, NZ
  • 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 Anniversary Annual Conference and AGM
  • Other 2019 events and beyond to put on your calendar


Booking open

Wednesday 17 October

Refreshments at 17:30, lecture starts 18:00

Joint Evening meeting with IGS UK Chapter

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

Booking open

Monday 22 October

Refreshments at 18:00, lecture starts 18:30

Global Engineering Congress

At ICE Westminster – Dr Jamie Standing of Imperial College speaking on tunnelling;pre-lecture refreshments at 18:00, lecture at 18:30; bar sponsored by Geotechnical Observations afterwards; book at;see for full details of Congress events at

Booking Open

Wednesday 31 October

Refreshments at 18:00, lecture starts 18:30

ICE Geotechnical Engineering Proceedings Lecture

At ICE Westminster – Shallow Foundation Capacity - Bearing Strength Surface Insights by Dr Michael Pender of the University of Auckland, New Zealand;pre-lecture refreshments at 18:00, lecture starts at 18:30.Book at

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

Deadline now midnight on 14th October 2018

Thursday 6 December

Fleming Award Competition

Invitation to enter this event celebrating the life of Dr Ken Fleming and emphasising project teamwork on BGA website at


Wednesday 23 January

Refreshments at 18:00, lecture starts 18:30

John Mitchell Award Lecture

Clif Kettle of Clif Kettle Consulting

Note venue

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


Date for your Diary

September 2020

Piling 2020

University of Durham – further details available on BGA website shortly.


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!

New Officers appointed

Early Career Group

Committee Officers required

Henry Tayler and Dimitrios Daskalopoulos retire; replaced by Francesca Waldron as Chairwoman and Tony Bowerman as Secretary. Contact for information or express interest in supporting the Committee.

Reminder - deadline

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 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).

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



Chalk 2018


Electronic copies can be purchased via BGA Website; Hard copies via


2019 Geotechnique themed issue

Embedded foundations under complex loading

Abstracts were due in September but contact Dr Michael Brown at Dundee University to see if an extension is possible.

Online Access problems

Ground Engineering

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


ICE Informs

July and September 2018

Project 13

Soft & digital skills both needed by civil engineers

ICE State of the Nation: Investment out 18 October

Infrastructure on the party conference agendas

Global Engineering Congress

Royal Approval for Shaping the World and much more further information.


The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists

AGS Magazine – September/October 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. View at or 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


News & Information Circular and Latest bulletins

For news and information about Webinars, Technical Committees, Conferences and ISSMGE Foundation Awards, you can find the latest news and information circular at

Bi-monthly webinars


Webinar series

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


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.

3-5 December 2018

2nd JTC1 Workshop

Triggering and Propagation of Rapid Flow-like Landslides in Hong Kong. Participants are encouraged to submit a video abstract for promoting their research findings. Video abstracts are intended to emphasize the scientific contents of a contribution and provide an alternative means to publicise technical development work and innovative ideas. Please see details of the submission at The selected video abstracts will be displayed at the Worop and uploaded to the website of the Workshop.


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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