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

November e-Newsletter

November 2018 BGA e-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: From 2019 advance registration is no longer required for most BGA events which will hopefully encourage fuller theatres. But please check the start times for lectures on the BGA website to ensure you don’t miss anything!

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

  • Thursday 6 December – Fleming Award Competition – shortlist announced


  • Friday 18th January – deadline for Cooling Prize entries
  • Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – John Mitchell Award Lecture
  • Thursday 31 January – deadline for BGA Medal entries
  • Thursday 31 January –deadline for BGA MSc/MEng Prize submissions
  • Wednesday 6 February – Joint evening lecture with EGGS at Burlington House
  • Tuesday 19 February – Lecture by 2018 Skempton Medal winner
  • Tuesday 5 March – 50th Cooling Prize Competition – ICE Westminster
  • Wednesday 20 March –Rankine Lecture and Dinner
  • Wednesday 10 April – BGA Evening Lecture - Rory O’Rourke of Datum on SPERWall
  • Wednesday 15 May –BGA Evening Lecture – Dr Devon Mothersville on Eurocodes
  • Wednesday 19 June – 70th AnniversaryAnnual Conference and AGM
  • Other 2019 events and beyond to put on your calendar


Wednesday 26 September

Critical State Soil Mechanics.

Patience please – we encountered technical difficulties with recording this lecture by Mike Jeffries but are working on it and will let you know as soon as it is available.

Wednesday 17 October

Joint Evening meeting with IGS UK Chapter

Prof Jie Han on Geosynthetics in walls and roads: Recent US research and developments; this event was recorded but is not yet available.

Monday 22 October

Global Engineering Congress

Dr Jamie Standing of Imperial College led the GEC Evening programme with a talk on tunnelling in London;all the GEC lectures were recorded and we will let you have details in due course

Wednesday 31 October

ICE Geotechnical Engineering Proceedings Lecture

The recording of Dr Michael Pender’s Lecture on Shallow Foundation Capacity - Bearing Strength Surface Insights is available at You will need your BGA or ICE membership number to access it for the next three months though.

Wednesday 21 November

BGA Evening Lecture by Annette Esnault Filet of Soletanche Bachy

Grouting and Strengthening of Low Permeability Soil Using Biocalcis;recording available in due course.


Book here!

Thursday 6 December

Fleming Award Competition 2018, sponsored by Cementation Skanska

After close competition three teams have been chosen to compete live at this event celebrating the life of Dr Ken Fleming and emphasising project teamwork.Full details including shortlist on the BGA website at


Book here!

Wednesday 23 January; registration, refreshments at 18:00, lecture starts at 18:30

John Mitchell Award Lecture

Clif Kettle of Clif Kettle Consulting Ground Treatment - 40 years from Black Art to Fully Engineered Solution

Deadline for entries

Thursday 31 January

BGA Medal 2018

Rules and application forms for the 2018 competition will be posted on the BGA website shortly.

Deadline for entries

Thursday 31 January

BGA MSc/MEng Prize

Tutors are invited to nominate the best dissertation from their educational establishment;prize of £500 and the chance for the winning student to present their paper at the Annual Conference.

Booking not required

Wednesday 6 February:refreshments at 17:30, lecture starts at 18:00

Joint evening lecture with EGGS at Burlington House

Mike Winter and Ian Nettleton speaking on “Innovative Geotechnical Slope Repair Techniques: Part of Highways England’s Geotechnical Resilience Programme”

Special event – booking not required

Tuesday 19 February;refreshments at 17:30, lecture starts at 18:00

Joint BGA/BTS evening meeting

David Hartwell, awarded the BGA Skempton Medal in 2017, on aspects of his career

Special event – booking not required

Tuesday 5 March, refreshments at 18:00, presentations start at 18:30

50th Cooling Prize Competition

At ICE Westminster: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 at

Booking not required

Wednesday 20 March;refreshments at 17:00, lecture starts at 17:30

59th Rankine Lecture

At Imperial College London;Prof George Gazetas (National Technical University, Athens);Free to attend but early arrival recommended.

Watch this space!

Wednesday 20 March:; pre-dinner drinks at 19:30, dinner served at 20:00

59th Rankine Dinner

At Imperial College London;application forms for individual tickets/tables and instructions will be sent to BGA members shortly and available to download from the BGA website in mid-December.Completed forms to be returned to by 31 December.

Booking not required

Wednesday 10 April; refreshments at 17:30, lecture starts at 18:00

BGA Evening Lecture

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

Tuesday 30 April; refreshments at 18:30, lecture starts at 18:30

BGA ECG event

Topic and speaker to be advised

Wednesday 15 May; refreshments at 17:30, lecture starts at 18:00

BGA Evening Lecture

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

Booking required

Wednesday 19 June:all day event.

Annual Conference and AGM

Celebrating the BGA’s 70th Anniversary;full details available in due course.


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!

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 at


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

7. 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).

23 October 2018

09 January 2019

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

22 January 2019

2 April 2019

Visit for further details or

23 April 2019

2 July 2019

23 July 2019

1 October 2019

22 October 2019

8 January 2020


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

October 2018 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 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.

New – abstract deadline extended

30 November 2018

2019 US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium

Deadline for abstracts extended to 30 November 2018; info

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.



ISRM Rocha Medal Award

Dr Qinghua Lei, Lecturer & Senior Researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland has been awarded this prestigious Medal

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


23-26 June 2019

2019 US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium

Deadline for abstracts extended to 30 November 2018; info

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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