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

Mid-Summer 2019 e-newsletter

Mid-Summer 2019 e-newsletter
No description available

An earlier mailing than usual to update you on activities at the AGM in June.

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

Attending BGA Events in person: Advance registration is no longer required for most BGA events (except the Annual Conference for catering purposes) 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

  • Douglas Ayres made an Honorary BGA member at 2019 AGM
  • Incoming Chairman Kelvin Higgins cuts a cake at Annual Conference to celebrate 70th Anniversary
  • Prof Roger Frank, Immediate Past President of ISSMGE, awarded the Sir Alcon Copisarow Medal by IESF (Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France) British Section.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 24th September – Avi Shonberg, Ørsted
  • Tuesday 1st October – ECG Event at ICE
  • Wednesday 16th October – Joint BGA Lecture with IGS UK Chapter
  • Thursday 7th November – Alan Phear of Arup on Eurocodes
  • Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th November - Touring Lecture (Manchester, Glasgow & Leeds)
  • Thursday 21st November – Géotechnique Lecture
  • Wednesday 4th December – Fleming Award 2019
  • Other 2019 events and beyond to put on your calendar
  • PAST EVENTS 2019
  • UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP)
  • linked-in


Wednesday 15 May

BGA Evening Lecture

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


Committee Elections

Chairman & Vice Chairman

Kelvin Higgins took over as Chairman as and David Toll becomes Vice Chairman respectively for the next two years.

Treasurer and Secretary

Yvonne Ainsworth continues as Hon Treasurer and Nick Armstrong as Hon Secretary;Martin Preene, formerly Chairman, was appointed Hon Communications Officer.

Retiring Members

Fleur Loveridge (former Hon Communications Officer) and Rob Talby, co-opted for the 70th Anniversary Conference retired;elected members Ray Hobbs, Patrick Cox and Sergio Solera also retired;Sergio Solera has been co-opted to the Committee to advise on the way forward for the Cooling Prize.

Newly Elected Members

Tarryn Chalmers, Emilio Linde-Arias and Yu Sheng Hsu.

Treasurer’s Report

2020 Subscriptions

Agreed there should be no increase in subscriptions which remain as below:

Individual memberships at £69/£74 (depending on ICE membership), standard student and retired member subscriptions at £43; all overseas memberships subject to an additional fee of £21

UK 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;

UK corporate membership remains at £330, overseas corporate membership at £372.


Wide range of presentations including Cooling Prize and YGES winners

Prize Giving

Cooling Prize

Dr Harry Postill, Loughborough University

Clay cut slope Deterioration, climate change and maintenance.

BGA Medal

Prof Glenn McDowell and Dr John De Bono

Micro mechanics of drained and undrained shearing of compacted and over-consolidated crushable sand.Géotechnique 68, No 7, 575-589.

Masters Dissertation

Isabel von Celsing, University of Oxford

Offshore wind turbine foundation design using 3D finite element limit analysis.

Masters Dissertation Highly Commended Certificate

Melissa Tait (Imperial College London)

The effects of small strain stiffness and stiffness degradation on slope failure

Best Annual Conference Academic Poster

Natalie Wride (University of Warwick & Arup)

The performance of cohesive slab track foundation material subjected to long-term cyclic loading

Special Award

Honorary BGA Membership

Douglas J Ayres

In recognition of his outstanding long term commitment to BGA activities throughout his many years of membership

Exhibition and refreshments in Great Hall

Networking opportunities during refreshment breaks with displays from 14 Commercial exhibitors and 12 academic posters;thanks to all our sponsors.

Date for 2020

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Next year’s annual conference and AGM

Put it in your calendar!

New – deadline extended

Friday 9 August 2019

New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Awards 2019

Information and entry at

Tuesday 24 September; refreshments at 17:30, lecture starts at 18:00

BGA Evening lecture; post-lecture drinks sponsored by Ørsted

Avi Shonberg, Lead Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Design & Installation, Wind Power, Ørsted speaking on ‘Geotechnical observations from suction buckets supporting offshore wind turbines’;advance registration not required.More details at;


26 September 2019

SUT OSIG Geoforum 4

SS Great Britain, Bristol; information & registration at

Tuesday 1 October; refreshments at 18:00, lecture starts at 18:30

BGA ECG lecture

‘Design to delivery, the challenges faced at BSCU’ by Francesca Waldron (seconded to Dragados) and Alberto Martin (Dragados)

Wednesday 16 October; refreshments at 17:30, lecture starts at 18:00

Joint BGA and IGS UK Chapter Lecture

Alan Bamford of ABG Ltd to speak on ‘A new Climate for Geocomposite Drainage’

7 November 2019

BGA Evening Lecture

Alan Phear of Arup speaking about the new BS EN earthworks standard

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Glossop Lecture

Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

11 November (Manchester)

12 November


13 November


BGA Touring Lecture 2019

Practical Implications of Subsurface Uncertainty:Lessons from 25 Years of “Dirt Engineering” by Lisa Coyne of Golder Associates, Mississauga, Canada;Venues & timings to be advised

Thursday 21 November; refreshments at 18:00, Lecture starts at 18:30

Géotechnique Lecture

Prof David White of the University of Southampton.


21st November 2019

AGS Conference:Safety in Mind

The Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, B92

Wednesday 4 December

Refreshments at 18:00; presentations from 18:30

Fleming Award 2019 Competition

Sponsored by Cementation Skanska – an opportunity for teams to show off their collaborative skills.Invitation to submit entries will be available shortly.

29 June to 1 July 2020


Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground;University of Cambridge.Information at

16-19 August 2020

Int’l Symposium for Offshore Geotechnics

AT&T Conference Center – University of Texas At Austin, Texas, USA:

Date for your Diary

15 and 16 September 2020

Piling 2020

At the University of Durham – further details at

1 August 2019

ISSMGE Foundation

Application for awards deadline:

Tuesday 1 October; refreshments at 18:00, lecture starts at 18:30

BGA ECG lecture

Design to delivery, the challenges faced at BSCU’ by Francesca Waldron (seconded to Dragados) and Alberto Martin (Dragados)

PhD opportunities

For latest news see

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”.

30 November 2019

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

1-4 December 2019

YSRM 2019

5th ISRM Young Scholars' Symposium on Rock Mechanics & REIF 2019:

The Int’l Symposium on Rock Engineering for Innovative Future, Okinawa, Japan.For more information visit; Abstracts by 30 April 2019; extended deadline 30 August 2019.

Updated site includes 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

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 April 2019

2 July 2019

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

23 July 2019

1 October 2019

Visit for further details or contact

22 October 2019

8 January 2020


ICE Publishing

Ground Vibrations from High-Speed Railways

New Title:a collection of leading international research on the prediction and remediation of railway-induced ground vibration.


The Coal Authority

Technical guidance note following review into a large subsidence event

link to a news release with more information:

ICE Publishing

Designers Guides to Eurocodes

Eurocodes are flexible, pan European standards underpinning structural design aspects of Building Regulations. to check out special offers.

ICE Publishing

Range of Titles Recently published:

FIDIC companion books – Yellow (2017 Plant Design & Build Contract), Red (2017 Construction Contract) and Silver (2017 EPC Turnkey) plus 3 vol set contracts companion; NEC4 Resolving and Avoiding Disputes, BIM in Principle & Practice, Seismic Design of Foundations, Pedestrian Facilities

Chalk 2018


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

ICE Bookshop - Civil Engineering Publication

Polymer Support Fluids in Civil Engineering

A detailed study of the use of polymer support fluids in civil engineering, covering all major aspects including fundamental material properties, laboratory and site testing, as well as case histories and specifications.

Ground Engineering

e-newsletter and online access

BGA members automatically receive a copy of Ground Engineering magazine as part of their subscription, including access to the Ground Engineering website and can now benefit from regular email Ground Engineering but must opt-in to receive these.

Read about enewsletter options and find out how to opt-in via this link; use the same email address associated with your BGA membership and your BGA Membership number.

BGA members who have not yet set up electronic access to Ground Engineering shouldgo to

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 departmentto resolve it for you


ICE Informs

June 2019

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling reaffirms Government’s commitment to infrastructure at APPGI summer reception

ICE gives evidence to Commons inquiry into the Government’s management of major projects

The role of private finance in infrastructure delivery

The Williams Rail Review – rethinking how Britain’s railways operate

What does net-zero emissions by 2050 mean for the infrastructure sector?

ICE supported International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019.

For further information

Latest issue

The Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists

AGS Magazine

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

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


2018 Journal

Further information: survey


closing date for results: 2 August 2019

Design Practice Survey

The Corporate Associates Presidential Group of the ISSMGE is running a survey on design practices. Details of the survey can be found on the ISSMGE web site at The closing date for the results to be published at the Asian Regional Conference is 2nd August 2019. However, we will be able to incorporate responses received after this date into the final report for Sydney 2021.


Opportunity to join TCs


Technical Committees

The ISSMGE Technical Committees do a lot of good work on their particular specialism. Joining a TC will give you world-wide contacts in your field of interest. You can see the full list of TCs and information about their work on the ISSMGE website:

Each National Group can have two nominated (voting) members of a TC, but others can join as corresponding members without voting rights. The BGA is well-represented on most TCs, but there are vacancies for nominated members on some Committees. In particular, we have no representatives on TC215 (Frost), TC217 (Land reclamation) and TC219 (System performance). Please contact the BGA if you wish to participate in a Committee.

NOTE: updated information


Twice the 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 at at

Bi-monthly webinars


Webinar series

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


TC211 Website

Ground Improvement – view new ISSMGE TC211 website since January 2019 availableat

1 August 2019

ISSMGE Foundation

Application for awards deadline:


Special issue(ASTM International)

Geotechnical Testing Journal

Advances in Laboratory Experimentation for Unsaturated Soils,” Guest Editors: Oliver-Denzil Taylor, Laureano Hoyos, John McCartney & William Likos.


Special issue (MPDI)


“Behavior of Expansive Soils and Its Shrinkage Cracking,” Guest Editors: Claudia Zapata, Idil Akin & Laureano Hoyos

1-6 September 2019


Reykjavik, Iceland: details at

16-19 September 2019

40th Annual Grouting Fundamentals

Short Course & 1st European Edition Bundeswehr University, Munich:see

25 September 2019

ISSMGE and Turkish Geotechnical Society Workshop & conferences

Challenges of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering: Workshop organised between joint events of 1st Mediterranean Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference ( and 27th European Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference ( will be held on 23-24th and 26-27th September 2019 at Kefaluka Resort Hotel ( Bodrum, Muğla, Turkey.

29 Sept to 2 Oct 2019

Canadian Geotechnical Society's Annual Conference

St. John’s Convention Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador; Contact Lisa McJunkin; email:; Website:;

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

10-14 November 2019

GeoMEast 2019International Congress and Exhibition

Sustainable Civil Infrastructures Cairo, Egypt;info at

11-13 November 2019

5th Int’l Conf on Science, Engineering & Environment

Bangkok from in conjunction with the Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand, the GEOMATE International Society, Useful Plant Spread Society, Japan, etc. For details, please visit:

20 - 22 November 2019

9th Int’l Conf on Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment, GEOMATE 2019

Hotel Continental Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan, in conjunction with the Mie University Research Center for Environmental Load Reduction, The GEOMATE International Society, at

21-23 January 2020

Winter School on Geomechanics for Energy & the Environment

Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland – see

24 & 25 June 2020


TC 306:

Int’l Conf on Geotechnical Engineering Education:Greece, Athens. Contact Marina Pantazidou, Website:;

29 & 30 October 2020

3rd Int’l Symposium on coupled Phenomena

Kyoto, Japan.

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