The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
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BGA Autumn Newsletter 2019

BGA Autumn Newsletter 2019
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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

  • New Chairman Kelvin Higgins appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Stuart Marchand of Wentworth House Partnership receives John Mitchell Award Medal
  • Roger Dobson, ICE Director General between 1990 and 1999, passed away in September after a long illness

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 15th October – deadline for Fleming Award 2019 submissions
  • Wednesday 16th October – Joint BGA Lecture with IGS UK Chapter
  • 1st-11th November – subscription requests for 2020 to be emailed – no increase for BGA members!
  • Thursday 7th November – Peter Gilbert of Jacobs and 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 and 2020 events and beyond to put on your calendar
  • PAST EVENTS 2019


19 June 2019

BGA 70th Anniversary Annual Conference

Presentations which speakers have agreed to distribute in pdf format will be available on the BGA website shortly.


Deadline for submissions approaching

15th October

Fleming Award 2019 Competition

Sponsored by Cementation Skanska – an opportunity for teams to show off their collaborative skills. Details and application forms available from the BGA secretariat.

Next week!

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’:full details at

Important opportunity to learn about new Eurocode

7 November 2019; refreshments at 17:30, lecture starts at 18:00

BGA Evening Lecture

Peter Gilbert of Jacobs and Alan Phear of Arup on ‘BS EN 16907 - Europe’s First Earthworks Standard: Enabling a Common Approach for the Future’’;full details at

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Glossop Lecture

Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

New venue information

Monday 11 November (Manchester)

BGA Touring Lecture 2019 (1)

Lisa Coyne of Golder Associates, Mississauga, CanadaPractical Implications of Subsurface Uncertainty:Lessons from 25 Years of “Dirt Engineering

Hosted by the North West Geotechnical Group

Renold Building – C2, University of Manchester, Altrincham St, M1 7JA;refreshments from 18:00 hours; free to attend - advance bkg not required

New venue information

Tuesday 12 November


BGA Touring Lecture 2019 (2)

Hosted by the Scottish Geotechnical Group

Glasgow Caledonian University, Hamish Wood Building – Room W110, Glasgow G4 0BA

Refreshments from 17:30 hours; free to attend - advance bkg not required

New venue information

Wednesday 13 November


BGA Touring Lecture 2019 (3)

Hosted by the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group

Venue: University of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Refreshments from 18:00 hours; free to attend – advance bkg not required

Advance Booking required

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

Géotechnique Lecture

Prof David White of the University of Southampton on “Designing infrastructure for an evolving seabed”; at ICE Westminster;full details and booking link at

21st November 2019

AGS Conference:Safety in Mind

The Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, B92

Advance registration required`

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.

Advance booking required for attending the event in person at



Wednesday 22 January 2020; refreshments at 18:00, Lecture starts at 18:30

John Mitchell Award Lecture

At ICE Westminster;Stuart Marchand of Wentworth House Partnership – details available in due course.


Wednesday 22 January

AGS Conference

Commercial Risks and How to Manage Them.Half day seminar in Manchester:contact Joanna Franaszczuk on

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



ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture 2019 - Reykjavik

Presented by BGA Member Dr Matteo Ciantia at Reykjavik Conference

New – be quick!

30 September 2019

ISSMGE Bright Spark Lecture 2020 – Cambridge UK

Nominations invited – it’s worth contacting though the deadline has passed.


1 November 2019

ISSMGE Foundation

Application for awards deadline:

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;


New – deadline for submissions

5 November 2019

Migration Advisory Committee on skilled workers Salary Threshold and PBS Commission - Call for Evidence

Stakeholders are invited to submit evidence to Commission.

For background information see and

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

  • UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP)

New Dates

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).

22 October 2019

8 January 2020

21 January 2020

7 April 2020

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

21 April 2020

7 July 2020

cost of £30

21 July 2020

6 October 2020

Visit for further details or

20 October 2020

12 January 2021




Rankine Lecture papers


Free to read via BGA website


Books on Prof Bishop

15% discount from Whittles for BGA members

New contact

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ICE Informs

September 2019

ICE launches State of the Nation 2019:Connecting Infrastructure with Housing

Getting good infrastructure to create a sense of place

ICE responds to Government's Spending Review

Civil engineering insights on HS2 and alternative proposals

ICE responds to the Government’s Ministerial Statement on HS2

The feasibility of a new bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland - ICE view

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.

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.

August, September and October bulletins


Circular and Latest bulletins

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

Bi-monthly webinars


Webinar series

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


1 November 2019

ISSMGE Foundation

Application for awards deadline:


1-6 September 2019


Reykjavik, Iceland: details at

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


23-30 May 2020

JXUST Int’l Conf

Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Ganzhou, China;full details at

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.


15-18 November 2020

ICSE-10th Int’l Conf on Scour & Erosion

Arlington, Virginia, USA.Full details at

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