The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is pleased to announce that work has started on the development of a BGA Geotechnologist Network.
The BGA recognises that there is a group of skilled, knowledgeable and practical individuals, working in the Ground Engineering Industry, who have a wealth of knowledge they could share with others in the industry, but who do not normally get the opportunity to speak at our events. As these individuals do not necessarily have professional qualifications, we have chosen to describe such a skilled and practical individual as a Geotechnologist.
We are therefore developing a BGA Geotechnologist Network; with the purpose of bringing such skilled and practical individuals together as a community within the BGA.
We consider that Geotechnologist is a description of any skilled, knowledgeable and practical individual, with experience working in the Ground Engineering Industry, but not necessarily professionally qualified. This could apply to individuals carrying out activities including, but not limited to, site investigation, laboratory and field testing, field monitoring, geospatial mapping, dewatering, piling, grouting, numerical modelling, drafters of drawings etc. The field is wide open, and we do not pretend to know all the possibilities, which is why we want to hear from all who consider themselves a Geotechnologist, or who indeed aspire to be.
The development of the network is being led by Dr Stephen Thomas, who will give an on-line presentation on 24 October 2023 (link to event is HERE) which will describe the purpose and objectives of the BGA Geotechnologist Network, and will present initial ideas of how such a Network can be organised. Most importantly, he will be encouraging interested and motivated individuals to join the network, contribute to the events, and to help organise future events.A follow-up event will be held on 7 November 2023 and hosted by the Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group, in which Dr Thomas’ will share his personal, practical experiences (both successes and failures) during installation of groundwater control and dewatering systems and use it to illustrate the important contributions made by geotechnologists. This event can be accessed HERE.
After the initial three presentations, the aim is that other individuals will be able to share their practical experiences of working in the Ground Engineering Industry.
Finally, the BGA is very keen to hear from anyone who (either on an individual basis or on behalf of their organisation) is interested in becoming involved with the BGA Geotechnologist Network. Please get in touch by emailing the BGA at email@example.com