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CEN TC 250/SC7, the committee responsible for Eurocode 7, has published its plan for developing the next generation of Eurocode 7, scheduled for 2020. The plan comprises 6 tasks that will result in a new 3-Part standard with an emphasis on ease-of-use and more practical design rules. BSI has launched a Systematic Review of the Eurocodes (at tinyurl.com/mlfg3od) and invites responses to the six questions. This is your opportunity to influence the future direction of Eurocode 7 – please do not miss it! We want the UK geotechnical profession’s voice to be heard, so please make sure you contribute to this opportunity.
The international Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineer has been making some changes to the way it structures its technical committees. In a letter Prof. Pierre Delage, the Technical Oversight Committee Chair, the ISSMGE sets out revised membership plans for the TCs. Full details can be found in the letter: Message to Member Societies 28-04-2014-VF
In 2009 the EPSRC awarded funding to a joint University of Bristol-Imperial College London research project entitled “Micromechanics of seismic wave propagation in granular materials” (EPSRC Grants EP/G064180 and EP/G064954). To mark the completion of this research project, a workshop entitled “Wave Propagation and Soil Stiffness” was held in Bristol on March 20 and 21. The dates were chosen to coincide with the BGA Rankine lecture. A total of 71 participants attended the workshop, about 40 of whom are based in the UK, with the remaining participants coming from diverse locations including Argentina, Japan, Portugal, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, USA, Mexico, and Australia. 20 minute presentations were delivered by 16 invited speakers, with the discussion on March 20 focussing on experimental studies, while the session on March 21 considered theoretical and numerical studies. The workshop was jointly supported by TC101 and TC105 of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, the British Geotechnical Association and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Next Early Career Group Meeting – TONIGHT!
MGS 60th Anniversary Dinner on 8th May – deadline for booking tickets TODAY!
Abstract submission for CIM 2015 (Montreal, Canada) – 1st May 2014
CIRIA C580 Update – survey completion deadline – 2nd May 2014
BGA Evening Meeting – effect of tunnelling on historical buildings – 14th May 2014
ISRM Congress (10-13 May 2015: Montreal, Canada) – abstract deadline extended to 1st June 2014
BGA Annual Conference and AGM – 12th June 2014
YGES – Manchester: deadline for registration with abstracts: 20th June 2014
Abstract submission for 6th IS-TC 101: Deformation Characteristics of Soils – 30th June 2014
The BGA relies on the work of volunteers and the committee needs the help of more BGA members. Each year three members are elected to serve on the executive committee for three years and the search is on for new candidates. If you fit the description of “enthusiastic people who are keen to contribute toward our vibrant association” then you could be just what we need. Nominations are required by 7 April for election at the AGM in June 2014. Please use the Nomination Form or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rail Accident Investigation Brach report on Penetration and obstruction of a tunnel between Old Street and Essex Road stations, London has been released. It contains valuable lessons for geotechnical specialists which are summarised in this letter to the BGA. Please take the time to read this and pass the knowledge on to your colleagues.