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

​BGA Touring Lecture

The BGA Touring Lecture is biennial lecture by an international speaker and is held at three venues around the UK

The Touring Lecture was established by the British Geotechnical Society (the predecessor to the BGA) in the 1980s to provide support to Regional Geotechnical Groups in the UK by bringing eminent geotechnical professionals from overseas to deliver a lecture on their particular expertise. The Lecture is biennial and is held at three venues around the country, normally on successive evenings in early November. On occasion, the choice of venue is based on the topic of the Lecture, but it is not normally held in London. The Lecturer is selected by the BGA Committee, but Regional Groups are invited to offer suggestions.


Year

Lecturer and affiliation

Lecture title

Venues

2019

Lisa Coyne, Golder Associates, Mississauga, Canada

Practical implications of subsurface uncertainty: lessons from 25 years of “dirt engineering”

Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds

2017

Giulia Viggiani, Università di Roma, Italy

Tunnelling in the urban environment: engineering challenges and research

Belfast, Southampton, Birmingham

2014

Eduardo Alonso, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Rapid landslides

Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield

2012

Carlos Santamarina, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Energy geotechnology: the role of geotechnical engineers in the energy challenge

Birmingham, London, Cardiff

2010

Serge Veraksin, Menard SNC, Paris, France

Concepts and parameters related to ground improvement illustrated by case histories

Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford

2008

Carlo Viggiani, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Geotechnical problems in the design and construction of Naples underground

Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol

2006

Antonio Gomes Correira, University of Minho, Portugal

Geotechnics for pavements and rail tracks: innovations in construction and design

Glasgow, Swansea, Wokingham

2004

Alain Pecker, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussée, Paris, France

Earthquake engineering design of foundations: from research to practice

Southampton, Manchester, Newcastle

2002

Trevor Orr, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Geotechnical challenges in Celtic soils

Glasgow, Manchester, Swansea

2000

Manfred Stocker, Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH, Schrobenhausen, Germany

Special foundations: technical trends, codes and contract conditions in Europe

Birmingham, Manchester, Bromley

1998

Antonio Gens, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

New trends in unsaturated soil mechanics: from fundamentals to engineering practice

Portsmouth, Nottingham, Newcastle

1996

François Schlosser, Terrasol, Paris, France

Soil nailing in retaining structures, slope stability, tunnelling and foundations

Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff

1993

Hans L Jessburger, University of Bochum, Germany

Geotechnical aspects of landfill design and construction

Birmingham, Guildford, Newcastle

1992

Tom O'Rourke, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

A tale of two cities – geotechnical lessons from the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes in San Francisco

London, Cardiff, Glasgow,

1989

Elmo DiBiaggio, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo

Field instrumentation – the link between theory and practice in geotechnical engineering

Birmingham, Guildford, Glasgow

1988

Niels Krebs Ovesen, Danish Geotechnical Institute, Copenhagen

Design in geotechnical engineering

Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh



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