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BGA confirms speaker line up for annual conference

The British Geotechnical Association has announced the final programme for its annual conference

The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) Annual Conference is being held at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London on the 15 June 2016. This year’s programme will have a significant knowledge transfer theme while still capturing the best of British geotechnics in both research and practice.

All the speakers for BGA’s annual conference have now been confirmed. In the morning Imperial College’s Lidjia Zdravkovic and Caroline Hazlewood of HR Wallingford will talk about issues related to flooding. Nathan Baker, ICE director of knowledge, will describe the ICE’s plans for knowledge transfer and it intends to serve the needs of its members in the future. Delegates will then hear prize winning presentations from Oxford University’s Cooling Prize winner Helen Dunne and the winner of the MSc Dissertation Prize winner for 2015, Iona Richards.

The afternoon session will start with Andrew Ridley of Geo Observations talking about the development of standards for monitoring and John Brzeski of Crossrail will then discuss the handing of large amounts of data from monitoring systems. The session will conclude with Peter Fair of Mott MacDonald talking about the role of BIM in geotechnical engineering. After a break in the afternoon’s proceedings, Neil Moss of London Underground will provide an update on the Northern Line Extension before Fiona Thompson of TfL and the Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum talks about asset degradation. The conference will conclude with a talk from Andrew McNamara of City University who will discuss current research in to temporary works design.

A drinks reception in the Great Hall following the end of the conference.

Throughout the day there will be an exhibition and there is the opportunity for companies or researchers to display posters. Anyone wishing to take part in the poster display should contact Shelagh Fleming at the ICE on 020 7665 2007 or email bga@ice.org.uk

The conference will also include the BGA’s annual general meeting. The AGM will include consideration of the BGA budget, confirmation of the new committee members and presentation of the prizes and awards including the Cooling Prize, the MSc Dissertation Prize and the BGA Medal.

The results of the election of new committee members will also be announced during the AGM and BGA members are reminded that they have until 6 June to vote. All members for whom the BGA holds email addresses should have received an email with instructions for online voting from the Electoral Reform Service. If you think you should have received a voting email but have not, please contact Shelagh Fleming at the ICE as soon as possible.

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