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ECSMGE preview: Geotechnics in focus

In the third instalment of our event preview, GE looks at what delegates can expect from day three of the 16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ECSMGE). 

The 16th ECSMGE event is set to be a highlight on the industry calendar, offering technical insight, networking opportunities and a variety of social activities, including the gala dinner. The conference will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 13-17 September, marking the first time the UK has hosted the event since it was staged in Brighton in 1979.

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The gala dinner on the third day of the conference will be held in Grand Gallery at the NationalMuseum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Day three of the conference will commence with Giulia Viggiani of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, who will present her keynote lecture on Recent Developments in Soil Mechanics with Applications and Case Studies. The session will then continue with the fourth of the main conference themes, Investigation, Classification, Testing and Forensics, introduced by Ernest Olinic of the Technical University for Civil Engineering, Romania.

Joek Peuchin of Fugro, Netherlands will then present an invited lecture entitled Reassessment of Geotechnical Conditions after an Offshore Well Incident. This will be followed by four presentations from around Europe. Erwin de Jong of Geobest, Netherlands will talk on Forensic Engineering in Geotechnics, the Dutch approach on CPT interpretation and Jim Graham of Mott MacDonald will present Investigation of Rock Anchorage Failures and Cutting Remediation at Glyn Bends, North Wales, UK.

Paul Quigley of Arup will then deliver a presentation entitled Some Trends from Recent Ground Investigation Contracts in Ireland and Leen Vincke of the Geotechnics Division Flemish Government, Belgium will present Deurganckdok Lock: Extensive Monitoring to Evaluate and Understand the Swelling Process of the Boom Clay.

Following the presentations, the refreshment break will allow delegates to view the exhibition and the selected poster presentations. The posters will be presented on both traditional poster displays and on electronic poster boards, a first for the conference.

The technical programme will continue with the fifth of the main sessions, Parameters and Modelling, introduced by S Feyza Çinicioğlu of Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. Helmut Schweiger of Graz University of Technology, Austria will then present an invited lecture entitled On the Merits of using Advanced Models in Geotechnical Engineering.

There will then be another four presentations from around Europe. Nicolas Gilleron of EGIS, Paris, the University Paris-Est and IFSTTAR, France will present Modelling of Pipe Roof Umbrella Focusing on Constitutive Models Influence and David Hughes of Queens University, Belfast will talk on A Comparison of Numerical Modelling Techniques to Predict the Effect of Climate on Infrastructure Slopes.

David Mašín of Charles University, Czech Republic will present 3D FEM Analysis of a NATM Tunnel with Shotcrete Lining Homogenization and Stiffness Anisotropy and Øyvind Torgersrud of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute will deliver a presentation on Impact of Anchor Failure for Deep Excavation in Soft Clay based on 3D FEM Analyses.

Following lunch, there will be two periods of five parallel discussion sessions, offering a total of 10 sessions during the afternoon. These sessions will include a mixture of non-linear infrastructure; urban development and environment – piles and columns; near shore and offshore development, and the marine; landslides; earthquake geotechnical engineering and liquefaction; sustainability, climate change, waste and energy; classification and laboratory testing; and modelling.

The day will conclude with the gala dinner, which will be held at the National Museum of Scotland. Following a drinks reception in the Kingdom of the Scots Gallery, dinner will be served in the Grand Gallery. Guests will be entertained by a group of aerialists as well as an obligatory Scottish piper.


With just two months to go, a record number of delegates are expected to attend the conference so don’t miss out on your chance to attend. For more information about the event, or to register, please visit xvi-ecsmge-2015.org.uk

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