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Academic poster plea for BGA annual conference

The British Geotechnical Association is calling on all UK academic institutions offering ground engineering-related course content to take part in the academic poster exhibition at its upcoming annual conference.

The event will be held on 19 June at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London and will feature an industry-supported exhibition space in the Great Hall alongside a busy conference programme.

If you would like to take part in the poster exhibition and promote your academic work, please contact BGA specialist knowledge societies executive Shelagh Fleming by 11 June. Her contact details are Shelagh.fleming@ice.org.uk or you can call her on 020 7665 2007.

The BGA Annual Conference is an all-day event, which is free to attend but registration in advance is required via the BGA website.

The programme will include presentations from young engineers, with the BGA’s Cooling Prize winner Joseph Newhouse from Mott MacDonald and the MSc Dissertation Prize winner Jack Templeman from University of Oxford. The morning’s session also includes talks on mining and minerals in relation to the UK construction industry and a talk on dealing with mine waste. These talks will be followed by a discussion on how to improve the way we communicate controversial geoscience issues.

The BGA’s AGM will follow a lunch break. The AGM will include a number of presentations as well as the award of a Skempton Medal to David Hartwell.

In the afternoon there will be a talk on the Crossrail legacy which will describe what has been learnt from this major project and how to access this information. There will also be a talk about the Temporary Works Forum which established a postgraduate course to help train engineers in temporary works design and construction. This links nicely with the following presentation on “special foundations” – a term that has significance in terms of the Party Wall Act.

Other presentations in the afternoon will focus on chemical and microbiological processes in geotechnical engineering, the role of geophysics in railway and highway construction and a discussion on sustainable infrastructure.

The programme will conclude with brief updates on the activities of the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) and development of the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (Rogep).

Alongside the conference programme there will be an exhibition with posters from various universities detailing their current research.

The event will conclude with drinks reception.

Full details of these and other events can be found at www.britishgeotech.org


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