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BGA to co-host flooding mitigation lecture

The British Geotechnical Association will commence its autumn meeting programme with an invited lecture on flood mitigation. 

The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) will join the UK Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society on 14 October to present the 2015 Invitational Lecture.

The lecture will be given by Michael Heibaum of BAW, the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute, Germany. Heibaum will discuss flooding mitigation, including the use of geosynthetic construction methods.

Flooding is an unavoidable element of our planet’s complex weather system. Serious damage is caused when the water is stronger than the ground. The aim must be either to control the water or to increase the resistance against it.

Different problems result from flooding caused by rainfall and runoff, resulting in saturation of the ground, surface erosion and percolation of pore water, weakening man-made earth structures and natural ground, predominantly riversides, dikes, levees and dunes.

The lecture will look at the use of structures to provide shelter from flooding, reliable stream bank stabilisation and coastal flooding defence measures.

After graduating from Darmstadt University, Heibaum worked with contractor Hochtief, mainly in tunnelling and deep excavations. From 1980 to 1985 he was a lecturer at Stuttgart University and Darmstadt University, obtaining his PhD in 1985, with his thesis on anchored retaining walls. From 1985 to date, he has been working with BAW and is currently head of the geotechnical department.

Heibaum is engaged in research, consulting and teaching in geotechnical engineering, predominantly related to the interaction of ground, water and structures, incorporating geosynthetics, specialising in geosynthetics in hydraulic applications, linings of waterways, physical and numerical models. He serves on standardisation committees and national/international working groups on waterway and harbour structures, geosynthetics, scour and erosion and is a member of the editorial board of Geotextiles and Geomembranes.

The event starts at 6pm at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Advanced registration is required; please refer to the BGA or ICE websites for further details. 

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