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Chalk 2018 programme detail revealed

With less than six weeks until the British Geotechnical Association’s Chalk 2018 conference, further details about the event programme have been published.

Knowledge and experience of industry and academia on engineering in Chalk will be brought together this autumn in a conference organised by the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) with support from the Engineering Group of the Geological Society. The Chalk 2018 event at Imperial College London on 17 and 18 September aims to build on the success of the International Chalk Symposium held almost 30 years ago in 1989 in Brighton, and to provide an opportunity for geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists and hydrogeologists to meet and share their knowledge of the Chalk.

The programme for the Chalk 2018 event has now been confirmed and includes keynote lectures by Peter Brett Associates sebior consultant Clive Edmonds, Imperial College professor of geomechanics Richard Jardine and Chalk Rock managing director Rory Mortimore, as well as 58 oral presentations.

Speaking on the first day, Mortimore’s lecture is entitled Developing Ground Models for Chalk Engineering: Links across the Disciplines, while Edmonds will provide a Review of Collapse Events on Chalk since 2000 and the Opportunities for Improved Engineering Practice. Jardine will deliver the keynote lecture on the second day of the conference and look at Behaviour of Piles Driven in Chalk.

Parallel sessions will be run over both days of the conference allowing delegates to choose the presentations that are most relevant to them. The first day will cover case histories, earthworks, foundations and piling and geological hazards. Highlights will include presentations of the Andrew Lord Memorial Papers on HS1 earthworks, as well as case histories from Crossrail, Tideway and the Lee Tunnel and discussion of cliff stability problems in Chalk.

The second day of the event will focus on sessions will cover site investigation, in-situ and laboratory testing, future engineering issues, offshore engineering, tunnelling and water and the environment. Highlights will include review of the mechanical and hydraulic properties of Chalk, discussion of rota-sonic drilling in Chalk and a comparison of earth pressure balance and slurry tunnel boring machines for tunnelling in Chalk.

Registration for Chalk 2018 is open via the website – www.chalk2018.org – with discounts available for BGA members, students and retired engineers from the full delegate rate of £300. Registration rates include attendance on both days of the conference, lunch and refreshments, as well as attendance at the conference buffet reception on the evening of 17 September, attendance at the pre-conference drinks reception on the evening of 16 September 2018 and an electronic copy of the conference proceedings (on USB storage device).

Tickets for the technical site visits on 19 September, which cost £75, can also be booked during the registration process. Numbers are limited on the technical visit and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. There are two options for the technical visits – an excursion to the Chalk exposures of the Sussex coast led by Mortimore or a visit to underground Chalk mines near Reading.


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