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Richard Jardine has been made Professor of Geomechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College, London. He was formerly reader in soil mechanics.

Professor John Atkinson has been appointed head of civil engineering at City University in London. The university's Professor Neil Taylor has been elected secretary general of the International Society of Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering. He will take up the position in June 1999, while continuing as head of City's geotechnical group.

Scott Wilson (Hong Kong) has made key appointments to bolster its Chinese operations. Geotechnical engineer Peter Chung-wah Chan been made China director, based at the company's Beijing office. Engineering geologist John Cheuk-ho Sen becomes China business development manager responsible for the southern region.

Trenchless technology and structural forensic engineering specialist Paul Norris has been appointed director of Mott MacDonald's Special Services Division.

Richard Boak has been appointed operations manager for Water Management Consultants at its UK office in Shrewsbury. He is joined by Robert Low, who is appointed as modeller.

David Wilshaw has joined Earth Science Partnership as director of its northern office in Deeside, Flintshire.

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