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BGA 4th Annual Conference, 7June, ICE, London

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The BGA's fourth Annual Conference, on 7 June at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London, is shaping up to be another packed day highlighting UK geotechnical research and practice.

The event, sponsored by Soil Mechanics, is free to BGA members, although registration is required for catering purposes.

As well as a programme of talks the conference will include poster displays, a prediction competition and plenty of opportunities for networking at lunch, session breaks and an evening drinks reception.

The morning session, in association with the EPSRC, will focus on research projects.

These will cover the long term stress-strain behaviour of chalk (Kevin Stone, University of Brighton); soil mechanics at the grain scale (Colin Thornton, University of Birmingham); non co-axial plasticity models (Professor Hai-Sui Yu, University of Nottingham); modelling of the upheaval buckling of pipelines (Byron Byrne, University of Oxford); and the insitu assessment of contaminant containment systems (Kenichi Soga, University of Cambridge).

The afternoon will include three project examples, to be followed by the 2006 Cooling Prize winner, Dave Edwards of Imperial College. David Wright (Atkins) and Mark Weaver (Interserve) will discuss the implications on geotechnical design of early contractor involvement, using experience gained on the A1 Peterborough to Blythe Scheme.

Chris Raison (Raison Foster Associates) will consider the resurgence in high-rise buildings and their foundation requirements, including pile group issues.

Finally, Charles McAnally (Keller) and Neil Gatenby (SPT) will describe a novel dewatering scheme installed to protect Glasgow's underground railway.

The day's events will be followed by an early evening keynote lecture on ground improvement for reclaimed land in Dubai.

Following the drinks reception, the evening will conclude with an informal dinner (for which a charge will apply). Registration forms for the conference will shortly be circulated to all BGA members as well as being available at www.britishgeotech. org. uk. Non-BGA members interested in attending should email the BGA at bga@ice.

org. uk for an application form.

The website also has details of the preliminary programme and the prediction competition.

For poster enquiries please contact the BGA coordinator at the ICE, bga@ice. org. uk.

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