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Forthcoming geotechnical events and notice board.

Send new entries to Max Soudain, email max. soudain@emap. com

For full listings visit www. geplus. co. uk Site visit to Bohernabreena spillways.

7 May, Dublin.British Dam Society meeting presented by Andy Rowland, Black & Veatch.

Contact Gavin Bowyer, tel:0207 655 2233; email: bds@ice. org. uk

British Tunnelling Society annual dinner and presentation of the Tunnel Industry Awards.

7 May, The Brewery, London.Presented by guest speaker Bill Wyman.There will be live music to end the evening with the acclaimed celtic-jazzfunk fusion band called All Jigged Out.Tickets are £65.To book your places visit www. britishtunnelling. org or contact Gavin Bowyer, tel:0207 665 2233; email: bts@ice. org. uk

A Tale of Two Towers - Big Ben and Pisa.

10 May, Kingston University.ICE joint meeting with the Surrey branch of Institution of Structural Engineers.Contact Peter Minett, tel: 01252-541332.

Modern earthworks.

12 May, ICE London.BGA meeting.Alan Phear from Arup discusses new railway earthworks for high speed, Jack Meldrum from Mott MacDonald looks at dam earthworks while John Ferguson from Balfour Beatty considers sustainable earthwork construction.Contact Gavin Bowyer, tel:020 7665 2233; email: gavin. bowyer@ice. org. uk Strengthening of Pont Fadog retaining walls using rock anchors.

18 May,5.30pm, Cardiff University.Meeting rescheduled from 8 April.Contact Simon Lander, tel:029 20352300.

International conference on geotechnical engineering.

19-22 May, Beirut, Lebanon.Three-day event focusing on the latest advances, particularly in the Middle East.Email ykazan@ul. edu. lb or visit www. ul. edu. lb/activite/icge World tunnel congress.

22-27 May, Singapore.Includes the 30th International Tunnelling Association general assembly.Email ita2004@singnet. com or visit www. ita2004. com Performance of earth dams during the Bhuj earthquake.

24 May,6pm, ICE, London.British Dam Society and Water Board meeting looking at damage to earth dams in Gujarat in India.Contact Tim Fuller, tel:020 7665 2234; email: tim. fuller@ice. org. uk Northern Geotechnical Group annual seminar on infrastructure geotechnics.

27 May, Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham.Email Yvonne.Hall@ncl. ac. uk or R.A.Forth@ncl. ac. uk , or tel 0191 2227099.

Soft coastal cliffs: understanding and managing retreat.

27 May,1.30pm, ICE, London.Half-day meeting.

Contact Marta Dziedzicki, tel:0207 665 2239; email: marta. dziedzicki@ice. org. uk

Setting up and running a successful consultancy.

27 May,9.30am, IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1.Supported by Institution of Electrical Engineers, Institution of Incorporated Engineers and Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Contact Madeline Willis, tel:020 7973 1260; email: m_willis@imeche. org. uk

Terrain and geohazard challenges facing onshore oil and gas pipelines.

2-4 June, ICE, London.BGA supported conference promoting interaction between pipeline designers and builders, geotechnical engineers, environmental specialists and client organisations.Contact Sue Frye, tel:020 7665 2315, email: sue. frye@ice. org. uk British Geotechnical Association's second annual conference.

9 June, ICE, London, includes BGA AGM and annual dinner.Contact Gavin Bowyer, tel:0207 665 2233; email: bgs@ice. org. uk Eighth Young Geotechnical Engineers' Symposium: Geotechnics across boundaries.

23-25 June, Birmingham University, £210.

Contact Liz Kent, tel:0121 414 4272; email: kente@adf. bham. ac. uk

Long-term benefits and performance of dams.

22-26 June, University of Kent, Canterbury, British Dam Society's 13th biennial conference.Contact Alice Staite, tel:020 7665 2313; email: alice. staite@ice. org. uk

1855 Grand Charity Wine Tasting, 22 June, 6.15pm, ICE, London.

Get a Taste for Disaster Relief with RedR.

Engineers for Disaster Relief is hosting one of its largest ever fundraising events. Guests will have the opportunity to sample 30 of the most famous wines in the world, all from the 1855 Grand Cru Classé, a classification system commissioned by Napoleon III to rank the best wines in Bordeaux.

Wines are sponsored by leading companies in engineering and related industries. Tickets available from tastings@cecwine. co. uk at a cost of £30 for a single ticket, £55 for two and £300 for 12 tickets. All proceeds go to RedR.

For further information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Marina Jones on 020 7233 3116 or at marina@redr. org or visit www. redr. org

Geowalks has unveiled its programme of outings for the coming year.

Tourists can opt for day, weekend or week trips throughout a (hopefully) sunny Scotland. The company is run by Angus Miller who started the firm in 1998, and since then has been exploring 'Earth's story' through guided walks, short courses and lectures.

Miller completed a PhD at Durham University, studying earthquakes at the Hengill volcano in Iceland. This led to work with the British Geological Survey, where he spent two years at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory monitoring the eruption at the Soufriere Hills volcano.

One of the day trips available is up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. Walkers can explore the old sandstone quarry, layers of ash and lava, and the remains of the volcanic vent, while taking in views of the Scottish capital.

In June, visitors might want to experience the Northwest Highlands for a week which takes in some of Scotland's finest geology. For prices and booking details visit www. geowalks. co. uk

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