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This year's BGA touring lecture is Earthquake engineering design of foundations: from research to practice, presented by Alain Pecker, Professor of civil engineering at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and honorary president of the French Association of Earthquake Engineering.

Pecker will examine the recommendations for earthquake resistance in foundation design in Eurocode 8. To date there is little in the way of code based recommendations covering this design but 'Eurocode 8 is an exception', he says, containing an extensive section on the design of foundations to resist earthquake loading.'

The lecture will address the background to Eurocode 8, cover shallow and deep foundations and review differences between low level response, for which the soil can be expected to remain elastic and other situations where nonlinear behaviour of the soil adjacent to the foundation occurs.

The lecture will illustrate the new trends in earthquake resistant design of foundations with the possibility of introducing concepts, familiar to structural engineers, like displacement based design and capacity design philosophy.

lThe BGA touring lecture will be held at the University of Southampton, 16 November, 6pm; Renold Building UMIST, 17 November, 6.30pm; Arup office, Newcastle, 18 November, 6.15pm. For more details contact Gavin Bowyer at the BGA, tel: 020 7665 2233; email: bga@ice. org. uk;

www. britishgeotech. org. uk/ Ground improvement, 1 December, Victoria Park Plaza, London SW1.

Ground Engineering one day conference providing a true critique of the ground improvement industry as it stands today.

A formidable line up of speakers, including Chris Harnan (managing director, O'Keefe Soil Remediation), Nick O'Riordan (director, Arup) and Barry Slocombe (engineering manager, Keller Ground Engineering), will draw on their own experiences and provide delegates with advice and guidance to tackle the challenges faced by engineers every day.

Presentations will give practical information on what techniques work, when and where and understanding what action is needed to avoid ground improvement going wrong.

The conference is also designed as a networking event, giving delegates the opportunity to meet peers, competitors and future partners and discuss the issues at the heart of their business.

lGround improvement is sponsored by Geofirma, Landpac, Pennine, Tensar International and Uretek.

Delegate places cost £295 + VAT.

To register, tel: 020 7505 6044; fax: 020 7505 6001;

email: constructionconferences@emap. com; or visit www. ground-improvement. co. uk for more details.

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