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The UK's pioneering geotechnical engineers celebrated the Midland Geotechnical Society (MGS) golden anniversary at Birmingham University earlier this month.

Founding members from 1954 also attended the symposium and dinner which attracted over 160 delegates from academia and industry in the UK and beyond.

Current MGS chairman David Preece said: 'Today's committee is proud of the Society's history and readily accepts the challenge of maintaining its high standards by arranging for quality speakers to present new subjects to its members and to encourage open discussion of these techniques.'

World leaders in geotechnics Professor Dick Chandler of Imperial College and Professor Eddie Bromhead of Kingston University, London, gave lectures on modern geotechnical techniques at the event. This was followed by a talk on the practical lessons learnt from the 1994 Heathrow tunnel collapse given by Professor Chris Clayton of Southampton University and Viv Troughton from contractor Stent Foundations.

Further details of the society can be found at http: //www. bham. ac. uk/CivEng/mgs/

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