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Forthcoming geotechnical events and noticeboard. Send new entries to Paul Wheeler. UK fax: 0171-505 6642; e-mail:

A50 Stoke on Trent - geotechnical case study, 6 April, 7pm, University of Birmingham. Speakers David Cragg; Steve Hodgetts of Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick. Midland Geotechnical Society meetings programme. Contact Paul Johnson. tel: 0121 678 8145.

Foundations, 7 April, University of Wales Swansea. All day seminar organised by South Wales Association Ground Engineering Group, involving speakers from both industry and research. Contact Sean MacEoin, tel: 01222 704321; fax: 01222 709793

Geotechnics of shaft sinking, 8 April, 5.30pm, ICE, London. Speakers Dr C Snee, Dr Jin Chin Chern, D Hartwell. Convened by Dr Bob Pine BGS/ICE Ground Board informal discussion meeting. Contact Grace Chen tel: 0171 665 2233.

Geoscience 98, 14-19 April, Keele University. Second biennial international and multi- disciplinary earth science conference and exhibition hosted by the Geological Society. For further information contact the Geological Society UK tel: 0171 434 9944, email

Periglacial processes, 18-19 April, Keele. Geological Society's spring field weekend. Convenor David Giles, tel: 01705 876543

International Conference on Site Characterisation (ISC 98): 19-22 April, Atlanta, Georgia, US. Conference under the auspices of the ISSMGE, ASCE geo-institute and the Canadian Geotechnical Society. UK contact John Powell, Centre for Geotechnics, BRE, Garston, Watford, Herts, WD2 7JR.

Environment agency update - contaminated land and groundwater, 27 April, 7pm, University of Birmingham. Annual environ- mental lecture of the Midland Geotechnical Society. Contact Paul Johnson. tel: 0121 678 8145.

Learning through pile testing, 27 April, 6.30pm, University of Nottingham. Presentation by Ken Fleming, Contact Russell Jones, UK tel: 0115 945 6544.

Seabed soil mechanics, 13 May, 5.30pm, ICE, London. BGS/ ICE Ground Board informal discussion meeting. Speakers Dr Malcolm Bolton, University of Cambridge and Dr Gillian Sills, University of Oxford. Contact Grace Chen tel: 0171 665 2233.

Consoil, 17-21 May, Edinburgh International Confrence Centre. 6th international FZK/TNO conference on contaminated soil. Contact Vicki Grant, UK tel: 0141 553 1930; fax:0141 552 0511

BS 5930 - how has it changed, 19 May, 5.30pm, Burlington House, London. EGGS, evening meeting joint with other groups of the Geological Society. Convenor Dr John Perry. Contact John Perry, tel: 0181 686 5041 ext 3028.

Urban World 98, 19-21 May, SECC, Glasgow. Urban development and land re-use exhibition and conference. The event is an amalgamation of two established conventions Cities International and Land Regeneraton Expo. Contact Alan McGuinness tel: 01698 420 600

Civil 98. 19-21 May, NEC, Birmingham.

This is the only exhibition dedicated to the civil engineering industry, and will showcase the entire spectrum of products and services. However around 40% of the 200 exhibitors are directly related to ground engineering technology, giving a chance to view all that new in the industry, find new business opportunities and meet new contacts. There will also be seminars based on the latest civil engineering technology, running throughout the show. The event is organised by Ground Engineering publisher Emap Construct through New Civil Engineer (NCE at the NEC), it is fully supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Additionally, the related exhibition, Pipelines 98, will run alongside Civils 98; the show for the onshore and offshore pipeline industries. To visit, call +44 (0) 1203 426467, or fax +44(0) 1203 426444 for a registration form to obtain your free entry badge, plus information about the exhibition and seminars.

De Build, 21-24 May, Genoa, Italy. First international show for building and demolition works. Aims to cover how Europe can achieve its target of reusing half the anticipated 216Mt of construction waste. Contact Cinzia Miraudo, Italy. +39 10 539 11; fax: +39 10 539 1270

Rock mechanics in mining, petroleum and civil works, 3-5 June, Cancun, Mexico. 3rd North American Rock Mechanics Symposium sponsored by ISRM. Contact Jorge Orozco-Cruz, Mexico fax: 0525 227 5066.

Underground construction in modern infrastructure, 7-9 June, Stockholm, Sweden. ISRM and ITA/AITES sponsored congress. For further information Sweden tel: 08 459 66 00, email

7th international meeting of the Deep Foundations Institute, 14-17 June, Vienna, Austria. Co-sponsored by ISSMGE and EFFC. Contact Caroline Prescot, Westrade Fairs. UK tel: 01923 778311; fax 01923 776820.

Development on unstable land - practitioner's assessment of DoE PPG14:1990 - ENG0188, 16 June, 2pm, Sheffield University. Joint half-day meeting of the Engineering group and the Yorkshire regional group at the Department of Earth Sciences. Contact Adrian Collings, Ove Arup & Partners. UK tel: 0121 4546261; fax: 0121 4548853.

BGS annual general meeting, 17 June, 5.30, ICE, London. Followed by an invited lecture by Dr RGH Parry, on construction of the Pyramids. Contact Grace Chen tel: 0171 665 2233.

Soft Ground Tunnelling, 30 June-2 July, Imperial College, London. A two day course organised by Thomas Telford for the British Tunnelling Society. Contact Rachel Coninx tel 0171 665 2314.

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