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

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

BGS annual general meeting, 17 June, 5.30pm, ICE, London. Followed by a BGS/ICE Ground Board invited lecture by Dr RGH Parry, on Construction of the Pyramids. Contact Grace Chen tel: 0171 665 2233.

Recent advances in geotechnical aspects of tunnelling in soft ground, 18 June, ICE, London. Dr Rober Mair presents the British Tunnelling Society's annual Harding Lecture. Contact Grace Chen 0171 665 2233

Ramsgate harbour tunnel project, 18 June. SEAGG site visit followed by evening meeting. Contact Grace Chen 0171 665 2233.

Re-use of contaminated land and landfills, 7-9 July, Brunel University, west London. GE-sponsored 5th international polluted and marginal land conference and exhibition. Organised by ECS Publications, tel: 0131 447 0447, e-mail:

Bioengineering stabilisation of a clay slope, 23 July, Maidstone, Kent. Free half-day workshop organised by CIRIA and supported by BGS, allowing access to its current research project on the impact of vegetation growth on slope stability at Longham Wood cutting on the M20. Contact Torgan MacKay Cane at CIRIA tel 0171 222 0445.

Third international congress on environmental geotechnics, 7-11 September, Lisbon, Portugal. ISSMGE conference on geo- technical aspects of environ- mental engineering. Contact Pedro S Sco e Pinto Portugal tel +35 1 848 21 31.

Land reclamation '98, international conference, Nottingham, 7-11 September. Held jointly by the British Land Reclamation Society and the National Land Reclamation Panel. Contact Nichola Brooks tel 0115 985 6545.

Health and safety in tunnelling, 8-9 September, Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey. British Tunnelling Society conference organised by Thomas Telford. Contact Rachel Coninx tel 0171 665 2314; fax 0171 233 1743.

4th general meeting of the European Section of the Environmental & Engineering Geophysical Society, 14-17 September, Barcelona, Spain. Organised by the University of Barcelona's Faculty of Geology of and the Civil Engineering School of the Polytechnic University of Catalunya. Contact Albert Casas Spain fax +34 3 402 13 40; e-mail albertc@ natura.geo. ub. es

Geotechnical engineering of hard soils-soft rocks, autumn, Naples, Italy. The Italian Geotechnical Society proposes sessions on character- isation, analysis and design. Contact AGI president Sandro Martinetti. Italy tel: 06 44 249 272; fax: 06 44 249 274.

Problematic soils, 28-30 October, Sendai, Japan. International symposium on recent experiences and research on problematic soils, organised by the Japanese Geotechnical Society. Official language is English. Supported by ISSMGE TC-15. Contact Professor Nobuchika Moroto, Japan fax: +81 178 25 1013, email:

The value of geotechnics in construction, 4 November, ICE, London. Organised by AGS and Ground Engin-eering with the support of BGS and FPS, the event aims to raise clients' awareness of the benefits and need for best practice. Sessions cover project plan- ning and feasib- ility, savings through design, savings and bene- fits through design and construction, and whole life costs and consid- erations. Contact Dianne Jennings, tel: 0181 658 8212; fax: 0181 663 0949.

Urban ground engineering - tunnelling and geotechnics, 11-12 November, Hong Kong. ICE Ground Board organised conference addressing the wide range of geotechnical issues associated with urban development. Contact Carol Chin, tel: 0171 665 2316; fax 0171 233


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