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Forthcoming geotechnical events and noticeboard. Send new entries to Paul Wheeler. UK fax: 0171-505 6790; e-mail:

Engineering properties of Mercia Mudstone, 12 April. Midland Geotechnical Society meeting with lead speaker Dr Andrew Pitchford of CIRIA. Contact Paul Johnson tel: 0121 275 8145, email

Legal liability - intended and unintended, 13 April, 5.30pm, Botleigh Grange Hotel, Botleigh. Southern Geotechnical Group meeting hosted by Masons Solicitors. Contact Chris Ford, tel: 01256 461161.

Liquefaction and waterfront structures, 14 April, 6.30pm, UMIST Manchester. North West Geotechnical Group meeting with Scott Steedman, Gibb. Contact AK Rudram, tel 0161 962 1214; fax 0161 905 5855.

Harding Prize Competition, 15 April, 5.30pm, ICE, London. British Tunnelling Society's annual competition for young engineers, named in honour of Sir Harold Harding, BTS' founding chairman.

EGGS field weekend at Hunstanton, 16-18 April. Contact David Giles, University of Portsmouth, tel: 01705 876543

Groundwater and water bioengineering for erosion control and slope stabilisation,19- 21 April, Manila, The Philippines. First Asia-Pacific bioengineering conference and exhibition. Sponsored by International Erosion Control Association. Contact the Conference Secretariat, tel: ++632 522 0541; fax: 632 522 1090; email and web site:

Piled foundations, 21 April, 5.30pm, ICE, London. Tim Fitch, Kvaerner and W Lau, Mott MacDonald host the joint meeting of BGS/Ground Board and Engineering Group of the Geological Society. Contact Grace Chen, tel: 0171 665 2233; fax 0171 799 1325.

Strong-motion parameters for sesimic design, 28 April, 5.30pm, ICE, London. Presentations by Dr Julian Bommer, Profesor Amr Alnashai, and Dr Alice Walker. Contact DrJulian Bommer 0171 594 5984 email:

Exotic TBMs, 20 May, 5.30pm, ICE, London. BTS meeting introduced by Y Kondo of Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Engineering geology of classic formations: Lambeth Group, 25 May 5.45pm, Burlington House, London, preceded by Engineering Group of the Geological Society agm (5.00pm). Convenor Peter Phipps, Mott MacDonald tel: 0181 686 5041

Urban regeneration - the housebuilders' view, 26 April, 7.00pm, Haworth Building, University of Birmingham. Midland Geotechnical Society annual environmental lecture presented by John Cosgrove of McAlpine Homes. Contact Paul Johnson tel: 0121 275 8145, email

The next generation of GCLs, 29 April, 7pm, Haydock Thistle Hotel near Ashton. Joint meeting with North West Region Geological Society. Speakers M O'Grady and S Flynn, Rawell Water Control Systems. Contact Derek Smith, tel: 0161 436 6767; fax: 0161 499 7987.

Geosynthetics 99, 28-30 April, Boston, USA. International conference and exhibition organised by IFAI, NAGS, IGS, GMA. Tel +1 651 222 2508; www.

Very hard soils/weak rocks, 12 May, 5.30, ICE, London. BGS/GB meeting with Dr MR Coop of City University and Profesoor RJ Chandler of Imperial College.

The road to total earthquake safety, 27 May, 5.30pm, ICE, London. SECED's 7th Mallett-Milne Lecture, presented by Professor Cinna Lomnittz, Institute of Geophysics, National University of Mexico.

Geotechnical engineering for transportation infrastructure, 7-10 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The XIIth European conference on soil mechanics

and foundation engineering. Contact tel: ++3170 3919890; fax ++3170 3919840 or visit the web

site at: xiiecsmge.99

Geospectra 99, 9-15 June, Dusseldorf. International trade fiar ofr geotechnology and applied earth sciences.

BGS agm and jubilee dinner, 16 June 1999, 5.30pm, ICE, London. A special meeting to mark the end of the year in which BGS celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Society. The informal discussion meeting themed Perspectives on Geotechnical Engineering is introduced by ADM Penman, PT Wheeler, & WH Craig. The jubilee dinner at 7.30pm in the Great Hall of the Institution will be an informal and purely celebratory gathering, to which members will bring their partners and personal guests, rather than an occasion for corporate entertaining. Numbers will be limited to around 220.

2nd international conference on earthquake geotechnical engineering, 21-25 June, Lisbon, Portugal. Organised by Portuguese Geotechnical Society with the support of ISSMGE and TC4 on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. Contact Pedro S Seco e Pinto, tel :+35 1 848 21 31; fax +35 1 847 81 87; e-mail SICEGE

Geotechnical aspects of underground construction in soft ground, 19-21 July, Tokyo, Japan. International symposium, building on format established at sucessful symposia in New Delhi (1994) and London (1996), in which the focus is on the exchange of information, and lessons learnt from case histories. The conference is organised under ISSMGE's TC28 and co-chaired by Dr RJ Mair and Professor O Kusakabe. Contact Professor K Fujita, fax: +81 471 23 9766.

Engineering geology of construction in a changing environment, Engineering Group Conference (EG'99), 8-11 September, Nottingham. Contact Mike Rosenbaum, tel: 0115 8482099; fax: 0115 948 6450.

Tunnel construction and piling 99, 8-10 September, Olympia II, London. Three day symposium and exhibition on design and construction of tunnels with sub theme 'Tunnelling for a better environment'. Includes one day on piling and deep foundations for tunnelling and underground works presented by FPS. Contact the Conference Office at the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, tel: 0171 580 3802.

Geoenvironmental engineering conference, 13-15 September, ICE, London. 2nd BGS organised conference with the main theme of Ground contamination: pollutant management and remediation. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by no later than 30 November 1998. Contact Cherrie Summers, tel/fax +44 1222 874421.

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