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Forthcoming geotechnical events and noticeboard

Send new entries to Paul Wheeler. UK fax: 0171-505 6790; e-mail:

Environmental and engineering applications of soil mixing, 13 January, ICE, London. Joint meeting of BGS/Ground Board. Contact Grace Chen, tel: 0171 665 2233; fax 0171 799 1325.

Investigation of flooded salt mines at Marston, 13 January, Hoole Hall, Chester, 6.30pm. North West Geotechnical Group meeting with David Kendall and Catriona Franks, ICI Runcorn. Contact AK Rudram, tel 0161 962 1214; fax 0161 905 5855.

Environment management: profit or loss?, 21 January, The Insurance Hall, London. One day Construction Industry Environmental Forum conference on current trends in environmental management. Contact Torgun Cane at CIRIA, tel: 0171 222 8891; fax 0171 222 0445.

Geomembranes - from manufacture through to use in construction, 27 January, 5.30pm, SGS Geosystems, Soham, Cambridgeshire. Plant visit followed by meeting organised by IGS and the Society of Engineers. Contact Derek Smith, tel 0161 436 6767; fax 0161 499 7987.

Selecting contractors by value - the way forward, 28 January, The Royal Horticultural Halls Conference Centre, London. One day CIRIA conference. As part of the conference, delegates will be able to give feedback on its Selecting contractors by value document. Contact Torgun Cane at CIRIA, tel: 0171 222 8891; fax 0171 222 0445.

Some reflections on how to manage slope instability, 1 February, 6.30pm, Queens University, Belfast. Eddie Bromhead hosts the meeting of the Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group.

Assessment of rock mass properties for engineering design avoiding problems when engineering rock mass, 9 February, ICE, London. Joint meeting of BGS/Ground Board and Engineering Group of the Geological Society. Contact Grace Chen, tel: 0171 665 2233; fax 0171 799 1325.

Geophysics - capabilities and limitations, 9 February, 5.30pm, The Anvil, Basingstoke. Southern Geotechnical group meeting on geophysical techniques with Vicki hope, Peter McDowell and Bill Rankine. Contact Chris Ford, tel: 01256 461161.

Some findings from the joint industry-university programme of full scale load tests on instrumented single piles and pile groups at Kinnegar, Belfast, 15 February, 6.30pm, Queens University, Belfast. Contact Gary McCandless, tel: 01232 253 255; fax: 01232 253 227.

8th Australia New Zealand geomechanics conference, 15-17 February, Hobart, Australia. Con- ference theme: Consolidating knowledge. Contact Dr Nihal Vitharana, c/o Hydro- Electric Corporation, PO Box 355D, Hobart Australia 7001, tel: +61 3 62305642; fax. +61 3 6230 5266; e-mail: nihal. vitharana@oa.hydro.

Lightweight embankments for railways, 17 February, 6.30pm UMIST Manchester. North West Geotechnical Group meeting with Anthony O'Brien, Mott Mac- Donald. Contact AK Rudram, tel 0161 962 1214; fax 0161 905 5855.

The Cooling Prize competition, 23 February, 5.30pm, University of Leeds. Presentation of the 29th annual award organised by BGS for geotechnical engineers under the age of 27. Contact Grace Chen, tel: 0171 665 2233; fax 0171 799 1325.

The thaumasite form of sulfate attack - theory and practice, 24 February, BRE, Watford. One day seminar on thaumasite attack

of concrete and ground conditions promoting its occurrence. Contact Ian Longworth, tel: 01923 664180.

Call for papers

8th international symposium on landslides, 26-30 June 2000, Cardiff School of Engineering, Wales.

Main subjects to be covered are landslide types and mechanisms, groundwater and South Wales landslides. Abstracts should be submitted on one A4 page by 31 January 1999 to Cherie Summers, Cardiff School of Engineering, PO Box 917, Newport Road, Cardiff CF2 1XH. Tel/fax: 01222 874421.

Coming up


Reinforced soil and soil nailing


Piling and deep foundations

European Foundations


Laboratory testing

Postgraduate courses in geotechnics

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