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Forthcoming geotechnical events and noticeboard

Observational methods, 3 May, ICE, 1.30pm, London. Joint BGS and ICE Ground Board half-day seminar presented by Alan Powderham of Mott MacDonald, Ralph Peck and Duncan Nicholson of Ove Arup & Partners. Contact Dionne Jacobs, tel: 020 76652233; fax: 020 7799 1325; email:

The value of geotechnics in construction, 9 May, The Forte Posthouse Glasgow City, Glasgow. Organised by the Scottish Geotechnical Group of the ICE. One day conference aiming to raise client awareness of the benefits and need for best practice in geotechnics. Contact Alistair Chisholm, WA Fairhurst & Partners, tel: 0141 3328754; fax:0141 567 2665; email:

Pile testing - soil strength and stiffness, 10 May, 5.30pm, ICE, London. Joint meeting of BGS and ICE Ground Board presented by Mel England and Ken Fleming of Kvaerner Cementation Foundations. Contact Dionne Jacobs, tel: 020 7665 2233; fax: 0207799 1325; email:

East Midlands Geotechnical Group student papers competition, 10May, 6.30pm, Nottingham Trent University. Joint meeting with the UK Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society. Contact Glen McDowell, tel: 0115 9514603; fax: 0115 948 6450.

Baltic Geotechnics IX, 10-12 May, Parnu, Estonia. Conference organised by the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Geotechnical Societies under the auspices of ISSMGE. Themes include Eurocode 7, environmental geotechnics, special geotechnical projects and piled foundations. Contact tel: +3726202048; fax: +372 620 2405.

Delivering the National Cycle Network, 11 May, 2pm, ICE, London. Half-day seminar. Speakers include John Grimshaw of Sustrans. Contact tel: 0207665 2236; fax: 020 7799 1325; email:

Physical modelling and testing in environmental geotechnics, 15-17 May, La Baule, France. International symposium withthemes including pollution monitoring and instrumentation, transport, remediation and containment. Contact tel: +33 24084 5808; fax: +33 2 40845997; email:

Intermat, 16-21 May, Paris.France's turn to host the major international construction equipment exhibition. UK Contact Michele Jackson, tel: 0171 2213660.

Yorkshire Geotechnical Group agm, 17 May, 6.30pm, University of Leeds. Followed by Dewatering and groundwater control, presented by Martin Preene, OveArup. Contact Alan Binns, AIG Consultants, tel: 01937 589 955; email:

Haswell Tunnels, 18 May, 5.30pm, ICE, London. British Tunnelling Society informal discussion. Contact BTS secretary tel: 0207665 2219; fax: 020 7799 1325; email:

Asian conference on unsaturated soils, 18-19 May, Singapore. Organised by the geotechnical research centre, NanyangTechnological University Singapore with support of ISSMGE. Contact tel: +65 733 2922; fax: +65 235 3530; website:

Engineering Group of the Geological Society agm, 23 May,5pm, Burlington House, London. Followed by discussion meeting: GIS and the small job: does it work- is it viable? Presented by AC Kemp and J Cook. Contact Ivan Hodgson, Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick, tel: 01256 461161; website:

Interbuild 2000, 21-25 May, NEC, Birmingham. The largest exhibition in the UK for the building and construction industry, featuring more than 2000 companies and incorporating the Civils & Pipelines shows. Entry is free to pre-registered visitors. To obtain tickets tel: 0870 7511422; fax: 0870 7511 445; web-site:

Delivering Remediation Solutions,25 May, NEC, Birmingham. One-day conference giving an insight into the impact of the Environment Protection Act partIIa. Contact tel: 020 7505 8564; fax: 020 7505 8566; email:; website:

A tale of two towers - Pisa and BigBen, 25 May, 5.30pm, Western Infirmary lecture theatre, University of Glasgow. First Glasgow Rankine Colloquium, presented by John Burland, Imperial College. Contact Simon Wheeler, tel: 0141 330 5202; fax: 0141330 4557, email:

Soft Ground Technology, 28 May - 2 June, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. United Engineering Foundation conference co-sponsored by ASCE Geo-Institute. Themes include soft ground characterisation, mechanical stabilisation, chemical and thermal stabilisation and tunnelling. Contact UEF in New York, tel: 001 212 591 7836; fax: 212 591 7441; email:; website:

Geotechnics and sustainable development, 5-7 June, Helsinki, Finland. 13th Nordic Geotechnical Conference, hosted by the Finnish Geotechnical Society Contact Hans Rathmayer, tel: +35894561; fax +3589 463 251, email:

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