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Forthcoming geotechnical events and noticeboard.Send new entries to Max Soudain, UK fax 020 7505 6790, email

Contaminated land risk assessment - good practice, 12 February, Glasgow; 19 February, Cardiff; 21 February, Swindon; 1 March, Manchester.CIRIA workshop on technical risk assessment of contaminated land, presented by David Rudland and Robin Lancefield of Halcrow Group. Contact CIRIA, tel:020 722 8891; fax:020 7222 1708; email: uk;

Geosynthetics Conference 2001, 12-14 February, Portland, Oregon, US. Conference and exhibition organised by the IFAl, the North American Geosynthetics Society and the Geosynthetic Materials Association under the auspices of the IGS.Contact Janet Schneider, tel: + 01 800 225 4324 or +01 651 222 2508; fax +01 978 945 2654; email:;

An engineering view of glacial tills,13 February, Edinburgh. Scottish Geotechnical Group meeting presented by Barry Clarke. See Strengthening of Ladybower Dam, 14 February, 6.30pm, Bolton Institute.NWGG meeting presented by R Chalmers. Contact David Morrow, tel: 0161 962 1214; email:

Geotechnics of rail track systems, 19 February, 6pm, Loughborough University. East Midlands Geotechnical Group meeting presented by Phil Sharpe. Contact Ian Jefferson, tel: 0115 941 8418; fax: 0115 948 6450; email:

31st Cooling Prize Competition, 20 February, University of Cambridge. Annual young geotechnical engineers paper competition followed by lecture on examples of geotechnical problems in practice by David Hight. Contact Dionne Jacobs, tel: 020 7665 2233; fax: 020 7665 1325; email:

Geotechnical aspects of oil and gas storage in rock caverns, 20 February, Burlington House, London. Joint meeting of EGGS and BGA presented by Ulf Lindblom. Contact Bob Pine (email: rpine@golder. com) or Ivan Hodgson (email:

Coastal change, climate and instability, 20 February, 5.30pm, Portsmouth University. Southern Geotechnical group meeting presented by Robin McInnes. Contact Chris Ford, tel: 01256 461 161; fax: 01703 594 986; email:

La Esperanza - Poza Honda: construction of 11.5km tunnels in Ecuador, 22 February, ICE London. BTS meeting presented by Fernando Reis. Email:; website:

Geophysics: reducing risk in environmental and geotechnical engineering, 4-7 March, Denver, US. Annual symposium organised by the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society. Technical programmes, short courses and workshops.Website:

Young engineers' competition, 5 March, 7pm, University of Birmingham.Midland Geotechnical Society meeting, with presentation of the three winning papers, followed by Devonport Docks presented by Barry Slocombe (Keller GE). Contact Jeff Mosforth, tel: 0121 633 2604; fax: 0121 643 9688; email:

Soil bio-engineering - integrating ecology with engineering practice, 7 March, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham. One-day conference on pitfalls, goals and benefits of soil bio-engineering. Contact Martin Davies, tel: 020 7505 6613; fax: 020 7505 6650; email:

Half-day meeting on NATM, 7 March. BTS meeting tba. Contact email:; website:

Applications of lime/cement treatment in civil engineering, 7 March. ICE East Midlands Association meeting presented by Dave Tonks. Contact:

Construction on contaminated land,8 March, Worcester. ICE Midlands Association meeting. Contact Roger Lamb, tel: 01386 552 617.

Non-linear soil stiffness in routine design, 12 March, 5.45pm, University of Sheffield. Yorkshire Geotechnical Group meeting with highlights of the 40th Rankine lecture presented by John Atkinson. Contact Alan Binns, tel: 01937 589 955; email:

Geotechnical instrumentation for field measurements, 1215 March, Cocoa Beach, Florida, US. Presentations by engineers including Ralph Peck. Contact John Dunnicliff, tel: 01626 836 161; fax: 01626 832 919; email:; website:

Subsidence - what does the future hold? , 13 March, Lloyd's of London. One-day Association of Underpinning Specialists seminar on climate change, claims, insurance, contracting and guarantees. Contact ASUC, tel 01252 336 318; fax: 01252 333 901; email:;

Non-linear soil stiffness in routine design, 13 March. Scottish Geotechnical Group meeting. Presentation of 40th Rankine Lecture by John Atkinson. www. ice. org Waterfront regeneration, afternoon seminar, 14 March, 15pm, Trinity Maritime Centre, Newcastle. Joint meeting of Engineering Group, Environmental Group and Northern Regional Group of the Geological Society. Contact Andrew Pitchford, tel: 020 7222 8891; fax: 020 7222 1708; email:

Non-linear soil stiffness in routine design, 14 March.Northern Geotechnical Group meeting. Presentation of 40th Rankine Lecture by John Atkinson. Contact Barry Clarke, tel: 0191 222 6419; fax: 0191 222 5950; email:

Screw Piles - installation coefficients in stiff clay, 15 March, Brussels. Symposium and exhibition organised by the Belgian Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and the Belgian Building Research Institute. Contact tel: +32 1047 2112; fax: +32 1047 2179; email:

East Midlands Geotechnical Group AGM, 19 March, 6pm, University of Nottingham. Followed by a tunnelling case history presented by Bill Grose, joint with BTS. Contact Ian Jefferson, tel: 0115 941 8418; fax: 0115 948 6450; email:

41st Rankine Lecture: Challenges of environmental geotechnics, 21 March from 4pm (not date previously advertised), Imperial College London.Annual BGA invited lecture by Professor Heinz Brandl, Technical University Vienna on geothermal engineering, foundations and tunnels, landfills and high retaining walls. Followed by the Rankine Dinner. Contact Tony Bracegirdle, email:

Investigation and strategy for reconstruction of Horsfall Tunnel, 21 March, 6pm, Moat House Hotel, Liverpool.North Western Association Geotechnical Group meeting presented by C Milne and S Solera.Contact David Morrow, tel:0161 962 1214; fax: 0161 905 5855; email:

Cardiff Bay Barrage - geotechnical aspects, 21 March, 6.15pm, Cardiff. South Wales Ground Engineering Group meeting presented by Stuart Sutton. Contact David Naylor, tel: 01792 233 755; email:

International conference on safety and risk in engineering, 21-23 March, Malta. Conference on safety, lifetime performance and environmental aspects of building, civil engineering and technical systems, including reliability in geotechnical engineering benchmark studies. Contact tel: +41 1633 2647; fax: +41 1633 1241; email:;

Are tunnels faster by TBM? The new Qtbm prognosis model, 22 March, 5pm, ICE, London. BTS meeting presented by the pioneer of the Q rock mass rating system Nick Barton. Contact email:; website:

Ladybower rehabilitation, 26 March, 5.30pm, ICE, London. British Dam Society meeting presented by S Harwood and M Hewitt. Contact Kirsty Watermann, tel: 020 7655 2234; email:;

Fourth international conference on recent advances in geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil dynamics, 26-31 March, San Diego, USA. Organised by the University of Missouri-Rolla in association with ISSMGE and IAEE.Contact Shamsher Prakash, tel: +1 573 3414489; fax: +1 573 3416553/4729; email:;

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