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Guidance on stabilisation/solidification techniques for the treatment of contaminated land, 12 January, Haworth Lecture Theatre, Birmingham. Midland Geotechnical Society meeting with Lindsay Barnard (Arup), Brian Bone (Environment Agency) and Colin Hills (Greenwich University). Contact Jeff Mosforth, tel:01926 813747; email: jeff@ geotechnical. co. uk

Stability assessment for landfill lining systems, 13 January, Royal Holloway College, Egham, IGS meeting presented by Dr Neil Dixon (Loughborough University) and Dr Russell Jones (Golder Associates). Joint meeting with the Thames Valley Regional Group of the Geological Society.

Contact: Neil Dixon, tel: 01509 228 542; email: n. dixon@lboro. ac. uk Active barriers, 13 January, David Hume Tower, Edinburgh University.

Scottish Geotechnical Group meeting presented by Stephan Jefferis (Surrey University).

Contact Alistair Chisholm, (Arup Scotland), Alistair.Chisholm@ arup. com Flood defence at Glasson, 14 January, County Hall Preston. North West Geotechnical Group Meeting with Jane Collins (Arup). Joint meeting with the Lancashire branch. Contact: Jane Collins, tel:

0161 228 2331; fax: 0161 236 1057;email: jane. collins@arup. com

A tale of two towers - Pisa and Big Ben, 14 January, Sheffield University. Yorkshire Geotechnical Group meeting presented by Professor John Burland (Imperial College). Joint meeting with IStructE and ICE. Contact:Jim Martin, tel: 01302 793 261;email: jim. martin@skanska.

co. uk

A86 West Project: Paris, 15 January 2004, ICE London. BTS meeting with presentations from Vinci Construction and Herrenknecht.

Contact Gavin Bowyer, tel: 020 7665 2233; fax: 020 7799 1325; email:bts@ice. org. uk Contaminated land - the developments, 21 January, Queen's University Belfast. Free seminar organised by Firstfaraday, Bio-wise and InvestNI. Contact Diana Moore, Bio-wise, tel: 0289 9070 6000.

CTRL Ashford Box Design, 21 January, ICE London. BGA meeting.

Contact Gavin Bowyer, tel: 020 7665 2233; fax: 020 7799 1325; email:bga@ice. org. uk

Hull tunnel project, 21 January, Cardiff. Wales Ground Engineering Group meeting presented by Lesley Benton (Arup). Cohosted with the IHT. Contact:

The clock is ticking for this year's bumper Civils from 27-29 April in Hall 17 at the NEC in Birmingham. The event gives opportunities to network, attend free seminars and check out the exhibitors - almost half of which are from the geotechnical sector. Attendees can try their hand at the pit-stop challenge, where a team of three gets to change a wheel on an F1 Ferrari. In the RedR Challenge teams experience the physical and mental challenges that relief workers face in the field. And at last, you can get something back from the insurance industry with a free, yes free, neck and shoulder massage on the Howden Insurance Brokers stand. For further information, contact Russell Kenrick, tel: 020 7505 6882 or visit www. civils. com

David Naylor, tel: 01792 233 755;email: d. j. naylor@ swansea. ac. uk

No dig roadshow, 22 January, Reading. UK Society for Trenchless Technology seminar and exhibition on no dig technologies. Contact Caroline Prescot, tel: 01923 778311.

Portfolio risk assessment and case histories, 26 January, ICE London. BDS meeting presented by Dr Andy Hughes (KBR).

Contact Gavin Bowyer, tel: 0207 655 2233; email: bds@ice. org. uk or visit www. britishdams. org

The Bingley bypass - geotechnical, 27 January, Forth Street, Newcastle. Northern Geotechnical Group meeting presented by Dr M Osbourne (Arup).

Contact Dick Forth, tel: 0191 222 7099; email: r. a. uk

Newzeye/brownfield briefing conference - legislative changes in the brownfield and contaminated land sector, 28 January, London. Tel: 020 8969 1008; email: conference@ brownfieldbriefing. com

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