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What is the matter with geotechnical engineering? 9 February, University of Nottingham. East Midlands Geotechnical Group meeting. Speaker John Atkinson, professor of soil mechanics at City University London. Contact Ed Faragher, tel: 01509 282304; or visit www. lboro. ac. uk/emgg

Ground anchorages, 10 February, Dundee University. Scottish Geotechnical Group meeting presented by Professor Albert Roger.

Contact Alistair Chisholm, email: Alistair.Chisholm@arup. com

CTRL project: geology and geotechnics, 11 February, ICE London. BGA meeting held jointly with the Engineering Group of the Geological Society. Contact Andrew Pitchford, Ciria, tel: 0207 654 9042; email: Andrew. pitchford @ciria. org

Monitored performance of a bored pile retaining wall, 17 February, Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke. Southern Geotechnical Group meeting with speakers David Richards and Jo Clark of the University of Southampton. Contact Jo Clark, tel: 023 8059 5439; email: jo. clark@soton. ac. uk

Risk assessment for soil & groundwater, 17-19 February, University of Sheffield. Three-day CPD conference. Contact Sarah Murton, tel; 0114 222 5712.

Legal aspects of slope stability, 18 February, Renold Building, UMIST, Manchester. IGS joint meeting with the ICE North West Geotechnical Group, presented by Mark Fallows (Hammonds Suddard Edge Solicitors).

Contact: Neil Dixon, tel: 01509 228 542; email: n. dixon@lboro. ac. uk

Old Cliffe Hill, 19 February, ICE London. A look at this challenging tunnelling and quarrying project hosted jointly by the BTS and IMMM. Contact Gavin Bowyer, tel: 0207 665 2233; email: bts@ice. org. uk

Ground treatment - getting the best from difficult sites, 24 February, Watford. One-day BRE seminar to explain how best to use ground treatment techniques for building developments on poor ground, whether soft, organic soils or fills.

For details visit www. bre. co. uk

Implementing sustainable drainage systems, 24 February, London.

Technical briefing for those interested in understanding the current regulatory framework for SUDS and its implementation.

Tel: 020 7549 3300 or visit www. ciria. org

Geotechnical strategy for the UK rail network, 1 March, Haworth Lecture Theatre, Birmingham.

Midland Geotechnical Society meeting presented by Sharon Rose from Network Rail. Contact Jeff Mosforth, tel: 01926 813747; email: jeff@geotechnical. co. uk

Student papers competition, 9 March, Nottingham Trent University.

Joint meeting of East Midlands Geotechnical Group and the International Geosynthetics Society (UK). Contact Neil Dixon, tel: 01509 228 542; email n. dixon@lboro. ac. uk

Statnamic pile testing, 16 March, Newcastle upon Tyne. Northern Geotechnical Group meeting presented by P Middendrop from Profound. Contact Ann Bridges, tel: 0191 222 6332.

Cooling Prize, 16 March, Glasgow University. Annual competition for geotechnical engineers under the age of 27. Contact Gavin Bowyer, tel: 0207 665 2233; email: bga@ice. org. uk

The war on subsidence, 18 March, Cabinet War Rooms, Westminster, London. One-day conference on subsidence repair organised by GEand Asuc plus. Speakers will explain how the sector is gearing up for the massive increase in subsidence repair work caused by 2003's extremely dry summer. For details and to book on-line, visit www. uk; tel: 020 7505 6608; email: ge. conference@emap. com

Fifth international conference on case histories in geotechnical engineering, 13-17 April 2004, New York. Organised by the University of Missouri-Rolla and the National Hazard Mitigation Institute.

Contact Dr Shamsher Prakash, tel: 001 573 341 4489; fax: 001 573 341 4489; email: prakash@ umr. edu; www. umr. edu/~eqconf/ 5thchconf

AW Skempton memorial conference, 29-31 March, Royal Geographical Society, London. Event to celebrate Professor Sir Alec Skempton's contribution to geotechnical engineering. Contact Penny Ryan, ICE, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA; tel: 020 7665 2314; fax: 020 7233 1743; email: penny. ryan@ice. org. uk; www. skemptonconference. com

IX International symposium on landslides, 28 June - 2 July, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ISSMGE TC-11 (technical committee on landslides) conference. Tel: +55 21 562 7200; fax: +55 21 280 9545; email:

9isl@geotech. coppe. ufrj. br; www. abms. com. br

Geotechnics without boundaries - 8th YGES, 23-25 June, University of Birmingham. The symposium will allow young geotechnical engineers from industry and academia to meet and exchange ideas in an informal atmosphere.

Email: ygec-2004@bham. ac. uk

Coming up


Piling and Foundations Skempton memorial conference preview European Foundations


Geotechnics at Civils 2004 War on subsidence supplement May Ground improvement Bauma, the gigantic international trade fair for construction vehicles and plant, is being held in Munich from 29 March-4 April. Equipment is split into 22 sections spread over 450,000m 2. The fair is also hosting the sixth international symposium on microtunnel construction and the seventh international symposium on tunnel construction. GE will sift through the 2,500 exhibitors to preview the exhibition in the spring issue of European Foundations. For details visit www. bauma. de

Forthcoming geotechnical events and noticeboard.Send new entries to Max Soudain, UK fax 020 7505 6790, email max. soudain@ construct. emap. com

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