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GEOTECHNICAL EVENTS

Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group AGM, 2 November, 6.30pm, Queens University, Belfast. Followed by presentation on retaining wall design. Contact Gary McCandless, tel: 01232 253255.

The value of geotechnics in construction, 4 November, ICE, London. Organised by AGS and Ground Engineering with the support of BGS and FPS, the event aims to raise clients' awareness of the benefits and need for best practice. Sessions cover project planning and

feasibility, savings and benefits through design and construction, and whole life costs and considerations. Contact Dianne Jennings, AGS administrator, tel: 0181 658 8212; fax: 0181 663 0949.

Geotechnics of subsea pipelines, 11 November, 5.30pm, ICE, London. Organised by BGS, the informal discussion will use a combination of research and practical experience of the four speakers relating to pipelines in the seabed. Contact Grace Chen, tel: 0171 665 2233; fax 0171 799 1325.

Urban ground engineering - tunnelling and geotechnics, 11-12 November, Hong Kong. Conference organised by ICE Ground Board addressing the wide range of geotechnical issues associated with urban development. Contact Carol Chin, tel: 0171 665 2316; fax

0171 233 1743.

The Glossop Lecture, 16 November, 5pm, Royal Institution, London. Dr Evert Hoek presents Putting numbers to geology - an engineer's viewpoint.

Twenty-five years of progress in pipe jacking, 19 November, 5.30pm, ICE, London. BTS meeting introduced by Dr D Allenby, Edmund Nuttall. Contact Grace Chen, tel: 0171 665 2233; fax 0171 799 1325.

Contaminated land, current practice in remedial technologies, 24 November, St Ermins Hotel, Westminster, London. Conference organised by CIRIA on current remediation technology that fits within the regulatory framework. Contact Louise Denniff at CIRIA, tel: 0171 222 8891.

New trends in unsaturated soil mechanics: from fundamentals to engineering practice, 24 November, 6pm, University of Portsmouth, 25 November, 6pm, University of Nottingham and 26 November, 5.45pm, Gateshead Civic Centre. Professor Antonio Gens gives the 1998 BGS Touring Lecture at meetings of the ICE Southern, East Midlands and Northern Geotechnical Groups. Contact Chris Ford, tel: 01256 461 161, Ron Jones at Nottingham, tel: 0115 951 3891 or Barry Clarke at Newcastle, tel: 0191 222 6888.

Recent developments in ground improvement, 8 December, 5.45pm, Trinity Maritime Centre, Newcastle. Meeting of Northern Geotechnical Group with speaker B Slocombe, Keller Ground Engineering. Contact Barry Clarke, tel: 0191 222 6888.

Failure of a geomembrane lined reservoir over a chalk foundation, 9 December, 5.30pm, ICE, London. Joint meeting of BGS, IGS and

ICE Ground Board introduced by Adrian Needham of Weeks Technical Services. Contact Grace Chen, tel: 0171 665 2233; fax 0171 799 1325.

Geotechnical aspects of landfill engineering - reclamation of former opencast and colliery sites, 9 December, 6.30pm, County Hall, Preston. Joint meeting of ICE North Western Association Geotechnical Group and ICE Lancashire Branch. Keith Mitchell will speak on design and risk assessment of landfill development. Contact Alison Rudram, tel: 0161 962 1214.

Eighth Australia New Zealand geomechanics conference, 15-17 February 1999, Hobart, Australia. 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. com.au

Geotechnical engineering for transportation infrastructure, 7-10 June 1999, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The XIIth European conference on soil mechanics and foundation. Visit www.delft goet.nl/xiiecsmge.99

Second International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, 21-25 June 1999, Lisbon, Portugal. Organised by Portuguese Geotechnical Society with the support of ISSMGE and TC4 on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. Contact Pedro S Seco e Pinto, tel :+35 1 848 21 31; fax +35 1 847 81 87; e-mail SICEGE@Inec.pt

Geotechnical aspects of underground construction in soft ground, 19- 21 July, 1999, Tokyo, Japan. International symposium, building on format established in New Delhi (1994) and London (1996), focusing on the exchange of information, and lessons from case histories. Organised under ISSMGE's TC28 and co-chaired by Dr RJ Mair and Professor O Kusakabe. Contact Professor K Fujita, fax: +81 471 23 9766.

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GeoEng 2000, 19-24 November 2000, Melbourne, Australia. International conference on geotechnical and geological engineering. Themes include geotechnical earthquake engineering, underground works, stability of natural and excavated slopes, environmental geotechnics, ground improvement and ground support. Tel: +61 3 9682 0244; fax: +61 3 9682 0288.

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