MORE THAN 100 young geotechnical engineers from 50 countries - from Australia to Zimbabwe - converged on Southampton University earlier this month to attend the 1st International Young Geotechnical Engineers' conference.
Hosted by the university's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the event was co-sponsored by the British Geotechnical Association and the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).
It was fitting that the event, a one-off to mark the millennium, was held in the UK. The young geotechnical engineers' concept was originated by Professor John Atkinson at City University in 1981.
The format has since been adopted around the world, but this is the first global event.
A GE commemorative supplement, Geotechnical Lives, is published with this issue.
BGA-sponsored delegates Byron Byrne from Oxford University and Beatrice Baudet ofCity University provide a full account of the event on page 32.