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The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM)

Date established 1892. The Institution as now constituted was formed by merger of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy and the Institution of Mining Engineers in 1998

Primary interests To advance the science and practice of operations within the minerals industry.

To acquire, preserve and communicate knowledge of the industry

Number of members About 6,500 with some 5,000 members working in the UK sector

Main activities The Institution publishes International Mining & Minerals monthly and Transactions nine times a year. It has a comprehensive website and the IMMAGE database of references to the scientific and engineering literature of the international minerals industry

Current initiatives and concerns The IMM supports the professions involved with most sectors of the industry. Technical disciplines include exploration, engineering and mining geology, mining engineering, petroleum engineering, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy as well as health and safety, management and environmental aspects of the industry

Contact details Eur Ing Dr Graham Woodrow, Secretary, Danum House, South Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DY, UK. Tel: 01302 320486. Fax: 01302 380900. Email: hq@imm. org. uk. Website:

ICE Ground Board

Date established 1981, after ICE restructured its learned society activities into seven boards covering the main divisions of civil engineering

Primary interests Activities include organising evening meetings, seminars and writing technical specifications - recent examples being construction of slurry trench cut-off walls and piling embedded retaining walls

Number of members ICE Boards serve the interests of ICE members and do not have any members other than those involved on its committees. Following merger with the British Geotechnical Society it is hoped ICE members will join the new British Geotechnical Association

Current initiatives and concerns Merger with BGS to form BGA, encouraging ICE members to join BGA, support for regional geotechnical groups, website including directory of geotechnical engineers

Contact details (for BGA which comes into being next month) Chairman, Quentin Leiper: Administrator, Dionne Jacobs: Website and directory:

Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS)

Date established 1964

Primary interests Geotechnical contractors, including piling, mini piles, diaphragm walls, bored pile walls, sheet pile walls, grouting, jet grouting, ground anchors, vibroflotation, dynamic compaction

Number of member companies 19

Total staff within members 3,200 Main activities Technical standards and codes, contract terms, safety, training, environmental practice Current initiatives and concerns Use of bentonite support fluids; ICE Blue Form of subcontract; application of LOLER regulations to piling operations; piling NVQs; auger cleaning and guarding; Building Regulations and site investigation; minimum reinforcement in piles, design of CFA piles in chalk; piling above aquifers; pile testing guidance

Contact details Forum Court, 83 Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1NR. Tel: 020 8663 0947. Fax: 020 8663 0949. Email: Website:

The Engineering Group of the Geological Society

Date established 1963. A Specialist Group of the Geological Society of London

Primary interests Practice and study of geology in construction, mining, planning, disposal of waste, assessment of geohazards and environmental matters

Number of members The Geological Society has just over 9,000 Fellows of whom about 25% are members of the Engineering Group

Main activities Maintaining strong links with the professional associations for geotechnical engineers, highway engineers, the Society's regional groups and others with an interest in engineering geology. Supporting the training and professional development of engineering geologists by regular meetings, conferences, working parties, training guides, scientific publications and technical handbooks;

and through the Geotechnical Training Coordination Committee (GTCC), a joint initiative of the BGS, AGS and Engineering Group

Current initiatives and concerns Securing the long term future of ground-related MSc courses, now under review by the major grant awarding bodies

Contact details Secretary of the Engineering Group, Dr Andrew Pitchford, CIRIA, 6 Storey's Gate, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AU. Email: andrew. Geological Society's web site:

The British Tunnelling Society (BTS)

Date established 1971. An Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Primary interests To advance knowledge in and encourage the art and science of tunnelling by fostering understanding, experience, interest and research therein

Number of members 900

Main activities Ten informal meetings are held in London during the year with an annual dinner in May. An International Tunnel Conference is held in September, the next being in 2001. A lecture and a competition is held for technical papers from young members.

The James Clarke Medal is awarded annually to an individual who has made notable contribution to UK tunnelling.

Two training courses during the year: Health & Safety in Tunnelling and Construction and Design Current activities and concerns A website is being set up which will include members'and tunnel databases.

A Tunnel Lining Design Guide is being drafted and the BTS Tunnelling Specification is being updated. BTS is actively involved in the revision of the British Standard BS 6164 - Safety in Tunnelling, the CEN Standards for the tunnelling industry, the UK Compressed Air Working Group and, the preparation of guidance notes on the Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Contact details The Secretary, British Tunnelling Society, The Institution of Civil Engineers, 1-7 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA. Tel: 020 76652233. Fax: 020 77991325. Email: Website:

Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS)

Date established 1988

Primary interests Site investigation standards and practice, contaminated land identification and remediation, geotechnical education and training Number of member companies 117 (including personal members) Total staff within members 1100 geotechnical or geoenvironmental advisers or specialists

Main activities Electronic data transfer, contaminated land, business practice (benchmarking and SI standards), loss prevention (warranties, insurance, contract terms, procurement), geoprofessional training

Current initiatives and concerns Benchmarking of SI practice; the new regulatory regime for contaminated land;

good practice in site investigation, loss prevention 'toolkit' for members, development of the AGS website.

Publications: Combined SI for Geotechnical and Geoenvironment Investigations; AGS Electronic Format Ed3

Contact details Forum Court, 83 Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1NR. Tel: 020 8658 8212. Fax: 020 8663 0949. Email: Website:

British Drilling Association Ltd (BDA)

Date established 1976

Primary interests Promoting and improving standards of efficiency, health & safety and training and education in the drilling industry

Number of member companies 170 (600 personal members)

Total staff within members Not known

Main activities Subcommittees include training & education, safety/standards/technical, driller accreditation, marketing, finance, ground investigation and geotechnical processes Current initiatives and concerns Introduction of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) for drilling field crews and aligning these with Accreditation; producing rotary drill guidance notes on guarding; introducing a health & safety manual; and devising new NVQ training under its Driller Skills for Life programme.

It remains concerned about the adherence to, and policing, of existing standards and the need to raise them, thereby ensuring that only those that comply are entitled to win work

Contact details Brian Stringer, BDA national secretary, British Drilling Association Ltd, Wayside, London End, Upper Boddington, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6DP. Tel: 01327 264622. Fax: 01327 264623.


British Geotechnical Society

Date established 1949. Becomes British Geotechnical Association in June 2000

Primary interests Principal society for geotechnical engineers in the UK and the UK member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and the International Society for Rock Mechanics. Serves the learned society geotechnical function for its membership, the Institution of Civil Engineers, customers and clients of geotechnical services

Number of members 1269 individual members, 24 corporate members . Targeted to increase by 15% this year

Total staff within members Approximately 1100 in UK

Main activities 12 learned society meetings including the Rankine Lecture.

Young geotechnical engineers activities include a symposium every two years, the annual Cooling Prize, support for two delegates to attend the Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference in Europe every year. Papers Prize and Skempton Medal. Publication of the BGS Directory

Current initiatives and concerns Merger with ICE Ground Board, due to be completed in June. Increased links with and support for regional geotechnical groups.

Publication of website and an electronic version of the BGS Directory (of geotechnical engineers). The target is to provide information to customers and clients on geotechnical expertise

Contact details Chairman, Quentin Leiper:

Administrator, Dionne Jacobs: Website and directory:

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