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The International Aassociation for Engineering Geology and the enviroment (IAEG) will hold it's 10th international congress in Nottingham, between 6-10 September. GE takes a look at the main themes and events taking place.

The 10th International Congress of IAEG will debate the role of engineering geology for tomorrow's cities.

The 21st century is set to see a rapid growth in the world's urban population which will mean building new cities and enlarging and regenerating old ones. The four day congress will discuss and debate the ground engineering issues raised by the development of the urban environment, the impact of environmental change on engineering construction, and practical solutions for the future.

The IAEG holds an international congress every four years. This year's, being held on the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham, UK, is being organised by the IAEG UK Section and the Engineering Group of the Geological Society. The British Geotechnical Association is sponsoring the sessions on urban site investigation and environmental urban geotechnics.

The congress will be opened by Professor John Burland of Imperial College. He will be followed on stage by the IAEG2006 Hans Cloos lecturer Robert Schuster, scientist emeritus of the US Geological Survey.

The event will also feature the Engineering Group of the Geological Society's Glossop Lecture presented by Professor Robin Fell, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia.

As well as the technical sessions, optional post conference eld trips have been arranged and there will be an extensive social programme, including an icebreaker reception and dinner, a wine reception and dinner, the Glossop Lecture and supper and concludes with a conference dinner.

The congress executive comprises honorary president Professor Mike Rosenbaum, chair Jim Grifths of the University of Plymouth, secretary Andrew Pitchford of CIRIA, treasurer Graham Garrard of the Halcrow Group and IAEG UK representative Professor Martin Culshaw of the British Geological Survey.

Technical programme The congress has 12 themes, which will be organised in a series of parallel sessions, each with a keynote speaker.

There will also be poster displays of research work related to the themes, with time set aside for delegates to view these displays and discuss the topics with the authors.

There will also be meetings of various working parties and groups, including a presentation by the working party set up by the Engineering Group of the Geological Society on the engineering geology of hot deserts on 8 September.

Geology of megacities and urban areas - 7 September Chaired by Niek Rengers, with keynote speaker Ed de Mulder, this session will examine the aspects of regional and local geology (including offshore) in uencing planning and development, incorporating the engineering geological inuences and constraints on the rapid growth of large cities; developments in methods for engineering geological and applied geological mapping.

The session is sponsored by the International Working Group on Urban Geology.

Environmental urban Geotechnics - 7 September Featuring keynote speaker Stephan Jefferis, the session will look at sustainable geotechnical engineering for cities; heritage restoration; and ground movement. The session is sponsored by the British Geotechnical Association.

The future of engineering geology - 8 September Chaired by Fred Baynes, with keynote speaker Robert Tepel, this discussion session will examine engineering geology's 'core values'; the decline of postgraduate training and research; better public understanding of engineering geology; interaction with the media; and encouraging strategic inputs from geoscience.

Legacy of the past and future climate change - 8 September Session chair Judith Nathanail will lead discussions on how past industrial and commercial activity in finances current development and construction; abandoned mine workings and excavations; description, classication and mapping of articial deposits. The future effects of climate change on urban development and planning, coastal cities, subsidence and rising sea level will also be under discussion at this session.

Urban site investigation - 8 September Chaired by Jan Hellings, with keynote speaker Chris Clayton, the session will examine new methods of investigation and case histories from the urban environment. The session is sponsored by the British Geotechnical Association.

Geodata for the urban environment - 8 September Chaired by Jeff Keaton with keynote speaker Robert Hack, the session will examine digital information acquisition, storage and management; provision of outputs to professional and non-professional users; and 3D modelling, attribution and visualisation.

Planning and geohazards - 9 September Chaired by Martin Culshaw from the British Geological Survey and with keynote speaker Sergio Mora, this session will explore how the wide range of geohazards, outside of landslides, affect cities. There will also be discussion on hazard and risk assessment, the interaction between geoscience and strategic planning, development control and building control.

Dereliction, pollution and contaminated land - 9 September Chaired by Allen Hatheway and featuring keynote speaker Paul Nathanail, this session will cover pollution of groundwater;

assessment of contaminated land;

the effect of pollution on human health and the biosphere; and risk assessment.

Substructures and underground space - 9 September Chaired by Dave Chapman with keynote speaker Chris Rogers, the session will cover tunnelling;

development of underground space;

and groundwater control. The session is sponsored by the British Tunnelling Association.

Infrastructure for the city and its region - 9 September Chaired by Doug Allenby with keynote speaker Guilia Viggiani, the session will discuss roads, railways, ports, pipelines and other supply networks.

Urban landslides - 10 September Chaired by Eddie Bromhead, with keynote speaker David Petley, the session will cover the investigation, assessment and control of landslides in cities. This is a theme that will also be considered in the Glossop Lecture by Professor Robin Fell.

The session is sponsored by the Joint International Commission on Landslides.

Resources for the city - 10 September Chaired by Lars Persson and featuring keynote speaker Bjorn Schouenborg, the session will discuss industrial minerals; groundwater supply and quality; planning versus exploitation conicts; and waste disposal.

The conference will cover a wide range of subjects on the engineering geology for tomorrow's cities. It will include the geology of megacities and urban areas, the future of engineering geology, legacy of the past and future climate change and infrastructure for the city and its region.

Optional eld trips will include the engineering geology of the Alps Transit rail tunnel being built beneath the St Gotthard Pass in Switzerland.

Field trips Optional eld trips both in the UK and overseas have been organised as part of the conference.

The overseas trip will study the engineering geology of the Alp Transit rail tunnel being built beneath the St Gotthard Pass in Switzerland.

In the UK there will be the option of either a day trip to look at the engineering geology of the Peak District, or a geological walk around Nottingham introducing the Triassic desert sediments and urban geology.

Registration details and more information Delegates can register online. The £800 registration fee includes all the technical sessions, accommodation on the University of Nottingham campus, social/networking events and publications - the pre-conference papers DVD and the post-conference proceedings book and DVD.

There are reduced rates for those arranging their own accommodation.

The registration fee for accompanying persons is £300 and student delegates pay £350.

Full details of the congress, including the eldwork programme and booking forms can be found at www. iaeg2006. com; contact email: info@iaeg2006. com. Any enquiries about the technical programme should be emailed to programme@iaeg2006. com

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