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Nominations sought as merger moves forward

THE BRITISH Geotechnical Society and ICE Ground Board last month held its first joint committee meeting following the go-ahead for their merger in December.

A combined 'shadow executive', drawn from the two bodies' existing committees, will operate until June when the British Geotechnical Association comes into being.

The committee has chosen British Geotechnical Society chairman Professor Quentin Leiper to act as chairman with Ground Board chairman Neil Buchanan as vice chair.

Leiper will become the first chairman of the BGA in June, with Professor Barry Clarke assuming the vice chairmanship.Leiper will sit for one year and be succeeded in June 2001 by Clarke, who will take a full twoyear term.

BGS members, ICE local associations and regional geotechnical groups have been asked for nominations for the first three elected positions on the BGA committee.All groups are seeking nominations for candidates who should be members of the BGS and be supported by three members.

Leiper says his priorities in the run-up to June and during his tenure as BGA chairman are to ensure a smooth transition for the joint body, to encourage more members - particularly among younger engineers - and to improve links with the regional geotechnical groups.

He also promises more 'visibility' for the learned society within ICE and the industry, and improved communication between the BGA and its members.

Richard Driscoll of BRE has been drafted into the executive committee's finance and general purposes sub-committee, charged with the specific role of taking the lead on membership.

'We have some ideas and will be putting a lot of energy into membership growth over the next two years, ' Leiper says. Support and liaison for the regional geotechnical groups will be spearheaded by Clarke.

Nominations are also being sought for elections for the full BGA executive committee that will take over in June.Proposals for prospective candidates should be submitted to BGS/Ground Board administrator Dionne Jacobs by 31 March 2000.

The full executive committee will then be comprised of the chairman, vice chairman, honorary treasurer, honorary secretary plus nine elected members, two ICE nominations (one from Council), one representative of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, one representative of the Institution ofMining & Metallurgy, and one representative of the British Tunnelling Society.

In addition, representatives from the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and the International Society for Rock Mechanics will be co-opted onto the executive committee.

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