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18th Glossop Medal Lecture: Variability and ground hazards: how does the ground get to be unexpected.


Australian lectures cancelled

Please note that due to health reasons, the Australia presentations of the Glossop Medal Lecture have been cancelled. If there are any updates or the situation changes, news will be posted to the website.

The Glossop Award and Lecture was established in 1997 as the most prestigious lecture of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, to be presented by an invited eminent engineering geologist.

The 18th Glossop Medal was awarded to Jackie Skipper (BSc, PhD, DIC, CGeol.) for her lecture: Variability and ground hazards: how does the ground get to be unexpected.

When something goes wrong in a civil engineering project, ‘unexpected ground conditions’ are often blamed. Natural variability of the ground can indeed be the cause of engineering hazards – but what are the causes of this variability? The systems in which sediments are laid down, weathered, eroded, faulted, frozen, transported, all make soils (and their behaviour) more complex. Engineering itself represents a type of assault on the ground, and variable sediments respond variably – leading to a wide range of potential hazards. Understanding why the ground is variable therefore leads to a better understanding of this response, allowing improved prediction and management of risks.

Using case histories, the 18th Glossop Lecture will explore the relationship between ground variability and engineering risk, in particular how training can increase the level of understanding of the ground at every level of a project.

NZGS Newsletter, 28 November


The New Zealand Geotechnical Society newsletter is available online.

Piling & Ground Improvement Conference 2020


The Piling and Foundation Specialist Federation of Australia and Deep Foundations Institute of the USA have announced a joint conference: Piling & Ground Improvement Conference 2020

The conference will be held on March 23-25, 2020 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Network with deep foundations practitioners from around the world
  • Learn about all aspects of deep foundations, retention and ground improvement works
  • Attend informative technical presentations by industry experts
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall featuring innovative products and services
  • Discover Sydney

Keynote Speakers

“Forms of Contracting, Approaches to Risk Sharing and the Impact on Innovation, Productivity and Project Outcomes”
— Frances Badelow, State Manager for New South Wales, Mott MacDonald

“Building the Foundations of a New City Using Innovative Ground Improvement Strategies Capital City District”
— Jerome Racinais , Engineering Director, MENARD

“The Application of Dynamic Analyses for Testing of NonUniform Deep Foundations”
— Samuel Paikowsky, Ph.D., Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell

“Driven Displacement Pile Ground Improvement for Liquefaction Mitigation”
— Armin Stuedlein, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, Geotechnical Engineering, Oregon State University

3rd Asia Pacific Meeting on Near Surface Geoscience & Engineering


The European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE) is excited to announce that the 3rd Asia Pacific Meeting On Near Surface Geoscience & Engineering event is coming to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A call for abstracts has been issued and submissions must be made before 31 December 2019.

More information can be found on the EAGE website.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular – November 2019


The November circular from the ISSMGE is now available online.

ATS2020 Call for Papers


On behalf of the Australian Tunnelling Society (ATS), the ATS2020 Conference Organising Committee invites you to submit an abstract for the Australasian Tunnelling Conference to be held in Melbourne in 2020. The conference will be held over 3 days in late November, providing a unique opportunity for you to showcase your knowledge and experience to a regional audience.

The theme for the conference is 2020 Vision – Innovating the next 50 years, and your contribution will be aligned with one of the following technical streams:

  • Future Proofing through Project Development and Delivery;
  • Major Projects – Case Studies;
  • Innovative Construction;
  • Challenges for Ground Support and Permanent Lining of Large Excavations;
  • Worlds Best Practice in Health, Safety, Risk, Training and Education;
  • Growth of Digital Engineering and Tunnel Data Systems;
  • Improvements in Tunnel Ventilation and Fire Life Safety;
  • Sustainable Tunnel Operations, Maintenance and Rehabilitation

To celebrate the 50th year since the first Australian Conference on Tunnelling, the organising committee would like to hear from some of our more senior tunnelling practitioners willing to reflect upon some of the achievements of the tunnelling industry in Australia in the last 50 years. To balance the ledger there will be a technical session that provides a forum for our youngest industry members to present on their tunnel industry experiences. The 50th birthday themes are thus:

  • Tunnelling in Australia – the last 50 years;
  • Young Members – the future of our industry.

If you don’t think your contribution will fit into one of the above technical or birthday streams, but you still have a tunnelling story to share, please submit your abstract for consideration by the conference organising committee.

We all know that ATS Tunnelling Conferences generate a successful mix of high quality technical presentations with great networking and social opportunities, and are a great chance to catch up with your industry colleagues. The 2020 event promises to be no different!

Our industry wants to hear from you, so please submit your abstracts by the due date so that you can be a part of our great industry event.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All abstracts due by 20 December 2019

Go to for submission details.

A flyer is also available.

ISC’6 Early bird registration deadline October 31st


We cordially invite you to the 6th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization to be held in Budapest between 7-11 September, 2020.


Early bird registration has been opened, if you wish to take advantage of the early bird registration fee (deadline October 31st), please head over to our registration site to register to the conference and book your accommodation. Day tours and excursions are also available, detailed information can be found here. Should you require any assistance with your registration, please feel free to contact our organizing partner, Tensi Congress. They can assist you in matters of registration, travel, accommodation, etc. Tensi Congress will also provide a Lufthansa group access code, which you will be able to use to book discount tickets at any Lufthansa group airline. Details will be posted on our website soon. Registration details can be found on the website.

Keynote addresses

We are working tirelessly on arranging conference sessions and keynote speakers, we can currently confirm the following keynote addresses already:

Kenneth H. Stokoe: The Increasing Role of Seismic Measurements in Geotechnical Engineering

Jason DeJong: Integrated Site Characterization: Current Practices, Emerging Opportunities & Research Needs

Helmut Schweiger, Marcos Arroyo: New Advances in Numerical Modelling of CPT

Mitchell Lecture: Fernando Schnaid: On the geo-mechanics and geo-characterization of tailings

Silvano Marchetti Lecture will be delivered by winner of the 1st Silvano Marchetti Award

Silvano Marchetti Award

The 1st Silvano Marchetti Award will be awarded at ISC’6 in memory of Professor Silvano Marchetti. This award will be granted to an author with a publication concerning the dilatometer (DMT and/or SDMT). Full details of the award and information on the application process may be found on our website.

Travel information

Our organizing partner, Tensi Congress secured a discount code for air travel with the Lufthansa Group and their partners. Conference attendees, accompanying persons, exhibitors and guests may use the discount code on our website to book their plane tickets. For more information please visit this page on our website.

Short courses and workshops

The Local Organizing Committee, working together with International Advisory Board, the ISSMGE Technical Committees and colleagues form around the world to fill Monday’s agenda with relevant short courses and workshop. If you are interested organizing a short course, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].


Not only does ISC’6 provide an opportunity to the geotechnical and geophysical communities to share their latest findings and exchange ideas, but it also offers the opportunity for our corporate partners to showcase the latest developments and advancements in field and laboratory testing, data evaluation and processing. A full list of current exhibitors and sponsors can be found on our website. If you are interested in exhibiting, please feel free to contact our organizing partner, Tensi Congress at [email protected].

ISSMGE News & Information Circular October 2019


The October 2019 ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available online.

Sponsorship opportunities for AGS Victoria 2019 AGM & Annual Dinner


The Victoria Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society invites you to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wed. 4th of December 2019, followed by its Annual Dinner.

The Sponsorship Package includes:

  • having your company logo and name on the event webpage
  • the opportunity for a 3-5 minute presentation before dinner
  • the opportunity to have a banner in the venue
  • the opportunity to distribute small items of marketing material
  • registration for the event for two nominated persons


To be included as a sponsor for the event, you will need to complete the sponsorship form and send to the AGS Secretary, Peter Robinson.

You will also need to provide a high resolution (EPS or PDF format) logo of your company for use in marketing and presentation materials.

In considering offers of sponsorship, AGS Victoria will seek a balance in industry type and therefore do not guarantee to accept all offers. region.

69th IAEG Connector Newsletter


The latest IAEG Connector, the newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world, is now available online.