British Geotechnical Association

The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) specialises in how soil mechanics, rock mechanics and geology are applied to engineering.

The BGA is a member of Ground Forum. It's also the UK representative of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

The BGA organises regular technical discussions on a wide range of topics related to ground engineering, including:

  • The principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials
  • Slope stability
  • Risk assessment of site conditions
  • Earthworks and foundation construction

Meet the panel

The Ground Engineering panel is made up of a variety of industry experts. Find out more about our panel chair and details of the panel's members.

  • Panel chair: Dr Martin Preene

    British Geotechnical Association

    Dr Martin Preene is Chairman of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA). He is a geotechnical engineer specialising in the geotechnical problems caused by groundwater, with more than 30 years’ experience with contractors and consultants worldwide. Dr Preene is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Geologist and UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser. He has wide professional interests in geotechnical engineering and is the author of one textbook, more than 50 papers, and several industry guidance documents.


Other panel members

Panel member name Role Employer
Martin Preene Chairman Preene Groundwater Consulting Ltd
Neil Smith Honorary Secretary Applied Geotechnical Engineering
Peter Eldred Honorary Treasurer Environmental Scientifics Group
Fleur Loveridge Honorary Publicity Officer University of Southampton
Yvonne Ainsworth Elected Member Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering
Way Way Moinet Elected Member Atkins
Kelvin Higgins Elected Member Geotechnical Consulting Group
Miguel Pacheco Andrade Elected Member DONG Energy
Rob Talby Elected Member Mott MacDonald
Patrick Cox Elected Member AECOM
Ray Hobbs Elected Member Consultant
Sergio Solera Elected Member Mott MacDonald
David Giles Geological Society Representative University of Portsmouth
Martin S Griffin IMMM Representative  
Andrew Stenning BTS Representative Atkins
Angeliki Grammatikopoulou Co-opted Member - Rankine Geotechnical Consulting Group
John Coggan Guest - ISRM University of Exeter
Andrew Ridley Co-opted Member – FMGM Geotechnical Observations
Jamie Standing Co-opted Member Imperial College, London
Henry Tayler Co-opted Member – Early Career Group Arup
Nick Fearnhead Co-opted Member - Early Career Group Atkins
Peter Reading Co-opted Member - Technicians Peter Reading Geotechnical Consulting Ltd
Peter Ingram Continuing Member - Website Arup
Hugo Wood Continuing Member – Young engineers Flint and Neill
Chaido Doulala-Rigby Guest - IGS Tensar
Jim Cook Guest - AGS Geotechnical Services
Claire Smith Guest member Ground Engineering
Neil Taylor Honorary Member - ISSMGE City University
Robert Mair Extraordinary Honorary Member Cambridge University
Shelagh Fleming Executive Institution of Civil Engineers

What are we working on?

Following the success of the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, which the BGA hosted in Edinburgh last September, the Association reverted to holding its annual conference, exhibition and AGM in June 2016 at ICE at One Great George Street, London. The BGA is keen to encourage young engineers and space was found in the busy programme for the Cooling Prize and Masters Dissertation Prize Winners to present their papers to the membership.

The Early Career Group continues to go from strength to strength and their events now feature regularly alongside those organised by the main Committee, which is itself expanding the schedule to provide additional knowledge exchange and networking opportunities for its members as well as stimulating competitions. The schedule for 2016-17 is already shaping up to be varied and interesting and, with geotechnics being fundamental to infrastructure and development, will appeal to a wide audience.

Topics to be explored over the next few months include:

  • Landslips affecting rail infrastructure.
  • Geomembrane performance in landfill.
  • Numerical modelling in the design of major rock engineering projects.
  • Geotechnical engineering - the art of burying success.
  • Recent developments and applications in geotechnical characterisation.

The BGA and its members regularly contribute to a number of ICE publications. You can find out more about these by visiting the links below:

The BGA holds annual joint lectures and works closely with other engineering groups like the Geological Society and the International Geosynthetics Society. They also organise collaborative events with the British Tunnelling Society and the Offshore Engineering Society.