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.
What are we working on?
The BGA celebrated its 70th Anniversary with an outstandingly successful Annual Conference, exhibition and AGM in June 2019 at One Great George Street, focusing on digital progress in the geotechnical world. Young people are key to the future of the industry and were encouraged to meet more experienced engineers.
The Cooling Prize and Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium Winners presented their papers to the membership and last year’s innovative Poster Competition once again provoked displays of some interesting projects.
Following the success of the Chalk 2018 Conference held in September 2018, the Association is developing a regular pattern of specialist conferences every two years, and are busy planning the Piling 2020 Conference to be held at the University of Durham.
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 2019-2020 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:
- Suction bucket foundations for offshore wind turbines: geotechnical observations during installation and operation
- A new Climate for Geocomposite Drainage
- Earthworks Standards Update
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.