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Chalk underlies large parts of the UK and north-western Europe, and presents a diverse range of geotechnical challenges that can affect building foundations, road and rail infrastructure, tunnels and other engineering projects.
Over the past decades there has been considerable interest in characterising and understanding the engineering properties and behaviour of chalk. The last major conference on chalk was held almost 30 years ago in 1989 in Brighton.
The 2018 conference will bring together the knowledge and experience gained in the last three decades, including case histories and up to date research perspectives on engineering in chalk.
The conference venue will be Imperial College, London, with the main presentations in The Great Hall, and parallel sessions in other rooms as well as a Technical Exhibition in the Queen's Tower Rooms and Garden.
Further details on the conference can be found on the conference website: www.chalk2018.org.
Rory is probably the UK's leading expert in the engineering geology of Chalk, and is at the forefront of developing and disseminating practical knowledge about its properties. He is widely published, with around 80 papers on Chalk, and delivered the 11th Glossop Lecture of the Geological Society on Making Sense of the Chalk: A Total-Rock Approach to Engineering Geology.
Richard is a professor of Geomechanics and Deputy Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College, London, is a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow and gave the British Geotechnical Association's 56th Rankine Lecture in 2016.
Clive Edmonds is a partner at Peter Brett Associates LLP. He has 30 years' experience in geological, geomorphological and geotechnical issues, particularly relating to instability in Chalk. He has authored more than 40 technical papers/articles/books and has lectured widely.
Dr Edmonds' keynote will be entitled Review of Collapse Events on Chalk Since 2000 and the Opportunity for Improvement. It will discuss major collapse events across the Chalk outcrop since 2000, many of which have resulted in damage to buildings, infrastructure and risks to people followed by expensive remedial works.