Engineering in Chalk 2018 conference details announced

The first conference to discuss the geotechnical challenges of engineering in chalk in 30 years will bring together a host of expert speakers.

Challenges of engineering in chalk
Challenges of engineering in chalk
Chalk 2018

Organised by the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) with support from the Engineering Group of the Geological Society (EGGS), this major international Engineering in Chalk conference will be held at Imperial College, London, 17-18 September 2018.

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.

The last major conference on chalk was held in Brighton in 1989. The 2018 conference brings together the knowledge and experience gained over the past three decades, including case histories and up-to-date research on engineering in chalk.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Rory Mortimore, the UK's leading expert in chalk engineering geology. He will discuss understanding the properties of chalk, including weathering, porosity, density and ultra-structure of chalk.
  • Richard Jardine, Professor of Geomechanics and Deputy Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College and a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow, gave the BGA's 56th Rankine Lecture in 2016. He will address geotechnical design issues associated with northern European offshore wind farms being developed at locations on chalk.

Conference and registration details

For speakers, programme, sponsorship and technical exhibitor opportunities, venue and more go to the Chalk 2018 website.

Registration will open late 2017/early 2018 the Chalk 2018 website.

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