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Engineering Group Annual Conference

12 - 14 April 2018
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We are delighted to announce that the annual conference of the Engineering Group will take place on 12-14th April 2018 at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Senior figures within our profession will “keep lessons alive' by connecting important case-studies and research to current best practice. Accommodation will be in en-suite rooms in Christ’s College with the conference dinner held in Christ’s College Formal Hall. The meeting will commence on the Thursday evening with a keynote talk and icebreaker reception. Conference fee includes all accommodation, ice-breaker and lunch costs together with the conference dinner. Attendance on the field trip is optional.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Prof. Tim Broyd (ex ICE President)
  • Prof. Pierre Duffaut (ex ISRM France Chair)
  • Prof. Jim Griffiths (Plymouth University)
  • Prof. John Harrison (Toronto University)
  • Dr Ursula Lawrence (Capita Symonds)
  • David Shilston (Atkins)

Abstracts & Programme

Thursday 12th April 2018

18:00 Arrival/Registration

Welcome and Introduction – David Giles

Pierre Duffaut/ Justin Larouzée - Malpasset Dam Failure. - Keynote



Friday 13th April 2018

EGGS Working Parties - Chris Martin


  • Shilston, D. –Triumph and Disaster: the effective use of case-studies in ground engineering - Keynote

  • Redshaw, P., Boon, D., Campbell, G., Willis, M., Jordan, C., Thomas, M. - The 1945 Charlotte and 2017 Regent Landslides, Freetown Peninsular, Sierra Leone.

  • Maliphant, P.C., Reeves, H. - Lessons learned from the Aberfan Disaster.

  • Parry, S. - Geomorphological Mapping and Landslide Hazard: Moving from Qualitative to

  • Quantitative Assessments.

  • Lawrence, U. – The role of risk and assumption in the engineering geology of Crossrail. - Keynote

  • Jack, C. - Engineering geological aspects of the Mullardoch Tunnel

  • Blower, T., Wainstein, M., Vibert, C. - Lessons in Rockfill Dam Design and Construction in Lesotho.

  • Roberts, P., Conrad, A. - Engineering Praxes In Large Infrastructure Projects: The Lessons of Experience



  • Threadgold, L. - Re-thinking Site Investigation - Keynote

  • Norbury, D. - Failures and generational memory.

  • Barton, M., Pearce, R., Smethurst, J., Rahman, A., Bailey, M. - Slide Prone Horizons: Their Constitution, Origin and Dominant Role in Slope Degradation

  • Czerewko M.A., Tunnicliffe J., Bastekin A. - Ground appraisal for wind turbine development in an area of hazardous ground at Carsington Pasture, a remote upland location in Derbyshire.

  • Griffiths, J. - Advances in Engineering Geology 1949-2018 – Keynote

  • Reid, J.M., Cripps, J.C. - Lessons from Carsington: geochemical aspects

  • Czerewko M.A., Cripps J.C. Reid J.M., Longworth I. - The legacy of pyrite: Why do we still experience engineering problems?

  • Brabham, P.J., Manju, M., Thomas, H. - The potential of extracting ground heat from mine water in abandoned deep coal mines – A case study from Caerau, Upper Lynfi Valley, South Wales

  • Nicholls, K. - “Please Sir, can I have some more?” – revisiting the art and craft of the Victorian pillar thief.

19:00 Dinner

 Saturday 14th April 2018

Conference Keynote by Tim Broyd (152nd President of the Institution of Civil Engineers)

Panel discussion

Conference closing remarks – David Giles

Saturday to late afternoon – Field trip

Close 17:00 approximately

Conference registration

You can either register for the conference and field trip online or download the pdf registration form and return it to the Conference Office.

Field trip

A field trip is being planned as an additional activity to the conference.  The cost of the field is £30 full rate and £15 concessions.

If you wish to register for the field trip online, please select the 'Non Fellow' option for the full rate and 'Other Societies' for the concession rate.


  • Dr David Giles, University of Portsmouth (
  • Dr John Perry, Consulting Engineer (
  • Dr Phil Renforth, Cardiff University (

Conference Sponsors

Silver level sponsorship

Bronze level sponsorship


Registration rates

£ 230.00
£ 300.00
£ 230.00
£ 230.00
£ 150.00
£ 180.00

Activity rates

Optional: Field trip
£ 30.00
£ 15.00

Geolsoc Contact

Georgina Worrall

Burlington House

Convenor Contact

Dave Giles

Dave Giles