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Engineering Group Annual Conference

12 - 14 April 2018
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Christ's College, Cambridge
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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

Arcadis -
Mott MacDonald - 

Bronze level sponsorship

Aecom -      
Atkins -
Geotechnical Engineering -
Fugro -

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

Conference Office

The Geological Society
Burlington House

Convenor Contact

Dave Giles

Dave Giles