Recent and Upcoming Events

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • Sports Day:  Staff, PhD students. MSc students and their families enjoyed a day of cricket and football together in July 2018.  Find out more about student life here.
  • Seminar: Prof Paulo Coelho from the University of Coimbra, Portugal,delivered a seminar on Friday 13th July entitled "Mechanisms governing the performance of shallow foundations built on liquefiable ground”
  • Seminar: Prof. David Airey (University of Sydney) gave a talk on ‘Liquefaction of Cargos in Ships' in July 2018.  Details: David Airey Talk.
  • Seminar: On Wed July 4 Dr. David Carrier will gave a talk on secondary compression. This talk will take place at 4 pm in room 201.
  • Evening Talk: On Tuesday April 17 2018 Dr. Laurie Wesley gave a talk about Prof. Bishop, a former professor in the geotechnics section.  Full details: Talk on Prof. Bishop
  • Effects of tunnelling on existing tunnels: On Wed April 25th there will be a seminar on the Effects of tunnelling on existing tunnels.  This half-day seminar is free of charge, however participants should register with Ms. Sue Feller.
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Modified Cam Clay:  In March 2018 staff and students celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Modified Cam Clay Model with Prof. John Burland.
  • Landslide Talk: Prof. Paul Santi from the Colorado School of Mines will give a talk  on Friday 16th March, on "the Mechanics and Analysis of the Deadly West Salt Creek Landslide, Colorado” at 12 noon, in Room 207, Skempton Building. 
  • 2018 Pre-Rankine Seminar: Prior to the BGA Rankine lecture on March 21, the Geotechnics Section  co-hosted, with the BGA,  a seminar on "Linking fabric, structure and soil behaviour: Recent advancements".  Details are given on the seminar programme.
  • Other recent activities, events and news.

Staff, student and alumni news

  • 2019-2020 MSc Class: We are enjoying interacting with  our current cohort of MSc students. Find out more about our MSc course here.
  • Explanation of Liquefaction to Guardian:  In the aftermath of the Indonesia earthquake Dr. Stavroula Kontoe explained the mechanics of liquefaction to the Guardian Newspaper.
  • BGA Engineering in chalk 2018 conference: This event (www.chalk2018.org/) took place at Imperial in Sept. 2018, Dr. James Lawrence  was the organising secretary.  The proceedings were co-edited by Dr. James Lawrence and Dr. Roisín Buckley (www.icevirtuallibrary.com/isbn/9780727764072 ). A number of Imperial staff and students contributed to the proceedings and helped out during the conference.
  • Ground Engineering Awards (Aliki Kokkinou, MSc 2013/14) - Aliki was awarded the Rising Star Award at the Ground Engineering Awards https://awards.geplus.co.uk/winners-2017
  • Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium (YGES 2018) - Sara Bandera and Sihua Chen won best presentations during the YGES 2018.  Sara won best overall presentation and will be presenting at the next BGA Annual Conference.
  • Best poster at this year's BGA Annual Conference - Hendarto Hendarto's poster won best poster at this year's BGA Conference,
  • 2018 Telford Gold Medal:  This prize was awarded to Dr Michael Wan, Dr Jamie Standing, Prof Dave Potts and Prof John Burland for their paper Wan, M.S.P., Standing, J.R., Potts, D.M. and Burland, J.B. (2017). Measured short-term subsurface ground displacements from EPBM tunnelling in London Clay.  Géotechnique, Vol. 67, No. 9, pp. 748-779.
  • Research Highlighted in Daily Telegraph:  The Daily Telegraph has highlighted research by  Dr. Richard Ghail. You can read the article online.
  • Research Highlighted in Evening Standard: London's Evening Standard has highlighted ongoing research in the section by Christine Bischoff, a PhD student supervised by Dr. Richard Ghail.  You can read the article online.
  • International award for geotechnical engineering teaching:  The Soil Mechanics MSc Cluster DirectorDr. Stavroula Kontoe has been awarded the international 2017 Shamsher Prakash award for excellence in teaching of geotechnical engineering.
  • MSc Graduate Wins the Cooling Prize:  On Feb 28 2018, Joe Newhouse, who completed a MSc in soil mechanics and who now works at Mott MacDonald, was awarded 49th Cooling Prize by the British Geotechnical Association for his paper “Ground movement due to shaft construction” which is based on his MSc dissertation.
  • Unwin Prize Award for Geotechnics PhD Graduate:  Dr. Klementyna Gawecka has been jointly awarded the Unwin Prize for best PhD student by the Department of Civil Engineering.  Dr. Gawecka, who finished her PhD in 2017, is currently working as a teaching fellow in the Geotechnics Section.   
  • Other recent activities, events and news.