Recent and Upcoming Events

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • Virtual MSc Field Trip Wednesday 24 June: Thanks to the kindness of our alumni and colleagues in Athens our current MSc students will have a live e-visit to the to Athens Metro Line 3 Piraeus station construction site on Wednesday 24 June.  This visit will include discussion with engineers working on large underground excavations / tunnelling.
  • SUT Masterclass: AN INTRODUCTION TO OFFSHORE GEOPHYSICS & GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING WEDNESDAY 8TH & THURSDAY 9TH JULY 2020: We are delighted that we have managed to successfully reschedule this annual event to be an on-line two-day workshop.  This workshop is open to all current MSc students and any student currently registered for a relevant degree in a UK university.  The detailed programme is accessible here: SUT Masterclass 2020.  For further details please contact Sue Feller.
  • Seminar: Professor Giuseppe Lanzo, from Sapienza University of Rome gave a seminar on Geotechnical properties of core materials of embankment dams from in-situ and laboratory tests: lessons learned from the Italian experience, on Friday 24th January 2020. Details: Prof Lanzo seminar
  • Seminar: To celebrate 40 years of research in computational geomechanics and the development of the flagship software ICFEP there will be a seminar with presentations from key contributors to this research on Nov 20th 2019. Details: Celebration of computational geomechanics
  • Seminar: Professor Charles D. Shackelford, from Colorado State University will give a seminar on Enhanced bentonites for
    sustainable chemical containment. on March 16 2020. Details: Shackelford's Seminar
  • Seminar: Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman,  University of South Australia gave a seminar on Equivalent state theory for constitutive modelling of silty sand  on  1st October 2019.  Details: Mizan Seminar
  • Seminar: Associate Professor Dipanjan Basu, University of Waterloo: A Generalized Framework for Static and Dynamic Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles.  Room Skempton 207 Date: 26th Sept 2019 (Thursday) Time: 16:00.  Details: Basu Seminar Sept 26
  • Seminar: Dr. David Carrier: Geotechnical Properties of Lunar Soil –the four things you need to know.  Room Skempton 207 Date: 23rd Sept 2019 (Monday) Time: 16:00.  Details: David Carrier's Seminar
  • Sports Day:  Staff, PhD students. MSc students and their families enjoyed a day of cricket and football together in July 2019.  Find out more about student life here.
  • EU students:  We are very happy to hear that the UK Government has confirmed that students with an EU fee status who are commencing or continuing their studies in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/fee-status/.
  • Graduation: We were delighted to see the MSc class of 2017-2018 at their graduation on May 8 2019, please see class photos and prize-presentations here.
  • Seminar:  Prof. Shideh Dashti from the University of Colorado at Boulder visited our section on the 14th of May. She gave a presentation entitled "Physics-Informed Semi-Empirical Probabilistic Models for Predicting Building Settlement
    and Tilt on Liquefiable Ground"
      Details: Prof. Shideh Dashti Seminar‌.
  • Seminar: Professor Vaughan Griffiths from  Colorado School of Mine gave a presentation entitled Risk Assessment in Geotechnical Enginering   on April 25th 2019. Details: "Prof. Vaughan Griffiths Seminar".
  • Rankine Day Seminar: In advance of the 2019 BGA Rankine lecture, Imperial College hosted, in collaboration with the BGA,  a half-day seminar on engineering solutions for resilient infrastructure.   Details: 2019 Pre-Rankine Seminar
  • Seminar: Prof. Rodrigo Salgado from Purdue University gave a talk on "Strategies for Realistic Simulation of
    Axial Loading of Foundations" on Jan 11 2019.
  • Other recent activities, events and news.

Staff, student and alumni news

  • MSc Course Director SECED Chair:  Dr. Stavroula Kontoe, course director of the MSc in Soil Mechanics, is now chair of SECED (Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics)
  • BGA MSc Dissertation Prize 2020:  We are delighted that former MSc student Gen Jie (Jay) Liang has been awarded the 2020 British Geotechnical Association Masters Dissertation Prize.  Jay's dissertation was entitled "Characterizing the variability of London Clay: a study of tunnel face logs from the JLEP between Green Park and Waterloo.".  The dissertation was carried out under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Standing.  ICE members can view Jay's presentation at the BGA annual conference here.
  • New involvement with  TC221 Tailings and Mine Wastes Committee of the ISSMGE. Dr. Antonio Carraro has just been nominated by the BGA to represent the UK as a Nominated (i.e., voting) Member of the new TC221 Tailings and Mine Wastes Committee of ISSMGE: TC Website.
  • TVRG Early Careers Award: Tom Morgan won the Richard Fox Shield for his talk on identifying a hidden fault network under east London. This was awarded by the Thames Valley Regional Group (TVRG) of the Geological Society for their early careers competition. He will now go on to represent TVRG at the national-level competition held by the Geological Society in the New Year.  Details at this link.
  • Prof. Richard Jardine's Rankine lecture:  The full paper for this lectuer is now avaiable open-access via this link
  • 2019 Fleming Award: We are delighted to hear that the Tideway East-Deptford Church St. Chalk Fissure Project was nominated for a 2019 Fleming Award.  Dr. James Lawrence contributed to this project, details are available here
  • David Hislop Award:   The David Hislop Award (also known as the Offshore award)  for best paper on offshore matters was awareded to Ageing and cyclic behaviour of axially loaded piles driven in chalk; R. M. Buckley, R. J. Jardine, S. Kontoe, D. Parker and F. C. Schroeder:  Géotechnique (2018): https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/full/10.1680/jgeot.17.P.012
  • R. M. Quigley Award:  This award  is given to the best paper published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in the preceding year.“Undrained behaviour of intact soft clay under cyclic paths that match vehicle loading conditions” (Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2018, 55(1): 90-106, https://doi.org/10.1139/cgj-2016-0636
  • Soils and Foundations Best Paper Award:  This was awarded in May 2019 for Experimental and DEM assessment of the stress-dependency of surface roughness effects on shear modulus Otsubo, M. and O'Sullivan, C. Soils and Foundations
    Volume 58, Issue 3, June 2018, Pages 602-614 : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038080618300349
  • EU students:  We are very happy to hear that the UK Government has confirmed that students with an EU fee status who are commencing or continuing their studies in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/fee-status/.
  • 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.