British Geotechnical Association

The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) specialises in how soil mechanics, rock mechanics and geology are applied to engineering.

The BGA is a member of Ground Forum. It's also the UK representative of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

The BGA organises regular technical discussions on a wide range of topics related to ground engineering, including:

  • The principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials
  • Slope stability
  • Risk assessment of site conditions
  • Earthworks and foundation construction

Meet the panel

The Ground Engineering panel is made up of a variety of industry experts. Find out more about our panel chair and details of the panel's members.

  • Panel chair: Dr Martin Preene

    British Geotechnical Association

    Dr Martin Preene is Chairman of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA). He is a geotechnical engineer specialising in the geotechnical problems caused by groundwater, with more than 30 years’ experience with contractors and consultants worldwide. Dr Preene is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Geologist and UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser. He has wide professional interests in geotechnical engineering and is the author of one textbook, more than 50 papers, and several industry guidance documents.


Other panel members

Panel member name Role Employer
Martin Preene Chairman Preene Groundwater Consulting Ltd
Kelvin Higgins Vice Chairman (and Elected Member) Geotechnical Consulting Group
Nick Armstrong Honorary Secretary Fugro
Neil Smith Honorary Secretary (Retiring) Applied Geotechnical Engineering
Yvonne Ainsworth Hon Treasurer ADT Engineering Excellence
Peter Eldred Honorary Treasurer (Retiring) Consultant
Fleur Loveridge Hon Communications Officer University of Leeds
Miguel Pacheco Andrade Elected Member Orsted UK Ltd
Rob Talby Elected Member Mott MacDonald
Patrick Cox Elected Member AECOM
Ray Hobbs Elected Member Consultant
Sergio Solera Elected Member Mott MacDonald
Vincent Nyambayo Elected Member Atkins
Susan Pollard Elected Member Atkins
David Toll Elected Member University of Durham
David Giles Representative of the Geological Society of London University of Portsmouth
Martin S Griffin Representative of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining  
Paul Perry Representative of the British Tunnelling Society Hewson Consulting Engineers
Angeliki Grammatikopoulou Co-opted member - Rankine Lecture & Dinner Co-ordinator Geotechnical Consulting Group
John Coggan Co-opted member - ISRM University of Exeter
Henry Tayler Co-opted Member - Early Career Group Chairman Arup
Dimitrios Daskalopoulos Co-opted Member - Early Career Group Secretary AECOM
Riccardo Impiumi Co-opted Member - Early Career Group Arup
Pete Reading Co-opted Member - Technicians Peter Reading Geotechnical Consulting Ltd
Pete Ingram Continuing Member - Website Arup
Graham Taylor Continuing Member  
Chaido (Yuli) Doulala-Rigby Guest member - IGS UK Chairman Tensar
Adam Latimer Guest member - The Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) Ian Farmer & Co Ltd
James Lawrence Guest member - Chalk Conference Imperial College London
Andrew Ridley Guest Member - FMGM Geotechnical Observations
Neil Taylor Honorary Member - ISSMGE City University
Robert Mair Extraordinary Honorary Member University of Cambridge
Shelagh Fleming ICE Secretariat Institution of Civil Engineers

What are we working on?

Following the success of the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, which the BGA hosted in Edinburgh last September, the Association reverted to holding its annual conference, exhibition and AGM in June 2016 at ICE at One Great George Street, London. The BGA is keen to encourage young engineers and space was found in the busy programme for the Cooling Prize and Masters Dissertation Prize Winners to present their papers to the membership.

The Early Career Group continues to go from strength to strength and their events now feature regularly alongside those organised by the main Committee, which is itself expanding the schedule to provide additional knowledge exchange and networking opportunities for its members as well as stimulating competitions. The schedule for 2016-17 is already shaping up to be varied and interesting and, with geotechnics being fundamental to infrastructure and development, will appeal to a wide audience.

Topics to be explored over the next few months include:

  • Landslips affecting rail infrastructure.
  • Geomembrane performance in landfill.
  • Numerical modelling in the design of major rock engineering projects.
  • Geotechnical engineering - the art of burying success.
  • Recent developments and applications in geotechnical characterisation.

The BGA and its members regularly contribute to a number of ICE publications. You can find out more about these by visiting the links below:

The BGA holds annual joint lectures and works closely with other engineering groups like the Geological Society and the International Geosynthetics Society. They also organise collaborative events with the British Tunnelling Society and the Offshore Engineering Society.