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Logo Competition

last modified Sep 01, 2015 06:31 PM
We need your artistic skills to create a logo for the CU Geotechnical Society

A logo competition for the CU Geotechnical Socitey is now open! Please send any of your creations to Orestis (oa245) by Friday 4th September 2015.

New logo for the CU Geotechnica Society

last modified Sep 21, 2015 02:43 PM
The CU Geotechnical Society has a new logo!

Congratulations to James Fern who won the logo competition and many thanks to all of you who have participated. Your contribution was very much appreciated.

ICE talk on 'Silent Piling Techniques' by Dr Burali d'Arzzo

last modified Feb 09, 2016 10:35 AM

Dr Burali d'Arzzo will be given an ICE talk on Wednesday 10th February 2016 on 'silent' piling techniques. The talk will be given at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 6. More information is available on the ICE website.

Prof. Lord Mair and Dr DeJong are organising a workshop on Tunnelling

last modified Apr 10, 2016 09:47 AM

Prof. Lord Mair and Dr DeJong are organising a workshop on Tunnelling on 18th April 2016 at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London.

New committee 2016-17

last modified Jun 06, 2016 06:09 AM

The new 2016-17 committee has been elected (list of officers). 


The minutes of the annual general meeting and the expenses for 2015-16 are now available. 

Announcement of Annual General Meeting

last modified May 05, 2017 12:40 PM

All members of the society are invited to attend the Cambridge University Geotechnical Society Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM will summarise the past year's activities, discuss any improvements and new ideas, and elect the new committee. It is is an opportunity for all members to help shape the future of the Society.

Date: 31st May 2017
Time: 5.30 - 6.30 pm (prior to the seminar by Professor Stephan Jefferis).
Location: Old Library, Sidney Sussex College


At the AGM the new committee for the 2017-2018 academic year will be appointed. All the events of the Society are organised by the committee, therefore it is vital for the continuation of, and to the success of, the society for a new committee to be appointed. Committee members must be full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students at the University. It is a fun and rewarding committee to be part of, and we encourage student members to get involved. More information about the positions can be found on the following flyer

How to apply
Send: an email to or
Email content: your name, email, committee position to be considered for, and proposer and seconder.
Deadline: midday Monday 29th of May

New committee 2017-18

last modified Jun 13, 2017 02:43 PM

The new 2017–18 committee has been elected (list of officers).

The minutes of the annual general meeting and the expenses for 2016-17 are now available.

Summary of Michaelmas term 2017 events

last modified Dec 12, 2017 02:24 PM
Summary of Michaelmas term 2017 events

Professor Malcolm Bolton presenting at the Knowledge Development and Transfer event

The 2017/18 academic year began with a special event on Knowledge Development and Transfer in Geotechnical Engineering, with Nick O’Riordan (Arup) and Professor Malcolm Bolton (University of Cambridge) as speakers. An interesting and informative discussion followed, chaired by Professor Giulia Viggiani (University of Cambridge).


In mid October, a new series of biweekly seminars started. The first seminar of term was given by Dr Alex Rohe (Deltares) in Churchill College, on the use of material point method (MPM) as a numerical tool to address and soil-water-structure interaction for geotechnical and hydraulic structures, often with large deformations.


Dr Hoe-Chian Yeow (COWI) gave the second seminar of term at Fitzwilliam College. He discussed design and construction challenges of geotechnical aspects of the Canary Wharf Crossrail station.


The third seminar of term was given by Tony O’Brien (Mott MacDonald) in Queens’ College. Tony’s presentation used a number of case studies to look at why it is important to think carefully about how construction activities may influence ground behaviour and ground-structure interaction.


The final seminar of term was given by Professor Catherine Davy (Ecole Central de Lille) on the use of claystones for underground storage of nuclear waste. A number of imaging techniques were presented, which were used to access the naoscopic pore structure of the claystones.


The term concluded with a site visit to the A14 redevelopment project, where Skanska hosted a group of Society members. The trip involved a presentation from consultants (Atkins) involved in the project design followed by visits to a number of locations where Cementation Skanska are currently onsite working as specialist piling contractors.


Thank you to everyone involved in making this term such a success!   

Summary of Lent term 2018 events

last modified Mar 29, 2018 09:14 AM
Summary of Lent term 2018 events

Seminar by Professor George Gazetas

The first seminar of term was given by Professor Cino Viggiani (Universite Grenoble Alpes) in Darwin College. Cino discussed how x-ray micro tomography imaging can be used to look at what actually happens when a granular material deforms and eventually fails, both at a particle and continuum scale.   

The second seminar of term was given by Dr Stuart Hardy (Arup) in Queens’ College, on the New Exhibition Hall at the V&A Museum. Stuart presented a number of the novel design solutions used, and also some of the challenges encountered during construction.

The final seminar of term was given by Professor George Gazetas (National Technical University, Athens) in St Catharine’s College, on soil amplification of seismic motion. George’s presentation used the case histories of the Mexico City 1985 and 2017 earthquakes to illustrate the dramatic consequences of soil amplification. The following day we were pleased to learn that Professor George Gazetas will be giving next year’s Rankine lecture.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this term such a success!   

Second International Conference on the “Material Point Method for Modelling Soil–Water–Structure Interaction” (

last modified Aug 28, 2018 11:30 AM

The the MPM2019 Organising Committee would like to remind you of the 2nd International Conference on the “Material Point Method for Modelling Soil–Water–Structure Interaction” (www.MPM2019.euorganised by the Anura3D MPM Research Community on 8–10 January 2019 at the University of Cambridge (UK).


The deadline for submitting the first draft of the contribution is 24 August 2018. The length of the first draft is highly flexible (15 pages normally) and should be submitted using the online submission tool (


The conference will be accompanied by the release of Anura3D v2019.1 MPM software and followed by an Anura3D training course on 11 January 2019. 


We warmly welcome your participation and will make the event an unforgettable experience. 


With best wishes, 


Anura3D MPM Research Community

On behalf of the MPM2019 Organising Committee 

Contact the MPM2019 Organising Committee at:


Fully funded PhD positions in Nantes (part 1)

There are two fully funded PhD positions open in Nantes. For further information, please see attached.

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Fully funded PhD positions in Nantes (part 2)

There are two fully funded PhD positions open in Nantes. For further information, please see attached.

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Winter School 2020 – From Research to Practice in Geotechnical Engineering

last modified Jul 21, 2019 07:23 PM

With the ultimate goal of developing innovative mitigation techniques, the international geotechnical engineering community has made substantial efforts to gain deeper insights on geotechnical hazards. For the state of practice to advance, academics need to join forces with practitioners.

The Winter School aims to bring these two groups together, to question the status quo, and to propose out-of-the-box solutions. The programme will combine:

(a) Keynote lectures by international experts from the academia and the industry;

(b) Seminars on state-of-the-art numerical and physical modelling techniques;

(c) Presentations by the participants;

(d) Panel sessions, where the participants will have a “debate” with industry and academia experts on the applicability of their ideas; and

(e) Special session on start-ups, on the process of product development, from initial conception to founding of a new company.

It is envisaged that this novel setup will not only expose the participants to different points-of-view, but will also allow cross–fertilization of ideas between the academia and the industry. Industry experts will have an opportunity to gain an overview of the latest developments, but also to contribute in shaping these ideas so that innovations can have a better chance of finding their way to practise. The Special session on start-ups aims to further emphasize the path from innovation to application.

The participants will benefit from this chance to learn from, and challenge, senior researchers and industry experts, interact with each other, engage in critical thinking and to build international networks.

More information can be found at: