16th July 2015, Geophysics for Critical Infrastructure.

Venue: The British Geological Survey, Keyworth

The Engineering Group (EGGS) and Near-Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) of the Geological Society and the British Geological Survey (BGS) are jointly organising this 1-day meeting aimed at industry professionals involved in geophysical investigations for critical infrastructure projects (onshore and offshore), including past or potential future end-users of geophysics (non-specialists).

Contributions are invited (as case study examples showing field-tested best practice) from infrastructure construction and research projects of national significance and critical importance, where near-surface geophysical methodology has been successfully incorporated into mainstream ground investigations. Examples should highlight where the conceptual ground model has been enhanced by the application of geophysical techniques to improve the geological, hydrogeological and engineering geological characterisation of the subsurface and to reduce uncertainty in the ground model.

Implications for near-surface geophysics of the forthcoming revision to BS5930 (2015) will be discussed at the meeting.

Meeting aims:

  • Bring together industry and research professionals from the geophysical, geotechnical and civil engineering sectors to foster a better understanding of mutual needs and expectations
  • Highlight geophysical case studies and best practice in critical infrastructure investigations
  • Disseminate implications for near-surface geophysics of the forthcoming revision to BS5930 (2015)

Outline Schedule:

  • 09.30 Registration, Tea & Coffee
  • 10:00 Introduction and welcome
  • 10:15 Session 1a: Reducing uncertainty in ground models with near-surface geophysics
  • Keynote address: Dr George Tuckwell (RSK Ltd) – Geophysics and the new BS5930 Standard
  • 11:15 Refreshments, posters, networking
  • 11:45 Session 1b: Reducing uncertainty in ground models with near-surface geophysics
  • 12:45 Buffet lunch, posters, networking
  • 13:45 Session 2: Novel or unusual applications of near-surface geophysics in critical infrastructure projects
  • 15:00 Refreshments, posters, networking
  • 15:30 Session 3: Integrating near-surface geophysical methods with conventional geotechnical approaches
  • 16:15 Wrap Up
  • 16:30 Meeting closes

If you would like to present your work to a broad audience of industry professionals and researchers, please email your title and abstract (max 300 words) to by 29th May 2015. Please include the names and affiliations of the contributing authors and indicate your preferred presentation type (oral/poster).

Registration fees: £35 standard delegates, £25 GeolSoc Fellows, £15 students/concessions. Lunch and refreshments included. Online registration is required for all delegates:

Directions to Keyworth:

Commercial exhibitors will have the opportunity to advertise their services – please contact the convenors.

We look forward to receiving your contribution, and to seeing you in July.

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11th - 12th February 2016 - Integrated Imaging of the Earth

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Geological Society of London to participate in the annual British Geophysical Association - New Advances in Geophysics 2016 (BGA - NAG 2016) conference on 11th - 12th February 2016 on "Integrated Imaging of the Earth". This event will bring together researchers, students and the industry. The conference is marked by prominent invited speakers who will share their expertise and provide insights into the recent advances in Geophysics.  

We are inviting prominent speakers in the field to give keynote presentations. At the moment we have confirmations from:

  • Aria Abubakar, Schlumberger - "Joint inversion in hydrocarbon exploration"
  • Javier Fullea, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - "Integrated geophysical-petrological modelling of the upper mantle using terrestrial and satellite data"
  • Niklas Linde, University of Lausanne - "On the value of multiple data types and conceptual geological knowledge in hydrogeophysical inversion"  

More information can be found at the workshop webpage -

Registration and abstract submission will open early September.  

The organizing committee:

  • Max Moorkamp
  • Marta Perez-Gussinye
  • Jenny Collier

Advance notice of meetings in 2016

13th January 2016.  Venue: Burlington House, London. Meeting title: TBA  

May 2016. Research in Progress, The Geological Survey, Keyworth  

December 2016. Advances in Archaeological Geophysics. Venue: Burlington House.