9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2018
9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2018

9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2018

Conference Registration

You must register by 3rd July 2018 to guarantee your Gala Dinner ticket.  Tickets for the visit to the Schofield Centre have now sold out.

Click on the button above to access the Registration Payment pages.

The Full Delegate fee is £800 and includes a ticket for the Gala Dinner.  Places are limited at the dinner so book early to avoid disappointment.

The Student Delegate fee is £400.  This does not include the Gala Dinner.  Students wishing to attend the Gala Dinner must purchase an optional dinner ticket along with their registration.

For those who wish to only attend the Industry half day, please sign-up here.

Conference proceedings have now been ordered and therefore any registrations after the 18th June cannot be guaranteed a copy.


Platinum Sponsor

Schofield Lecture Reception Sponsor

Conference Sponsor

Programme - final programme now available!

The FINAL Programme for the conference is now available, here.

You can also download the full oral presentation summary, here and the full poster presentation summary, here.

Please note that:

  • Delegates are encouraged to register on Monday 16th at City, University of London
  • A cloakroom will be made available to delegates for the duration of the conference
  • Registration may also be completed in the morning of Tuesday 17th
  • Delegates with visas are requested to bring their passports to the registration desk at City, University of London
  • All delegates will be provided with a Zones 1 & 2 Travelcard for the duration of the conference; this permits tube and bus travel around Central London.  Your delegate travelcard also allows you to use buses in any zone, so you can travel further and visit more attractions around London
  • Tickets for the optional visit to the Schofield Centre are no longer available
  • Tickets for the Gala Dinner at Middle Temple Hall are no longer available
  • Exhibitors will be set up in the Pavilion and you will have an opportunity to meet them during the refreshment breaks
  • Poster presentations will be exhibited in two prominent positions throughout the whole of the conference and you are invited to hold discussions during refreshment breaks.

Broad Themes

'Infrastructure', 'Offshore & Marine', 'Education' and 'Physical Modelling Facilities & Modelling Techniques'

Keynote Lecturers

Professor Yujing Hou (China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, China) on “Development of Geotechnical Centrifuges and Facilities in China

Professor Susan Gourvenec (University of Southampton, UK) on “The role of centrifuge modelling in capturing whole-life responses of geotechnical infrastructure to optimise design

Dr Jonathan Knappett (University of Dundee, UK) on “Physical modelling of structural and biological soil reinforcement

Associate Professor Emilio Bilotta (University of Napoli Federico II, Italy) on “Modelling tunnel behaviour under seismic actions: an integrated approach

Themed Lecturers

Professor Andy Take (Queen’s University, Canada) on “Current and emerging physical modelling technologies

Dr Richard Goodey (City, University of London, UK) on “Physical Modelling Applied to Infrastructure Development

Professor Christophe Gaudin (The University of Western Australia, Australia) on “Geotechnical modelling for offshore renewables

Dr Dan Wilson (University of California at Davis, USA) on “An example of effective mentoring for research centres”


The ICPMG2018 Conference Brochure can now be downloaded from here.

Local Organising Committee

Andrew McNamara, Sam Divall, Neil Taylor, Sarah Stallebrass, Richard Goodey & Joana Fonseca

Brett McKinley, Jignasha Panchal, Greta Tanghetti, Hitesh Halai & Hashmi Sohawon

International Advisory Board

Adam Bezuijen (Belgium)

Alec Marshall (UK)

Andy Take (Canada)

Ashish Juneja (India)

Bernardo Caicedo (Colombia)

Bruce Kutter (USA)

Christophe Gaudin (Australia)

Colin Leung (Singapore)

Daniel Wilson (USA)

David White (UK)

Diethard König (Germany)

Dominic Ek Leong Ong (Malaysia)

Dong-Soo Kim (South Korea)

Emilio Bilotta (Italy)

Jan Laue (Sweden)

Jelke Dijkstra (Sweden)

Jiro Takemura (Japan)

Johnny Cheuk (Hong-Kong)

Jonathan Black (UK)

Jonathan Knappett (UK)

Kevin Stone (UK)

Luc Thorel (France)

Michael Davies (UK)

Miguel Cabrera (Colombia)

Mohammed Elshafie (UK)

Ryan Phillips (Canada)

Stuart Haigh (UK)

Susan Gourvenec (UK)

SW Jacobsz (South Africa)

Tim Newson (Canada)

Varvara Zania (Denmark)

Vincenzo Fioravante (Italy)

Xianfeng Ma (China)

Fourth Schofield Lecturer

It is the Local Organising Committee's great pleasure to inform you that the ISSMGE Technical Committee on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (TC104) has awarded the 4th Schofield Lecture to Professor Neil Taylor.  This is the highest accolade that the Physical Modelling community can bestow upon a member and will take place on the evening of Tuesday 16th July in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre at City, University of London.

Professor Neil Taylor's Biography:

Professor Taylor graduated from Cambridge University in 1976. After a brief period in industry, he returned to Cambridge working with the geotechnical centrifuge both to develop the facility and conduct research on buried pipes, tunnels and trenches. He joined City University in 1984 as a lecturer responsible for establishing physical modelling research. He established the geotechnical centrifuge facility at City University and has initiated and supervised a wide range of projects utilising centrifuge modelling to address geotechnical problems related to infrastructure development, many involving the analysis of ground movements associated with tunnels and excavations. In collaboration with the Engineering Surveying Group then at City University, he developed a system for using the analysis of digital images to determine accurate and detailed patterns of ground movement enabling centrifuge studies to focus on pre-failure ground movements. In 1996 he was awarded the Personal Chair of Geotechnical Engineering. He has served on International Technical Committees for Centrifuge Testing and Underground Construction in Soft Ground. In 1999 he became Secretary General of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

The Schofield Lecture Reception is sponsored by Broadbent Centrifuges

Conference Venue

The main conference venue will be City, University of London situated in Northampton Square, in the heart of Clerkenwell, just north of the City of London.  The facilities used include the Pavilion and main entrance complex.  Which were extensively remodelled and were officially opened in 2017.  The two main lecture theatres will be the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre and a new 240-seat horseshoe lecture theatre.  We will also be making use of the award winning Drysdale lecture theatre facilities.

CityNav is our mobile app to help you find your way around campus, even inside our buildings.  Download the CityNav app here.  Alternatively, please download the City's tube map, here.

Main Entrance

Pavilion Complex

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre and Drysdale Lecture complex

Social Events

Welcome reception 

The welcome reception will be held at the historic Skinners’ Hall; home to one of the Great Twelve City of London livery companies. (Images courtesy of www.skinnershall.com).


Skinner's Hall can be found on Google Maps here.

Date/Time: Monday 16th July between 18:00 - 20:00
Venue address: 8½ Dowgate Hill, London, EC4R 2SP
Getting there: The nearest tube stations are Cannon Street or Mansion House on the Circle & District Lines, and Bank on the Central Line.

From Cannon Street station, Cannon Street Station has an exit on Dowgate Hill.  Alternatively turn left as you exit Cannon Street and then left again into Dowgate Hill.

From Mansion House Station take exit 1; Queen Victoria Street/Garlick Hill. At the exit take the Cannon Street option and turn right on to Cannon Street. Dowgate Hill is on the right hand side before the main train station.

From Bank Station take exit 8. This leads onto Wallbrook, walk south until this road reaches Cannon Street. Dowgate Hill is the road opposite.

From City, University of London take a number 4 bus from Goswell Road towards Barbican.  Alight at “New Change Cannon Street” bus stop, left and walk along Watling Street.  Cross over Queen Victoria Street head through the Bloomberg Arcade.  Turn right at Walbrook and follow the road onto Dowgate Hill and Skinners’ Hall will be on your right.

Gala Dinner 

The gala dinner will be held at Middle Temple Hall; an ancient Inn of Court.  (Images courtesy of www.middletemplehall.org.uk)

Middle Temple Hall can be found on Google Maps here.

Greenwich excursion and Trafalgar Tavern

Please download your Guide to Greenwich from, here.

(Images courtesy of http://www.trafalgartavern.co.uk)

The Greenwich excursion will include a social event at the Trafalgar Tavern.

The Trafalgar Tavern can be found on Google Maps here.

Local Area and Events in July

Information about the area surrounding City, University of London can be obtained from here.

Accommodation Information

Accommodation is NOT included in the conference fees

Below is a list of hotels within the vicinity of City, University of London. City, University of London has no association with any of these hotels, prices may change on a daily basis.

Within walking distance of City, University of London:

Other useful websites to search for alternative accommodation in the UK.

www.laterooms.com or www.lastminute.com or www.expedia.co.uk

General Information

Weather: London, UK, has an average temperature of 18°C in July.  July is most likely to be the driest month of the year.  For up-to-date weather information please check the Met Office.

Currency: The local currency is Pound Sterling, the UK/British Pound £ (GBP).

Tax: The current rate of Value Added Tax (purchase tax) in the United Kingdom is 20%.  Prices always include VAT (where applicable) in the UK.

Credit Cards / ATMs / Cash Machines: All major credit cards are widely accepted, however, American Express (AMEX) is accepted less widely in the UK.

There are many ATMs in London and Sterling can be withdrawn from these machines by using a credit/debit card (please check if charges apply).

Electricity: Type G is mainly used in the UK.  This type of plug is rated 13 amps and has three rectangular prongs that form a triangle.

Emergency Phone Numbers: Dial 999 for fire, police, ambulance or coastguard services - Emergency calls are free.

Language: English (British) is the national language.

Time: It will be British Summer Time (GMT + 1) during the conference.

Tipping: It is not common to pay gratuity in restaurants, hotels and taxis.  However, 12.5% service charge is the normal rate to add to the bill.

Travel Insurance: Please make sure that you have valid travel insurance to cover your time in the UK.  The Organisers will not be held liable for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by participants or accompanying persons during the conference or their stay in the UK before or after the conference.

Visa: Should delegates need a letter of invitation to obtain an Entry Visa, these will be issued to delegates, upon request, following registration and payment of conference fee.  The registration will open in August 2017.  Please note that we cannot enter into correspondence with the UK Authorities on your behalf and any invitation letter does not imply any financial liability on our part.

Travel: TfL tube map: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/standard-tube-map.pdf, TfL Visitors leaflet London guide: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-leaflet-welcome-to-london-nov16.pdf and TfL bus guide (attractions): http://content.tfl.gov.uk/key-bus-routes-in-central-london.pdf (special note: Your delegate travelcard allows you to use buses in any zone, so you can travel further and visit more attractions around London)