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

9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2018

Welcome Message

The Organising Committee for ISSMGE TC104 (Physical Modelling in Geotechnics) would like to invite you to London for the 9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG 2018).

The main theme of this conference will be to communicate and disseminate recent developments in all aspects of geotechnical physical modelling hosted at City, University of London.

We will welcome researchers to the diverse and exciting City of London for a four day physical modelling extravaganza. Highlights will include:

  • A welcome reception at the historic Skinners’ Hall; home to one of the Great Twelve City of London livery companies
  • A gala dinner at Middle Temple Hall; an ancient Inn of Court
  • Schofield Lecture and reception


Click on the button below 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.  You will also be able to purchase tickets for the optional visit to the Schofield Centre at the University of Cambridge which takes place on the Monday before the conference opens.

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Key Dates & Manuscript submission

Abstract submission closed!

Manuscript submission closed!

Manuscript re-submission closing date: 28th February 2018

Manuscript submission is now closed.  All authors of reviewed manuscripts should refer to the authors' instructions and templates 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)

Programme - outline programme now available

An outline programme for the conference is given below.  Please download your copy here.

Broad Themes

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

Keynote Lecturers

Professor Yujing Hou (China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, China)

Professor Susan Gourvenec (University of Southampton, UK)

Associate Professor Emilio Bilotta (University of Napoli Federico II, Italy)

Dr Jonathan Knappett (University of Dundee, UK)

Themed Lecturers

Dr Dan Wilson (University of California at Davis, USA)

Professor Andy Take (Queen’s University, Canada)

Dr Richard Goodey (City, University of London, UK)

Professor Christophe Gaudin (The University of Western Australia, Australia)

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.

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).

Gala Dinner 

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

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


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.


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


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).


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.


English (British) is the national language.


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


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.


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.