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

Welcome to the official website for ICPMG2018! Any questions and feedback would be very much appreciated. Thank you to everyone who attended and made London a great success.

Please find below information and photos from the event.


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.

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

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