The Annual Regional Meeting of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society in 1980 was held at Kingston Polytechnic from 8th to the 12th September. Kingston proved a happy choice as a location for the meeting; a pleasant campus provided accommodation and lecture theatre facilities in close proximity, and, though close to London, was at the same time far enough from the metroplis to discourage all but a tiny handful of delegates from ‘commuting’ daily. And so the informal, and friendly communal atmosphere familiar to all who have attended Engineering Group Regional Meetings in the past was very evident too at Kingston.

Many thanks are due to the organising committee, composed of E. N. Bromhead, I. R. Wood and G. Walton, who were responsible not only for the domestic arrangements of the Meeting, but for the organization of field visits and, of particular importance for readers of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, the programme of lectures of which some are now published in the following pages. Although it is always invidious to single out individuals for particular mention, the thanks of everyone who attended the Meeting must go to Dr Bromhead, who, as is always the fate of the Local Secretary, bore the brunt of the organization of all aspects of the Meeting.

The theme of the Meeting was ‘Engineering Geology Applied to Construction’. The 3 days set aside for the presentation of papers took general themes of (i) the investigation of slopes and site investigations for road schemes,

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