Site investigation is at the heart of engineering geology. Consequently, when the subject of the Guildford Conference was known it was not surprising that a large number of papers was offered. This interest warranted a change in the usual format of the Regional Meetings of the Group, and allowed the production of pre-prints of the Conference papers and the introduction of each session by a lead speaker. The traditional field day was also modified as a number of the leading site investigation firms had kindly offered to demonstrate the performance of in situ field testing. Fortunately, the layout of the University of Surrey campus allowed these field demonstrations to take place close to the Conference Exhibition, and hence half of the Tuesday was devoted to watching these tests and inspecting the very large display of goods and techniques in the Trade Exhibition. A number of interesting field visits were arranged for the rest of the day.

Nearly 240 people registered for the Conference, making it the largest Regional Meeting for over a decade. The forty-five papers accepted were off-set lithoed and Volume I was issued several weeks before the Conference.

The papers submitted by the lead speakers after the Conference were combined with the written discussion contributions to form Volume II of the Conference Proceedings. In view of the interest shown, the Geological Society agreed to have both volumes printed as a Special Publication of the Engineering Group.

As the full papers will not appear in the Quarterly Journal of

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