Graham West writes: Professor Martin Culshaw is to be congratulated on his very interesting paper bringing to our notice what, in dating from 1897, is most likely the first engineering geological map and memoir in the UK. Having noted that the origins of engineering geology can be traced back to William Smith (1769–1839), he remarks that:

‘In so far as British engineering geologists think about such things, there is probably a belief that engineering geology in the UK ‘started’ shortly after the Second World War…’

The purpose of this Discussion is to show that many examples of the practice of...

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