The Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London has provided, since its inception in June 1964, a specialist forum for the discussion of topics within the field of engineering geology.

The highlight of the year's activities of the Group is a long regional meeting which usually has a unifying theme and such themes have often been related to the geological setting of the meeting place. In the past, typical subjects have been ‘Engineering Geology Problems in the Upper Carboniferous Rocks’ for a meeting in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1966, and ‘Engineering Geology of Glacial Deposits’ when we met in Glasgow last year.

When we were invited to hold our next meeting here in Dublin we were most delighted to accept the invitation which went hand in hand with a general indication that we could, if we so wished, select our own topic, or topics, for discussion at the meeting.

This most generous gesture from our Irish colleagues, coming as it did at the end of a decade which had witnessed the acceptance and rapid growth and development of engineering geology as an academic discipline in the United Kingdom—and its increased application in industry—prompted the suggestion that here was an opportunity, not to be missed, to review the present status of engineering geology. The reviews would be prepared and delivered by those active in both the academic and the industrial fields, so demonstrating the STATE OF THE ART today and clearly defining the past and present scope of engineering geology.

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