The Dublin meeting of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society was intended to be a state-of-the-art review of Engineering Geology in the British Isles. After the rapid development of the Group over several years it seemed an opportunity to look both backwards and forwards. There is little doubt that the Group had become successful with a programme of regular meetings and an established Journal. The Group activity might, however, be viewed as reflecting a backlog in the desire for professional expression and the Group should look to the future with care. Therefore, the Dublin meeting took place at a logical and convenient point in time, and it would provide in retrospect a record of thinking in a relaxed atmosphere.
W. R. Dearman, in his opening remarks, gave a definition of Engineering Geology linking the subject clearly to industrial applications of geology viewed in the broad sense. It could however be viewed in an alternative way in that much of the activity of engineering geologists was people-orientated and consequently related to environmental or social geology. This was very clearly illustrated by D. G. Price through his account of the influence of geology in urban development and G. P. Jones in his discussion of management in water use, re-use and waste disposal. In this latter field, the writer dissented from Jones in that hydrogeology formed, to his mind, part of the full spectrum of engineering geology and should not be regarded as a totally independent subject. Hydrogeology is as relevant to