Collaboration Project, Bushmills Meeting, 9th-10th July
Attendees: Paul Hughes, Stephanie Glendinning, Derek Clarke, William Powrie, Joel Smethurst, Tom Dijkstra, David Hughes
Where are our students/RAs going on their placements, what will they be doing there?
Newcastle to send Rob Flory to Mott’s for 2 months, Paul Hughes to GEO Observations for 6 weeks, Ruth Starr-Keddle to Highways Agency for 2 months, placement for Owen Davies not yet arranged. All placement timetables yet to be arranged.
Southampton to split salary and travel expenses between several researchers, will provide details as plans firm up.
Belfast, awaiting confirmation of available funds.
How are we going to manage the project?
Paul Hughes to co-ordinate, write notes and take minutes etc
Meetings will be held approx every 3 months each participating institution will take turns to “host” (meetings do not have to be held at the hosting institution).
Webforums to be used for additional meetings, using the CLIFFS network website as the gateway. Myspace will be used to host the webforum.
PH to contact David Boardman to arrange use of KTN web capability as set out in cfs.
Each participating researcher will be asked to produce a one page summary of their involvement in the project (PH will create a template for this).
An International seminar will be held in March 2009 with several smaller more focussed seminars held during course of project.
How can we utilise this project to get further funding? / How do we mesh this project with next stage/CLIFFS?
Will link up with final CLIFFS seminar
Will produce conceptual paper(s) out of this project to be published in ICE proceedings or ASCE journals. An additional paper to be produced covering experience/expertise in slope monitoring.
Focus on our expertise as a team, form a group and think of a name
We should try to focus on engineered slopes, keep climate change as part of the title (though being wary of “climate change fatigue”) and use CLIFFS as the corporate front for the group.
Look at getting television involvement for the trips (SG to supply contact at BBC’s details to TD).
Try and get some numbers for how much transport delays cost the UK (ALL)
How much money do we have, what are we allowed to spend it on, can we stretch it further?
See attached spreadsheet funding amounts. Each institution should check that their award letter matches this.
It may be possible to economise on some parts of the trips but this saving is likely to be swallowed up if we extend the amount of time we spend in each place.
Where have we planned to go? Who wants to go where? Where else would we like to go?
Singapore, China, Canada, South Africa, France, Spain (European trips may change as more contacts become available).
The China trip will start by going to the 10th International symposium on Landsides and Engineered slopes from the 30th June to July 4th, the group will then split, some will go to Shanghai and Zhejiang University to see Tony Zhan (PH and SG to organise) others will go to Lanzhou, (TD to organise).
We should add a trip to Hong Kong on the back of the Singapore trip (WP to approach HK contacts; PH to chase David Toll for Singapore visit dates and itinery).
Bordeaux trip (DC to look into)
Barcelona (SG to look into)
TD will check out his French contacts for a possible visit.
Are there any conferences we want to go to? How do we link them in?
Canadian Geotechnical Conf, Edmonton September 21-24 2008 (DH to provide more details) TD to start drafting, abstract for Jan 2008. Will precede conference by visit to Vancouver forestry commission.
Who will take charge of which trips?
Each institution will take responsibility for running the trips to see their contacts
Newcastle -> Singapore and China, Spain
Belfast -> Canada
Southampton -> South Africa, France
(European trips may change as more contacts become available)
Each institution will report on their spending at quarterly meetings, after 12 months will have a review.
Any other business
List of actions
Contact David Boardman r.e. KTN web facilities
Create template for researcher project contribution summaries
Organise trip to China with SG
Chase David Toll for Singapore trip dates and itinery
Create project calendar and circulate
Send BBC contact details to TD
Organise trip to China with PH
Create gateway for collaboration project on CLIFFS website
Organise Lanzhou visit during China trip
Approach french contacts about possible visit
Begin drafting paper for Can Geotch Conf, abstract for Jan 2008
Approach QJEGH editorial board about publishing outputs from final seminar in March 2009
Approach Hong Kong contacts about possible visit
Approach Bordeaux contacts about visit
Check award letter figures against planning spreadsheet
Think of a good name for our group
Try and get some numbers for how much transport delays cost the UK
Each institution to report on spending at each quarterly meeting
Supply availability for IOW or other European meeting in September 2008
Add availability data to project calendar
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