Following a 16-year hiatus, the 11th International Symposium on Ground Freezing (ISGF) will return to the UK for the first time since 1988 to present the latest research, innovations and concerns as well as challenges and opportunities in the fields of Artificial Ground Freezing, as well as the mechanics of Frozen Earth.

Spread across three days, the symposium provides a forum for ground freezing practitioners across the world including engineers, contractors, academics, and scientists to meet and exchange ideas, theories, and project case histories. Since the last conference held in Maine in 2006, Artificial Ground Freezing (AGF) has grown in popularity and its application has expanded to projects including shafts, tunnels including cross passages and large barrier walls with increased attention to soil-structure interaction in urban areas.


The technology itself has advanced tremendously in the last twenty years. The development of numeric modeling for heat transfer and structural analysis, more powerful and efficient refrigeration plants and new concepts in instrumentation have changed the approach to ground freezing projects. Yet, with these advancements the basic theories and mechanics have not changed. A new generation of engineers, project managers, academics and researchers have emerged and continue to advance the technology.

With these innovations and a new wave of professionals entering the industry, the key aim of the ISGF is to provide an opportunity for professionals from all six continents to meet and exchange ideas, participate in discussion, and share experiences on not only artificial ground freezing projects, but the mechanics of frozen earth.

The three-day symposium will feature a peer-reviewed technical programme on key topics impacting the industry, an exhibition to promote new technologies as well as social events to collaborate and explore and enjoy our iconic host city of London.

Topics covered

The Conference will be particularly relevant to engineers involved in the construction of foundations, shafts and tunnels which require ground temporary support and water control measures during construction using AGF. Such projects require specialized site investigation and frozen soil testing measures to enable the appropriate ground engineering designs to be carried out for successful construction by contractors.

Frozen ground also occurs naturally near the surface, and deeper in permafrost susceptible regions, and hence frost heave and freeze thawing become important for near surface foundation and pavement design. The warming of Arctic regions has created immeasurable geotechnical issues and for this reason, an additional session focusing on Sustainability in Cold Regions will be featured.  This symposium will provide a forum for the discussion of frozen earth mechanics as it relates to infrastructure in the Arctic regions.

Conference Exhibitors

  • CIMCO Refrigeration

  • Arup

  • Beadedstream

  • Midlands Institute of Mining Engineers

  • Geo Instruments

  • Mueser Rutledge

  • Stuart Wells

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