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UPDATE TO 2019 COURSE CALENDAR

We are pleased to release ‘Issue 3’ of our course calendar for 2019, covering mid October to the end of the year with a look ahead to 2020.  The new calendar can be downloaded from here in a list format.

If you are interested in any of the courses, just email us for more information or call to discuss your requirements.   As ever, discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course.

Remember too that all courses can be run bespoke for your company if there are sufficient numbers – just call us to see what we could do for you.

 

PREPARATIONS FOR ICE PROFESSIONAL REVIEW IN SPRING 2020

With the application window for the Spring 2020 Professional Review session with the ICE opening in January, those planning to apply will no doubt be planning for it already.  This will include plenty of revision and refresher reading as well as preparing for your interview.

As a long-standing reviewer for the ICE, our Dr Andy Goodwin reminds you of his 6 top tips to help you prepare below:

  • Read your draft Professional Report again and again, and get others to read it too (they will read what it actually says and read between the lines…)
  • Ensure your report addresses all of the required attributes in a well-balanced way; try marking in the margins of a draft which attribute each paragraph relates to and tally them up
  • Practice your presentation, to yourself and others, to ensure when under pressure you stay within the time limit
  • Read through your quarterly reports and other records of your experience, to refresh your memory and identify good examples of how you have achieved each sub-attribute
  • Revise your knowledge and understanding of all things civils related
  • Practice your interview skills

As you prepare you may find some gaps in your understanding, or feel you are in need of some refresher training.  If so, we offer a wide range of courses may assist you.  Our top recommendations are:

  • Two half-day courses on The ICE Professional Review – Overview and Preparation, and The Professional Report, on 15 October (discount for both courses) 
  • Commercial and Contractual Awareness on 19 November
  • Two half-day courses on the CDM Regulations 2015 on 3 December (discount for both courses) 
  • The ICE Professional Review – Preparing for the Written Exercise on 10 December

If any of these courses are of interest then please contact us for details or to make a booking.  Equally, if you want to know what other courses may assist you then feel free to contact us.

FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Our “Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering” course on 11 April 2019 went really well.  Feedback ratings showed it was rated at least good in all aspects, with 97% of the ratings very good or excellent.   As ever it was a long day, running up to 7.30pm, but the pizza delivery for tea went down well as can be seen below!

 

APRIL NEWSLETTER ISSUED

We are pleased to confirm that our April 2019 newsletter has just been issued.  For those who are not registered on our mailing list, you can download it from here .  You can also opt to join our newsletter mailing list by following this link – it takes only a few seconds.  Rest assured we never pass your information to third parties, as stated in our privacy statement.

FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Our next course on 11 April 2019 is on “Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering” and is ideal for engineering geologists new to the field.  It is always popular, not least as it is delivered in a  ‘long-day’ course format so delegates receive 1.5 days of learning with just one day out of the office.  The course runs from 0830 to 1930, and details of it may be downloaded using this link.

The course costs £335 + VAT per delegate – just call or email us to reserve your place on the course.  Note too that discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course. 

 

UPDATED 2019 COURSE CALENDAR

We are delighted to release ‘Issue 2’ of our course calendar for 2019.  The new calendar can be downloaded from here in a list format, or from here in a year to view format.  The changes are all in April and May, with amended course dates inserted.

If you are interested in any of the courses, just email us for more information or call to discuss your requirements.   As ever, discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course.

Remember too that all courses can be run bespoke for your company if there are sufficient numbers – just call us to see what we could do for you.

 

APRIL AND MAY 2019 COURSES

Our courses over the next two months are varied, ranging from geotechnics to Professional Review preparations.  The upcoming courses include:

  • Geotechnical Engineering for Geologists on 11 April; £335 for 1.5 days of learning in a ‘long day’
  • Theory and Practice of Lime and Cement Stabilisation on 30 April NEW COURSE
  • Slope Stability Design to EC7 on 2 May
  • The ICE Professional Review – two half day preparation courses on 14 May, £150 each or £250 for both
  • Retaining Walls – Principles and Practice on 16 May
  • Report Writing for Engineers (includes pre-course work and personal feedback), £335
  • Commercial and Contractual Awareness on 24 May (ideal for graduates pursuing professional qualification)

All these courses are running in Chesterfield and cost £250 + VAT per delegate unless stated.  Discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course.  Please call or email us to reserve your place on a course.

 

MENTORING PLAUDIT

We were delighted to receive recently a fantastic plaudit from Sam Fish for the mentoring support he has received from our Dr Andy Goodwin.  Highlights from the plaudit included:

“…I couldn’t rate Andy highly enough…. as an ICE Reviewer for many years, his understanding of the chartered professional review process is excellent and very helpful to his mentees…. my progression as an engineer is a direct result of his coaching and ability to draw the best out of me.”

The full plaudit may be read here.  Andy was hugely appreciative of the comments from Sam, and is looking forward to continuing to support his other mentees in the same vein.  Feel free to contact us without any obligation if you or your graduates require any mentoring support.

FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2019 COURSES

The main focus in this period is on commercial, management and geotechnical skills, and on assisting graduates to prepare for the ICE’s Professional Review session in the Spring.  The upcoming courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Geotechnical Design to Eurocode 7 on 5 February
  • Essentials of Project Management on 7 February
  • Slope Stability – Principles and Practice on 12 February
  • The ICE Professional Review – Preparing for the Interview on 19 February and 5 March; £335 each for a maximum of 4 delegates
  • Interpreting SI Data – Ground Modelling and Design Parameters on 28 February
  • Commercial and Contractual Awareness on 7 March
  • Two half day CDM Regulations 2015 courses on 12 March; £150 each or attend both for £250
  • Earthworks – Principles and Practice on 14 March
  • Geotechnical Engineering for Geologists on 19 March; £335 for 1.5 days of learning in a ‘long day’
  • Theory and Practice of Lime and Cement Stabilisation on 26 March

All these courses are running in Chesterfield and cost £250 + VAT per delegate unless stated.  Discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course.  Please call or email us to reserve your place on a course.

 

CPD IDEAS FOR SPRING 2019 REVIEWS

As regular readers know, we have a regular section on CPD in our newsletters, with links to follow-up information.  They are useful for anyone but those in this post are especially useful for graduates pursuing professional registration with the ICE with the Spring 2019 session imminent:

Leadership in HSW – One of the sub-attributes that must be demonstrated to be successful at a Chartered Professional Review with the ICE relates to leading continuous improvement in health, safety and welfare.  Examples should be drawn from your own experience, but it is a good idea to keep up to date with what others are doing.  A good reference point is the Considerate Constructors Best Practice Hub which may be found here.

Quality Management – Quality management is more than quality assurance or quality control, as discussed in an article on total quality management published on the Designing Buildings Wiki in December 2018.  It is worth a read – just follow this link.

Managing Diversity – Diversity should come up at every professional review, whether it be for IEng or CEng.  It is always good to read around this topic before your review, and to relate what you read to what you see at work.  There are numerous articles and books on the subject. but one that is worth reading was published in 2013.  It particularly relates to the public sector.  It can be downloaded from here.

If you want to see other CPD ideas, you can look back at previous newsletters by following this link.