Category Archives: retaining walls

APRIL NEWSLETTER ISSUED

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SUCCESSFUL NTU LECTURE

In November 2018 we had great pleasure delivering a lecture on the importance of good site investigation to over 100 Level 3 students of civil engineering at Nottingham Trent University. Feedback from the lecture was very good, with extended discussions afterwards with some very keen students.   We hope to be invited back again next year!

 

 

ISTRUCTE TALK WELL RECEIVED

About 50 people turned out to hear our Dr Andy Goodwin speak about EC7 at the IStructE Regional Group meeting at University of Sheffield on 16 May 2018.  Entitled “EC7 is Just for Geotechnical Engineers – Isn’t It?”, the talk gave an overview of the drivers behind the ‘new’ code and the principal practical changes from a structural engineering perspective.  The talk seemed too go down well, and it attracted a lengthy Q&A session.   

ISTRUCTE TALK ON EC7

Just in case you haven’t seen the advertising put out by IStructE, you may wish to know that our Dr Andy Goodwin is giving a presentation to the Regional Group on 16 May 2018.  Entitled “EC7 is Just for Geotechnical Engineers – Isn’t It?”, the talk is aimed at de-mystifying EC7 to help structural engineers recognise its implications for them and aid its wider adoption going forward. 

It is being held from 6pm in Lecture Theatre 3, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD.  Further details can be found here.

COURSES IN JUNE 2018

The following courses are planned to run in Chesterfield in June 2018.  Brief descriptions and costs for each are summarised below for ease of reference:

Retaining Walls – Principles and Practice, on 7 June 2018
£250 + VAT per delegate

This course aims to develop the abilities of the delegates to understand the principles and practice behind retaining structures, including the design of gravity and embedded walls.

Introduction to Structural Design to the Eurocodes, on 14 June 2018
£250 + VAT per delegate

The course will review the essential elements of the Eurocodes, including EC0, EC1, EC2 and EC3.  It will explore how the codes work and use guided examples to illustrate their application.

Essentials of Project Management, 19 June 2018  REVISED DATE
£250 + VAT per delegate

Taught from a practical perspective, the course examines what project management is and why it is needed, before introducing delegates to the importance of understanding project financing, contract requirements, and commercial risk.

Ground Risk Management for Managers, on 21 June 2018
£250 + VAT per delegate

Targeted at project managers and those managing / delivering geotechnical works, the course looks at how ground risk can be managed to enhance project success.

The ICE Professional Review – Overview and Preparation, on 28 June 2018
£250 + VAT per delegate

Delivered by an ICE Reviewer, the course will give delegates a rounded view of the review process and provide practical tips on how to prepare your report, and prepare for the interview and written exercise.

Please contact us if you wish to receive further details of any course or if you wish to make a booking.  Discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course.

 

COURSES IN MAY 2018

The following courses are planned to run in Chesterfield in May 2018.  Brief descriptions and costs for each are summarised below for ease of reference:

Shallow Foundations and Settlement – Principles and Practice, 3 May 2018
£250 + VAT per delegate

The course will consider how shallow foundations are built and could fail before focusing on bearing capacity, settlement prediction, and design requirements.

Mentoring for Engineering Geologists on Geotechnical Engineering, 8 May 2018
£335 + VAT per delegate

This ‘long day’ course provides the equivalent of 1.5 days training with just one day out of the office.  It covers fundamental soil mechanics concepts before applying the principles to foundations, retaining walls and slopes.

ICE Professional Review – Preparing for the Written Exercise, 10 May 2018
£250 + VAT per delegate

The role of the Written Exercise in the review process will be discussed before examining typical question styles to help delegates understand what a question is looking for.  Exercises to plan and discuss answers will be included.

Essentials of Project Management, 17 May 2018
£250 + VAT per delegate

Taught from a practical perspective, the course examines what project management is and why it is needed, before introducing delegates to the importance of understanding project financing, contract requirements, and commercial risk.

CDM 2015 – Thre Years On (half day), on 22 May 2018
£150 + VAT per delegate

The course will review the essential elements of CDM 2015 before reflecting on the lessons learned since the Regulations were implemented.

Managing and Leading Teams, on 24 May 2018
£250 + VAT per delegate

This course is aimed primarily at young staff wanting or needing to develop their understanding of the breadth of management and leadership approaches.

Please contact us if you wish to receive further details of any course or if you wish to make a booking.  Discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course.

 

CPD IDEA – BRUNDTLAND REPORT

We thought it worthwhile re-posting  an update made to LinkedIn by our Andy Goodwin on 12 May 2017, as those not on LinkedIn may miss it:

“At the risk of making this a regular Friday afternoon post, I have another idea for some CPD over the weekend that is aimed particularly at graduates.  As an ICE Reviewer I regularly hear graduates trot out the Brundtland definition of sustainable development when discussing Attribute 7, but few seem to have ever read the original report.  If you haven’t then you ought to at least look over its 300 pages to get a sense of what it is all about.  It is freely downloadable at http://www.un-documents.net/our-common-future.pdf.  It is not an easy read but it is worthwhile and you should at least find out where the Brundtland definition of sustainable development is set out. ”

Happy reading!

LYME REGIS UPDATE

Following the publication of our joint paper on the stabilisation of a slope at Lyme Regis in 2015 (at the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Edinburgh), readers may be interested to know that a further paper has just been published in Volume 170 of the Proceedings of the ICE, Civil Engineering.  Entitled “Stabilising Lyme Regis – a strategic approach” and authored by Roger Moore et al, the paper presents a useful perspective on the range of design and management options available to address coastal instability.  It is well worth a read in our view, though we can’t reproduce it here due to copyright.  Check it out on pages 63 to 70 of Issue CE2, dated May 2017.  A copy can be viewed here if you are an ICE subscriber.

MORE BESPOKE MOCK INTERVIEW COURSES COMMISSIONED

Surepath Training have been commissioned once again by a large multi-national consultancy to run several mock interview courses for graduates pursuing professional qualification in the Autumn review sessions with the ICE.  Each course will run over one day in 3 centres across the UK.  The course involves the candidates submitting their draft Professional Report in advance, based on which the candidates undergo a mock review and then receive individual feedback on their report and their interview.

If you have a group of people needing training in this or any other skill area then contact us to discuss how we may be able to design a course to suit your needs and add value to your service provision.

NHBC BFT 2017 COMPLETED!

A smiling Andy Goodwin and James Regan of GeoMatters (https://lnkd.in/gNS29hP) having finished their tour of the UK supporting the NHBC’s Building for Tomorrow 2017 events! It was a really well organised tour by the NHBC and their events team, so thanks to everyone there.  It was great to speak to everyone on our travels too of course.