Category Archives: Structures


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.


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!    


Over recent months we have delivered a further two bespoke half-day courses for a large local authority:
  • Timber Design to EC5
  • Masonry Design to EC6
Each course was delivered with the support of specialist tutors who are experts in each field.  Feedback from both courses was excellent, and showed how full day day courses could be adapted to half day formats cost-effectively for small groups. If you feel your organisation would benefit from a short course or series of half day courses, then just call us to discuss your requirements and see how we could help you.  Equally, if you would like to run a bespoke course on a topic we don’t usually cover then please contact us and we will happily see if we can run a suitable course using specialists in the required field.


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.   


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.


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  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!


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.


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.


A smiling Andy Goodwin and James Regan of GeoMatters ( 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.


Some images from the NHBC Building  for Tomorrow” event for 2017, on which we have enjoyed supporting them over the last 4 weeks.  We’ve been talking alongside James Regan of Geo-Matters ( at many of the events.