We already have several bespoke course commissions for January 2017, and to complement them we are pleased to announce our first public courses in January are also open for bookings.  Each is running in Chesterfield on the following dates: Earthworks – Principles and Practice, 26 January 2016 (£220 + VAT) The course will start from a review of the typical forms of earthworks and will emphasise the need to clearly understand and integrate the design and construction aspects. Key elements to the design of fills will then be addressed including the range of specification types, acceptability criteria, monitoring and control of earthworks, and reporting and certification.  Shallow Foundations and Settlement – Principles and Practice, 31 January 2016 (£220 + VAT This revamped course for 2017 has a greater emphasis on settlements than previously, with minimal content on piled foundations.  It will begin with a review of how foundations are built and fail, before considering bearing capacity and how it is assessed in principle and, in brief, to EC7.  It then focuses on methods of estimating the settlement of shallow foundations. The course will culminate with the application of the learning to case studies. 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.