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.


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. 



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.



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.



We are very pleased to announce that we have a new course running in Chesterfield on 30 April 2019,  entitled ‘Theory and Practice of Lime and Cement Stabilisation’.  This ‘Level 3’ course is aimed at engineers and geologists with experience of earthworks wanting to expand their understanding and skills to include soil stabilisation.

The course will be delivered by one of our consultants, Dr Paul Beetham.  Paul has extensive experience of soil stabilisation working both for specialist contractors and as a consultant.  He has a professional doctorate in soil stabilisation and is an ICE appointed Panel Expert advising HS2 on soil stabilisation.

More details of the course can be found here. Just call or email us to make a booking!


We have had the pleasure over the last few weeks of running a bespoke version of our ‘Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering’ course in Burton-on-Trent for GRM Development Solutions.  It has been split into three half-day sessions and run for a group of 10 engineering geologists and environmental scientists.

Feedback from the course has been very good to date, with just one session to go.  Comments to date include “Excellent course – very nicely delivered” and “Pitched well for a varied knowledge group”.

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.


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.


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!




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.



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.