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Construction Techniques - 5 October 2017

Construction Techniques

LocationFirst Steps Limited Unit 17 Hurlingham Studios Ranelagh Gardens SW6 3PA
Cost£290 plus VAT per person


Dr Michael de Freitas C.Geol, C.WEM, Assessor RoGEP

This course explains the range of construction techniques commonly used when building in, or on or with the ground. It illustrates how such work is completed and introduces the links that exist between the requests of the client, the nature of the ground on site and the construction techniques chosen. It also describes the effects that construction may have on surrounding ground and immediate neighbours, and how these can be mitigated, while explaining why they cannot be entirely prevented.
About the Course
Ground is a most complex material; it has been made by nature and not by any British Standard or other Codes. Even minor works with negligible geotechnical content can cause problems and give rise to difficulties. This course will explain how this can happen, why adequate ground investigation is needed, why relevant hazards should be assessed and a response to them prepared should they occur. It will also illustrate why questions should be asked and calculations should be expected to justify predictions of ground response, and why assumptions should be reasonable and supported by case history experience.
Who should attend
The course is aimed at those who do not have a background in construction and ground engineering yet need to understand how things are built, and what can go wrong. It will provide relevant technical background for those who need to make informed decisions on matters of planning and investigation, or when acting in a financial or regulatory capacity. The course is relevant to planners, lawyers and surveyors, to those designing and selling instrumentation and monitoring networks, as well as to geologists, hydrologists, environmental engineers and scientists.

09.00 – 09.15    Registration
09.15 – 10.30    Stresses in the ground, strength of the ground and response of the ground to loading and unloading
10.30 – 11.30    Foundations and retaining walls
11.30 – 11.45    Tea & coffee
11.45 – 12.45    Basements
12.45 – 13.00    Rounding up and case experience from the class
13.00 – 14.00    Lunch
14.00 – 15.00    Groundwater flow, control of seepage and embankments
15.00 – 15.30    Shafts and drifts
15.30 – 15.45    Tea & coffee
15.45 – 16.45    Tunnels
16.45 – 17.00    Rounding up and Conclusions

Location:  First Steps Limited, Unit 17, Hurlingham Studios, Ranelagh Gradens, SW6 3PA.

In House:  This course can be provided In-House and tailored to staff needs

Course presenter
Dr Michael de Freitas is the Emeritus Reader for Engineering Geology at Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Geologists, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Water & Environmental Managers and an Assessor on the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals. He has over 40 years’ experience in applying geology to engineering projects both in the UK and overseas. A former Vice-President of the Geological Society, Chairman of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, and current Chairman of the London Basin Forum. His time is now equally divided between teaching on the MSc in Engineering Geology at Imperial, working at First Steps, the company he founded with Dr Christine Butenuth in 2000, consulting and continuing research with colleagues at Imperial and elsewhere.

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