Exploring the challenge of conservatism in geotechnical design and how it’s being addressed

Pre-conference seminar, 2 October 2019, Hilton Kensington, London

Over the 2nd and 3rd there are excellent opportunities to learn from challenging projects, explore technical advancements and discuss what this means for future schemes. Find out what is being covered and who is speaking this year.

12:30 Registration and coffee
13:30 Chair’s opening remarks
Duncan Nicholson, director, Arup
13:35 Assessing the industries position on geotechnical design and how it remains balanced between cost savings and risk control
Yueyang Zhao, technical director, Wentworth House Partnership
14:05 Northern Line Extension - designing and building Battersea Crossover box and Nine Elms Station box using the observational method (OM).
Senior representative, Mott MacDonald and FLO (Ferrovial Laing O’Rourke)
14:35 Group discussion: how can geotechnical engineers better manage risk in design and construction?
14:55 Networking coffee break
15:25 Utilising data to inform geotechnical and temporary works design
15:55 Back analysing I&M data to determine the optimum level of support
Ying Chen, engineer, UK infrastructure, Arup
16:25 Group discussion: what is being done to adapt geotechnical design and incorporate greater flexibility?
17:00 Close of seminar
08:30 Registration refreshments
08:55 Chair’s opening remarks
Paul Coney, global technology leader for geotechnics, Jacobs
Strategic outlook
09:00 Ensuring a transport network fit for the future
Michael Edwards, principal engineer, Network Rail
09:30 Question and answer session
09:40 Examining the investigations and designs for future major projects.
Andrea Gillarduzzi, technical director - geotechnical engineering, Lower Thames Crossing (Arcadis)
Joseph Kennedy, discipline engineer, London Underground
Alison Graham, principal geotechnical engineer, Atkins Jacobs JV
Lesley Campton, associate (geotechnics), Atkins Jacobs JV
10:40 Networking refreshments break
Roads and Highways
11:10 Transport Scotland – Monitoring and managing landslides and rockfalls
Jonny Moran, operating company manager, Transport Scotland
Paul Mellon, geotechnical specialist manager, Transport Scotland
11:30 Exploring the Travis Brow A6 Link Road and the challenge of constructing next to listed structures
Alan Willoner, technical principal, Mott MacDonald
12:00 Question and answer session
12:30 Networking Lunch
Rail Networks
13:30 Arley Cutting: Preventing future instability through soils nails and ground strengthening to last 120 years
Luke Swain, senior asset engineer (geotechnics), Network Rail
13:50 Dawlish case study: Learning from experience and creating a rail network resilient to climate change
Mike Gallop, director of route asset management, Network Rail
14:10 Connecting rail cuttings to the internet and the impact for asset management
Xiaomin XU, research associate, CSIC
14:30 Question and answer session
15:00 Networking refreshments break
Future developments
15:30 Rising Stars – how will transport geotechnics change in the next five years
Bringing together some of the 2019 GE Rising Stars to discuss ideas for how transport projects will be affected by technology, new techniques and better designs, and what this means for the future of the sector.
16:00 Major project in focus: understanding the geotechnical design and delivery challenges facing the Heathrow expansion programme
Emma-Jane Houghton, commercial director, Heathrow
16:30 Question and answer session
16:45 Close of conference and drinks reception

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