Geotechnica 2016 reflected on the current 'state of the industry', looked at what the industry is doing well, lessons learnt from past and ongoing projects, innovations and emerging technologies.
As always, Geotechnica is an inclusive event and was be used to share knowledge, promote best practice and help the industry debate, evaluate and establish initiatives to move forward.
Professor Eddie Bromhead
Chief Scientific Editor QJEGH Editorial Board - The Geological Society & Former Professor - Kingston University
Professor Iain Stewart
Director of Sustainable Earth Institute - Plymouth University
This session has talks which discuss how planning is key to the ground investigation process and where the success of the project's outcome is often established. Planning is not only about how the work is specified and executed but also about building a strong team and ensuring the strengths and expertise of the individuals and each party is used appropriately. This session will also discuss how proposed changes to the Planning System may affect geo-environmental ground investigations.
Head of Health and Safety (Area South) - HS2 Ltd
Talk Title: Lessons learnt on HS2
Managing Director - RPA Safety Services
Talk Title: Design and CDM – A joined up approach to the principles of good (safe) design.
Professor Paul Nathanail
Professor of Engineering Geology - Nottingham University & Managing Director - LQM Ltd
Talk Title: Changes to the Planning system - revised National Planning Policy Framework; Planning & Housing Bill; Brownfield Registers.
The value of geotechnical laboratory testing is currently in the spotlight and many leading consultants are disputing the need. As sample quality and representativeness is often unquantified and time constraints on projects are tightened the usefulness of laboratory test results as part of the design tool is becoming less critical. This session will open up the debate but also offer methods for quantifying quality and suggesting alternatives to laboratory testing such as in situ testing.
Dr John Powell
Technical Director - GEOLABS Ltd
Talk Title: Geotechnical laboratory testing vs. In situ testing.
Expert Advisor - Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
Talk Title: Using offshore sample quality methodology for onshore investigations.
This session will provide essential insights into the benefits of How, When and Why clients and specifiers should employ or deploy ground specialist services. Specialist services such as geophysics, CPT, surveying etc are thought to be commonplace but are often not specified on projects because they are seen to be over-complicated, expensive or just poorly understood. The technical experts within this session will highlight the benefits of using such services, raise awareness of new technologies and provide useful advice for specifiers and users.
Dr Simon Hughes
Operations Manager - TerraDat
Talk Title: The importance of Near Surface Geophysics in Geotechnical Site Investigations.
Managing Director - European Geophysical Services
Talk Title: How, When and Why to Geophysically Log in Site Investigations?
Technical Manager - Lankelma
Talk Title: CPTs for High Risk Projects
Managing Director - Geoterra
Talk Title: Mitigating your Risk – Subsurface laser scanning and multibeam sonar void surveys – What really does lie beneath and where exactly?
Following on from the first Session on Wednesday, the theme for this session will start with a review of the 'state of the industry'. This will be a summary of where the industry is now and if it is in a strong position moving forward. The session will also discuss whether the UK can learn lessons from international practices and techniques.
Project Chairman - AGS/BDA Task Force & Managing Director - Geotechnical Engineering
Talk Title: Spotlight on the UK Ground Investigation Industry
Professor David Norbury
Director - David Norbury Ltd
Talk Title: An overview of European G I
Senior Engineer (Geotechnics and Tunnelling London) - Arup
Talk Title: Micro to macro – Are UK linear infrastructure Ground Investigations suitable for investigating mass soil property characteristics.
Lead Geotechnical Engineer - HS2 Ltd
Talk Title: Ground Investigation Challenges of HS2
Dr Jackie Skipper
Associate Director - Geotechnical Consulting Group
Talk Title: Investigating and understanding the ground – why bother?
This session will discuss hot topics within the industry which will help forge a better and stronger industry moving forward. The speakers will highlight new approaches, innovation and emerging technologies which if embraced could open up a new direction for the industry and new opportunities.
Eng. Diego Marchetti
Partner - Studio of Professor Marchetti
Talk Title: The Flat Dilatometer: Applications and Recent Developments
Dr Roger Chandler
Managing Director - Keynetix
Talk Title: Transforming Geotechnical Data
Director - DroneSurv
Talk Title: Drones – The Law & the Benefits