Geotechnica 2016 - The UK's Largest Geotechnical Conference and Exhibtiion


Geotechnical Conference


Geotechnical Conference

At Geotechnica 2016, Equipe partnered with Brunel University to celebrate their 50th year. 2916's event featured an outstanding Geotechnical Conference line-up, more details are below.


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.


Below are details of the Geotechnical Conference programme delivered in July 2016.


To view details of 2015's conference, click here...




Wednesday 6th July


Keynote Speaker

Professor Eddie Bromhead

Professor Eddie Bromhead


Chief Scientific Editor QJEGH Editorial Board - The Geological Society & Former Professor - Kingston University


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Thursday 7th July


Keynote Speaker

Professor Iain Stewart

Professor Iain Stewart


Director of Sustainable Earth Institute - Plymouth University


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Session 1 - Planning: How to establish the right approach to Ground Investigation


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.


Session Speakers:

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy


Head of Health and Safety (Area South) - HS2 Ltd


Talk Title: Lessons learnt on HS2


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Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips


Managing Director - RPA Safety Services


Talk Title: Design and CDM – A joined up approach to the principles of good (safe) design.


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Professor Paul Nathanail

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.



Session 2 - Testing & Sampling: Why bother?


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.


Session Speakers:

Dr John Powell

Dr John Powell


Technical Director - GEOLABS Ltd


Talk Title: Geotechnical laboratory testing vs. In situ testing.


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Tom Lunne

Tom Lunne


Expert Advisor - Norwegian Geotechnical Institute


Talk Title: Using offshore sample quality methodology for onshore investigations.


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Session 3 - Managing Project Risk through Ground Specialist Services


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.


Session Speakers:

Dr Simon Hughes

Dr Simon Hughes


Operations Manager - TerraDat


Talk Title: The importance of Near Surface Geophysics in Geotechnical Site Investigations.


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Kim Beesley

Kim Beesley


Managing Director - European Geophysical Services


Talk Title: How, When and Why to Geophysically Log in Site Investigations?


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Joseph Hobbs

Joseph Hobbs


Technical Manager - Lankelma


Talk Title: CPTs for High Risk Projects


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Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson


Managing Director - Geoterra


Talk Title: Mitigating your Risk – Subsurface laser scanning and multibeam sonar void surveys – What really does lie beneath and where exactly?


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Session 1 - Ground Investigation Techniques


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.


Session Speakers:

Andrew Milne

Andrew Milne


Project Chairman - AGS/BDA Task Force & Managing Director - Geotechnical Engineering


Talk Title: Spotlight on the UK Ground Investigation Industry


Professor David Norbury

Professor David Norbury


Director - David Norbury Ltd


Talk Title: An overview of European G I

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Ben Gilson

Ben Gilson


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.


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Session 2 - Ground Investigation


Session Speakers:

Nick Sartain

Nick Sartain


Lead Geotechnical Engineer - HS2 Ltd


Talk Title: Ground Investigation Challenges of HS2


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Dr Jackie Skipper

Dr Jackie Skipper


Associate Director - Geotechnical Consulting Group


Talk Title: Investigating and understanding the ground – why bother?


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Session 3 - Innovation and Emerging Technologies - Where next for the industry?


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.


Session Speakers:

Eng. Diego Marchetti

Eng. Diego Marchetti


Partner - Studio of Professor Marchetti


Talk Title: The Flat Dilatometer: Applications and Recent Developments

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Roger Chandler

Dr Roger Chandler


Managing Director - Keynetix


Talk Title: Transforming Geotechnical Data

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Adrian Wilkinson

Adrian Wilkinson


Director - DroneSurv


Talk Title: Drones – The Law & the Benefits