"Engineering Geology is the science devoted to the investigation, study and solution of the engineering and environmental problems which may arise as the result of the interaction between geology and the works and activities of man as well as to the prediction and of the development of measures for prevention or remediation of geological hazards." (IAEG statutes, 1992).

  Engineering Group Annual Conference CPD Day Programme 2019


Thursday 11th April 2019


10:30 Arrival / Registration, Lloyd Room, Christ’s College, Cambridge


11:00 Andrew Bond, Geocentrix Ltd

  • The role of the ground model in the 2nd generation of Eurocode 7
  • A second generation of Eurocodes are being prepared for publication within the next 3-4 years. A key addition to Eurocode 7 will be the introduction of ‘the Ground Model’. This presentation will discuss what role the Ground Model will play in geotechnical design across Europe going forwards.


12:00 Dr Andy Hart, Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group

  • Ground Modelling - Understanding your site through observation, data collection and curiosity
  • Part of the ground modelling process is developing an understanding of your site through observing site conditions, collecting data and being curios and asking questions.  This session will explore how this can be done, the tools that we can use and the skills we need to develop.


13:00 Lunch


14:00 Steve Thorpe, British Geological Survey

  • BGS datasets and the Dig-To-Share project
  • BGS holds numerous datasets, and in various formats. This session will explore the most commonly used, and explain how to extract the information that could be vital to your ground investigation. There will also be a discussion on the BGS’ push for more collaboration with industry, and the drive to absorb more data through the latest initiative ‘Dig-To-Share’, a project aimed at unlocking ground information and making it available to all.


15:00 Tea & Coffee


15:30 Judith Nathanail, Land Quality Management Ltd

  • Conceptual Site Models - using the ground model to understand and manage the risks from contaminated land.
  • The workshop will explain what a CSM is and how it is used to drive the process of assessing and managing risks from contaminated land. A practical workshop session is included giving participants the chance to create a Phase 1 CSM for a site and discussing how it might be used for: SI design, Evaluation of remediation options, and Site validation. Colour pens/ pencils and ruler required.


17:30 Close



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Engineering Group Annual Conference CPD Day Programme Update 2019


Thursday 11th April 2019

18:00 Arrival/Registration

19:00 Tracy Radford, Chair of the Engineering Group - Welcome address

19:15 John Harrison – University of Toronto

20:30 Buffet dinner and drinks reception (Formal Hall)


Friday 12th April 2019

08:45 Skipper, J. – The Elephant in the Room – how can we communicate ground risk to stakeholders? [Lead Presenter]

09:20 Parry, S., Baynes, F. and Novotny, J. - Conceptual Engineering Geological Models

09:35 Murphy, W. - Time-dependent conceptual models: how the evolution of slopes affects stability

09:50 Privett K. - The conceptual model for a rockfall risk assessment - a case history

10:05 Kenny, R. - Blaencwm Landslide 30 Years of Monitoring


10:20 Session Q&A

10:30 Break


11:00 Cook, J. – Network Rail [Lead Presenter]

11:35 Collings, A. - Developing the Ground Model for the Luton Airport New Terminal Building

11:50 Curran, T., Deakin, R. On the development of a ground model set within a complex and variable sequence of superficial deposits using a variety of specialist ground investigation techniques in Hull, UK

12:05 Powell, C. Hallas, A.J., Thompson, B.C. Complex ground models: a case study from the A1 Birtley to Coalhouse scheme


12:20 Session Q&A

12:30 Lunch


13:30 de Freitas, M. – Aspects of Ground Models in need of attention [Lead Presenter]

14:05 Davis, J. Geotechnical Baseline Report - Ground models you can just make up?

14:20 Morgan, T., Edgar, J., Scoular, J., Ghail, R., Lawrence, J. Developing a regional ground model of London to minimise site-scale uncertainty

14:35 Ting, C., Gilson, B., Black, M. 3D ground modelling to inform Crossrail 2 tunnel alignment and station development


14:50 Session Q&A

15:00 Break


15:30 Thomas, E. – Remote Sensing in the Development of Ground Models [Lead Presenter]

16:05 Wright, D., Mondejar, G., Holden, S., Sullivan, M., Chamfray, J., Alminana, J.S., Hollamby, M. Ground Modelling in a connected and changing digital world

16:20 Eady, H., Coleman, C., Conlon, M. Increasing the accuracy of ground models in complex terranes

16:35 Waring, D., Lee, M., Fookes, P. - The Use of Engineering Terrain Evaluation for Developing a Ground Model in a Hyper-arid desert, Oman


16:50 Session Q&A

17:00 Lord Robert Mair – Innovative monitoring for validating and understanding ground models [Keynote]

17:40 Break


18:15 Pre-dinner drinks   (Buttery Bar)

19:15 Dinner   (Formal Hall)


Saturday 13th April 2019

09:00 Conference Keynote by Iain Stewart

09:40 Q&A – Iain Stewart

09:50 In conversation with Claire Smith and Colin Warren

10:30 Break

11:30 Collect packed lunches for field trip, congregate and set off.


Saturday to late afternoon – Field trip

Close 17:00 approximately back in Cambridge





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