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Call for faster data release from past projects

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A leading geo-environmental engineer has warned that projects will suffer from poorer designs and uneccessary monitoring unless data from past projects is released faster.

Designs will be based on out-of-date knowledge if data from project monitoring is not published quicker, said Laing O’Rourke geo-environmental engineering leader Peter Hewitt.

“The greatest challenge to monitoring in the future, is the delay in publishing data from monitoring in the past,” he said.

“Unless there is speedy release of data from past projects, designs will continue to be based on volume loss and settlement data from 20 years ago leading to conservative designs and unnecessary monitoring.”

Hewitt’s comments come ahead of the eighth annual New Civil Engineer Instrumentation and Monitoring conference, where he will share challenges in monitoring the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel during its construction, which will mostly take place in or under the Thames.

Insights on technologies including inSAR, Fibre Optics, Wireless sensors and Quantum Technnology will also be shared across the two-day conference, taking place 29-30 March.

Speakers include:

  • Jarmo Eskelinen CITO, Future Cities Catapult
  • Ian Prosser chief inspector of railways, Office of Rail and Road
  • Eleanor Walters asset engineer (geotechnics), Network Rail
  • Peter Hewitt geo-environmental engineering leader, Laing O’Rourke
  • Neil Grosset project director, Glasgow Tunnel Partnership
  • John Roseler technical manager, FLO
  • Neil Moss ‎principal tunnel engineer, London Underground
  • Pam Rigby principal geotechnical engineer, United Utilities

Book your place here.

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