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Geotechnical conference aims to enlighten clients

THE GEOTECHNICAL engineering industry hopes to boost its image with construction clients by emphasising the benefits of ground investigations at a seminar next month.

The one day seminar, organised by Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists, marks the start of an industry-wide drive to change clients' perceptions of geotechnics.

Instead of highlighting problems which might result from inadequate ground investigations, speakers will emphasise how good geotechnical design and construction can help control risks and achieve savings on whole life costs.

Four sessions will be run throughout the day, covering project planning and feasibility; savings through design; technical innovation and best practice in construction; and project delivery and whole life costs. Discussions will be chaired by leading geotechnical experts including chairman of the Site Investigation Steering Group Professor Stuart Littlejohn, and chairman of the Federation of Piling Specialists Chris Harnan.

Venue for the event, which is co-sponsored by NCE sister magazine Ground Engineering, will be held on 4 November at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Registration is pounds180. Contact Anna Gosnell for details on (0171) 505 6662.

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