SPIRALLING COSTS and time overruns caused by ground-related problems on construction projects will be tackled in new research being launched by the ICE next month.
The two year project, called Managing Geotechnical Risk, has received funding of £86,000 from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. It will produce guidelines for best practice in ground investigation by examining case studies and lessons from other high risk industries.
Academics from Surrey University's department of civil engineering will meet with the banking industry to discuss techniques for managing risk and the use of software tools currently used in the finance industry.
Chairman of the ICE group steering the research, Amec Piling managing director Richard Wright, claimed that work below ground offers more scope for productivity improvements than any other area of the industry. 'We will never eliminate all ground-related problems, but I believe we can reduce their incidence and severity by reducing costly delays and contractual disputes,' he said.
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