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Promoting geotechnics

VALUE OF Geotechnics in Construction, the pan industry gathering at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London on 4 November, looks set to become a landmark event for the geotechnical industry.

Organised by the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists with the active support of the British Geotechnical Society, Federation of Piling Specialists, CIRIA and Construction Clients' Forum, the seminar marks a subtle but significant change in the way the geotechnical community projects its image to the construction industry.

Instead of highlighting problems that might result from inadequate geotechnical input, the emphasis is very much on the benefits that good geotechnics can bring.

Close involvement of the Construction Clients' Forum, and the targeting of client groups to attend, is another important development in the challenge of making geotechnics more integrated within the construction process.

Put simply by CCF chairman Terry Rochester, who will present the seminar's opening address, 'to deliver value from geotechnics you need to know your geotechnics and also your client's business'.

Speakers have been asked to focus on how geotechnics can bring value and meet client needs, by providing examples of where good geotechnical design and construction carried out within integrated project teams can control risks and brings savings to both construction and whole life costs. As one of the key aims of the seminar is to create a platform for discussion between providers of geotechnical services and their clients, emphasis in the presentations will be on key issues and themes rather than technical detail.

The seminar is broken down into four sessions covering project planning and feasibility, savings through design, technical innovation and best practice in construction, and project delivery and whole life costs. Every session includes an address from a session chairman, each an eminent

industry figure, with presentation of the two papers which best illustrate the key points, leaving time for informal debate.

According to AGS immediate past chairman Bill Rankin, who chairs the organising committee,

the 40 papers accepted for full publication for the proceedings are of a particularly high

standard, which augurs well for a stimulating and rewarding day on 4 November.

Registration fee is pounds180, which includes a copy of the proceedings, published by CRC and worth pounds70. For registration details please contact Anna Gosnell, tel 0171 505 6662.

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