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Risk management and litigation on agenda for Geoscience 2000

THE ENGINEERING Group of the Geological Society is holding three sessions at Geoscience 2000 at the University of Manchester on 17-20 April.

Two parallel sessions, 'Hazards and risk management in engineering' and 'Claims and litigation - the geoscientist's involvement', will be held on the morning of 19 April. A report on the findings of the group's working party on clay materials used in construction will be given in the afternoon.

'Hazards and risk management' includes three papers: Risk assessment and management of natural hazards, by Dr Jim Griffiths of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Plymouth; Ground instability and planning, by Dr Alan Thompson of the Symonds Group; and A consideration of mining risks in the Black Country, by Adrian Collings of Ove Arup & Partners.

'Claims and litigation' will present two papers: The geoscientist as expert witness, by Jonathon Raynes of Ashurst Morris Crisp and Legal proof for the occurrence and cause of a landslide, by Dr Jim Griffiths.

The afternoon session will take the form of an interactive seminar, chaired by Professor Peter Fookes, on the work and objectives of the Engineering Group working party on clay materials used in construction.

The proposed structure of the third and final report in the trilogy on geomaterials in construction will be outlined by selected members.

Delegates will be encouraged to discuss these proposals after each topic presentation and in a concluding open forum.

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