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Slope seminars

Ground Engineering is hosting a series of three one-day regional seminars on steep slope engineering in April.

The event, 'Steep slopes - responsibilities, management and solutions', will be run at venues in the North West, Midlands and London on 4, 7 and 11 April.

Speakers are drawn from experts from contractors, consultants, solicitors and client representatives to provide a comprehensive assessment of the slope engineering process.

James Bessey, construction law expert of solicitor Edge Ellison, will cover responsibilities of slope ownership, addressing issues such as legal liability, parties' legal relationships, and the role of insurance.

Slope risk assessment and maintenance management will be covered in two sessions from Ian Nettleton of TRL and Dr John Perry of Mott MacDonald. Nettleton will provide a roads perspective, while Perry is speaking in his capacity as lead author of the impeding CIRIA report 'Infrastructure embankments:

condition appraisal and remedial treatments', focusing on asset management, condition appraisal and prioritisation issues.

Solutions and engineering best practice for natural and manmade slopes in both rock and soil will be covered by Andy Wingfield, operations director of Can, Dr Martin Pedley, technical consultant with Kvaerner Cementation Foundations, and Philip Staten, technical director of Maccaferri who will cover reinforced soil, new soil retaining systems and the emerging field of soil bio-engineering.

Ground Engineering publisher Paul Wheeler said: 'We have an excellent and broad based programme that will appeal to a wide range of people, from engineers to slope owners, developers and those responsible for managing land where slope stability is an issue.

It is also excellent value.'

One day delegate cost is just £95 plus VAT.

For further information on registration contact Tracy Collins at Emap Construct, tel: 020 7505 6683; email:

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