Monday 9 February, East of Scotland Refurbishment of the Forth Rail Bridge Scotland's Forth Bridge was recently closed to rail traffic as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment scheme. Network Rail regional engineering manager Duncan Sooman reviews the work done so far and previews that about to be carried out. For a taster see this week's feature on page 18.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
5.30pm. Booking essential. Email events@royalsoced. org. uk.
Monday 9 February, East Midlands What is the matter with geotechnical engineering?
Two thirds of ground engineering is done by non-geotechnical engineers and is the single largest source of claims and disputes. As a result many geotechnical engineers spend more time dealing with court cases than designing. So argues City University professor of soil mechanics John Atkinson, who first raised the issue in July last year and hopes to continue the debate at this meeting of the East Midlands Geotechnical Group.
Nottingham University civil engineering department. 6pm.
Contact Ashraf El-Hamalawi (01509) 223206.
Monday 9 February, Northern Ireland Congestion charging: what next?
London congestion charging celebrates its first birthday this month. To mark the occasion, Commission for Integrated Transport chairman David Begg reviews new and existing congestion charging schemes operating in the UK and beyond.
Begg will also explain the costs, benefits and practicality of smart card network charging.
Sir Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen's University Belfast. 6.15pm. Email jane. chambers@wyg. com.
Wednesday 11 February, London The Tale of Tumbledown Terrace In November and December 2000, houses in Gilmerton in south Edinburgh experienced severe ground subsidence caused by limestone mining in the past. Arup civil engineering director Alan Richmond, who assisted Edinburgh City Council throughout the investigation and subsequent remedial work, explains the technical issues and also gives an insight into the pressures of working on a project which attracted intense media interest.
ICE London. 6pm. Contact Gavin Bowyer (020) 7665 2233.
Thursday 12 February, London King's Cross Underground Station Redevelopment:
construction of the western ticket hall Metronet design manager Anna Haladkji and bridges and structures engineer Graham Bessant describe this complex project which involves squeezing a new two-level ticket hall beneath King's Cross railway station. The work demanded the exposure of the foundations of St Pancras station, the removal of the crown of the eastbound Circle Line tunnel and preparation for the installation of a new subway under the Euston Road. All of which was carried out around two operating railways without any disruption of service and without any damage to the Grade 1 listed building.
ICE London. 6pm. Contact Pauline Arundel (020) 7665 2236.