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Event date: August 11, 2022

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This talk will be an introduction to the drilling equipment available for ground practitioners to undertake ground investigations. The talk will also highlight that not every technique is perfect for every site and that a combination of techniques is generally beneficial to get the most ground information from the site. It is a chance to see some of the more innovative techniques available to undertake ground investigations, such as Supacats, cut-down cable rigs, front mast of window sample rigs and slope-climbing rigs.

According to Arup, ground-related problems typically account for 33–50% of construction programme overruns. The average cost of these delays far exceeds the original sums expended on site investigation, a mere 0.1% of overall project costs. This talk will be of interest to the construction industry, developers, graduate structural engineers, graduate consulting engineers and students, young and old.

Speaker: Eric Downey

Eric draws on 31 years’ experience as both a contractor and a consultant to ensure that the techniques used are both cost-effective and appropriate for the proposed end result. Eric is currently responsible for the technical sales and business development of Structural Soils nationally. He was part of the technical estimating department and has prepared and delivered a wide variety of competitive tenders to meet client expectations up to £12 million.

Moderator: Jim Southern

Jim has over 35 years’ experience in ground investigation: the last 21 years with Structural Soils. During this time, he has been involved with a wide range of investigations, from individual property subsidence cases up to nuclear power stations and large infrastructure projects.

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