GDG hosts The Perception and Control of Ground Risk Event in London on the 21st of February

Wednesday, 6th February 2019
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Are you affected by ground risk?

If so, we would be delighted to see you on the 21st February at One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA.

Registration details are below.

Geosolutions Engineering UK are proud to host a seminar on Ground Risk Management on the 21st February from 2pm to 5.30pm at One Great George Street. We have a diverse line-up of speakers from a range of backgrounds with extensive experience in the management of geotechnical risk. Our speakers come from the engineering, contracting, geoenvironmental, insurance and legal industries. Following the presentations, there will be a stimulating panel discussion following the presentations where we will be open to input from the audience. Our goal is to provide a forum at which professionals dealing with ground risk can learn from one another and share experiences.

Our Managing Director, Paul Doherty, will discuss the observational approach in geotechnical engineering and provide examples of how this approach will lead to ground risk reduction. 

Jim Shields, Operations Manager for Ground Engineering at BAM Ritchies, and Mark Sheridan, Divisional Manager at BAM Ritchies, will discuss barriers to selecting the ‘right’ geotechnical specialist, the quality of technical information gathered and the competency required through training and development.  Jim and Mark have a wealth of experience in dealing with ground risk from a contracting perspective.

John Cleland heads up our site remediation team and will lead a discussion on potential liabilities associated with contaminated land in construction projects and the importance of early environmental risk identification in minimising project impacts through adequate planning, supervision and validation.

Stephen Hargreaves, Professional Risks Director at Griffiths & Armour, will share his expertise from the insurance industry.  Stephen currently heads up Griffiths & Armour’s team of specialist PI claims handlers.   In that capacity he has amassed a wealth of experience in the defence and/or settlement of claims against his clients.   This experience informs much of the firm’s risk management activities in which he is a regular contributor to its widely acclaimed publications.

As our geotechnical assets age they will require management to extend their serviceability life and avoid wholescale replacement.  John O’Donovan, Principal Engineer at Geosolutions Engineering UK, will discuss some recent lessons learned on the management of these assets and how the risk associated with the potential failure helps to determine the maintenance regime.

Sheena Sood, Senior Partner at Beale and Co., has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on a diverse range of professional negligence claims and contractual disputes, advising contractors, engineers, architects, health and safety professionals and surveyors. Sheena will focus on some common risk scenarios, recent court cases and allocation of risk within contracts.

Neil Smith, Senior Consultant at Geosolutions Engineering UK, will address risk perception in ground engineering. Unless a risk is perceived, it cannot be controlled.

The event will start with tea/coffee at 1.30pm and will finish at 5.30pm on the 21st February at One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA. Those who are interested should register at: