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Jackie Skipper Glossop Lecture ‘Variability and ground hazards: how does the ground get to be 'unexpected'?’

17 May 2018
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Geological Society Events, South West Regional Group
Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon
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When something goes wrong in a civil engineering project, ‘unexpected ground conditions’ are often blamed. Natural variability of the ground can indeed be the cause of engineering hazards - but what are the causes of this variability? The systems in which sediments are laid down, weathered, eroded, faulted, frozen, transported, all make soils (and their behaviour) more complex. Engineering itself represents a type of assault on the ground, and variable sediments respond variably - leading to a wide range of potential hazards.

Understanding why the ground is variable therefore leads to a better understanding of this response, allowing improved prediction and management of risks. Using case histories, the 18th Glossop Lecture will explore the relationship between ground variability and engineering risk, in particular how training can increase the level of understanding of the ground at every level of a project.

Jackie Skipper is the Recipient of the Glossop Medal.

6:30pm – Refreshments provided