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Understanding and Managing the Risks of Unforeseen Ground Conditions

16 October 2013
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University of Liverpool
University of Liverpool, Jane Herdman Building
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Liverpool University is delighted to invite RSK's award-winning ground investigation experts to give a free seminar on the latest developments in geophysical technologies and techniques, and their use in state-of-the-art ground investigations. 

Encountering unforeseen ground conditions mid-project can be an expensive problem. Buried obstructions, waste, contamination, mineshafts, solution features, soft ground, landfills, storage tanks, unexploded ordnance, archaeological features and difficult geology may variously lie in wait.

Buried services are often early concerns. Managing the health and safety risks means getting the right information at the right time. A well-designed investigation can pick up much more than just services at the same cost. Each project is different. This session will demonstrate how the latest developments in surveying and geophysics can be tailored to understand and reduce the specific risks encountered at any particular stage in a project.

A graphical approach to visualising information and risk will be used to discuss the value and usefulness of different types of intrusive and geophysical site investigation data. Interactive sessions will illustrate when and when not to use geophysics, and, if it is used, how best to integrate it into a site investigation approach. Detailed case studies will illustrate the lessons and objectives.

Course Objectives

  • Provide an understanding of how to use information from historical data, maps and previous site investigations to develop a conceptual model of where additional site investigation information is needed.
  • Provide an appreciation of the relative value of intrusive and geophysical site investigation techniques in delivering information about ground conditions at a site. Describe a rationale for deciding whether to use geophysics as part of a site investigation.
  • Provide an overview of the most commonly used geophysical techniques and best practice in using them as part of an integrated site investigation
  • Provide awareness of the importance of integrating all the available information into the interpretation of the geophysical data, which is just one part of the site investigation data for producing the interpretative ground model

Course Leader

Dr George Tuckwell CGeol CSci, Director RSK


2pm - 4pm


Free, however places are strictly limited.

Further Information

This session has been formally endorsed for continuous professional development training by the Geological Society.

There will be the opportunity for delegates to tour the Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences and learn more about their research in these areas. 


Convenor Contact

Nataly Jones

Management Services Administrator
School of Environmental Sciences
Jane Herdman Building
L69 3GP