Surepath Training Newsletter No. 11 / September 2018
Newsletter No. 11
After a long hot summer break, we are back and welcome you to our latest newsletter. This edition includes the first of a periodic section that will provide snippets of industry news, plus our regular sections on CPD and courses, and an introduction to our geotechnical consultancy services. With the links provided to additional information we hope you find it useful!
Industry News Snippets
We all look out for broad news items that affect the industry and ourselves. We found the following useful and we hope you agree.
British Standards and Brexit - This is a common topic on our courses so the recent statement from BSI that they will continue as a member of ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC is likely to be of interest to many. They went on to state "UK stakeholders have overwhelmingly expressed their support for the UK to remain committed to the adoption of international and European standards as the national standard". More information on what this means can be found using this link, and their February 2018 standards position statement can be read here.
Planning Update - The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has recently been updated and on 1 October 2018 new regulations will come into force regarding pre-commencement conditions. A Quick Guide on the changes has been prepared by Lithos Consulting, who we thank for their permission to circulate their guide.
BIM Update - The first two international standards relating to the organisation of information about construction works are to be published in late 2018. They are BS EN ISO 19650–1 (concepts and principles) and BS EN ISO 19650-2 (information management in delivery). These standards will supersede BS 1192 (principles) and PAS 1192 part 2 (capital/delivery phase) respectively. An update that should help answer some of the questions on the UK transition can be found here.
Health Safety and Welfare - Though industry magazines regularly carry HSW news, we find it useful to keep an eye too on the latest HSE press releases. There were numerous construction related posts just in July and August, which highlight that we as an industry need to keep emphasising and focusing on HSW throughout a project.
Courses in September and October 2018
Full details of all courses can be seen in our latest calendar. Selected highlights include:
Pile Foundations - Principles and Practice on 20 September LAST CALL
Introduction to Health and Safety Law on 9 October
Mentoring for Engineering Geologists on Geotechnical Engineering on 11 October
Slope Stability - Principles and Practice on 18 October Earthworks - Principles and Practice on 25 October
All these courses are running in Chesterfield. Discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course. Please call or email us to reserve your place on a course.
Preparing for Your ICE Professional Reviews
We have recently completed a total of 14 mock interviews across the UK to help candidates prepare for their professional reviews with the ICE. Feedback has again been excellent, including:
"Course was very good and there was no aspect of it I would have changed"
"The facilitator had a raft of experience and knowledge on the overall ICE review system"
"Specific feedback was received at the end of the session - very useful"
Our Dr Andy Goodwin is reviewing in York soon. We wish everyone sitting their real review the best of luck.
Once the Autumn review session is completed, support to the prospective candidates for the Spring 2019 session starts. This includes the following courses:
The ICE Professional Review - Preparing for the Written Exercise on 22 November
The ICE Professional Review - Overview and Preparation on 4 December
Mock interview courses in early 2019 (dates TBC)
If any of these courses are of interest to you then please contact us for more information.
More CPD Ideas...
We have selected just two CPD ideas for you all this month, which should be especially useful to candidates sitting their ICE Professional Review.
NEC4 - The NEC form of contract was born out of the Latham and Egan reports. It went on to become the form of contract recommended by the ICE, replacing the ICE 7th Conditions of Contract. It emphasised a collaborative approach and provided a range of forms for different risk sharing approaches. NEC3 has now been replaced by NEC4 and graduates sitting their review ought to be aware now of the main changes. A good starting point may be found here.
Sustainable Development - Some time ago, in 2008, Constructing Excellence "recognised the need for a ‘Plain English Guide to Sustainable Construction’ after a large number of comments from their membership about the lack of clear, concise information on the subject." They produced a useful guide that we recommend graduates read as a starter. There have been developments since of course, as covered in previous newsletters.
We hope you find the above ideas useful. More will be forthcoming in future newsletters.
Specialist Geotechnical Consultancy Services
We believe it is critical to the success of our training provisions to ensure the currency of our industrial practice. This applies equally to us and our tutors.
For our part, we have always undertaken geotechnical commissions since the company formed over 6 years ago. We now work regularly with a range of clients and sub-consultants. If you would be interested in engaging us then please contact us to discuss your requirements. More details of our experience and services can be obtained through ourSurepath Consulting web page.