Newsletter No. 7 
January 2018
2018 Course Calendar

Our calendar of courses for 2018 may be downloaded using this link.  Please contact us for details about any of the courses and how they can be run bespoke just for your company.
In brief, the first courses this year include:
- Contractual Awareness
- The ICE Professional Review - Preparing for the Interview

- Slope Stability - Principles and Practice
- Introduction to Geotechnical Design to EC7
- Earthworks - Principles and Practice
- GI Design to EC7 - The Essentials
Evening Programmes Added

We are excited to announce the launch of two new programmes of evening courses on shallow foundations and settlements, and on soil slope stability and earthworks. 

6 week programme will allow delegates to explore the subject matter in more depth than possible during a typical day course, with sessions running weekly from 4pm to 7.30pm. 

To promote learning and understanding in a close working group,  delivery will be undertaken in tutorial style sessions with a strict maximum of 10 delegates per programme.  Coursework between sessions will be used to reinforce learning too.  

Each programme just costs £695 + VAT per delegate for all 6 sessions.  Course details can be obtained using these links: foundations & settlements; slopes & earthworks

Courses to Help Prepare for the ICE Professional Review

We offer a range of courses specifically targeted at helping delegates prepare for their professional review.  Timed to suit either the Spring or Autumn 2018 review sessions, the currently scheduled open courses include:
  • The ICE Professional Review - Overview and Preparation, 28 June & 4 December 2018 (£250 + VAT per delegate)
  • The ICE Professional Review - Preparing for the Interview, 22 February, 6 March, 7 August & 4 September 2018 (£335 + VAT per delegate, maximum 4 delegates)
  • The ICE Professional Review - Preparing for the Written Exercise, 10 May & 22 November 2018 (£250 + VAT per delegate)
  • Essentials of Project Management, 26 April & 20 September 2018 (£250 + VAT per delegate)
  • Managing and Leading Teams, 24 May & 18 October 2018 (£250 + VAT per delegate)
  • Contractual Awareness, 13 February & 2 August 2018 (£250 + VAT per delegate)
A brief description of each of these courses can be obtained using this link.  Each is running in Chesterfield or can be run bespoke for your company.  Discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course.  Call us for further details, discuss your specific needs, or make a booking. 

More CPD Ideas...

Our Dr Andy Goodwin took advantage of the festive pause to look for some more interesting ideas for CPD.  Some suggestions are given below:

Legal implications of BIM – With the widening adoption of BIM across the industry, the possible legal implications of a 'new' form of working has lead to a plethora of articles on this subject on law company sites.  Two in particular caught Andy' eye.  The first was published in 2015, and the second in 2012.  No doubt this topic will attract more articles in the future so we recommend keeping up to date with this aea of discussion.  

BREEAM and CEEQUAL - Sustainable development is one of the attributes that must be satisfactorily demonstrated at an ICE Professional Review.  Two important tools to measure sustainability, BREEAM and CEEQUAL, are highly recommended reading for graduates sitting their review.  Most will be aware that both tools have been operating alongside each other under the auspices of BRE since 2015, but some may not be aware that BREEAM Infrastructure will be merged with CEEQUAL in the summer of 2018.  More information on this merger is available here, and information on BREEAM can be accessed here.  For this wanting to read further, a short document describing the integration of sustainable development into masterplanning can also be downloaded from the resources section of the same website, or accessed directly using this link

Diverse Papers from the ICE Publishing Awards - Winners of the 2017 ICE Publishing Awards gathered in the Great Hall at One Great George Street in October to receive their medals at the annual ICE Awards luncheon.  Chosen from over 1800 papers published in ICE journals in 2016, the 42 winning papers are "works of exceptional quality that benefit the entire civil engineering, construction, and materials science community".  The papers have been made free to read in perpetuity as part of our commitment to further knowledge and best practice. They can be found here on the ICE Virtual Library.

We hope you find the ideas useful.  More will be forthcoming in future newsletters.

The Value of Always Learning

recent article in the New Civil Engineer (December 2017) reported an interview with the new ICE President Lord Robert Mair.  It is a wide ranging and thought provoking article that included some interesting observations on learning and development matters, including:

  • It is very important to work on site at an early stage in your career as the way you think about design is so transformed.
  • Engineers should stay abreast of developments in research coming out of academia.
  • Engineers should be taught to help them understand from first principles the working of things, to give them the capability and flexibility of mind that they turn their skills to anything.
Though there may be some debate about the first bullet point above, as the ICE Professional Review does not require candidates to have gained site experience as such, we believe the thoughts of Lord Mair should be considered when we each formulate our own Development Action Plan (DAP) for the year ahead.  More details of the ICE requirements for CPD can be downloaded from here.
Autumn Training Programme for Local Authority

Over recent months we have delivered three bespoke half-day courses for a large local authority:
  • Fundamentals of Soil Slope Stability
  • Fundamentals of Contaminated Land Assessment
  • Introduction to Structural Steelwork Design to EC3 
Feedback from all three courses was excellent, and showed how full day courses could be adapted to half day formats cost-effectively for small groups.  Building on this success, we have been asked to look at two additional topics too.

If you feel your organisation would benefit from a short course or series of half day courses, then just call us to discuss your requirements and see how we could help you.  
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