Newsletter No. 14
January 2019

2019 Course Calendar

Happy new year to everyone.  We hope you are all rested and looking forward to a successful 2019.  To support you, our new course calendar can be downloaded from here in a list format, or from here in a year to view format.  Notable features of the calendar are:

  • It is based on a new list of courses that has been refreshed for 2019.
  • Three levels of technical course are now offered: introductory (for those new to a topic); principles and practice (for those wanting to develop their understanding further); and practitioner (for those wanting to consolidate and extend their skills).
  • Several new courses have been introduced, including Level 3 courses on Lime and Cement Stabilisation, and on Interpreting SI Data.

We have also widened our delivery locations to include Chester as well as our base in Chesterfield.  Other locations may be added later to suit demand. 

Courses in February and March 2019

The main focus in this period is on commercial, management and geotechnical skills, and on assisting graduates to prepare for the ICE’s Professional Review session in the Spring.  The upcoming courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Geotechnical Design to Eurocode 7 on 5 February
  • Essentials of Project Management on 7 February
  • Slope Stability – Principles and Practice on 12 February
  • The ICE Professional Review – Preparing for the Interview on 19 February and 5 March; £335 each for a maximum of 4 delegates
  • Interpreting SI Data – Ground Modelling and Design Parameters on 28 February
  • Commercial and Contractual Awareness on 7 March
  • Two half day CDM Regulations 2015 courses on 12 March; £150 each or both for £250 
  • Earthworks – Principles and Practice on 14 March
  • Geotechnical Engineering for Geologists on 19 March; £335 for 1.5 days of learning in a 'long day'
  • Theory and Practice of Lime and Cement Stabilisation on 26 March

All these courses are running in Chesterfield and cost £250 + VAT per delegate unless stated.   Discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course.  Please contact us to reserve your place.


We are delighted to report that one of our mentees, Sam Fish, was one of those who sat and passed his Chartered Professional Review in the Autumn 2018 session. 

Congratulations to Sam and all the other candidates we supported through courses and short-term mentoring!
Mentoring Plaudit

We were delighted to receive recently a fantastic testimonial from Sam Fish for the mentoring support he has received over nearly five years from our Dr Andy Goodwin.  Sam said:

"...I couldn’t rate Andy highly enough.... as an ICE Reviewer for many years, his understanding of the chartered professional review process is excellent and very helpful to his mentees.... my progression as an engineer is a direct result of his coaching and ability to draw the best out of me."

The full plaudit may be read here.  Andy was hugely appreciative of the comments from Sam, and is looking forward to continuing to support his other mentees in the same vein. Feel free to contact us without any obligation if you or your graduates require any mentoring support.

New CPD Ideas for 2019

Our CPD ideas are useful for anyone but are especially useful this time for graduates pursuing professional registration with the ICE as the Spring 2019 session is imminent. 

Leading Continuous Improvement in HSW must be demonstrated at an ICE Chartered Professional Review.  Examples should be drawn from your experience, but it is best to see what others are doing - for example see the Considerate Constructors Best Practice Hub.

Quality Management - Quality management is more than quality assurance or quality control, as discussed in an article on total quality management published on the Designing Buildings Wiki in December 2018.  It is worth a read - just follow this link.

Managing Diversity - As this should come up at every review, always read around this topic and relate it to your experience.  There are numerous articles on the subject - for example one published in 2013 on the public sector can be downloaded here.

If you want to see other CPD ideas, you can look back at previous newsletters by following this link.

What is the best way to learn?

We all learn in different ways and have to find the best method(s) for us.  We vary the teaching methods in our courses to try to accommodate all styles.  There are three main learning styles: auditory; tactile (or kinesthetic); visual.  A more detailed description of each can be seen here but in essence:

Auditory learners understand and remember things they have heard, storing information by sound, and responding better to spoken instructions than written ones.
Tactile learners understand and remember things through movement, touch, building, or drawing, and they often speak with their hands and with gestures.
Visual learners understand and remember things by sight, picturing what they are learning in their head.

We all have a range of bias between these styles but do you know what is your preferred method?  If you don't then try this short test and adapt your learning style to suit!    

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