CPD Ideas for Graduates Pursuing Professional Qualification
Our Dr Andy Goodwin has been posting occasional ideas for CPD on LinkedIn. The suggestions largely come from his experience as a reviewer with the ICE and are targeted in particular at graduates. However, everyone benefits from CPD so don't be put off the ideas if you are not a graduate. Three of the ideas suggested so far are reprised below.
The Brundtland report, “Our Common Future”, includes the oft-quoted definition of sustainable development "meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of tomorrow" (see page 16 para 27 of the pdf for the full definition). Graduates pursuing professional qualification with the ICE should know the definition and should be able to discuss what it means to them.
Using pyrite-rich fills below buildings and in earthworks can cause major issues. Two links are provided as starters in this field: the first takes you to a pdf copy of an expert report on issues found affecting buildings in Ireland (it is 200 pages long so if pushed for time just read the Executive Summary!), whilst the second is a paper from 2011 on the implications of the phenomenon for earthworks that explains the science aspects as well as being practical.
The subject of ethics and ethical behaviour regularly comes up both at ICE professional reviews. It is an important topic that merits thought and deserves a perspective from outside the ICE, not just from within. It is suggested that it is worth looking at the Royal Academy of Engineering work on this topic.
We hope you find the ideas useful. More will be forthcoming in future newsletters.
Last Few Courses in 2017
LAST CALL... Next Week...Slope Stability - Principles and Practice, 28 November 2017 (£220 + VAT per delegate)
The aim of the course is to develop the abilities of the delegates to recognise and address slope stability issues. It will start with a review of how slopes fail and the fundamental basis of why they stand up. It will then examine core aspects of stability analysis before looking at code requirements.
LAST CALL... Next Week... Mentoring for Engineering Geologists on Geotechnical Engineering, 30 November 2017 (£295 + VAT per delegate)
This 'long day' course provides the equivalent of 1.5 days training with just one day out of the office. Targeted mainly at geologists and others working in geotechnics, the course covers fundamental soil mechanics concepts before applying the principles to foundations, retaining walls and slopes.
ICE Professional Review - Overview and Preparation, 7 December 2017 (£220 + VAT per delegate) Lead by an experienced ICE reviewer, the course is aimed at those sitting their professional review in 2018. It will explore what the professional review comprises, from the application process to the interview and after.
Introduction to Structural Design to the Eurocodes, 12 December 2017 (£220 + VAT per delegate) The Eurocodes are an integrated set of standards for use across Europe, and all British Standards have been aligned to them. This course will provide an overview of the Eurocodes before looking at the basis of structural concrete and steelwork design to EC2 and EC3, including worked examples.
Each of these courses is running in Chesterfield. Discounts are available for group bookings or delegates attending more than one course. Just call us for further details, to discuss your specific needs or to make a booking.
ICE Professional Review Written Exercise to Change
In case you were not aware, the ICE are making changes to the Written Exercise element of the Chartered and Member Professional Reviews.
With immediate effect, no internet access will be permitted during the Written Exercise. Though candidates can still bring in reference materials (hard copy or stored on their laptop), use of the material will need to be fully referenced to avoid plagiarism related issues. From 1 July 2018, candidates will be limited to reference material comprising just two sides of A4 pre-prepared material. More information can be gained using this link to the ICE web site.
Eurocode 7 - A Whistle Stop Tour
A regular Client of ours, Lithos Consulting, recently prepared a short article on Eurocode 7 and its implications in particular on ground investigation. We are grateful to them for allowing us to share it, as it is thought-provoking and well worth a read - just follow this link to download a copy. We hope you find it informative and useful.
What is the Best Way to Learn and Develop in the Civil Engineering Industry?
During a recent mentoring session, a mentee asked what is the most effective way to learn and develop. The stock answer is the 70:20:10 model, which suggests that 70% of knowledge and understanding is gained from on-the-job experience, 20% from self-study, mentoring and learning from others, and 10% from training courses and the like. This model originated in the 1980's based on research into what helped successful managers develop. So is it valid for the civil engineering industry? We have been thinking about this further as part of our mentoring work and we have prepared a short article on it, mainly aimed at graduates but others may find it useful too. If you are interested to read it then just click here.
Howard Medal Winner
Our Dr Andy Goodwin, with Simon Ellis (Mott MacDonald), Prof Liz Laycock (Sheffield Hallam University) and Dr Chris Hurst (Mott MacDonald), were awarded the Howard Medal at the ICE Awards Dinner on 6 October 2017 for a paper published in 2016. Entitled “Use of crushed brick in reinforced earth railway structures”, the paper reported on some practically-focused research. The paper can be downloaded for free using this link.
Geotechnical Consultancy to Support Training Services
Over recent months we have continued to provide geotechnical design services both direct to clients and on a sub-consultancy basis as part of a wider design team. Recent projects include:
Designers Geotechnical Advisor services for a development adjacent to Highways England infrastructure, that include design services and compliance with HD22/08.
Assessment of the movements that are likely to affect housing to be built over old backfilled opencast workings, to assist with foundation optioneering.
Geotechnical appraisal of a development site potentially affected by periglacial landslips that have consequential slope stability and retaining wall stability issues.
Maintaining our cutting edge in practice is a cornerstone of our training services, and we would be happy to discuss how we could assist you should you have a need for support.
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