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Conference preview: A look to the future

This year’s Piling and Foundations conference will focus on establishing how future work will be designed and delivered up to 2017. 

With the piling industry seeing growing confidence in the commercial, housing and rail sectors, now is the perfect time to explore how the next generation of projects will be delivered over the coming years. GE’s 2015 Piling and Foundations conference, to be held on 23 April at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London, offers an opportunity to gain insight from industry experts and network with your peers and potential clients.

The event will begin with a welcome from conference chair Andrew McNamara, senior lecturer – civil engineering, City University. The opening address will then be delivered by Martin Blower, chairman of the Federation of Piling Specialist (FPS), looking at the need for the geotechnical industry to embrace and improve the workforce. He will outline why diversity should be of critical importance to geotechnical engineers and contractors, as well as highlighting the role that the FPS will play in promoting diversity and solving the skills shortage.

Tim Chapman, leader – infrastructure London group, Arup, will focus on what the next three years holds for the piling industry, pinpointing sectors and areas of the UK which will offer the greatest opportunities.

The impact of the update to C580 (Embedded Retaining Walls) for piling contractors and designers will be discussed by Arup associate director Stuart Hardy. He will also explore the impact of monitoring and BIM on how piling is delivered. This session will be followed by Andrew Bond, director at Geocentrix, who will look at the recent updates to EC7 and the long-term outlook for a revision.

Keith Reeves, geotechnical engineer for HS2, will focus on the foundation challenges experienced during Phase One of the project. Reeves will also discuss the role that innovation and technology will play in the design and delivery of foundations.

Crossrail field engineer Abena Asamoa- Bonsu will then deliver a presentation on innovation in pile design and installation within tight time constraints. Asamoa-Bonsu will discuss developing a programme of work against challenging weather, ground conditions and the activities of Crossrail’s central tunnels.

The conference will close with two exclusive project case studies. The first will be delivered by Richard Hartshorn, regional director east, NHBC and Stephen Wielebski, divisional development director, Miller Homes, who will assess what the future holds for piling foundations in the housing sector. Frank Joyce, project director, ISG and Ian Leaper, director, Booth King Partnership will then examine changes to the piling and foundations solutions used for the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Question and answer sessions, roundtable and panel discussions, snap polls and a speed networking session will take place throughout the day. Delegates can also upgrade to the VIP or Conference Plus programme, part of which allows attendance of a breakfast briefing delivered by London Underground (LU) profession head of earth structures and geotechnical engineering Nader Safari. The briefing will explore the importance of quality investigations to LU’s asset upgrade strategy.

Delegates selecting the VIP option will also be invited to join the speaker dinner on 22 April.

More information

For further details about the conference, please visit www.pilingevent.co.uk Book before 9 April and quote promotional code PF_SUBS_15 to save 15% off the current delegate rate. To register your interest or to book your place, please visit www.pilingevent.co.uk or call 020 3033 2609. 

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