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Conference preview: Practical insight

From major infrastructure projects to complex residential basements, the industry’s pipeline of work continues to grow steadily and GE’s basements event will ensure you’re up to date on sector developments. 

GE’s 2015 Basements and Underground Structures conference will provide best practice guidance, insight from industry leaders and invaluable networking opportunities. The two-day event will be held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London on 6-7 October.

The conference will open with the keynote address by Arup director Duncan Nicholson, who will analyse how the design and delivery of basements will change over the next five years.

David French, practice director of ground engineering at Atkins, will then provide a case study of a basement project in Luanda, Angola. During his session, French will discuss the challenges in redesigning and delivering this complex scheme.

Moving the focus back to the UK, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff associate director John Richmond will pinpoint the scope for tall building construction and what this means for the basement and geotechnical industry.


Following a networking break, delegates have the option of two streams of breakout sessions. Stream A will include presentations on mitigating the impact of buried hollows on deep basements in London with a focus on best practice and the exible solution designed for the Rathbone Square basement project. Stream A will also offer the opportunity to gain perspective from main contractors, with insight from Brookfield Multiplex and Lend Lease.

Stream B will include a session on how the demand for private basements is impacting local authorities and the way they regulate local development and a session on the impact of Construction Design & Management Regulation (2015).

There will also be a focus on major infrastructure projects, with presentations on the geotechnical aspects of HS2 and the tunnelling works on the £100M Shieldhall Tunnel in Glasgow.


The main conference will resume with plenary sessions covering technically challenging projects including the Asia Transition Box for the Eurasia Tunnel, Istanbul and the GE Award-winning accelerated programme for Crossrail’s Moorgate shaft.

The event will conclude with a drinks reception, offering the opportunity to continue discussing the day’s key topics while networking with industry peers.


The main conference will be preceded by a Temporary Works Seminar, in association with Groundforce Shorco on 6 October, which will focus on the future of temporary works design and delivery through use of standards and best practice.

Tim Lohmann, director at Wentworth House Partnership, will chair the event which will include a presentation on the role of the Temporary Works Forum and Tony Harris, UK head of discipline for bridges and civil engineering at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, will explore the latest developments in standards and guidance for basement temporary works. This will be followed by Groundforce Shorco technical director Tony Gold who will look at harmonising Eurocodes with below ground temporary works in order to improve future project design.

The workshop will include a series of technical case studies offering practical insight of challenging projects. Delegates will also have the opportunity to share their experiences and opinions by participating in the group discussions and question and answer sessions. 



For more information, visit www.basements.geplus.co.uk

Book before 15 September and quote promotional code GEBASE15 to save 10% off the current delegate rate.

To register your interest or to book your place, contact Ryan Saunders on 020 3033 2606 or ryan.saunders@emap.com

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