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Federation calls for industry input to Sperwall update

Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has announced that it is to revise the current edition of the ICE Specification for Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls (Sperwall) and is calling for industry input.

According to lead author for update Keller managing director (Europe) Jim De Waele, Sperwall is widely used as the main specification to which geotechnical works are delivered to.

The current document was published in 2007 and the FPS has said that it plans to publish the new edition in 2016.

“The revision will take into account current best practice and recent changes in our wider industry codes, and in particular the BS EN execution codes,” said De Waele. “It has also been decided to include a chapter on micro-piling, which is conspicuously absent from the current version.”

De Waele added that that specification will also be updated to mirror the changes included in the update of Ciria’s embedded retaining wall guidance document, which is currently known as C580 but will be renamed C760. “It is essential that Sperwall is updated as a result of the new Ciria guidance as it will bring about the need number of changes including, for example, amendment of the tolerances,” said De Waele.

The FPS has called for comments from GE’s readership with regards to the existing revision or broader suggestions for improvement of the specification. Please email any comments to fps@fps.org.uk with the subject line: Sperwall Revision.

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