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Sperwall update presentation planned

Updates to Institution of Civil Engineering’s Specification for Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls will be presented at an evening meeting in October.

Arup associate Pete Ingram and A-Squared Studio director Tony Suckling will present updates to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Specification for Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls (Sperwall), the UK’s preeminent technical specification for piling and embedded walling works, at the ICE in London on 3 October.

The event is organised by the BGA Early Career Group and will commence at 6.30pm.

This third edition has been updated to reflect the latest piling techniques and procurement methods used in the geotechnical sector, as well as revisions to the Eurocodes, British Standards and Ciria guides.

Ingram and Suckling will describe the main changes to the document since the second edition, and the factors that drove these changes. In the second part of the meeting, some common consultant and contractor pitfalls in writing and executing a piling specification from each other’s perspective will be discussed.

Ingram has been responsible for the design of a huge variety of complex underground structures over the last 16 years. He was a steering group member and principal author for the previous two editions of the ICE Piling Specification. His drive to improve geotechnical design guidance and specification includes ongoing work, in collaboration with academia, to refine design methodology for retaining walls, and active participation in a Eurocode 7 technical committee working group for the 2020 revision.

Suckling has worked in the piling industry for almost 30 years. He was involved with the last two ICE Piling Specification revisions. Suckling spearheads numerous initiatives across academia, consultancy and construction, and is recognised as a leading figure in the industry in the field of pile design.

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