Arup associate Pete Ingram and A-squared Studio director Tony Suckling gave a run through the latest edition of the ICE Specification for Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls (ICE Sperwall) at a BGA Early Career Group event in October.
The speakers focused on the main changes to the document from the second edition and providing case studies from consultants and contractors identifying common pitfalls. The event was held at the ICE and attracted a 150 strong audience with 40 more watching online.
The third edition captures and reflects the ever-evolving practice and technologies that are becoming more and more prominent in the engineering industry, including the use of micropiling and helical piles.
With the introduction of Eurocodes, the updated specification has adopted the terminology and guidance within these codes.
The audience was reminded of the vital execution codes that all engineers, regardless of being a consultant or a contractor, should fully understand. Furthermore, through various case studies, Suckling and Ingram highlighted the common pitfalls in writing and executing a piling specification and how these pitfalls could be avoided by using ICE Sperwall.
Presentation slides are available on the BGA ECG website, and a recording of the event can be found in the recorded lectures section of the ICE website.