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Stabilising steep slopes in weak saturated ground

NORTHERN GEOTECHNICAL GROUP SEMINAR

Dr Stephen Thomas, Managing Director

OGI Groundwater Specialists Ltd

Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017 | 18:15 – 20:00 (Buffet from 17:45)

FREE SEMINAR

WHERE

The Calman Learning Centre

Durham University

Stockton Road

Durham

DH1 3LE

ABOUT THE TALK

The failure of unstable steep saturated earth slopes in the UK is a major factor in the performance of our national infrastructure such as roads, rail and waterways.  Climate change has and will continue to produce longer periods of warmer but wetter weather, causing increased water saturation of the ground, so making the ground heavier and weaker, resulting in more ground failure and landslides.

 

Dr Thomas will present the reasons why saturated slopes fail, including a number of case studies that further display the mechanisms of failure.  He will then deliver a number of case studies for the purpose of demonstrating state-of-the-art techniques which can be used for stabilising weak saturated ground.  The seminar will show how steep stable slopes can be safely constructed, including design of slopes to the requirement of Eurocode and the use of various mathematical models.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Eur Ing Dr Stephen Thomas is a chartered British and European Civil Engineer, and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He is a registered Ground Engineering Adviser (RoGEP), with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering and MSc from the University of Wales, a Doctorate from Oxford University and MBA from Durham University.  Stephen is also an Honorary Fellow in the Durham University Department of Earth Sciences.

 

Stephen is Managing Director of OGI Groundwater Specialists which he founded 1989.  This year celebrates 28 years of continued business solving groundwater problems in soft ground throughout the UK and overseas.

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