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Temporary Works Design (Below Ground)

Event organised by ICE

15 September 2022
09:00 - 17:00 BST (GMT+1)
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A one-day training course focussing on temporary works below ground. It is complemented by a similar training course focussing on works above ground.

The course encourages the exchange of experience by means of delegate comments and questions, group discussion and team exercises. Sessions include types of earth supports and working with earth and water pressures.

Check out the companion course Temporary Works Design (Above Ground).


Temporary Works are a particular source of risk on site, both from a safety and commercial point of view. Following a series of collapses in the 1970s, the Bragg report and subsequently BS5975 were produced, to assist designers and users of temporary works.

The industry still recognises today, along with the HSE, the risks associated with temporary work with the competency of the designer being a key point of concern.

Correct design, coordination and execution of temporary works are essential to the overall requirement of any project to be completed in accordance with safety, time and budget, health and environmental constraints.

Temporary Works design is different from the design of permanent works in several respects, including:

  • Importance of understanding site operations and constraints
  • Need to work closely with the contractor
  • Importance of erection methods and co-ordination

Temporary Works, therefore, has a code of practice BS5975 that in addition to technical issues also contains a section on procedural control and coordination.


Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

All timings except the start time are approximate and may be adjusted to suit natural breaks in the lesson.​

  • Session 1 - Introduction
  • Session 2 - Procedure to BS5975:2019+A1:2011
  • Session 3 - Legal aspects
  • Session 4 - Types of earth support
  • Session 5 - Earth and water pressures in below-ground design
  • Session 6 - Using Earth and water pressures in design - considerations and practice
  • Session 7 - Underpinning - including party wall considerations
  • Session 8 - Working Platforms: Crushed stone platforms
  • Session 9 - Summary and close