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Temporary granular platforms for construction plant are a necessary feature of almost all construction sites but the need to ensure that they are adequate for the intended use is often overlooked. Furthermore, the design is frequently only derived from previous experience. This has, on occasions, resulted in significant incidents of over-turning plant that result in, at best, cost and delay or, at worst, injury and/or death. There has always been a certain amount of "accepted practice" adopted within the industry and there have been numerous publications over the years, including supplier literature, all of which provides various methods for designing and specifying such platforms.
Although these methods remain valid and reliable, it is also recognised that existing accepted methods are not entirely compliant with the national standards for geotechnical structures. In addition there are questions about the level of economy versus safety being delivered by current methods.
The presentation will provide an update on the development of the Temporary Work Forum (TWf) project to develop additional guidance to cover the design of granular working platforms. Particular coverage will be given to:
Mark Davies CEng MICE, RNP Associates
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Organised by the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group. Refreshments from 18.00.
Mark is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years of experience in both the design and construction of civil engineering projects. Having spent the majority of his career working for contractors, Mark has latterly moved to take up his current role as a Director at RNP Associates.
Mark spent just over half his career working on site, starting as Site Engineer and graduating to Project Manager, before switching to an office-based role as Design & Engineering Manager with Barhale Construction. In this role he was primarily engaged in the design of temporary works for civil engineering schemes. In his new role, at RNP Associates, Mark continues to specialise primarily in the design of temporary works.
In addition to his day-to-day role, Mark assisted with the development of the Construction Plant-Hire Association (CPA) guidance 'Ground conditions for mobile plant' and, as a continuation, has been leading the Temporary Works Forum (TWf) working group developing a new guidance document for the design of granular working platforms in line with Eurocode principles (work on-going). This document has been issued for comment and is in the final stages of review prior to formal publication.