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Dispute resolution and the role of the geotechnical expert, Edinburgh

  • Lecture
  • Edinburgh
  • 14 January 2020
  • 18:15 - 19:30
Dispute resolution and the role of the geotechnical expert, Edinburgh

About this event

Ground Risk continues to be a major issue in civil engineering design and construction. It can also be a substantial issue for owners of land, property, and infrastructure. Ground issues can result in substantial unplanned costs, delays, and damage. Such events can often develop into disputes both within the context of construction contracts but also in more general relationships with stakeholders and neighbours.

It is important that these disputes are resolved effectively to ensure that the physical causes and consequences are addressed, but also to mitigate the financial, time, and reputational consequences to the parties.

This event will present a view of dispute resolution from the viewpoint of a geotechnical expert. It presents a review of common methods of dispute resolution. It will look at the role of the geotechnical expert in identifying ground issues, ensuring these are understood, and facilitating resolution, both as an informal advisor or in the formal role of an expert witness. It will also present a summary of some commonly occurring geotechnical issues arising in disputes.

Registration from 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start.


For further information, please contact Christopher Currie at [email protected] or Payal Debroy at [email protected].


Bob Seedhouse

Technical Director, WSP UK Ltd

Bob is an experienced civil engineer with over 40 years experience in the construction industry. He started his career as a site engineer with Alfred McAlpine, before moving into consultancy with Dobbie and Partners/Babtie as a geotechnical specialist. After a spell as a geotechnical specialist in local government in South Wales, he returned to consultancy with Wardell Armstrong and latterly with Mouchel / WSP.

His project experience is wide ranging, including highways, land reclamation, commercial and residential development, mining and minerals, and flood defence works. He has a long track record in troubleshooting difficult projects and delivering solutions to difficult technical issues. He has over 20 years experience of acting as a technical expert advisor in dispute resolution and as an expert witness within the fields of civil and geotechnical engineering.

Event venue

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
125 Princess Street
Edinburgh EH2 4AD
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lynn Dow

e: [email protected]