Geotechnical risk, York

11 April, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:30

Dr Martin Pedley CEng FICE, Skanska.
Dr Martin Pedley CEng FICE, Skanska.

About this event

During the last 25 years the geotechnical community has witnessed many changes in design and construction practices. This lecture will give a personal perspective on these changes by reference to direct experience from a number of roles in the geotechnical engineering industry.

Specific areas of focus will be the development of soil nailing, deep foundation construction and design and risk management. These areas will be discussed from the facets of design analysis, specification, technology and human interface and how they have impacted on the competences and capabilities of the geotechnical community.

The lecture will cover:

  • How soil nailing research was advanced in the UK - better understanding of bending stiffness, pull-out resistance and effective stress design of bond - why there is a problem relating test data to actual conditions in a slope
  • A discussion of how design understanding has improved and how (and why) design and construction standards were developed
  • A description of how foundation technology (piles and deep retaining wall) projects have become more demanding to meet new infrastructure demands
  • What the challenges and advances for the geotechnical contractor have been in relation to design, specification, codes, materials and monitoring
  • A look at how foundation piling sites have become much safer
  • How risk management is really about learning and sharing information

The evening is kindly sponsored by Coffey.

Organised by the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group. Refreshments from 18.00.


For further information contact:

Graham Horgan
t: +44 (0)1925 629393


Dr Martin Pedley CEng FICE, Skanska

Martin, a civil engineer by training and a fellow of ICE, has worked principally in the design and construction of deep foundations since completing his doctorate research in soil-reinforcement interaction in 1990. His career has been spent in both engineering and technical leadership roles, predominantly at Cementation Skanska.

He has been involved in many major building and infrastructure schemes, including Crossrail, in the UK and overseas. He has also been actively engaged in the development of new standards and specifications, drafting and sharing of best practice and research in support of new ground technologies. More recently his career has focused on project risk management and his current role is Executive Vice President with Skanska Poland.