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It is a notorious trope within the construction industry that "unforeseen ground conditions" are a fertile hotbed of legal claims.
Whether or not this is true, it is unarguable that geotechnical engineers face special challenges when seeking to characterise design parameters that other engineering disciplines can ordinarily take as given; and will often encounter commercial as well as technical hurdles in pursuit of a sufficient level of data on with which to construct a unique and robust geotechnical ground model in anticipation of design.
This talk examines the extent to which different jurisdictions have defined the limits of negligence when geotechnical engineers and geoscientists have, in the laws view, fallen short of the necessary level of diligence; both in the collecting of data (its nature and extent); and in its analysis for use in engineering design. In the process it will look at how different jurisdictions treat evidence relevant to these processes.
An emerging theme will be the use of stochastic modelling of geotechnical data and use of probabilistic calculations that reflect the true uncertainty in the data set; and how this approach is currently treated under the law.
Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm for 6.15pm.
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