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Event Organiser: The British Geotechnical Association

John Mitchell Award Lecture, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 22 January 2020
  • 18:00 - 20:00
John Mitchell Award Lecture, London

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The talk will provide a wide-ranging review of the type of support available for providing ground support and their limitations of use for deep excavations. This will include discussion on connection details, why these are important and where they can go wrong. The challenges associated with underpinning excavations will also be explored.

Stuart Marchand will address a comparison between permanent works and temporary works and the factors to consider in making this distinction.

The lecture will consider construction sequences and methods for deep basements leading into a discussion on the possibilities for constructing a 3-storey basement. This will include the significance of propping levels and how these can affect the works.


18:00 - Registration and refreshments
18:30 - Welcome from the Chair
18:35 - Main lecture
19:15 - Questions and answers session
19:35 - Summation from the Chair
19:40 - Finish
19.45 - Drinks in the Café Bar – sponsored by Wentworth House


Stuart Marchand MA(Cantab)FICE FIStructE

Wentworth House Partnership

Stuart Marchand

Stuart graduated from Cambridge in 1973 and spent the majority of his first 8 years of experience in heavy civil engineering on road and bridge construction and on the Thames Barrier.

He transferred to the temporary works design sector of the industry and joined Costain Construction’s temporary works department as Senior Design Engineer, progressing to Chief Engineer in 1991. He was involved in many major developments with deep basements such as the 7-storey underground car park in Aldersgate and 12-15 Finsbury Circus, a 16m deep open cut basement.

In 1999 he left to set up Wentworth House Partnership which he has developed as a specialist Temporary Works Consultancy. Stuart has written and contributed to a variety of publications including the ICE proceedings on Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Forensic Engineering as well as The Structural Engineer and CIRIA C761 (tower cranes foundations).

He currently spends of his time developing and mentoring the staff within Wentworth House Partnership.

Professor Kelvin Higgins

Senior Partner, Geotechnical Consulting Group

Kelvin Higgins

Kelvin graduated from the University of Birmingham and joined Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners (now part of Jacobs). He worked for Gibb in the UK and overseas (Oman & Falkland Islands) and completed a MSc at Imperial College. He then joined the Geotechnical Consulting Group where he became a Senior Partner specialising in the application of numerical methods to geotechnical problems and the control of construction to limit the impact of construction on infrastructure.

He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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