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John Mitchell Lecture 2019: Ground treatment – from black art to fully engineered solution

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 23 January 2019
  • 18:00 - 19:45
John Mitchell Lecture 2019: Ground treatment – from black art to fully engineered solution

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This lecture will trace the development of soil and rock injection over the past 45 years - from pocket-book empirical practice to a fully engineered process. 

This progress has been achieved due to major developments in materials, plant and equipment, and analytical and control tools, and the dedication of designers and practitioners to improve the quality and efficiency of their work. Other factors include greater understanding of the structure and characteristics of soils and rocks, improved techniques for evaluating their properties before and after ground treatment, greater training and education of engineers and operatives. 

The lecture will also address the need for specialist skills, and the importance of safeguarding the future development of this essential technology by creating an appropriate and supportive environment for engineers and operatives to develop and apply their skills.

Delegates are invited to join us afterwards in the ICE Café Bar for drinks sponsored by Whiteford Geoservices.



18:00      Registration and welcome refreshments
18:30      Welcome from the Chair
18:35     Presentation
19:20     Questions and Answers
19:40      Summation from the Chair
19:45     Close of lecture


Clif Kettle, Clif Kettle Consulting Limited.

Clif Kettle has 45 years’ of specialist geotechnical contracting experience, including 7 years with Colcrete-Keller, 6 years with Rodio Milan and 29 years with Bachy Soletanche. His experience includes 12 years of site-based working experience overseas, on projects in Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Honduras, Turkey, Cyprus, Australia, and the USA, and he has also supported many projects through short term technical missions to over 20 countries.

Clif has played a key role in developing grout injection technologies and processes over the last three decades. He is internationally recognised as a leader in both fields, having worked on major UK infrastructure projects such as the Thames Barrier, Jubilee Line extension, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Crossrail, Lee Tunnel, and Thames Tideway, and on more than 25 dams world-wide, in the roles of technical manager, project manager, and/or contract/planning manager.

Event venue

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

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