Lessons from landslips affecting Network Rail infrastructure, London

28 September, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Lessons from landslips affecting Network Rail infrastructure, London

About this event

In response to six landslips which occurred on Network Rail infrastructure between June 2012 and February 2013, the UK Government's Rail Accident Investigation Branch undertook a class investigation into earthwork issues related to land neighbouring the railway and management of earthwork related risk during adverse weather.

The report for this investigation was published in April 2014 and the evening's talk will review the landslips presented in the report and highlight the technical issues and lessons for infrastructure which have arisen from the investigation. Simon Abbot will provide a summary of Network Rail's actions to address the issues identified in the report.

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Chris Ford

Chris completed the Soil Mechanics MSc at Imperial College in 1985 and then joined Scott Wilson (now part of AECOM) to provide the geotechnical inputs needed on a wide variety of road, rail, building and port projects in the UK and overseas. This work encompassed slopes, retaining walls and the foundations for buildings and bridges.

His railway related projects included remedial works for unstable embankment and cutting slopes, reopening a mothballed railway and the reconstruction of both Rugby station and the surrounding junctions. He joined the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in 2008 where he provides their geotechnical expertise as well as investigating a wide range of other railway accidents.