Monitoring construction work: Lessons learned and practical guidance, Keele

27 April, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:30

Keeping an eye on construction work and the surround areas.
Keeping an eye on construction work and the surround areas.

About this event

The presentation follows the development of Laing O'Rourke's internal Instrumentation and Monitoring Department, to look at the dramatic changes which have occurred in the way construction work is monitored over the last five years.

The talk will look at the mistakes, the schoolboy errors as well as the drivers for change. This will primarily look at ground movement and asset protection monitoring, but will also touch on environmental monitoring such as noise, dust, vibration and water quality.

The talk will draw on experience and lessons learned on projects such as London Gateway Port, Crossrail, Davyhulme, Staffordshire Alliance to HS2 and beyond, to provide practical guidance on how monitoring should be undertaken, and on how to deal with fundamental issues of error, accuracy, repeatability and the "Focussing Illusion".

Changes in measurement technology will be discussed, as well as looking forward to future developments in areas such as Fibre Optics, Laser Scanning and Satellite Imagery.


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Event materials

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Peter Hewitt

Peter Hewitt is the Geo-environmental Engineering Leader at Laing O'Rourke. He is responsible for the Land Surveying, Monitoring, Geotechnical and Contaminated Land Team for Laing O'Rourke. An Engineering Geologist by training, he has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry and has worked for Laing O'Rourke for the last 7 years and set up the Monitoring Team 5 years ago.