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The ICE's new specification for piling and embedded retaining walls, Cambridge

  • Lecture
  • Cambridge
  • 07 February 2018
  • 18:30 - 20:00
The ICE's new specification for piling and embedded retaining walls, Cambridge

About this event

The ICE Specification for Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls (SPERWall) is the UK's pre-eminent technical specification for piling and embedded walling works. This latest edition has been updated to reflect the latest piling techniques and procurement methods used in the geotechnical sector, as well as revisions to the Eurocodes, British Standards and CIRIA guides.

Amongst other amendments it includes new sections on micropiling and helical piling as well as guidance on the use of polymer fluids for excavation support, it ensures tolerances are better understood for the various techniques and provides further guidance on concrete specification and testing.

This specification has been one of the most popular of ICE's standard specifications and has been fundamental in raising piling standards in the UK, as well as where it has been applied around the world. The existence of an agreed way of executing piling works helps to reduce disputes on site and enables consultants to design more economically by having confidence in how the site works will be carried out. This document has been designed for use with common practices, but is not intended to inhibit innovation. Novel solutions can be used with this specification provided that additional clauses are included in the project specification which will ensure that the final product is constructed in accordance with the design requirements.

This presentation is given by the lead author and covers the main changes from Edition 2. The talk will examine the various chapters and identify the aspects to be wary of when either specifying or constructing the works.

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be served from 18.00.


For more information, please contact:

Joey le Gresley
e: joeylegresley.ice@gmail.com


Chris Merridew

Chris is Managing Director of Bachy Soletanche and has been with the business for over 20 years. After leaving education with a MSc is geotechnical Engineering, Chris started work on the Jubilee Line Extension and has been involved in a number of large infrastructure projects over the years, including currently on the Tideway East project. He was on the Steering Group for the new 3rd edition of Sperwall.

Event venue

LR6 - Cambridge University Engineering Department
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1PZ
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Heather Bell

e: heather.bell@ice.org.uk