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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.
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Jim heads up the north west European business unit for the world's largest geotechnical contractor, Keller.
Over the last 25 years Jim has held various senior positions in the industry and has been the managing director of specialist businesses for the last decade. He has served the trade association, the Federation of Piling Specialists for many years including two as the Chairman.
Jim is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the ICE and RICS.