The principles and pitfalls of earthworks design, London

7 June, 2017 | 18:30 - 21:00

The importance of  earthwork stability and material selection.
The importance of earthwork stability and material selection.

About this event

The BGA Early Career Group are pleased to invite you to their June event. The talk aims to provide an introduction to the principles of Earthworks design in terms of both earthwork stability and material selection. It will broadly follow the structure of recent earthworks publications looking at the historical development of earthworks design and the application of current day design standards. It will also cover the development of earthworks specifications and compare UK practice with that in other countries.

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The event may be webcast in which case details will be available nearer the time.

Atkins have kindly sponsored the event and will host drinks and nibbles on the Level 2 Concourse from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

Event materials

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Paul Nowak

Paul Nowak

Paul has worked for Atkins since 2005. Since graduating from Imperial College London in Geology, he now stands as a Chartered Engineer with the ICE and a Chartered Geologist with the BGS. Paul has gained nearly 40 years' experience in the infrastructure design and construction disciplines with designers and contractors, both in the UK and internationally.

He has acted as the lead engineer, project manager and discipline lead for major transportation, energy, water and projects such as M25 Widening DBFO, Heathrow Terminal 5, the TCO Future Growth Project in Kazakhstan, and more recently the A14 Improvement scheme in Cambridgeshire.

He was Co-Author of Earthworks – A Guide, 2nd Edition and Section Editor and contributing Author of the Earthworks Section of the ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering. He is a senior assessor for Chartered Geologist and is Atkins Technical Authority in Earthworks.