Railway Earthworks: Slips, slides and flows, Leeds

14 September, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:30

Railway embankments are some of the oldest geotechnical structures in the country.
Railway embankments are some of the oldest geotechnical structures in the country.

About this event

Speakers: Clare Brint and Martyn Wilson, Senior Asset Engineers, Network Rail.

Railway embankments and cuttings are some of the oldest geotechnical structures in the country. Many were constructed with few controls and with little or no design between 1825 and 1870 and are still in use today carrying modern rolling stock and heavy freight at speeds well in excess of 100mph.

This talk will demonstrate, through pictures of actual case histories, some of the common forms of failure that are encountered by the Geotechnical Asset Management team from Network Rail. The talk will also comment briefly on Geotechnical Asset Management, modern techniques for physical monitoring and remote condition monitoring of slopes and some typical remedial measures applied to repair embankments and cuttings.

Organised by the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group. Joint meeting with Yorkshire Regional Group of the Geological Society.


Martyn Wilson, Senior Asset Engineer, Network Rail

Martyn graduated in Geology from the University of Hull and completed an MSc in Engineering Geology at the University of Leeds, whilst working for Norwest Holst Soil Engineering for six years, working primarily on the Department of Transport highway upgrade schemes.

Martyn then worked in consulting for four years, undertaking geo-environmental assessments and designing foundations for housing and remediation works of contaminated sites. Martyn's work on the railway began in 2000 with URS Thorburn Colquhoun; then Owen Williams and Amey. Martyn undertook investigations and design of emergency repairs and renewals in the LNE Route, and first trialled the GISmo handheld examination devices. Martyn joined Network Rail in 2008 and has been responsible for the earthwork assets in the Southern part of the LNE and East Midlands Route for the last eight years.

Martyn is a Fellow of the Geological Society and former Chair of the Yorkshire Regional Group.

Clare Brint, Senior Asset Engineer, Network Rail

Clare is a Chartered Geologist and a Registered Ground Engineering Specialist with a BSc in Geology from University College, Cork (Ireland) and an MSc in Engineering Geology from the University of Leeds. She loves rocks, landscapes, and the railway, with a particular fondness for railway lines running through rocky landscapes.

Following completion of her Masters degree, Clare spent the best part of ten years inspecting and designing remedial works to railway embankments and cuttings in Scotland, and northern England. In 2009 she joined the Network Rail Geotechnical Asset Management Team based in York and now, as a Senior Asset Engineer, she manages the earthworks in the northern and central parts of London North Eastern route. In essence her work is to predict where landslips might happen, prevent them from happening, and fixing them when they do happen.