Yorkshire Geotechnical Group summer seminar: Geotechnical failures, Leeds

21 June, 2017 | 09:00 - 16:00

This one-day seminar illustrates the implications of geotechnical failures and the lessons learnt for the next generation.
This one-day seminar illustrates the implications of geotechnical failures and the lessons learnt for the next generation.

About this event

The Yorkshire Geotechnical Group's one-day summer seminar on geotechnical failures will include presentations from legal, insurance and client and design professionals, highlighting the ownership of geotechnical risk, liability, dispute resolution, and forensic geotechnics.

Numerous case histories including Carsington Dam, Heathrow Express Tunnel, Gorkha Earthquake (Nepal) and Hatfield railway slip, will be presented to illustrate the implications of failures. Speakers will look at the lessons learnt in order to benefit the next generation, and how the future of design and asset management will be influenced.


For more information, please see the programme tab on the right hand side.


Standard delegate rate: £80 ex VAT
Student rate: £40 ex VAT
Exhibitors: £250 ex VAT

Coffee and registration from 09.00. Presentations will run from 09.30-16.00 including lunch. Entry for exhibitors from 08.00.


For further information please contact:

Graham Horgan
e: graham.horgan@huesker.co.uk

Organised by the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group.


  • Introduction
    Graham Horgan, Chair, Yorkshire Geotechnical Group (2015-17) and Managing Director, Huesker
  • Barnali Ghosh, Senior Principal Engineer at Mott MacDonald
    Barnali is a specialist in seismic geotechnical design and a member of the Earthquake Field Investigation Team. She will speak about her recent forensic field work in Gorkha, Nepal where geotechnical failures resulted in loss of life and cost of a magnitude above UK case histories.
  • Ian Webber, MD Coffey Europe & Middle East: 'When it goes wrong - lessons from litigation'
    Ian Webber has been involved in assessing geotechnical failures and subsequent claims for over thirty years. He will present over a dozen case histories with a focus on the root causes of the failures, the claims and the lessons learnt.
  • Daniel Silberstein, partner at Hawkswell Kilvington: 'Dispute resolution'
    Daniel specialises in adjudication, arbitration, mediation, conciliation and litigation, acting for both claimants and defendants in relation to a wide range of disputes and will provide the legal perspective of addressing geotechnical failures.
  • Clare Brint, Senior Asset Engineer at Network Rail: 'Lessons learnt from geotechnical failures in the rail industry'
    Clare will provide a client's perspective to the day and present the history of Victorian railway earthworks construction and subsequent management and improvement of these earth structures including examinations, monitoring and repairs and the use of failure data into continual improvement process.
  • Stephen Hargreaves, Director at Griffiths & Armour
    Stephen will outline how professional indemnity insurance cover operates to protect geotechnical specialists; give a view from the insurance market about the risk profile of geotechnical engineers; and then illustrate the claims process with some horror stories from the archives.
  • David Norbury, Independent Consultation
    David will present his personal experience on Carsington Dam and the Heathrow Tunnel, which were two of the most significant geotechnical failures in the UK during the past generation. David will concentrate on why they happened and perhaps should not have happened. It is hoped that publication and public speaking will pass on the knowledge learnt from these case histories to the next generation of geotechnical engineers so that they are not repeated.