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There has been a lot of construction activity in Ireland recent years, particularly during the economic boom years before 2008. This activity has involved, for example, the construction of new motorways, tunnels, houses and wind farms. These were constructed in various types of ground and all involved different geotechnical challenges and some failures from which various lessons were learned and as a result of which changes have been implemented to design and construction practices in Ireland.
This presentation will examine some of the recent major projects in Celtic soils and rocks and the lessons learned from them. The lessons learned include a greater understanding of the nature and properties of boulder clay, the strength of peat and its susceptibility to sliding failure, the consequences and significance of pyrite in fill material, and the need to minimise the impact of infrastructure projects on communities as well as on the environment. The presentation will also examine how geotechnical investigations are carried out in Ireland and how Eurocode 7 has affected geotechnical design.
Professor Trevor Orr BA BAI MSc PhD CEng FICE FIEI
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Organised by the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group. Refreshments from 18.00.
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Trevor first became involved in geotechnics when he carried out research into the behaviour of tunnels in stiff clay at Cambridge University. He worked as an engineer with Sir William Halcrow & Partners in London before moving to Trinity College Dublin in 1977, becoming an associate professor with research interests that include geotechnics, tunnelling and the safety and reliability of geotechnical designs.
Since 1981 he has been closely involved in all stages of the development of Eurocode 7, the European Standard for Geotechnical Design. He has presented many invited lectures, including the BGA Touring Lecture in 2002, and published over 100 papers. He is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Engineers Ireland and is editor of the ICE journal Geotechnical Engineering. He retired last year but is still active within the wider geotechnical community and in Trinity College as adjunct associate professor.