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Yorkshire Geotechnical Group - January evening talk

Event organised by ICE

12 January 2022

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The ground investigation undertaken for the HS2 Programme has been designed to respond to the particular engineering needs of the programme which include high-performance earthworks for high-speed rail applications, conventional earthworks for highway and other infrastructure associated with the project, and foundations for many bridges and viaducts.

For about 60km of the route between Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and Southam in Warwickshire the prevailing geologies are the Jurassic Mudstones which are interesting and challenging engineering materials that have not been studied historically to the same extent as, for example, the London Basin geologies or the Triassic Mudstones further North.

This presentation will describe the geology and engineering properties of these materials in the context of the design requirements for HS2. It will go on to present emerging findings from the GI and associated research at the University of Bath into these materials which will be of interest to the wider engineering community.


Nick Sartain

Nick Sartain

HS2 Ltd

head of geotechnical engineering

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Nick Sartain

Nick Sartain is the head of geotechnical engineering at HS2 Ltd where he is responsible for the specification, integration and assurance of geotechnical workstreams on the project. He has more than 25 years of experience in geotechnical design including earthworks, foundations, slope engineering, seismic engineering and geotechnical risk assessment. Nick has published a number of technical papers on a variety of topics, was a principal author of the ICE’s Specification for Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls 3rd Edition and until recently was the deputy editor of the ICE’s Geotechnical Engineering Journal. He is visiting professor of transport infrastructure engineering at Loughborough University

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