Quaternary Geological Ground Models for the Reduction of Engineering Risk
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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The 2010 Engineering Geology Forum held at the Royal Geographical Society demonstrated that the engineering geological and geotechnical understanding of glacial and periglacial terrains was at least 20 years behind the latest academic research. One manifestation of this was the continued use of simplistic terms, such as lodgement till and ablation till, to describe the complexity of relict glacial and periglacial deposits encountered in ground investigations.

Therefore, in 2012 the Engineering Group of the Geological Society set up a working party comprising experts in glacial and periglacial  geomorphology, Quaternary history, engineering geology and geotechnics to establish best practice when working in former glaciated and periglaciated environments. This resulted in a state-of-the-art volume published in November 2017 that was the outcome of five years of synthesis and deliberations by this Working Party. 

In this presentation the findings of the Working Party are briefly introduced with an emphasis on the recommendations for developing and using Quaternary ground models in the reduction of engineering risk. Emeritus Professor Jim Griffiths will also present on his recent work on the engineering geology and geomorphology of glaciated and peri-glaciated terrains.

The seminar is open to all and doors open at 18:30 for 19:00 start. 

Refreshments are sponsored by Red Rock Geoscience.

Contact sarah.boulton@plymouth.ac.uk for further information.

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