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CIC Members Workshop: New developments in Ground Engineering – Opportunities for the construction industry

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CIC are running a Members Workshop which will be led by The Ground Forum entitled, New developments in Ground Engineering – Opportunities for the construction industry. The workshop will be held at the Building Centre on the afternoon of Thursday 6, October at The Building Centre and will be led by several specialists who will be discussing the following topics:

Dr Andrew Bond, Chairman of TC250/SC7 (the Eurocode 7 committee)
Eurocode 7 and its impact on construction practices
Andrew will review the changes introduced by Eurocode 7 (EC7) and their effect on how ground engineers interface with other disciplines and our mutual clients. An overview will be provided of the changes to ground investigation and design practices, the new requirements for information exchange between ground engineers and other professionals, and the benefits that will be obtained.
Keith Gabriel, Gabriel GeoConsulting Ltd (& Past Chairman of Ground Forum)

UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (UKRoGEP)
The UK Register of Ground Engineering professionals was launched in June 2011. It has been established with the aim of assisting clients and other professionals to identify competent ground engineers. UKRoGEP is jointly sponsored by The Geological Society of London (GSL), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3). Keith’s presentation will provide a brief introduction to the scheme and will show how the Register can be accessed.

Nic Wincott, UK Coordinator, Neo Energy (Sweden) Ltd
Ground Sourced Heat & Coolth – Background and Opportunities
Nic will provide a broad over-view of Ground Source Heat Pumps, their benefits and issues including a brief “how they work” guide. The presentation will consider the future for this technology, the potential market size, its significance in meeting carbon reduction and energy efficiency targets and also the security of energy supply in the UK in the next 4 or 5 decades.

The advantages and disadvantages of heat pump technology to the construction industry, energy purchasers & UK Plc will be discussed including both technical and cost implications – especially the CAPEX / OPEX conundrum.
The importance of good installation design, the significance of CAD modelling techniques and the need for accurate source data, especially building load predictions and thermal response testing will be reviewed. Methods of integrating other sources of renewable or waste heat and/or coolth and the potential for Thermal Energy Storage (TES) will also be explored.

Duncan Nicholson, Director, Arup
Review of Thermal (Energy) Piles
This presentation will review the historical background to the use of thermal piles in the UK. The cost-effectiveness of thermal piles will also be considered in relation to other renewable heat sources.
Recent developments will then be highlighted, including issues associated with:
• Design and responsibilities,
• Test procedures,
• Installation and interface with other site work,
• Field performance of case histories.
These issues are being incorporated into a Thermal Pile guide by the Ground Source Heat Pump Association.