Standards and Quality in Ground Investigation
  • Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Plymouth University and the SW Regional Group of the Geological Society of London would like to invite you to this Earth Sciences lecture to be given by Consultant Engineering Geologist Professor David Norbury MSc, BSc, FGS, CGeol, CSci, EurGeol, MICE, CEng, EurIng, UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser and 2016 Glossop Award holder.

Practitioners of ground investigation all aspire to obtain, carry out and deliver good quality investigations and also all understand the basic requirement that these investigations are to be carried out in accordance with current standards of best practice which are laid down within the national and international Standards. 

David will try and demonstrate that practitioners need to embrace the whole ethos of Standards and standards in order to achieve what should be their aspiration for quality. Investigators are required to work to published Standards, various forms of specification and to professional practice requirements. There is ongoing argument as to whether the achievement of quality is constrained or enhanced by following the Standards, and whether standards are necessary to achieve the required quality level. 

David will try to draw all these strands together and navigate a route to achieving a best practice outcome, drawing on some historic case histories from the author’s experience. The question of what effect following the standards has on innovation in design will also be discussed.

This talk is open to all and doors open at 18:30 for 19:00 start.

About the speaker

Professor David Norbury is an engineering geologist with over 40 years experience of investigating the ground, compiling ground models and communicating within the project team. These skills have been deployed in project investigations, tunnelling, groundworks and project management in projects across Europe, Africa and the Far East. His reputation is in the provision of sound and practical advice, and in keeping projects moving forwards.

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