ProGeo 2017 – The Year of Risk

ProGeo 2017 – The Year of Risk

Principal Engineers Laura Bacon and Robert Benson recently attended the flagship event of the South West Regional Group of the Geological Society, ProGeo, a conference focusing on the Geological Society’s themed ‘Year of Risk’.  Both Laura and Rob have recently attained new professional status with CL:AIRE and the ICE.

ProGeo was very well attended with well over 80 delegates representing the best of the south-west geoscience industry and academia. The conference focussed on the ‘Year of Risk’, the 2017 themed year of the Geological Society, with talk topics ranging from contamination risk, coastal and quarry slope monitoring and the current standards of the UK site investigation industry. The conference culminated with a keynote talk from Professor Iain Stewart, discussing the complex issue of public perception of risk and risk management with particular reference to earthquake hazards in Italy and Turkey.

In the space of a few days, both Laura and Rob have been accepted on two well-established professional registers. Laura has attained the status of a ‘Qualified Person’ for the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Code of Practice (DoW:CoP), enabling her to review and sign off Material Management Plans and support the sustainable and cost-effective re-use of waste materials in construction.

Rob has progressed to become a ‘UK Registered Ground Engineering Specialist’, demonstrating proven competence in the design, management and checking of ground engineering activities with Robs expertise focusing on foundations, retaining walls, earthworks and slope engineering.

Joining these registers demonstrate their respective experience in the fields of land contamination and ground engineering, adding to the established experience of our Senior Team Members. Involvement of our competent and qualified ground engineering professionals at an early stage and throughout construction has helped to reduce ground risk and develop successful projects with our clients.

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