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Geotechnical Aspects of Temporary Works Design & Construction

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 27 April 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, D04 R3N2, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €395
    Non-Members: €445

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1


The design and management of ground conditions at construction stage is frequently critical to the safe and cost efficient completion of projects. This course will present the design and construction issues related to temporary access roads, crane and piling platform, temporary slopes, retaining structures and excavations. The design of dewatering systems and dealing with soft ground issues are also addressed.


The course is organised into four modulus over the course of one day:

  1. Design of Temporary Access Roads
  2. Design of Crane and Piling Platforms, including a workshop session on this topic
  3. General geotechnical issues relating to temporary works, including Eurocode aspects
  4. Temporary slopes and excavations
  5. Temporary retaining structures, including workshop session on this topic
  6. Dewatering systems

Learning Outcomes 

  • An understanding of the design of temporary access roads
  • The design aspects of crane and piling platforms
  • Designing temporary works to satisfy Eurocode requirements
  • Design of temporary slopes and excavations.
  • Principles relating to the design and successful performance of a dewatering system
  • An understanding of specific geotechnical risk related to the stability of embankments on soft ground

Who Should Attend?

This course would be suitable for civil and geotechnical engineers, construction site-engineers and technicians working on civil, building and infrastructure projects, as well as engineering geologists and geologists interested in these topics.

Course Facilitator

Dr Eric R Farrell, BA, BAI, MS, PhD, CEng, FIEI, MICE,FGS. Senior Consultant/Director AGL Consulting

Dr Farrell has provided geotechnical advice on a wide range of major infrastructural and commercial projects for over 40 years, and have also acted as an expert witness in major conciliations, arbitrations and legal disputes. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in Trinity College for 28 years, and as adjunct Associate Professor until 2013. He has advised contractors and consultants on the geotechnical aspects of many projects in Ireland and abroad and has also been heavily involved in the development of the Eurocode on Geotechnical Design.


Make a Booking

27 April 2020


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.