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North West Regional Group: Basics of Soil Slope Stability

  • Williamson Lecture Theatre, Manchester University Oxford Road Manchester, England United Kingdom (map)

This presentation will get back to the basics of soil behaviour and how this impacts on slope stability analysis, and how geological history and pre-failure behaviour of the ground can have surprising consequences.

Major earthworks have been constructed since prehistoric times, but only within the last 100 years have reliable methods been developed to predict the stability of natural and artificial slopes, and our knowledge of soil slope stability is still developing.  
Techniques of slope stability analysis, such as computer based ‘slip circle analysis’ will be familiar to most geotechnical practitioners, but understanding of the fundamental basis of soil behaviour of real soils can have a substantial effect on selection of parameters and ground models, and the reliability of the resulting designs.

Bob Seedhouse will present a practical engineer’s view of the basis of slope stability analysis and design.

Lecture starts 6.30pm

Bob is a chartered civil engineer and currently Technical Director for WSP UK Ltd based in Manchester, with responsibility for technical direction of geotechnical  teams in the Midlands, North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  

He has some 39 years’ experience in the industry with contractors,  consultants and local authority, principally as a geotechnical specialist. He has extensive experience of design and construction of earthworks and stabilisation of landslides and earthworks failures throughout the United Kingdom, and has also acted as an expert witness in construction disputes including earthworks failures.