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The challenges & future of slope engineering and management

Over the course of 2018 CIRIA, in partnership with Atkins, BAM Ritchies and Maccaferri, will be hosting a series of roundtables and workshops to identify, categorise and prioritise future good practice research in slope engineering and management. 

Protecting and stabilising slopes is widely recognised as a highly skilled and specialised area encompassing a plethora of hard and soft engineered elements. The techniques and products available on the market are extensive and the ability for practitioners to determine best-value and good practice can be challenging. Furthermore, many specialist professions and suppliers can be involved in the design, specification, installation and/or management of measures.

Slope face and near surface instabilities, particularly for linear assets, are a mounting concern to those tasked with managing critical infrastructure assets and sustaining vital local infrastructure services for customers, businesses and nearby communities. Uncertainties associated with climate change and extreme weather events mean the application of slope protection and stabilisation systems continue to be widely used while the significant geotechnical risks associated with major infrastructure projects like High-Speed Two will push the boundaries of slope design and management.


  • Launch CIRIA’s slope engineering and management research prioritisation initiative 
  • Broadly present current slope engineering and management challenges
  • Discuss the future of slope engineering and management


14:00 CIRIA and Chair’s welcome
14:10 Managing slopes formed from engineered materials and natural slopes,  speaker tbc
14:30 Future design and management capabilities, speaker tbc
14:50 Break
15:05 Risks associated with natural slopes and cuttings, speaker tbc
15:25 Flood protection measures, speaker tbc
15:45 Research and development, speaker tbc
16:05 Break
16:15 Panel discussion
16:50 Summary and close
17:00 Networking drinks reception


Event Partners
Atkins, BAM Ritchies and Maccaferri

Who should attend?
All those with an interest in geotechnical / slope engineering, geotechnical asset management and geological/ geotechnical research.

15 March 2018
14:00 - 17:00

The event will be held in central London (venue tbc)

This event is free to attend for CIRIA members
Non-members £125 + VAT

If you are experiencing issues trying to register for this event please contact Patrick Williams on 020 7549 3300 or email

Earlier Event: March 9
Radon Awareness & Training day
Later Event: March 20
CILEX CPD - Barnstable