The annual short course on grouting fundamentals and current practice was conceived some 40 years ago. After considerable efforts on the part of the organizers and close collaboration with the main sponsors Ernst & Sohn, the short course was held for the first time in Europe. The venue was the Bundeswehr University Munich and comprised three and half days of lectures and an outstanding half-day field session where various specialist contractors demonstrated their expertise in areas such as chemical grouting, grouted anchor load monitoring, sonic drilling, and the use of microfine cement grouts. Enjoy some photographs from the event.
Dr Mothersille delivers his presentation at the short course
Practical demonstration of the ability of chemical grouts to permeate sands
Demonstrating the load extension characteristic of a grouted anchor
Full scale demonstration of sonic drilling through overburden to recover samples and in underlying stratum
Use of acrylic resin as a corrosion inhibitor for steel components
Overview of field demonstration site
Speakers dinner held at the Augustiner-Keller restaurant near MarienPlatz, Munich
In his capacity as nominated GB expert, Dr Mothersille attended the CEN TC250/SC7 WG3 TG5: ANCHORS meeting in Brussels. The objective of the meeting was to review and further develop the latest draft of EC7-3; Chapter 8 which addresses the design of anchors.
European representatives engage in discussions during technical meeting
From left to right: Klaus Dietz (Germany), Ira Gutjahr (France) , Barton Admiraal (Netherlands), Noel Huybrechts (Belgium), John-Paul Volcke (France), Eva Dornecker (Germany) and Devon Mothersille (GB)
Single Bore Multiple Anchor Limited continues to strengthen its long term relationship with Istanbul based specialist foundation contractor Kasktaş AŞ. The General Manager Dr Rasin Duzceer has championed SBMA technology for a number of years and delivered an outstanding presentation in Technical Session 204 (Underground Construction) at the XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering held in Reykjavik, Iceland. The presentation, entitled ‘Single Bore Multiple Anchored Diaphragm Walls in Deep Soft Alluvial Soils’, was well received and invited a number of interesting questions from the audience.
The conference, held at the Harpa Conference Centre, was attended by some 900 international delegates and included keynote lectures from prominent individuals within the geotechnical industry.
Dr Rasin Duzceer enjoys the conference exhibitions
Dr Rasin Duzceer prepares to deliver his presentation on the use of SBMA technology for the support of diaphragm walls in alluvial soils
The last time old friends and colleagues Mr Gabriel Ige and Dr Devon Mothersille met was in 1985 during the graduation ceremony for their first degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering at the university of Bradford in West Yorkshire (UK). 34 years on Gabriel Ige is the Regional Planning Manager for Building at Vinci Construction and after establishing contact via Linkedin, he invited Dr Mothersille to a lunchtime meeting at Vinci Construction’s UK headquarters in Watford.
The useful discussions identified several areas of common professional interest and confirmed that through Vinci offices across the world there is realistic potential that Dr Mothersille’s specialist geotechnical expertise could be utilized by the organisation.
Mr Gabriel Ige and Dr Devon Mothersille at Vinci Construction’s UK headquarters in Watford
In 1979 the renowned Grouting Fundamentals & Current Practice short course was founded in the USA, and since then has provided unique professional training and education to thousands of grouting professionals worldwide. In response to industry interest, the course organisers are pleased to now offer this exceptional training opportunity in Munich, Germany. The 1st European course edition includes a faculty of 15 experts from 10 countries, providing exceptional breadth and expertise concerning grouting fundamentals and international best practices.
This unique 4-day professional training program covers pressure grouting as a method to improve geotechnical properties of soils and rock masses, with special focus on mechanisms, theories, and practical applications of grouting to ground densification and strengthening, permeability reduction and groundwater cutoffs. The curriculum has been developed specifically for Owners, Regulators, Consultants and Contractors having interest in the applications of pressure grouting to a broad array of geo-structural construction and remediation techniques.
Major course topics include:
- grout rheology
- cementitious and chemical grouting procedures
- overburden and rock drilling methods
- optimizing grouting during construction
- jet grouting
- deep soil mixing
- composite seepage barriers
- compaction grouting
- rock anchors and SBMA design
- compensation grouting
- permeation grouting
- GIN and RTGC in rock grouting
- amenability theory
- pre-excavation grouting for rock tunnels
- concrete repair
The course also includes a half-day “hands-on” field demonstration focusing on grouting materials, procedures and equipment.
Following the successful delivery of a lecture at a British Geotechnical Association meeting on the previous day, Dr Mothersille enjoyed an evening of discussions on research opportunities with Emeritus Professor of Transport Infrastructure Engineering at University College London, Tony Swain.
Professor Tony Swain and Dr Devon Mothersille enjoy an evening of discussions at the Royal Overseas League headquarters in London
On Wednesday 15th May 2019 Dr Devon Mothersille delivered a presentation at the ICE headquarters at One Great George Street, London on behalf of the British Geotechnical Association. The presentation was entitled ‘Ground Anchors: An Overview of Grouted Anchor Technology with Particular Reference to UK Practice’.
The event was well attended and was also streamed live so that interested members from the wider engineering community who were unable to attend could still access the information shared. The evening started with a tea/coffee reception in the ICE Brasserie followed by the lecture, a Q & A session and then a social gathering in the ICE Café bar sponsored by Geoserve Global Ltd.
The lecture briefly looked at the effects of the introduction of Eurocodes on UK grouted anchor practice, clarified the essential features of maintenance inspections and service behaviour monitoring and described a case history where the world’s largest capacity cyclically loaded anchors where implemented to support overall stability in a concrete gravity dam.
Enjoy some photographs from the event.
Dr Mothersille describes adverse effects that can occur in anchors that are poorly executed
Dr Mothersille expands on some of the points raised during the lecture
Dr Mothersille describes the use of AnchorTest software for real-time analysis of data derived during anchor testing