Dr Devon Mothersille attends the Eurocode conference at the Institution of Structural Engineers headquarters in London – November 2018

As part of an ongoing initiative to improve knowledge and awareness of Eurocodes, British Standards Institution (BSI) organised a conference entitled ‘Eurocodes – Evolution and Ease of Use: How it will benefit you?’, hosted by the Institution of Structural Engineers at their headquarters in London. Dr Mothersille attended the event and benefited considerably from the information shared by a variety of speakers. These included the Chairman of Eurocode 7 Dr Andrew Bond who presented the latest improvements to Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design and BSI’s Director of Standards, Dr Scott Steedman who talked about Eurocodes and Brexit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chairman of Eurocode 7 delivers his presentation to the audience at the Institution of Structural Engineers

 

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SBMA Ltd represented at the DFI conference in India – Nov 2018

SBMA Ltd’s representative in the US, Dr Antonio Marinucci delivered an excellent presentation at the 8th Conference on Deep Foundation Technologies for Infrastructure Development in India – hosted by DFI India (15th -17th November 2018). The paper supporting the presentation was entitled; ‘Single Bore Multiple Anchor Systems (SBMAs) in Challenging and Variable Ground Conditions’, authored by Dr Marinucci and Dr Mothersille.

In addition Dr Mothersille, Mr Chris Irvin (DSI, UK) and Mr Rajiv Pandey (DSI, India) published a paper at the same conference entitled ‘Recognised Corrosion Protection Methods for Permanent Ground Anchors’.

 

Dr Mothersille meets with Senior Manager from Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) in London – Nov 2018

Dr Mothersille and Dr Marwan Alzaylaie (Senior Manager, DCCA) met at the Royal Overseas League headquarters in Mayfair, London. Dr Alzaylaie attended Dr Mothersille’s lecture in Dubai last month, in Collaboration with Bauer International FZE, and was keen to discuss potential ground anchor applications in Dubai, the evolution of Eurocodes and use the of the innovative software ‘AnchorTest’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Mothersille and Dr Alzaylaie explore the potential use of the iPad based AnchorTest software for QA/QC strategies on Dubai construction projects 

Dr Mothersille visits Bauer’s Global Gateway Development project in Abu Dhabi – October 2018

Following the successful delivery of the seminars in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Dr Mothersille visited Bauer’s Global Gateway residential development construction site in Abu Dhabi.

The project involves an excavation supported by secant pile walls which are themselves stabilized by an anchored pile cap. Importantly all the anchors on the project (166No.) are removable SBMAs with working loads of 800kN and overall lengths of 18.5m. In order to demonstrate removability of the prestressing strand, the client’s representative was invited to witness the removal process.

Three lengths of prestressing strand were successfully removed using a monojack initially and then with an excavator paying due regard to safety during the whole operation.

Enjoy the images of from this site visit.

 Panoramic perspective of the Global Gateway Development construction site

  Use of mono-jack to initiate removal of prestressing strand  Use of excavator to remove prestressing strand from boreholeDr Mothersille congratulates site foreman Mr Anil Kumar for supervising the safe  execution of strand removalSite technician Mr Farhan Ahmed reviews digitized stressing records on an iPad using AnchorTestTM software

 

 

Dr Mothersille is joined by Mr Ahmed Ibrahim (arcocorp consultants), Mr Sobhi Alkayalli (Lead Development) and Mr Maninder Singh (Project Manager, Bauer) following successful removal of prestressing strand from a borehole

‘The Middle East Dream Team’, Mr Farid Mansour (Regional Technical Manager, Bauer), Dr Devon Mothersille (Managing Director, SBMA/ Geoserve Global  Ltd), Mr Marco Vogel (Regional Director, Bauer) and Mr Bora Okumosoglu (Regional Design, Manager, Bauer)

 

 

Dr Mothersille delivers special half-day seminar in Abu Dhabi – October 2018

Following the recently established license agreement with Bauer International FZE, SBMA Ltd’s Managing Director Dr Devon Mothersille was the invited speaker at a specially arranged half-day seminar held at the Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana hotel in Abu Dhabi on 10th October 2018.

The first part of the seminar covered many aspects of ground anchor technology with particular reference to systems specifically designed to generate high capacities in soils and weak rocks. This part also included sections on the current status of Eurocodes with respect to anchors, new innovations and recent developments. In the second part Dr Mothersille presented several examples of international ground anchor applications and then described two pivotal case histories that demonstrated a number world firsts.

The audience included engineers and municipality representatives who engaged in  useful Q & A sessions during and at the end of the seminar.

Dr Mothersille wishes to thank Mr Farid Mansour (Regional Technical Manager, Bauer) and Mr Bora Okumusoglu (Regional Design Manager, Bauer) who joined him and delivered short presentations covering the history of Bauer and local projects incorporating anchored excavation support.

Enjoy images from the seminar.

Dr Devon Mothersille addresses the audience at the Bauer International FZE hosted seminar Abu Dhabi

Dr Devon Mothersille handles questions from design engineers who attended the seminar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Devon Mothersille uses a flip chart to illustrate the restoration of the grout curtain at Hazelmere dam, South Africa

 

Dr Mothersille delivers special half-day seminar in Dubai – October 2018

Following the recently established business collaboration with Bauer International FZE, SBMA Ltd’s Managing Director Dr Devon Mothersille was the invited speaker at a specially arranged half-day seminar held at the Arjaan by Rotana Media City Dubai hotel on 8th October 2018.

The first part of the seminar covered many aspects of ground anchor technology with particular reference to systems specifically designed to generate high capacities in soils and weak rocks. This part also included sections on the current status of Eurocodes with respect to anchors, new innovations and recent developments. In the second part Dr Mothersille presented several examples of international ground anchor applications  and then described two pivotal case histories that demonstrated a number of world firsts.

The audience included engineers and municipality representatives who engaged in  useful Q & A sessions during and at the end of the seminar.

Dr Mothersille wishes to thank Mr Farid Mansour (Regional Technical Manager, Bauer) and Mr Bora Okumusoglu (Regional Design Manager, Bauer) who joined him and delivered short presentations covering the history of Bauer and local projects incorporating anchored excavation support.

Enjoy images from the seminar.

Mr Farid Mansour (Regional Technical Manager, Bauer) introduces Dr Devon thersille to the audience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Devon Mothersille sets out the format of the Bauer International FZE hosted seminar in Dubai

 

Dr Devon Mothersille explains the theory of progressive debonding to the audience

 

New anchor testing standard published – September 2018

On 27th September 2018 British Standards Institution announced that the long awaited grouted anchor testing standard, BS EN ISO 22477-5: 2018 has been published. Dr Devon Mothersille was nominated to take over the convenorship of the European working group (CEN/TC 182/WG5) charged with the task of completing the development of the document in 2015. By way of background the draft version of this standard has been in existence for over a decade, so it was a tremendous achievement to complete the document over a two and a half year period.