Norwich - ground level downwards
Date & Time

7 October 2019
18:30 for 19:00

Location

Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, Norwich, NR9 3DL
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Price

Free

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Norwich - ground level downwards

Lecture
Date & Time

7 October 2019
18:30 for 19:00

Location

Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, Norwich, NR9 3DL
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Price

Free

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Matt Williams career in site investigation has allowed him to acquire a details knowledge-base of underground conditions in the Norwich area.  

Matt has worked in a multi-disciplinary way with archaeologists and historians and this has led to a greater recognition of the profound extent to which geology has driven the development of the city we see today - through topographic factors, drainage and the extensive quarrying that has remoulded the landscape over centuries. Appreciation of this past can help in planning for a sustainable future.

Matt discusses the potential dichotomy of approach between geologists, who are largely concerned with processes, and engineers, who focus more on properties of soils and materials. The integration of these two approaches is particularly important in Norwich ground conditions which are often non-homogeneous, strongly localised and subject to dynamic changes over time, with occasionally unpredicted results.

Some of the common uncertainties and geo-hazards encountered in the area are discussed, these often arising from the combination of natural and anthropogenic processes.

Initial risk assessment is best achieved using a simple ground model based on topographic elevation to deduce local geological information before even setting foot on site. This is informed by historical information and can then be evaluated by targeted ground investigation and testing, considering the dynamic factors that may be applicable to the site, both in the past and for the future life of the development.

Speaker

Matt Williams is a chartered geologist with a professional background in the construction industry, having worked predominantly in East Anglia. He has worked for May Gurney (Technical Services) Ltd as a geotechnical engineer. He left May Gurney to jointly set up an independent regional site investigation company SIC (East Anglia) Ltd which was run as a co-operative and traded successfully for 22 years. 

Along the way, Matt completed a Masters Degree in European Traffic Engineering to support a developing interest in transportation issues. He now works as a national standard cycle instructor for Smart Cycle Training but maintains his passion for geology by tutoring, giving talks and his own research, but no longer earns a living in the geotechnical industry.

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Email - [email protected]

Name - Paul Wilson