EGGS AGM and Managing Landslide Risks

EGGS AGM and Managing Landslide Risks on Major Onshore Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems – 10 July 2013

Pipeline construction on ridge

The EGGS AGM and the evening talk by Dr. Mark Lee on 10 July 2013 were attended by approximately 45 colleagues ranging from Geological Society, ICE and IMMM members. Mark spoke to the group on “Managing Landslide Risks on Major Onshore Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems”, a subject he is particularly familiar with as a world leading expert!

Mark explained why and where input from ground engineers is valuable for the early stages of routing an onshore pipeline. He showed examples of where this was achieved through remediation or avoidance of landslides. He also showed some other examples where landslides were not properly mitigated, which led to environmental, cost and public relations damage. The risks far outweigh any of the time spent on ground engineering input.

An interesting observation to be taken away from the evening was that we, as ground engineers, understand our value early in a pipeline routing project, but pipeline engineers are less familiar. We are getting more recognised within this industry, but how can we bring our expertise into the guidance that pipeline engineers actually read?


Photographic Competition 2013

In May 2013 we launched the first EGGS photographic competition. We invited entries that represent interesting situations, features, construction methods or techniques through the broad sphere of Engineering Geology.

Entries have been reviewed by the Engineering Group committee. The three short-listed images are below and we invite you to vote for your favourite here:

Adam Branson – In Colder Climes

Kevin Privett – Involutions

James Wai – Underground Construction

The poll will be closed on the 19th July.

The winner will receive a free place at a future EGGS one day seminar of their choice and a Special Edition EGGS mug. The two runners-up will receive Special Edition EGGS mugs.

Dave Giles | Contribution to the Engineering Group

David Giles ~ Contribution to the Engineering GroupThis short piece is to celebrate David Giles’ 17 year association with the Engineering Group of the Geological Society and his drive to educate, train and inform engineering geologists in the UK and overseas.

David, currently Principal Lecturer, School of Earth Sciences, University of Portsmouth, was voted onto the committee in 1995 and has been a very active member ever since. I think David is best known for convening the Groups’ excellent field meetings since 1997. For those who do not know, convening includes finding a suitable place for the meeting, experts who are informative and entertaining, good, inexpensive hotels that accept thirty or more engineering geologists, suitable transport, publicity, ensuring the meeting notes are complete for the delegates and all the finances to ensure a successful meeting. All who have been on any of the field meetings will attest that they are good fun and great for meeting other engineering geologists in a relaxed atmosphere. But, most of all, they are learning opportunities for all ages and all experiences to see engineering geology in context, which is in the field and to discuss engineering geology. As Herbert Harold Read, who was a professor at Imperial College, president of the Geological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society said, “The best geologist is the one who has seen most rocks”. As you can see from the list of meetings they are varied and not only include England and Wales but a couple of trips to France. The meetings are organized without fuss, which is great news for those on the committee and the participants. Running like clockwork comes to mind.

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