Field Meetings, Workshops and Short Discussion Meetings

Field Meetings, Workshops and Short Discussion Meetings

Field meetings are focused on recent Quaternary findings and discoveries within the UK and Europe. Meetings usually take place over a 2-4 day period, with accommodation and travel being organised by a Field trip leader on behalf of the QRA. We also organise workshops. These can be 1 or 2 days and can have a flexible format such as a mini-conference, workshop or field day.

Quaternary engineering geology of the West Cumbria region

17/03/22 - 20/03/22

Venue:  West Cumbria, centred on the village of Drigg

Contact: Nick Smith (nick.t.smith@uknnl.com)

Full details of this field meeting hosted by the QRA Engineering Research Group to be confirmed

Quaternary engineering geology for offshore renewables

14/10/21 14:00 - 14/10/21 18:00

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QRA Engineering Research Group Half Day Virtual Conference

Thursday 14th October 14:00–17:00; Careers panel discussion 17:00–18:00

It is the geological events of the Quaternary that have had the overwhelming influence on the characterisation of near surface...

QRA Engineering Research Group Half Day Virtual Conference

Thursday 14th October 14:00–17:00; Careers panel discussion 17:00–18:00

It is the geological events of the Quaternary that have had the overwhelming influence on the characterisation of near surface rocks and (engineering) soils. So said Peter Fookes in 1997. On-going expansion in the scale and water depths encountered by renewables schemes, and development of novel foundation designs means the need to effectively characterise ground conditions has never been more pressing.

The engineering geology of Quaternary sediments is, and will continue to be, of critical importance to the onshore and offshore renewables industry. Amongst other factors, the strength, stability, mobility and thermal properties of Quaternary sediments are important in the efficient design of offshore cables and foundations.

Foundations and cables that support the generation or transmission of electricity from renewable sources are often installed on or in Quaternary sediments, or bedrock affected by Quaternary processes. In the offshore environment, Quaternary sediments may be mobile resulting in burial of unexploded ordnance, seabed level changes and scour development over the lifetime of a windfarm. Their strength may determine the depth to which an anchor may penetrate the seabed and strike buried cables and thermal conductivity may determine the electricity transmission output of a windfarm. And they may record ancient landscapes where geoarchaeology may be uniquely preserved. Because of this it is more important than ever that the effects of the Quaternary are considered in the design, performance and maintenance of renewables infrastructure.

This QRA engineering research group half day event has two aims. Firstly, to bring together leading researchers and practitioners to share knowledge about the application of Quaternary science to the delivery of renewable energy. This will be done by short presentations with subsequent questions. Secondly, it will facilitate an early career panel discussion to invite participation from geoscientists in industry or academia who may have questions about career paths in the broad sector of Quaternary engineering geology. The panel will share experiences of working in the sector and answer questions from those curious about the engineering application of Quaternary science.

Please register you interest by following the link here.

Further details of this free event will be posted on the Engineering Research Group site.  

We look forward to meeting you in October!

Mike Clare, NOC and British Sedimentological Research Group

Paul Fish, Jacobs

Kirstin Johnson, BGS

Claire Mellett, Wessex Archaeology

Simon Price, Scottish Power Renewables and Arup

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