Map Interpretation for Ground Engineering

Course Location First Steps Limited Unit 17, Hurlingham Studios, Ranelagh Gardens, SW6 3PA
Cost £275
Type of course in situ
Course provider First Steps Ltd
Available dates for this course

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Geological maps form one the foundations upon which Ground Models are based. This one day course provides instruction in the interpretation and use of geological maps, and shows how they integrate with topographical maps and how data can be extracted from them for desk study purposes and the interpretation of borehole logs.

About the Workshop
Maps and borehole logs are amongst the most common forms of data available to those working in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. Confidence with their interpretation and value to the design of ground investigations and engineering works is essential, and offers great benefits to those who can practice these skills safely. This Workshop involves practicing the skills you need for map reading, section drawing, BH log interpretation and the use of this information in reports, and enables you to assess your strengths and weaknesses in this work. The Workshop will also assist you in improving your writing of reports based on such data. These are skills those preparing for Chartership will also need to demonstrate.

Who should attend
This course is ideally suited to those responsible for interpreting such maps and those who are using the interpretations from such maps for Ground models, numerical modelling, design and construction.


09.00 - 09.15 Registration
09.15 - 10.30 Map interpretation; introduction & exercises
10.30 - 10.45 Tea & coffee
10.45 - 12.00 Section drawing; introduction & exercises
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 14.00 Use of map & section data in reports; introduction & exercise based on morning's work
14.00 - 15.00 Interpretation of BH logs; introduction & exercises
15.00 - 15.15 Tea & coffee
15.15 - 17.00 Incorporating BH log interpretation into reports
17.00 End of Workshop

Location West London: First Steps Limited, Unit 17, Hurlingham Studios, Ranelagh Gardens SW6 3PA

In House: This course can be provided In-House and tailored to staff needs

Course presenter
Dr Michael de Freitas is the Emeritus Reader for Engineering Geology at Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Geologists and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Water & Environmental Managers. He has over 40 years experience in applying geology to engineering projects both in the UK and overseas. A former Vice-President of the Geological Society, Chairman of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, and current Chairman of the London Basin Forum. His time is now equally divided between teaching on the MSc in Engineering Geology at Imperial, working at First Steps, the company he founded with Dr Christine Butenuth in 2000, consulting and continuing research with colleagues at Imperial and elsewhere.
Unit 17 Hurlingham Studios
Ranelagh Gardens
United Kingdom
Telephone: 0207 736 6889