Association for Structural Engineers of London Boroughs

seminar news

Spring Seminar 2017

To be held on Friday 28th April 2017 at ISE Headquarters. In addition to our normal ASELB business, the Seminar will include technical presentations by guest speakers. Topics will include the following:

Under practical engineering matters, the intention will be to highlight certain member concerns in relation to site practises and building construction.

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Seminars and Technical Presentations

ASELB devises and arranges seminars specifically for the benefit of our members. These are usually held at ISE Headquarters during the Spring and Autumn of each year. Technical presentations and contributions are provided by guest speakers from industry, public and professional organisations and who are generally recognised as being leading experts in their areas of specialist knowledge and experience. Occasionally, presentations may be given by one of our own members.

Previous seminars have included presentations on the following subjects:

Technical Presentations are available as a download from the Members Area

ASELB News Bulletins

ASELB News Bulletins are issued from time to time to report on and bring our members attention to important news, trends and events in relation to matters of Structural engineering. These bulletins may also provide interim advice and guidance.

In recent times, Bulletins have covered such matters as canopy roof collapse, boundary wall failure and poor site construction practices.

Bulletins are available as a download from the Members Area.

Practical Guidance Notes

An item regurlarly featured on the ASELB Seminar agenda is on the subject of Practical Engineering Matters. This has quickly established itself and become a firm favourite with our members. It is usual for one or more subjects to be raised by the Steering Group, to encourage debate and feedback from members. The outcome of such is to develop and issue a series of Practical Guidance Notes to inform and guide our members.

Previous Guidance Notes have been issued on various subjects including:

Practical Guidance Notes are available as a download from the Members Area



Practical Site Welding & Inspections

Ian Whatsize started his career as a welder over 30 years ago before joining British Army as a welder/metal smith in 1990, where he successfully completed his apprenticeship.Following this he worked for couple of small fabrication companies gaining valuable experience of site works, before moving into lecturing of welding and engineering at East Berkshire College.

Spending time at Nuclear Engineering Services in 2010, working within the Welding & Non-Destructive Testing departments, he then started his own inspection and welding consultation service in 2014, undertaking a number of notable projects on behalf of A & P Shipping & Siemens on the wind turbine blade racks, involving visual inspection, MPI and ultrasonic testing. The company actively works with several American Oil & Gas companies oferring vendor inspection for ONG offshore and topsite equipment.

Ian's presentation is expected to provide practical advise relating to site welding and inspection. Covering quality control, it will highlight several of the issues most commonly encounted on sites and how to identify and remedy defects.


Use of Geopolymers As An Alternative to Piling and Underpinning

The presentation by Uretec will be provided jointly by area managers, Emma Talbot Baker and Mark Jolly. Operating throughout the South of England, Emma has six years experience in the construction industry working with both contractors and engineers. Mark with over 20yrs construction related experienceis involved with a variety of residential, infrastructure and commercial projects.

The presentation will cover the use of Geopolymers as an alternative to piling and underpinning. Geopolymer injection is suitable for almost all ground conditions, as a fast and minimally disruptive means of dealing with subsidence and slab settlement. Itis used to strengthen weak ground before imposing additional loads without excavations and therefore minimises risk of further undermining a sinking building.

The presentation will allow coparison with traditional methods, relative costs, methods of application, suitable ground conditions and illustrate these matters with case studies.