Chris Menkiti, Senior Partner at Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG), delivered a presentation at the BGA half-day mini-symposium on ‘The Observational Method (OM)’, which was held at the ICE on 6th February 2024.
Dr. Menkiti discussed ‘The application of OM to Cut and Cover Tunnelling and Open Cuts with reliance on soil suctions to support engineered slopes in temperate and arid climes’, and presented a case history of the application of the OM to support cut slopes in Dublin Boulder Clay in Ireland, where cut slopes were required for construction of motorway tunnels beneath the footprint of an existing major motorway, which links the Irish Capital to its main international airport.
Dr. Menkiti has vast experience in the UK and globally, working on a wide variety of structures and their foundations, for all components of the supply-chain (owners, operators, consultants and contractors). With direct experience of application of the observational method, his areas of expertise include tunnelling, slopes, earthworks, deep excavations, retaining walls, foundation systems, laboratory & field testing, investigation & characterisation of soils, instrumentation & monitoring, liquefaction risk, bulk cargo instability, seismic design and construction impact mitigation.
To view a recording of the mini-symposium, visit: https://www.ice.org.uk/events/past-events-and-recordings/recorded-lectures/mini-symposium-on-the-observational-method – Chris’s talk begins at 2-hours and 27-minutes into the recording.
For more information about Dr. Menkiti, visit the ‘people’ section of our website: https://gcg.co.uk/peoples/