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Early Careers Group – March Meeting Announced

March’s Early Careers Group (ECG) event will be held virtually 25th March 2021 at 3pm and features Matt Smith, Operations Leader at Expanded Geotechnical, presenting the engaging topic of “Rotary Bored Piling & Piles Under Support Fluid”.

Lasting roughly 1 hour, the session will look to give ECG members an understanding of the complexities involved with constructing Rotary bored piling and the use of support fluid to ensure bore stability.

The session will also explore the key elements to consider when delivering this piling technique and will provide an understanding on the support fluid types available. This method of piling is one of the oldest our industry uses, but also one of the more technically demanding, as understanding the geology is essential to effective installation with this method.

As with previous meetings attendees will be able to put operational questions to this meetings guest, who is not only a respected Operations Leader but a current mentor of the Ground Forum mentoring scheme, an initiative developed by the FPS.

Matt is professionally qualified to deliver the presentation, as he currently leads the Expanded Geotechnical operations team nationally, overseeing all piling and ground engineering contracts, with full responsibility for project delivery. Matt joined Expanded in 2013, as Southern Area Operations Manager, progressing to his current role as Operations Leader. With over 20 years’ involvement in the foundations industry, Matt has experience of all site roles having begun his career setting out piles.

Matt is highly respected for undertaking piling contracts near sensitive underground assets, in complex logistical settings and as some who challenges the methodology to ensure projects are delivered to the high quality expected by clients. During his career Matt has been involved in prestigious projects such as; Whiteleys, Thames Tideway, Southbank Place, Liverpool Street Station, The Francis Crick Institute & Canary Wharf Crossrail Station.
Invites to members of the FPS ECG will be issued shortly and for those unable to attend, a copy of the presentation will be made available following the event.