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Temporary Works Update ( Last updated 24th June 2021 )
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Institution of Civil Engineers - Change of Status
All those involved in engineering should be aware of the significance of the current debate at the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The Resolution 3, due to be voted on before 13th July 2021 proposes the deletion of all references to Technician Members. This means that titles
such as EngTechMICE will disappear. Their argument being that by considering to accept Chartered Engineers without civil engineering qualifications means
that any form of technician grade, or incorporated grade, is no longer necessary. Peter Pallett STRONGLY disagrees because the Institution needs to involve
members other than those with full civil engineering qualifications, such as AMICE, EngTechMICE and Incorporated Engineers. They also wish at Resolution 4 and 5
to give graduates full voting rights and ability to call Special General Meetings. WHY ? It should be Members and accepted AMICE that have votes,
not those in training.
The present situation, clearly summarised by Frank Marples FICE in recent papers is;
"Anyone who wishes to become CEng MICE or IEng MICE should have civil engineering knowledge (academic base), which includes the three core
subjects (structures, geotechnics and materials) as required by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) in an accredited degree and pass the
ICE Professional Review for civil engineers. The post-nominals CEng MICE or IEng MICE should not be available to any other individual seeking professional
recognition through ICE, for example those wishing to become a Chartered Infrastructure Engineer. We do accept that they may become Chartered Engineers
(CEng) or Incorporated Engineers (IEng) by virtue of other academic engineering knowledge plus associated training and experience and may
have some other letters designating their grade of membership to any PEI, but they should not be awarded MICE."
Unfortunately in the higher echelons of the ICE there are people who believe that the Institution should allow people to become MICE as a Chartered
Infrastructure Engineer. This is why the ICE will ballot members in February 2022. Why then is the ICE's Director General quietly ignoring the issue
of Members requiring to be actual civil engineers?
The February 2022 vote intends to introduce a new grade as Chartered Infrastructure Engineer for people working in infrastructure
who have chosen, or are not able, to obtain civil engineering qualifications (Quote by ICE President).
They will have academic qualifications to Masters level or Bachelor degrees with ICE experience in subjects, but not civil engineering. They will be recognised
as "Chartered Engineers" and allowed to use the title CEng MICE or CEng FICE. If this is agreed, it means that the public, employers,
clients, and the courts can no longer guarantee that someone with CEng MICE or CEng FICE is actually a professionally qualified Civil Engineer. The ICE is
after all the Institution of Civil Engineers.
My view, and that of many others, is that those who have the accredited engineering qualifications through other institutions have the option to join and
become chartered through their institution but see the ICE as having the "gold standard" of greater importance through the CEng MICE letters.
However, we see the CEng MICE and CEng FICE as being "owned" by civil engineers and not for sale to those without civil engineering knowledge.
As of now, the ICE has other grades available as EngTechMICE, or AMICE, or even possibly Incorporated Engineers, and we should NOT be asked to dumb down our
qualifications and accept non-civil engineers as MICE or FICE. One argument presented by ICE is that there are few EngTechMICE members, but that is hardly
surprising as the ICE just happens to be an Institution of Civil Engineers to foster professionaly qualified civil engineers!
So ICE members, please consider your status and vote responsibly, both now and in February, in order to retain our accreditation as proud
Civil Engineers in our profession !
I can't tell you how to vote in the current ICE ballot,
but I can tell you how I'll vote
RESOLUTION 3 Disagree X
RESOLUTION 4 Disagree X
RESOLUTION 5 Disagree X
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Training Managers in Temporary Works
BS5975:2019 ( Cl. 5.2.1) recommends that all those managing temporary works should have an understanding of :-
a) the procedures outlined in Section 2 of BS5975,
b) the procedures that you are expected to operate for your organisation,
c) management of risk associated with your managinmg the temporary works,
d) technical knowledge relevant to both your role and complexity of the work, and
e) practical knowledge relevant to the complexity of the job.
Certain projects might in addition have job-specific training requirements ( e.g. railway work, airports. )
General Updates - Temporary Works
- Temporary Works - Principles of Design and Construction - 2nd edition
The Second Edition of the
authoritative guidance for anyone involved in temporary works has been edited by Peter Pallett and Ray Filip. It not only includes the
latest procedures for temporary works from BS5975:2019 ; brings all previous chapters up-to-date; and, includes
new chapters on needling, backpropping, demolition, basement construction and the modern use of digital visualisations and computers to
The opening chapters on "Safety, statutory & contractural obligations" and "Management" should
be made compulsory reading for anyone involved in temporary works!
The new book of 528 pages (ISBN 978 0 7277 6338 9 ) is available either in b/w as hardback (price £145)
from ICE Publishing by clicking on link
ICE Book Shop. or by using the link from the Book Shop pay a subscription to see the e-book in colour.
- TWf2012:01 Hoardings - a guide to good practice.
The Temporary Works Forum have updated this authoritative design guidance for Hoardings of solid construction. First published in 2012 under
Peter Pallett as convenor, the document had a periodioc review and update in August 2020 by Ray Filip and David Thomas. The document is a free
46 page download and gives guidance on the design brief, on values of loadings ( including a minimum notional horizontal load. ), together
with likely loading combinations for hoardings in the UK. Design information for permissible stress and limit state design options are included.
A method of foundation design for post-in-hole is recommended. The appendices include the design considerations for wind to current EuroCodes,
working structural properties for timber posts and rails, and the post planting depths for common hoardings.
The document concludes with a complete and detailed worked example to explain both the philosophy and the method recommended.
This is a must have document for temporary works designers. Download your copy either by clicking on
or go to the TWf website at www.twforum.org.uk.
Formwork - a guide to good practice.
The Third Edition dated April 2012 is printed and in A4 size and in colour. Long awaited major update to the best selling Concrete Society publication. Major new sections on contractual requirements, the Law, proprietary formwork, new timber and plywood values, concrete pressure groups introduced, slip form and climbing formwork, plus new wind information for stability of forms.
Detailed Worked Examples are available in a separate booklet, including walls, single faced forms and backpropping calculations.
Some minor typographical errors have been observed - Click here to view a separate A4 page of the known errors which opens as a *.pdf file.
(ORDER FROM: The Concrete Bookshop Ref: CS030, 299 pages, ISBN 978 1 904482 68 0) or click on link to Formwork Guide at the Concrete Bookshop.
- INVESTIGATIONS INTO ASPECTS OF FALSEWORK
The HSE 200 page report is available as Contract Research Report CRR 394/2001 from HSE Books as ISBN 0 7176 2232 0. It is also available for download from
www.hse.gov.uk/research/crr_htm/2001/crr01394.htm (2.5 Mb).
The work was carried out by the University of Birmingham, led by Eur. Ing. Peter Pallett with help from Dr. M. Burrow, Professor L. Clark and Mr Ray Ward. The research investigated both the aspects of stability of falsework and measured eleven sites for accuracy of erection. The changes in management of falsework, together with more reliance on suppliers' designs has led to different criteria and checking regimes.
There does not appear to have been an overall improvement in verticality of erection over the last 12 years.
At all levels there is a lack of understanding of the fundamentals of stability of falsework and the basic principles involved.
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