1 July 2015

Principal Geotechnical Engineer at Opus International Consultants (Opus), Keith Nicholls, will speak at September’s European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and share with delegates his latest ‘Glossary of Terms Used in the Historic British Mine Working Industry’.

The Glossary aims to secure some of the mining industry’s terminology following the loss of knowledge associated to the industry’s demise in the UK.  In its introduction, Keith talks about the need for developers to consider past activities affecting the ground: “As development proceeds apace, and marginal sites around our urban fringes are found to be increasingly attractive to developers, a sound understanding of the nature of the past activities which affect the ground, both at surface and beneath, is essential to minimise risks, and indeed to minimise the risk of unnecessary costs in developing sites affected by past mining”.

Currently seconded from Opus to Network Rail in Manchester, Keith is working in the Civils Works Delivery Group on a wide range of geotechnical schemes in the north-west of England, some of which are affected by historic mine workings.

Keith originally qualified as a geologist; he diversified into engineering geology and geotechnical engineering.  He is a Chartered Engineer registered with the UK Engineering Council.  Away from the office, Keith is an Executive Committee Member of Geoconservation UK, a Peer Reviewer for the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Newsletter Editor of the North Wales Geology Association.

Opus is delighted to be associated with the third edition of this publication and you can view the Glossary here.  Glossary Keith urges anyone with feedback or comments to contact him: Keith.Nicholls@opusinternational.co.uk.  Hard copies of the publication can be ordered from Helen.Gallagher@opusinternational.co.uk