A Practical Approach to Ground Risk Management
About Tim Major
Tim is a Geologist with thirty years’ experience involved in Ground Engineering. Graduating from Sunderland Polytechnic and starting work in 1987 Tim has worked for Site Investigation Contractors, but the majority of his work has been in Consultancy – from small specialist firms to managing teams of geotechnical and geo-environmental professionals in international firms such as Mott MacDonald and Capita Symonds.
Tim has worked in all sectors – Housing, education, highways, rail, nuclear, commercial, power renewables, water, waste and industrial. Tim has been responsible for the Project Management and technical direction of geotechnical designs and environmental site investigations, site appraisal and auditing, hazard and risk assessment, the remediation of contaminated land, EMS, shallow and deep foundation solutions, site drainage philosophies, SuDS, preliminary FRA, waste management, groundwater assessment and control and the treatment of shallow mine workings throughout the UK.
Tim is passionate about the ground, understanding it and communicating risk.
All projects have certain common issues relating to fitness-for-purpose, design and buildability. Alongside these issues are inherent uncertainties – all uncertainties return generally to the issue of cost. One area collectively represents the greatest single uncertainty to the success and viability of the project; the area concerned with below-ground conditions - be that the physical condition and/or the chemical condition. The best solutions must address and resolve uncertainty holistically.