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BS 8574:2014 Code of practice for the management of geotechnical

data for ground engineering projects

What is BS 8574?
BS 8574 gives recommendations on the management of geotechnical data
throughout the life-cycle of civil engineering and building projects at both an
organizational and project level.
It defines data as a concept and provides recommendations on the collection,
verification, manipulation, distribution, presentation and storage of data.
It applies to all aspects of ground engineering including ground investigation,
environmental investigation, construction, piling, tunnelling and asset
management. It provides some explanations on the role of software, databases
and electronic data transfer formats.
Why did we produce BS 8574?
Each ground engineering project requires the collection of data from different
sources and in a range of formats. The collected data are processed and
transferred throughout the supply chain to be used by a variety of people and
Currently data in the ground industry is largely managed using paper records and
isolated procedures designed to satisfy the localised and immediate needs of the
investigation, design, monitoring or construction contractor. This results in an
inefficient discontinuous supply chain. Some companies and organizations use a
computer based system to support this process and have developed internal
systems which can be considered as best practice.
However there is very little understanding of the concept of data and how it
could be collected, managed and used for the advantage of a project to the
benefit of all involved.
A standard for the Management of data in the ground industry would have far
reaching effects in providing improved communications between the parties
involved. This results in a more effective commercial environment and
substantial savings for the project as a whole.
The management and delivery of these data needs to be defined and maintained
throughout each project, integrating the requirements set out in the project
specification together with the objectives of those who produce and those who
use the data. This can be achieved by the introduction of a data management
system based on an organizations data management policy, which is covered in
BS 8574.
The ground engineering sector is also undergoing substantial changes following
the implementation of Eurocode 7. New test methods and execution standards
are being introduced to support Eurocode 7 and the UK has unilaterally
introduced standards BS 22475 Geotechnical and investigation and testing
Sampling methods and groundwater measurements Part 2: Qualification criteria
for enterprises and personnel and Part 3: Conformity assessment of enterprises
and personnel by third party.

The procedures described in this standard facilitate the management of

geotechnical data for use in a BIM project in accordance with PAS 1192.
Hear from an expert:
"Knowledge of the characteristics of the ground on which, in which and below
which all civil engineering projects are built is key to safe and sustainable
design. In this increasingly computer-related age data must be available in
digital format if it is not to be overlooked or ignored. Recognition of the
importance of this by the geotechnical industry over 20 years ago led to the
creation of a workable structure which became known as the AGS Format. This
ensured that once entered on to a suitable system at the outset, data could be
used many times and transferred to others who wished to use it independently
of the software which created it.
The dedicated team of geotechnical and computer professionals who had to
cope with the problems of data management from producer through to designer
and client bodies and who produced and operated the format have now set down
their well honed experience to create this timely Code of practice. Whilst
developed for site investigation data the management process is applicable to
other activities such as piling, tunnelling or earthworks which interact with or use
the ground. Those using it will know that the code comes from experience and
not aspiration, from practice and not theory, from professionals who care and not
from a bureaucracy that wishes to impose. It is by the industry for the industry
and is to be commended at this time when BIM is recognized as being a vital
part of the future of construction."
Len Threadgold
Chairman/Chief Engineer
The Geotechnical Centre
Who should use BS 8574?


Engineering geologists


Geotechnical and environmental engineers


Geotechnical data managers


IT managers


Project managers.


BS 9102:2014 Code of practice for safe working on lifting platforms

BS 9102 is a new standard to provide contractors, installers and service engineers with comprehensive and
concise guidance on the application of safe working on lifting platforms.
This standard is relevant for the design, installation and maintenance of lifts. As someone who regularly works
off-site you need to be familiar with and consult this standard in the performance of your activities.
BS 9102 includes updates to accommodate new legislation and new and revised standards. BS 9102 includes
safety procedures when working on lifting platforms and an extensive list of other safety and hazard measures
based on recommendations from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
BS 9102 gives recommendations for safe working practices (supported by training) for:
Owners of permanently installed lifting platforms serving defined landing levels
People having effective control of the premises where such lifting platforms are installed
People responsible for, and involved in, the design, installation, thorough examination, inspection,
testing, service, maintenance, repair and dismantling of such lifting platforms.
BS 9102 gives recommendations for the safety of people when gaining access to and from the area in which a
lifting platform is installed and whilst working there. The recommendations also relate to the safety of others
present in the vicinity, whether they are working or not, who could be endangered by the actions of those working
on lifting platforms.
Who was involved in producing BS 9102?
A committee of industry experts from:
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
Electrical, Electrotechnical, Telecommunications and Plumbing Union
Engineer Surveyors Section of the MSF
Engineering Employers Federation
Health and Safety Executive
Institution of Electrical Engineers
Institution of Incorporated Executive Engineers
Lift and Escalator Industries Association
Safety Assessment Federation Limited
Society of Operations Engineers

Contents of BS 9102:
1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 Safety management: responsibilities of owners
5 Safety management: responsibilities of persons working on lifting platforms
Annex A (informative) Typical safety signs
Annex B (normative) Wellbeing of persons working alone
Annex C (normative) Electrical working
List of figures
Figure 1 Examples of lifting platform landing entrance barriers
Figure A.1 Safety sign for use on a landing when a lifting platform is taken out of service
Figure A.2 Safety sign for use on an access door/panel
Figure A.3 Safety sign for use in a liftway below the carrier
Figure A.4 Example of a label to be attached to a landing door/gate opening key