Research Focus Issue No. 42 AUGUST 2000 PROMOTING THE APPLICATION OF RESEARCH IN BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING
IN THIS ISSUE Buildings
Fixings for thin stone cladding Wind-moment design of frames
Bridges Advice on steel bridges
Commercial framework French & British project comparison
Construction process Ground vibration from construction
Smart use of waste Design
Advice on steel bridges
Improving concrete frame efficiency Software for agricultural drainage Wind-moment design of frames
Software for agricultural drainage Environment
Bringing refuse landfill back into use 3 Environmentally responsible refrigerants 5 Ground vibration from construction Materials in the developing world SMART use of waste
Preventing canal sedimentation Materials
Deterioration in concrete structures Improving concrete frame efficiency Materials in the developing world
Bringing refuse landfill back into use Deterioration in concrete structures Improving concrete frame efficiency
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Protecting people and the environ- ment – guidance on managing radioactively contaminated land Radioactively contaminated land presents many problems to those involved
in its management. This involves both long-term ‘maintenance’ of sites and cleaning-up of land prior to re-use. In either case, health risks to contractors and consultants, sensitive relations with the local communities and risks to the environment from accidental pollution all need to be dealt with. This land may be part of a nuclear-licensed site, or part of a defence site. An added complication is the level of security surrounding these sites, which affects the way in which management or clean-up can be carried out.
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new research project has been launched as the first step in answer-
ing some of these difficult questions. This is the SAFEGROUNDS project, managed by CIRIA, WS Atkins and The Environment Council on behalf of the main UK nuclear-licensed site owners (BNFL, UKAEA, AWE and British Energy). The project has been set up at the instigation of the DTI Safety Issues Task Force to help quantify the contaminated land liabilities associated with nuclear-licensed sites, so that future work can be properly budgeted.
SAFEGROUNDS is a two- year project and will generate a platform of best practice guidance to support effective management and remediation strategies. The first stage, already under way, is
rawsfynnyd Power Station (now closed). Photograph Courtesy of BNFL.
preparation of a guide on site characterisa- tion. This is expected to be published on the safegrounds.com
website in summer 2000. The long-term aim of the project is to estab- lish a learning network for exchange of best practice and improvement in standards. A key aspect of the research is the com- mitted involvement of all stakeholders, in- cluding the health, safety and environmen- tal regulators, central and local government, the site owners, consultants and contractors working for the site owners, environmental pressure groups and other representatives of the public interest. A dia- logue between all these parties will under- pin the technical work within
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of buy-in and broad acceptability of the guid- ance produced.
The next phase of the SAFEGROUNDS work is to examine the implications of the current regulatory framework for managing this contaminated land, and to provide guid- ance on the selection of appropriate land management options.
For further information or if you would like to join in this dialogue, please contact David Churcher or Maria Holloway-Strong at CIRIA (020 7222 8891; fax: 020 7222 1708;
, or visit the project website at www.safegrounds.com
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