The students were divided into three manageable groups and each experienced three presentations: Trevor Meek, Site Manager at Butterwell, explained how the site operations work using a three dimensional survey model. Glynn Roberts, Assistant Site Manager escorted a second group to the viewing platform from which the excavation area could be viewed. The visitors had distant views of the overburden excavation and coal extraction from a number of seams. The constraints on site operations and control of environmental impacts were also outlined.
Peter Wood, Area Planning Manager for Northumberland created a presentation and explained how restoration requirements and fashions have changed since the industry began in 1943. He explained the
procedures for stripping and rebuilding the soil profile and talked about research and the type of equipment
While talking about the Atkins visit to Butterwell, Peter Wood said: “It was a pleasure talking to open minded engineers and their questions were challenging.”
The visit was concluded by notifying the students that opencast operations did not sterilize the ground but that any after-use should be identified during the initial site design works.
The Ground Engineering Academy is a structured graduate training scheme and career path to Chartership for Civil Engineering and Geology/Geoscience graduates. The academy provides graduates and junior members of staff with project experience in a variety of activities to fulfil the training requirements for individual societies and institutions such as the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Geological Society.