Research by topic: Construction process and management

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Projects underway

The UXO Forum
This project has been designed to bring real change to the industry through a series of events and other tools.
Design, modification and removal of river weirs
This project will review and update the current Environment Agency guide on River Weirs, originally published in 2003.
Responding to the lessons learnt from flooding
The aim of this project is to provide guidance on how to implement the recommendations contained in the published reports and from other lessons learned.
Abandoned mineworkings manual
This project will develop a new publication to replace SP32 Construction over abandoned mine workings, published by CIRIA in 1984.
Asbestos from ground – a site guide
Poor disposal practices, demolition and other anthropogenic processes have resulted in asbestos often being present in the ground particularly on brownfield sites.
Update of SuDS construction guidance
Updated guidance on SuDS construction will ensure SuDS are built as designed and provide the functionality and performance required.
Structural stability during refurbishment
The aim of this project is to produce guidance about the common types of structural stability issues.
Application of Eurocode 7 to the design of flood embankments
Eurocode 7 is the EU standard for the design of geotechnical structures. Its use in public sector works became mandatory in EU member states in 2010 and it has been implemented in varying ways by member states.
Grouting in dams - best practice guidance
This project will provide comprehensive guidance recognising that the long history of dam construction in the UK has resulted in many forms of design, construction and maintenance evident today.
susdrain - the community for SuDS
susdrain is a community that provides up to date guidance, support case studies and photos as well as discussion forums and networking opportunities.
Tower Crane stability guidance - update
The update of Tower Crane Stability guide (C654) aims to demonstrate the safe design of tower cranes in response to changes since the publication of the original guidance in 2006.
The benefits of SuDS (BeST)
CIRIA has developed a new, free tool and guidance, BeST (Benefits of SuDS Tool, W045) for use on PC.
Defects in hidden bridge components
CIRIA will produce a succinct guidance document for Hidden defects in bridge components.
Embedded retaining walls - update
Update to the existing best practice guidance on the selection and design of vertical embedded retaining walls.
Minimising risk through responsible sourcing
CIRIA is working in partnership with APRES and Responsible Solutions to develop practical guidance to assist the procurement of key materials for construction projects.

Project proposals

Delivering wellbeing at site level
While regulations require health and safety hazards and risks to be prevented and strictly controlled, there are no specific legal requirements for workers’ physical and mental health.
Working with wildlife - supporting effective management on construction projects
This project will update CIRIA’s Working with wildlife: guidance for the construction industry (C691) by reflecting changes in regulation, legislation and development in practice since its publication in 2011
Effective management of environmental issues in facilities management (P3066)
CIRIA is proposing to develop a one-day training course that helps delegates understand the key environmental issues to manage during facilities management activities and the good practice to be implemented on a day-to-day basis.
Use of crops in construction
This project will present the advantages and disadvantages of both established and innovative bio-based products and explore the opportunities and challenges encountered by those involved in projects adopting natural materials.
Supporting environmental good practice on site through e-learning
CIRIA is proposing to develop a series of e-learning modules that build on the content of the fourth edition of the Environmental good practice on site guide (C741) and the existing accompanying one-day classroom training course (IEMA approved).
Achieving biodiversity No Net Loss/Net Gain in development
There is therefore an urgent need for industry guidelines on NNL/NG in order for these approaches to be set in a UK context and based on international principles of good practice. There is also guidance needed on appropriate use of Defra’s metric ...
Infrastructure assets - whole life design and management
This project will produce an “intelligent index” to CIRIA’s suite of Infrastructure Asset Management guides followed by a suite of documents / modules that cover the principal activities and topics associated with the project appraisal, design, manag
Invasive species - supporting effective management on construction projects
This project will update CIRIA’s previous guidance and will be complemented by a series of briefings describing individual invasive species and detailing the relevant techniques to manage them.
Delivering green infrastructure along linear assets
This project seeks to produce a range of outputs for clients and planners, highlighting examples of good practice on implementing green infrastructure along the linear infrastructure network and in doing so help share good practice between ...
Managing archaeology in construction - effective management in terrestrial, intertidal and marine...
This project will support the realisation of the benefits that archaeology can bring to projects; building on CIRIA’s current guidance – Archaeology and development - a good practice guide to managing risk and maximising benefit (C672).
Lean in construction - implementation support
This project will provide further support to organisations considering the implementation of Lean by providing practical guidance on a number of additional aspects.
Expansion of environmental toolbox talks
CIRIA will liaise with CECA and Build UK to expand the suite of toolbox talks and provide up-to-date, comprehensive guidance and learning tools to the industry.
Design and Construction of Basements for Domestic Clients - geotechnical considerations
This best practice report would specifically address the geotechnical design of walls and foundations together with other associated ground related matters.