Reducing whole-life carbon as a geotechnical designer

Alice Berry

Alice will present some of her ideas on how we can all influence and reduce the whole life carbon associated with our designs. After introducing the concept of whole life carbon, she will give some geotechnical examples from all levels of the “build nothing, build less, built clever, build efficiently” carbon reduction hierarchy. She will also touch on the usefulness of estimating carbon to enable us to influence our clients and other disciplines. Alice will then present a deep station box example of how value engineering also provided substantial carbon reduction.

About the speaker

Alice Berry Arup, Associate

Alice is an Associate and team leader in Arup’s London geotechnical group. She has experience in geotechnical design and checking for maritime and rail infrastructure, urban commercial and domestic basements and near shore structures. She has worked on projects encompassing a range of ground conditions in London, Hong Kong, Bangkok, the UAE, The Philippines and Indonesia. Her technical skills include foundation re-use, design of retaining walls, rafts and piles, desk studies, site investigation, data interpretation, building damage assessment, geotechnical monitoring and site supervision. Alice is passionate about the practical implementation of sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience on projects. Alongside her geotechnical design work, Alice leads the carbon management team for HS2 Euston station, managing carbon through multidisciplinary design, in accordance with PAS 2080. She is becoming increasingly interested in carbon sequestration through land use.

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