Mike Sweeney joined Rendel Palmer & Tritton Consulting Engineers in 1970, after graduating from Manchester University in Civil Engineering, and Imperial College in Geotechnics. He was involved in site investigation and geotechnical design work for roads in the South Wales Valleys and rock slope stabilization in the West Country, both dominated by engineering geology. Mike was involved in bridge foundations in Baghdad, moving then on to Nepal, where he was introduced to mountain slope geohazards and the value of geomorphological assessment.

In 1977 he joined BP, eventually becoming Head of Geotechnics, and then BP Upstream Technical Authority for Geotechnics. He...

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