Month: July 2014

theGeotechnica – Issue No.29 April 2014

April 2014

– Precast Piles – A Clean, Green and Sustainable Choice? – Precast piles are a relatively new introduction to the construction sector, and something that not too many in the geotechnical industry are aware of. In his first article for theGeotechnica, Chris Primett, Managing Director of Aarsleff, explains why precast piles could be a cleaner, greener and more sustainable choice for the future.

– There could not be a better time! – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Pete Reading, Part-Time Lecturer at Brunel University and Consultant for Equipe Training Ltd. This month Pete looks at the current state of the geotechnical industry and whether we are prepared for the high influx of work coming our way in the near future.

– Lugeon Testing along the Zambesi River – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time is Amedeo Valoroso, CEO of DAT Instruments, an Italian company that specialises in the design and production of advanced foundation instruments and software. In this article Amedeo carries out a case study on Lugeon tests carried out along the Zambesi River.

– The Benefits of Automated Shear Testing – Writing for theGeotechnica for the second time is VJ Tech’s Qusai Al-Qudah. In his latest article Qusai continues the series on automating lab testing, this month focussing on the benefits of automated shear testing.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.28 March 2014

March 2014

– Maccaferri water attenuation lagoons reduce flood risk at new energy from waste plant – Writing on behalf of geotechnical specialists Maccaferri is Jeff Laverack of Holmes Media. This month Jeff writes to theGeotechnica as Maccaferri complete their network of high capacity rainwater run-off lagoons at Lincolnshire’s new state-of-the-art Energy from Waste recycling plant.

– How should we name our samples? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Dr Roger Chandler, Managing Director of Geotechnical Technology Specialists, Keynetix Ltd. This month Roger discusses the issue of sample naming.

– Competent Drillers – The evolution of the Qualified Operator – Returning to write for theGeotechnica again this month is the Equipe Group’s Managing Director, Julian Lovell. This month Julian discusses competency in land drilling, and what qualifies someone to be considered ‘competent’.

– PanGeo: Roma (Italy) Case Study – Writing for theGeotechnica this month on behalf of the European Federation of Geologists is Professor David Norbury, Director of David Norbury Ltd. This month, Professor Norbury continues his series of articles on PanGeo, a free geohazard information service for Europe that is achieved through the generation of validated geohazard data layers.

– The Benefits of Automating Triaxial Testing – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time this month is VJ Tech’s Qusai Al-Qudah. In his debut article Qusai discusses the benefits of automating triaxial testing.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.27 February 2014

February 2014

– Review of Perfluorinated Compounds including PFOS and PFOA – Returning to write for theGeotechnica this month is one of our highly valued environmental and laboratory experts Geraint Williams of ALcontrol Laboratories. This month Geraint turns his attention to perfluorinated compounds including PFOS and PFOA.

– The answer to erroneous readings from landfill Gas Analysers? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Willie Whitesmith of Gas Data Ltd. Gas Data Ltd design and produce portable and fixed gas analysis instrumentation. Here Willie introduces the new GFM 436

– PanGeo: A free Geohazard Information Service for Europe – Writing for theGeotechnica this month on behalf of the European Federation of Geologists is Professor David Norbury, Director of David Norbury Ltd. This month, Professor Norbury introduces PanGeo, a free geohazard information service for Europe that is achieved through the generation of validated geohazard data layers.

– The Benefits of Automating Consolidation Testing – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time this month is VJ Tech’s Adrian Rose. In his debut article Adrian discusses the benefits of automatic consolidation testing.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.26 December 2013

December 2013

– CDM 2014… Or 2015… – Returning to write for theGeotechnica this month is our resident Health and Safety expert Tom Phillips of RPA Safety Services. In this month’s edition Tom returns to the subject of CDM Regulations – this time discussing the HSE’s recent review of CDM2007.

– Explaining Geotechnical Risks to Clients – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Tim Chapman of leading geotechnical consultancy Arup. In this edition Tim discusses the vitally important process of explaining geotechnical risks to clients.

– The Geotechnical Academy: Passing out of Group 1 – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Peter Reading, Technical Director of the Equipe Group. This month, Pete provides readers with an update on the first group of successful graduates from The Geotechnical Academy – a collaboration between Geotechnical Engineering Limited and Equipe Training Limited.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.25 October 2013

October 2013

– KeyLogbook v2: Welcoming Engineers to the 21st Century – Version 2 of the software has many improvements and developments from the original release, in this month’s issue of theGeotechnica KeyLogbook’s product innovator, and Operations Director at the Equipe Group, Keith Spires explains how the new release of KeyLogbook has developed.

– Terrafirma Project: Terrain Motion Detection Services – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Professor David Norbury of David Norbury Limited and the European Federation of Geologists. Here he discusses terrain motion detection services.

– Priority Substances: An Update on Recent Changes – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is highly valued and regular contributor Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services. This month, Hazel gives readers an update on priority substances and pollutants, and what has recently changed.

– Geotechnica ME 2013: Managing Geotechnical Risk – Writing for theGeotechnica once more is Managing Director of the Equipe Group, Julian Lovell. This month Julian proves readers with details of Geotechnica ME 2013, as well as outlining exactly what geotechnical challenges face Qatar and other Gulf States as the region continues to expand.

– Feature: LANDPAC’s Zone Load Test – In this month’s issue of theGeotechnica, we have a spotlight feature on LANDPAC’s Zone Load Test, detailing exactly what the test involves and what the test can produce in the way of retrievable data.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.24 September 2013

September 2013

– Should we be worried about rising sea levels? – An article penned by Professor Eddie Bromhead, one of the UK’s most highly regarded experts on slope stability. At Geotechnica 2013 Professor Bromhead delivered a presentation examining the impact of rising sea levels across the globe. This article is based on the incredibly well received presentation.

– HSG47 – All Change? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is highly valued and regular contributor Tom Phillips of RPA Safety Services. This month Tom discusses the revision of HSG47 – ‘Avoiding Danger from Underground Services’, and what the revisions may mean for you.

– Environmental Forensics – Oil and Petroleum Hydrocarbons – Darrell Hall is the Laboratory Director at Chemtest, he has a BSc in Chemistry, is a Chartered Chemist (CChem), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC). Darrell is an expert in the field of organic chemistry and has 25 years’ experience specialising in environmental analysis. This month Darrell explains for theGeotechnica where the responsibility for Petroleum Hydrocarbon pollution lies.

– A Guide to Invasive Species and Current Legislation – A highly insightful article from Technical Director of the Equipe Group, Peter Reading. This month Pete introduces a lesser-discussed issue facing many geotechnical sites across the UK, the problem of invasive plant species and how to properly circumnavigate the issues caused by them.

– The Future of Geotechnical Mapping Data? – Returning to write for theGeotechnica this month is Managing Director of Keynetix, Dr Roger Chandler. In this month’s article, Roger gives readers a highly insightful look into the future of geotechnical mapping data.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.23 August 2013

August 2013

– Reinforced-Soil Contract Success – Writing on behalf of geotechnical specialists Maccaferri once again is Jeff Laverack of Holmes Media. This month Jeff writes to theGeotechnica as Maccaferri reveal the success of their reinforced-soil contract, whilst also detailing exactly what a reinforced-soil wall structure can offer you.

– Geotechnica 2013 – The Event Review – An in-depth review of this year’s Largest UK Based Geotechnical Trade Show and Exhibition – includes attendance details and information on where to find all of the facts and figures from 2013’s show.

– Eurocode 7 in Geotechnical Investigation: The Discussion – On the 11th July a discussion session was held at Geotechnica 2013, the UK’s Largest Geotechnical Trade Show and Exhibition. The debate posed the question of whether Eurocodes were being widely used for geotechnical projects at all levels in the UK. Full details are contained within this article.

– Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons – Writing for theGeotechnica once more is highly valued contributor Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services. This month, Hazel discusses why polyaromatic hydrocarbons are so valuable.

– Controlled Fineness – ‘Ultra-Fine’ Cements – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time is Bill Price, National Commercial Technical Manager of Lafarge Tarmac Cement & Lime. In this month’s article, Bill gives readers a highly insightful introduction to Ultrafine cements.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.22: June 2013

June 2013

– Gabions Go Green – Writing on behalf of geotechnical specialists Maccaferri is Jeff Laverack of Holmes Media. This month Jeff writes to theGeotechnica as Maccaferri unveil their latest innovation – an environmentally friendly polymer coating system to compliment their well-established gabion walls.

– Particle Size Distribution Testing – Writing for theGeotechnica once again is Peter Reading, Technical Director of the Equipe Group. This month Pete discusses the use of particle size distribution testing and asks how accurate the test can really hope to be. Peter also provides advice on the correct methods of achieving samples suitable to be used in the distribution test.

– Geotechnica 2013 – Will you be there? – The latest press release and update from the Equipe Group on Geotechnica 2013, the UK’s Largest Geotechnical Trade Show and Exhibition. This year’s event will take place on the 10th and 11th of July at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

– Contaminant of the Month: Phenol – Writing for theGeotechnica once more is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month, Geraint discusses the properties, uses, toxicity and analysis of Phenol.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.21: May 2013

May 2013

– Marchetti DMT’s Seismic Dilatometer – An of the overview of the presentation given by Dr Sara Amoroso of Marchetti DMT on the Dilatometer, delivered on an Equipe Training Technical Seminar in February 2013. Sara’s highly acclaimed PhD thesis looked at the use and interpretation of the seismic dilatometer to obtain geotechnical parameters.

– Design Engineering in Mind: Getting to Grips with Geogrids – Although commonly used across a wide variety of civil and structural engineering applications, engineers are often surprised to realise the full potential geogrids can bring to a project. Here, Colin Thompson, National Key Account Manager at Tensar International, a global leader in ground stabilisation and soil reinforcement, guides readers of theGeotechnica through recent advancements in geogrid technology and the key benefits for engineers.

– Update on European Standards – The latest press release and update on European Standards given to theGeotechnica by one of the country’s leading Eurocode experts, Dr David Norbury of David Norbury Ltd.

– KeyLogbook Triumphs @ 2013’s GE Awards – This year saw an excellent group of thoroughly deserved winners, which theGeotechnica is delighted to reveal, included Equipe Geosolutions in partnership with Soil Engineering Geoservices.

– Contaminant of the Month: Selenium – Writing for theGeotechnica once more is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month, Geraint discusses the properties, uses, toxicity and analysis of Selenium.

– Geotechnical Laboratory’s Guide to AGS Data: Part 2 – Dr Roger Chandler, Managing Director of Keynetix and member of the AGS Data Management committee talks to theGeotechnica once again. This month, Roger continues his guide to AGS Data for geotechnical laboratories.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.20: April 2013

April 2013

– The Self-Boring Pressuremeter: Part 2 – Part Two of the overview of the presentations given by Clive Dalton and Robert Whittle of Cambridge Insitu on the Self-Boring Pressuremeter, delivered on an Equipe Training Technical Seminar in February 2013.

– The First of Many – An article outlining the success of Equipe Training’s first round of Pagani Penetrometer training on behalf of Pagani and their UK trading partner Rockbit uk Ltd.

– The UK Specification for Ground Investigation – Second Edition Explained – Part 2 – Writing for theGeotechnica once again are the experts at the Equipe Group – notably Managing Director Julian Lovell This month sees the second in a series of articles that will look at the background to and principle changes made within the revision and final publication of the UK Specification for Ground Investigation – Second Edition.

– Contaminant of the Month: Cadmium – Writing for theGeotechnica once more is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month, Geraint discusses the properties, uses, toxicity and analysis of cadmium.

– Geotechnical Laboratory’s Guide to AGS Data: Part 1 – Dr Roger Chandler, Managing Director of Keynetix and member of the AGS Data Management committee talks to theGeotechnica once again. This month, Roger delivers a guide to AGS Data for geotechnical laboratories.

 

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